Penny Streeter OBE (born 1 August 1967) is an English entrepreneur and managing director of the A24 Group, comprising Ambition 24hours, Arabella Health Staffing and the NS Health Staffing. Penny Streeter established the medical staffing group in Sutton, England, in 1996, working with just her mother Marion. The A24 Group has turnover of £70 million, with profits of £5.5million (y/e 30 June 2011). There are no outside investors or loan capital funds.
Born in Zimbabwe in 1967, Penny Streeter left Zimbabwe in 1979 and was educated at Alberton High in Johannesburg until 1983. She left South Africa for the UK at the age of 12 with her mother Marion. She started work in the recruitment sector after leaving school at age 15.
In 1989 Penny Streeter launched her own recruitment business: it failed and she also divorced, which left her homeless and penniless, finding refuge in homeless accommodation with her three young children.
After some years working in other people's recruitment businesses, Streeter tried again in 1995 with a new venture, funded by evenings moonlighting as a children's party entertainer. Ambition 24hours was launched in 1996. Ambition 24hours is a temporary staffing agency that fulfills the need of a 24-hour staffing service in the nursing sector. Following rapid growth, over the next decade the company expands the service to cover locum doctors, allied health professionals, carers, social workers and teachers/lecturers—and it establishes a national network of UK branch offices...
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