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Paige Catton
Features Writer
12:34 PM 30th September 2019

'10 in 10' Sandra Babbings - Prohms

Sandra Babbings, managing director of Huddersfield-based occupational health expert Prohms, is the latest regional business professional in the hot seat as The Yorkshire Times gives him just 10 minutes to answer our 10 burning questions.

What does a typical working day for you involve?

My day always begins at 5am. I tend to go on my stepper machine at home for 45 minutes, which makes me feel ready to tackle work.

I then make a list of jobs to do, and I always do the tasks that are a priority before 8am, to ensure they are complete before everyone arrives at work. The rest of my day is usually filled with client meetings, networking events and supporting my colleagues.

I’m the last the leave the office on evenings, where I head home to spend time with my family – some days I also pick up my grandchildren from school and take them to the park or for an ice cream.

What makes your company special?

The whole team believes in what we’re doing and are passionate about workplace wellbeing. We work hard to deliver a personable service and create real relationships with our clients – it’s almost like we become ‘best friends’!

Do you have any business rules that you swear by?

All staff must eat sleep and believe in our company values that underpin our strap line. Put simply, treat others like you want to be treated yourself – with the greatest care and respect.

Do you dress up or down for work?

I personally dress-up, as I feel it goes well with my job. I’m mostly meeting corporate people, so it makes me feel ready for the day wearing smart clothes.

But, this doesn’t apply to the rest of my colleagues, as they wear what is most appropriate and comfortable, for their day.

What piece of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Always believe in yourself, don’t be afraid to take risks and be passionate about your business and product.

What’s your favourite Yorkshire venue for an event or team away day?

Mustard and Punch in Honley – the space is amazing and the food is delicious!

How do you prefer to travel for business?

I tend to drive everywhere – sometimes taking the train – which I enjoy because I can make calls and make the best use of my time.

What’s your favourite place in Yorkshire to relax?

It has to be Smallshaw Farm in Sheffield. It is an absolutely gorgeous place, with beautiful scenery – and is my ‘go to’ place when I want to some chill time.

Where is your favourite place to eat in Yorkshire, and what dish do you recommend?

Mustard and Punch in Honley. I can’t select just one dish as they’re all lovely.

What do you miss most about Yorkshire when you are away?

The people. Everyone is really easy to work with. I find that people from Yorkshire are usually more open, honest and approachable, which makes going into business with them great.