Ten Live

Specialist recruitment company Ten Live set up in late 2009 and already employs 10 people, winning awards and branching out its activities almost from day one.

Created by husband and wife team Gary and Joanne Telfer, Ten Live, recruits people in engineering, driving, warehousing, manufacturing and office skills. "We'll continue to add specialisms as we recruit people with specific skills in new areas," promises Gary.

Ten Live won a Lanarkshire Business Award as "best new business" in 2011. The company has achieved the quality standard ISO9001, and continues to progress quickly on all front. Gary and Joanne, each with many years' experience in recruitment, turned to Business Gateway Lanarkshire for support and advice in areas such as starting-up, business planning, software training, and help with training.

"We are on a growth curve and it is important for us to build our infrastructure around that growth to support it and plan for the future. Business Gateway have been very important to us in this respect, as we develop our people and our services."

The company is based at Atrium Business Centre in Coatbridge. "There's a real buzz about the place, as we carry out training there, as well as recruitment obviously, so there are always people around," comments Gary.

"We enjoy an excellent relationship with Business Gateway. We have regular meetings with our adviser, which allows us to keep him up to date with our progress, and also to be kept aware of the kind of help and support that is available to us.

Ten Live received assistance to raise first round funding at the start up phase and were supported to achieve ISO 9001 and more recent development of IT systems.

"The company got off to a great start, having been founded by two people with nearly 40 years' experience between them. Ten Live was supplying temporary staff to around 20 companies within just the first three months' operation, and it has continue to develop good quality client contracts since then," commented Business Gateway adviser Robert Swinburne.

"Business Gateway has been able to advise Ten Live directly, and channel support from partners where necessary, to support that early stage growth."