Our Story

The HR Dept began in 2002, when Founder and Executive Director Sue Tumelty identified a gap in the market to offer personalised expert HR advice to local businesses. The first HR Dept office based in Bristol went from strength to strength, and the business soon became a franchise operation opening offices across the UK, Ireland and Australia.

In November 2021, The HR Dept Group Ltd became an Employee Ownership Trust and introduced Keith Sadler as CEO and chair of the EOT. The EOT has put the people who are passionate about the business at the heart of its future, whilst protecting the unique culture and values that have been the foundation of the business since 2002.

Each branch of The HR Dept is headed up by a highly qualified and experienced HR Director who is committed to serving their local business community.


Even though The HR Dept is now an international company, the local and personal approach that made our brand so successful is retained through our franchised network of HR professionals.

The HR Dept is now the UK’s largest network of HR professionals providing outsourced HR support. Our clients vary, from tiny start-ups to established brands, across all industries.

We pride ourselves on delivering cost-effective employment law advice and HR solutions that leave you free to concentrate on growing your business.

Visit our franchising site to find out more about the HR Dept opportunity https://www.hrdeptfranchising.co.uk.


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