We’re the flexible alternative to the fixed cost and commitment of employing an in-house HR manager. Our clients have the reassurance that they’re complying with employment law and that there’s always someone on hand who knows their business and can deal with awkward employee situations, before the costs and disruption get out of control.
Having worked with small businesses for more than 10 years we understand that cost is an important factor in managing employment issues. Our approach to our clients is flexible, giving just the level of advice and support required, always with a focus on concrete cost-effective results.
We can help you with one-off advice, or you can outsource your HR function to us using our Teammate ® service. Read more about Teammate ® here >
All of our consultants have between 10 and 20 years’ experience of HR management and have a range of deep specialisms that can be matched to your specific need. They all have senior level experience in corporate settings, and can quickly slot in to your team, saving you time and money. Find out more about us here >
Navigating change using practical know-how that gets results
Changing markets and developing technologies are driving organisational change at an increasing pace. We support HR teams to meet this challenge by leveraging our hands-on experience. That means delivering not just technical knowledge, but also the practical tools to meet real-world commercial challenges.
A client in the asset finance industry was acquiring a non-performing division of a global company. The TUPE provisions applied to the transfer of staff meaning that in the first instance their existing contractual terms had to be preserved post-transfer. However, it was vital for our client to fundamentally restructure the existing team with a much greater focus on sales to make the business viable. We were able to explain to him that the restructuring was achievable, but that to mitigate the risk to the business of potential fines, proper information and consultation requirements had to be met at the right time.
We supported the client through the process, the restructuring was successfully completed without legal challenge, and in its first year after the transfer the new business exceeded its sales budget by 200%.
Generating value from independence
In modern knowledge economies business performance is driven more than ever by good employee relations. A high level of employee engagement leads to higher rates of staff retention and higher productivity. When issues arise, particularly around trust and communication between employees, there can be real benefits in support from someone outside the organisation’s culture who is detached from existing relationships. It’s a powerful demonstration of the organisation’s commitment to resolve the issue, and gives employees space to participate.
A client in the energy sector experienced a significant increase in staff turnover and increased sickness levels, with staff informally reporting low morale. We created a bespoke online survey to properly understand the issues. Having analysed the results, we facilitated staff focus groups where staff had the time and space not just to outline the issues, but also to propose solutions. An engagement plan with action points was agreed and implemented.
Since the plan’s implementation staff turnover has gone from 23% to almost zero, and there have been no further instances of staff reaching sickness absence trigger points.
Effective workplace investigations
We're highly experienced in investigating disciplinary and grievance matters, when they’re complex or involve senior individuals. We’re often recommended to companies by their lawyers because of our track record of investigating thoroughly and with discretion and of delivering reports that are clear, decisive and actionable.