Name: SupplyWell   

Specialism:  Supply Teachers

Technologies: Software Platform Algorithm

Sector:  Education

Partner: LJMU


Co-founder Michael Hervin has 10 years of experience in teaching and Senior Leadership. After taking time off work due to mental illness, Michael recognised the lack of support for staff wellbeing.

The latest national figures state that £1.26 billion is spent on supply teachers each year and up to £520 million is spent on agency fees in LEA schools alone – £15.1 million of which is in Liverpool City Region.

SupplyWell’s platform has been developed to address this issue and save schools money by connecting them directly with high calibre teachers, whilst providing wrap around care for those working in the school in a bid to reduce teacher absence and improve staff retention. 

Approaching Activate

Following a recommendation from an academic from LJMU in January 2019, SupplyWell contacted LCR Activate regarding the accelerator programme when the company was still in its infancy, in order to bring the product to market quickly and effectively.

Partner support  

SupplyWell worked with Activate delivery partner Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to help improve its route to market, as well as receive guidance on funding options.

The company was also introduced to Dr Ahmed Kaky, a Research Fellow in Computer Science at LJMU, who provided technical advice for creating a fit-for-purpose, intuitive and scalable technology platform that delivers the company’s two primary services – recruitment and retention.

Results   This expanding circle of contacts gave SupplyWell the confidence to drive their product and the company has now partnered with two schools as a result. SupplyWell are also providing teachers with workshops on how to reduce their carbon footprint.

With support from Activate and programme partner LJMU, SupplyWell have also accelerated so much that its now 18 months ahead of its business plan.

What’s next  

Founded by former teacher Michael Heverin, recruitment specialist Raina Gatfield and marketing expert Dan Price, SupplyWell now has ambitious plans to take the platform national, while retaining its Liverpool roots. 

Patrick Ottley-O’Connor, Executive Principal at North Liverpool Academy and Director of Collaborative Leadership Ltd comments, “SupplyWell has a strong moral purpose which really resonates with my own vision for how school cultures should be nurtured. Not only is there an economic argument for using the platform when it comes to finding teaching staff, but its ambitions to drive the issue of staff wellbeing through schools is refreshing and it is doing something positive in the education sector.”

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