UK Enterprise Awards 2018

SME NEWS / UK Enterprise Awards 2018 159 , Best Human Resources Consultants 2018 - Buckinghamshire Embrace HR UKE18150 Embrace HR is a multi-award-winning HR consultancy which helps SMEs and fast growth organisations who do not have internal HR expertise with their people management requirements. We spoke to Cecily Lalloo to learnmore about the firmand its service offering. as an asset not a cost. We want them to see that this approach makes good business sense and that their ‘people make profits.’ In a small business a job description can be broad because each employee may cover a number of roles. As such, it is vital to let motivated employees contribute ideas to the business and to let them use their talents and skills even if it’s out of the job description. By supporting development, whether on the job or through formal training (because it costs more to recruit than retain), the best employees will grow and contribute towards the business. Ultimately, we take away our clients’ people management challenges so that they can focus on running their business.” With the HR industry becoming increasingly competitive, firms such as Embrace HR have to showcase their unique features, and as such Cecily is keen to highlight what sets her firm apart from the rest. Drawing on the expertise of its dedicated staff, Embrace HR has an innovative and open approach to dealing with clients’ Human Resources challenges. Cecily provides us with an overview of the firm’s service offering and how this benefits its valued clients. “Here at Embrace HR, we offer our diverse range of clients a tailored approach to address their specific HR needs. This can include recruitment and selection; staff training and development; health and well-being and navigating clients through what can seem a complex minefield of regulations, such family friendly regulations (maternity leave) as well as procedures (managing absence both long and short term); disciplinary action through to redundancy. “Our mission is to help business owners and managers to value their employees and view them Company: Embrace HR Limited Contact: Cecily Lalloo Address: Pure Offices, Midshires House, Midshires Business Park, Smeaton Close, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8HL, UK Phone: 07767 308 717 Web address: “As our industry is highly competitive, at Embrace HR we work hard to ensure that we differentiate ourselves from our competitors. For a start, we are small and nimble enough to offer a bespoke approach to our clients. As our business and that of our clients has grown, we have been able to maintain this service. Another way in which we differ from our competitors is that we partner with our clients and become part of their team. We get under the skin of their business to help them manage what can sometimes be complex human issues. These are dealt with sensitivity, consideration and within the law. “Our hands-on approach is supported by our investment in the latest HR software which our clients also embrace. The system offers complete transparency and control so both clients, their employees and our teams can access employment information, administer transactional procedures, including booking and approving leave, share and retain documents such as handbooks, policies and procedures and company information). These distinguishing features set us apart from other similar firms and mark us out as the best possible option for our valued clients.” Building on its current success, looking ahead, Embrace HR has a bright future in store, as Cecily is excited to conclude. “Over recent years, across the corporate landscape we have seen the demise of some big- name brands and a growth in the number of micro businesses. In fact, it is these small businesses that are supporting the UK economy. People working in these organisations often have multiple roles so for SMEs, it is imperative that each and every employee is engaged to deliver. For the business owners, everyday issues and personnel problems are a challenge. That is where we come in with our approach to commercial no nonsense HR, and we hope that, over the coming years Embrace HR will be able to continue to support our clients and offer the exceptional services that they have come to expect.”