Thriving HR firm expands

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A thriving Belper business which offers firms support in their HR department is expanding and has moved to larger offices.

Fast growing The HR Dept has moved into North Mill after being based on King Street for nearly three years.

The idea behind the company is that small local frims can access practical employment advice and support usually reserved for large businesses.

After helping firms in Belper and the surrounding areas, the company is now also expanding into new Derbyshire territories such as Derby, Burton, Ashby De La Zouch and Castle Donington.

Owner and Director, Rachel Royston-Webb, said: “I set up my HR Dept business three years ago.

“I’ve now renewed my licence which also seemed the perfect time to grow my business and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

“I’ve just moved to larger offices to house my growing number of employees with an in-house meeting room and training facilities which will mean I can provide further hands-on support to local employers.”

The growth and expansion is encouraging at a time where businesses of all sizes are facing tough times. Already burdened employers are plagued by ever-changing legislation which is keeping The HR Dept busy.

Rachel continued: “Most small and medium sized businesses don’t need a full time HR presence, but do need support with dealing with HR issues that arise when employing either their first member of staff or their 100th.

“Employment law is becoming increasingly complex which is impossible for most employers to navigate on their own.”

The HR Dept was launched in Bristol in 2003 by Sue Tumelty, a senior experienced human resources professional who was motivated by the desire to give small business clients the same levels of support, advice and expertise enjoyed by much larger organisations.

Rachel is part of a network of more than 45 franchisees throughout the UK as well as newly opened offices in Ireland and Scotland; owned and directed by vastly experienced HR professionals.

She added: “Having worked in a corporate setting within rail and construction and prior to that within local Government, I felt that the time was right for me to try a new challenge doing what I do best – arranging HR support for managers and directors but in more local and smaller businesses that were facing lots of different challenges.”