Small Businesses

Small businesses are big business

Small businesses make a considerable contribution to the UK economy (source):

  • Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2017 and 99.9% were small or medium-sized (SMEs).
  • SMEs account for at least 99.5% of the businesses in every main industry sector.
  • Total employment in SMEs was 16.1 million; 60% of all private sector employment in the UK.
  • The combined annual turnover of SMEs was £1.9 trillion, 51% of all private sector turnover in the UK.

And we're one of them, along with the vast majority of our clients.

We provide outsourced HR support & HR consultancy for small businesses

Many small business simply aren't large enough to justify the cost of having their own in-house HR team. Which is where we come in. We provide outsourced HR support & employment law consultancy for small businesses. Perhaps surprisingly, this sector covers an amazing variation in business sizes, types, cultures, management styles, and the consequent level of HR support required. We've worked with companies just about to take on their first employee, as well as those that have been established for decades with hundreds of employees across multiple sites. We've resolved serious immediate workforce issues, helped companies to become legally compliant, provided day-to-day HR support and employment law advice, recruited and supported internal HR staff, and delivered long term strategic change projects. And indeed, for some of our long-term clients we've done all of these things at different points in time, moving from one to the next as they have grown and their HR support needs have changed.

We're a small business that provides outsourced HR support & HR consultancy

Being a small business ourselves, we fully understand how challenging they can be to run, and how isolated and overwhelmed you can sometimes feel when the unexpected suddenly happens. And we know how much time and effort you've personally invested to build your business, because we done that too.

We've got plenty of first-hand experience of the particular challenges and constraints that small companies face, and consequently understand the importance of personal relationships, flexibility, and going-the-extra-mile. So, we've invested heavily in recruiting and training employees who are not only qualified and experienced, but who also share our vision in terms of face-to-face service, hands-on problem solving, and doing what it takes. We've spent a lot of amount of time and effort making sure we have the right people in our team. We like working with each other, and think that you will too.

We're a small business with big ideas

As a small business, we know how important it is to have someone you can reliably trust to be there to support you on those occasions when you need help and advice right now. Which is why we've taken the best practices, systems, and frameworks from our previous careers in big business to provide much higher levels of dependability, quality, and efficiency than you'd typically expect from a small business.

But despite our big-company ideas, we nevertheless remain a small company that's responsive, flexible, and pragmatic. We're still owner managed, and one of our two directors continues to operate as an active HR consultant and trainer on a day-to-day basis. So, we're fully committed to what we do. This isn't a hobby career for us, and it's more than just a job. We know exactly how much time, money, and hard work we've had to invest to get to where we are today, so we understand how important and valuable your company is to you. Consequently, we take our responsibilities seriously, and despite our aspirations, we won’t forget where we came from.

We can help your small business with outsourced HR support & HR consultancy

We're now Derby's biggest locally based HR consultancy, and combine big-company professionalism with small-company values. We're neither a 'one-man-band' that might be on holiday when you have an emergency, nor a giant faceless service provider that sees you as nothing more than a number. We're big enough to guarantee being available to help when you need it, but small enough to really care about you and your business. We offer you the stability of a well-established company with employees and a bricks-and-mortar office, the credibility of one with a history of local clients, and the capability of one that's grown beyond the one-person stage. You can be fully confident that we're able to deliver what we promise, and can trust that we'll reliably be there in the future when you need help.

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