Huddersfield-based occupational health expert overhauls IT infrastructure


12 months after the successful acquisition of occupational health firm Elite Executives, Huddersfield-based Prohms has overhauled its tech infrastructure in a move that will support the firms’ 10% combined growth in 2019.

Established over 15 years ago, Prohms provides healthcare services to local and national companies, and promotes wellbeing in the workplace to increase personal resilience and performance. The 15-strong brand acquired Elite in Q1 of 2018, which similarly offers a wide range of occupational health services, including mobile medical examinations – audiometry, spirometry and vision tests – as well as sickness absence management.

And exactly one year on, an investment of over £40,000 – in the businesses joint IT systems has been made, as the companies gear up to increase turnover by year end, creating more recruitment opportunities in the local areas. The tech will also allow Prohms to add a third mobile health screening unit, which will help to meet the increased demand, while ensuring a quality service is being provided.

Commenting on the tech transformation project, Sandra Babbings, Prohms’ managing director said: “We have invested heavily in IT this year to consolidate the two firms, as well as improve our data security, compliance, flexibility and access to information when we are off-site visiting clients. This will allow Prohms and Elite to work seamlessly together throughout 2019 and beyond.”

Sandra was once an employee of Elite, over 20 years ago, so has long been familiar with the business and how it is run. So when the opportunity arose to acquire the firm, she was keen to take the brand to the next level.

“It’s fantastic to be working with Elite again, and we’re looking forward to building the profile of this firm as the leading occupational health partner in the Leeds and Snaith area,” she said. “We now collectively support over 400 businesses within the Yorkshire region and beyond which we will look to increase as the year progresses.”

Samantha Murray, Elite’s occupational health business partner added: “2018 was a difficult and challenging year, but despite this, October went on to be the biggest month in the company’s history to date.  In addition, we upheld our high-level service throughout last year which led to a client retention of 90%.”

“We’ve steadily grown our team numbers to 14, everyone stayed with us during the acquisition period, and we’re now on the lookout for a new face to join us in the coming months.”

The 12-month milestone follows the hire of a full-time mobile nurse, and Prohms’ office relocation to premises at Park Valley House, Lockwood, while Elite continues to operate at its headquarters in Snaith.