At The HR Dept we work with a wide range of SME businesses, just like yours. From recruitment to redundancy and everything in between, we can provide you with HR and employment law support every step of the way.
See what some of our clients have to say about working with us.
I wanted to share with you how impressed I am with how Jade handled the protected conversation situation we had recently. We felt totally supported throughout the process and it was clear what the next steps and possible outcomes were. I felt like she read the situation in the meeting very well and reacted accordingly, keeping the purpose and objectives of the meeting in mind. Following the meeting, she was great at keeping us updated and on track with anything we needed to do.
More generally we really value all the advice and support from the HR Dept, we’ve packed a lot into six months of working with you and you’ve always put us at ease and guided us in all sorts of situations. We are seeing lots of benefits from working with you and Jade, from a more supported and knowledgeable management team to high performing employees. I would whole-heartedly recommend working with the Newbury HR Dept to other businesses like VB, your support and direction has been invaluable to us.
Very many thanks to you and Jade!
I have no hesitation in recommending Katie and the HR Dept. She has been extremely helpful providing advice and expert knowledge promptly and clearly on a number of different staff issues. The HR Dept is very good value for money and I look forward to working with Katie in ensuring all our HR processes and policies remain current and fit for purpose.
Like most businesses, we find the prospect of having to navigate employment legislation daunting. It’s not something you come across every day and I think it’s very important to have an expert on hand to guide you through human resource matters. Katie is a calming influence and has dealt with HR matters in our firm in a very professional and patient manner. She will certainly be involved in future recruitment decisions.
Katie has been invaluable in providing good, reliable HR support for us when we need it. A great service for the smaller business.
We really value all the advice and support from the HR Dept, we’ve packed a lot into the six months of working with you and you’ve always put us at ease and guided us in all sorts of situations. We are seeing lots of benefits from working with you, from a more supported and knowledgeable management team to high performing employees. I would whole-heartedly recommend working with the Newbury HR Dept to other businesses like ours, your support and direction has been invaluable to us.
Since 1999, Vanson Bourne have specialised in helping technology vendors understand and talk to enterprise organisations across the globe. Clients use their research to get press coverage in major publications, to generate millions of engagements and business leads, and to discover new markets and opportunities.
Working on individual client commissions, Vanson Bourne work closely with their clients throughout a project, from concept and purpose right through to delivery.
Working to understand their clients’ objectives, they define and refine questions that will deliver the right data, and build a story so that everyone understands what the research says, what is most exciting and compelling.
With the appointment of a new Managing Director, Vanson Bourne had ambitions plans for change, which would have an impact on the company’s structure and culture.
Keen to improve communication channels and to include and support employees through the change, Vanson Bourne sought a professional and reliable HR company to help them achieve their goals.
Vanson Bourne’s Operations Director, Jo Weeks, had previously encountered Katie Aldridge, Director of HR Dept at a number of local HR networking events.
Attending an HR workshop run by Katie, Jo found Katie to be exceptionally knowledgeable, supportive and helpful.
With their customer focused values of integrity, quality and teamwork, HR Dept stood out as a professional, reliable and trust-worthy team to support Vanson Bourne and their growing business.
The initial brief was for HR Dept to support Vanson Bourne in reviewing their HR strategy and to develop HR practices within the business.
Proving that their values are at the core of everything they do, Katie and the team really got to know the staff at Vanson Bourne, their needs and aspirations, working at all times to build satisfaction and commitment.
Surpassing Vanson Bourne’s expectations of the services and quality they were able to offer, HR Dept were tasked with a wealth of further projects.
‘HR DEPT have surpassed our expectations. We really value the relationship we have with them as a trusted partner.’
Jo Weeks – Operations Director, Vanson Bourne
Always acting with integrity, Katie and the team at HR Dept provide advice and support based on doing the right thing, considering the circumstances, the legal framework, and industry best practice.
Their work with Vanson Bourne proved just this, offering services which always considered; is it right; is it fair, is it kind?
Work carried out included:
• Revamp of documentation to ensure that it fitted with company culture and was legally compliant
• Review and redesign of company bonus scheme linking to company profitability
• Support, advice and guidance on sensitive employee issues
• Redefining roles to align with business and functional strategy
“HR Dept have really taken the time to understand our business and culture and tailor their advice to best suit us. Both Katie and Jade are excellent at assessing the situation and working with us to find the best solution.”
Jo Weeks – Operations Director, Vanson Bourne
Vanson Bourne put all their clients in the hands of an experienced team to guide them through their exacting process.
It is therefore fitting that their company culture strives to develop their team members both in-house and to recognised industry qualification standards.
Realising this as a vital part of company culture, HR Dept advised and fully supported on:
• Introduction of appraisals, provision of management and employee training
• Introduction of career pathway to allow for progression within the company
• Review of employee benefits against industry standards, introducing new benefits that align with company culture and are overall cost-neutral
“Collaborative working has been critical to the success of the relationship, clarity on the objectives, identifying the challenges and risks, and working together to manage and achieve.”
Katie Aldridge – Director HR Dept
Every working relationship has its challenges, but ensuring there is clarity on the business strategy, the objectives and the time frames for achievement means HR Dept deliver professional, knowledgeable and accurate advice and support time and time again.
Proud of their effective communication and evaluation systems which support businesses, Katie and the team support, coach and mentor to ensure all businesses can become the best that they can be.
“HR Dept care about the success of HR within our business. There’s never a question to small, or too big, that they aren’t really knew to help us with. From quick questions to knotty issues, they always make themselves available to support us and their wealth of expertise and experience is evident in the advice and support they provide.”
Jo Weeks – Operations Director, Vanson Bourne
HR Dept are proud to have built a continuing, trusted partnership with Vanson Bourne, offering a comprehensive outsourced HR service at a fraction of the cost of in-house provision.
About our client
Clare is the Vice President of People & Culture at Innovyze, a specialist Software company based in Newbury. They employ over 100 people in the UK and operate in seven locations globally.
We caught up with Clare about her experience using The HR Dept and how our local expert Katie Aldridge was able to support her business with a senior level HR project.
Getting in Touch
Clare was responsible for overseeing a large business merger project and needed additional support from an experienced HR professional. Although the company already had a small in-house HR team, a number of the HR staff were part of the TUPE transfer process during the merger, it was therefore important to Clare that this part of the project would be dealt with by an impartial third party. After coming across her local HR Dept in Newbury, Clare immediately got in touch with Director Katie Aldridge to discuss her requirements.
Clare and Katie met to discuss the project and within a few days Katie began working with the business. Katie’s approach was to understand both the existing business and the company they were merging with. In particular the different cultures and values and how they would align. Katie’s first steps were to ensure that all the due diligence and analysis had been carried out and that all legal obligations of the company were considered during the TUPE transfer. Prior to running her own HR Dept business, Katie worked as a senior HR professional in a career spanning over 20 years. Her background means that there are not many employment situations that she hasn’t encountered and that she was well placed to hit the ground running with this project.
The merger and transition for the staff was successful and all staff who were part of the process were consulted, with any concerns addressed.
Now two years on Katie continues to work closely with Innovyze team. She has delivered tailored management training and coaching programs to staff. In addition, Katie and Clare have also continued to work together on specialist recruitment projects. As Katie now has an in- depth understanding of the business, she is able to provide Clare with some very strong candidates to help them further grow the business.
‘Katie is a calming influence and was able to build trust with our employees very early on during the consultation process. She has a real skill in being able to explain complex issues in a way that non HR professionals understand.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Katie to another business who is looking for senior level HR support.’
Clare Bull – Vice President of People & Culture at Innovyze
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