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Integrating People Management into Business Strategy

A Digital Marketing Agency approached Pennine Business Partners following a period of rapid growth. They had succeeded in winning business from a number of national companies and, as a result, had significantly increased the size of the team.

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Root and Branch Review of In-House HR Function

While most of our clients do not have an in-house HR department, Pennine Business Partners also undertake project work for larger organisations whose HR team need extra support. A good example is the work we did for a regional branch of a national charity to help them improve the way they deliver HR within the organisation.

Testimonials

We have been working with Lynn and her team at Pennine Business Partners for the last 2 years. Lynn expertly took the time to learn and understand our business dynamics and suggest an agreed tailored package, which successfully works in tandem with our business requirement.

They provide an excellent support to our in-house HR function, not only keeping us up to date with any changes in the law but ensuring we as a business, are guided expertly and in a timely manner through any HR situation which may occur, when needed. The whole team are friendly and welcoming – nothing is ever too small or too much trouble.

We have been extremely satisfied with the support we have received and would highly recommend Lynn and her team at Business Pennine Partners.

They are a true asset to our business allowing our business specialists to be experts in their own field but knowing they can rely on the knowledge and reassurance of Pennine Business Partners specialists will provide the professional HR/employment law advice – be it through guidance, reassurance and/or practical advice when required, hands-on or over the telephone. Their regular seminars are an added bonus often reflecting on both topical and general day to day issues which occur within businesses.

Julie Binnington, Business Support Manager, Freight Agency
Barnsley Optical are a family business that has been manufacturing prescription lenses since 1948.  They pride themselves on providing high quality products backed up with great service which results in high levels of customer satisfaction.

Director Steve Graham said “we initially wanted Pennine Business Partners to support us with a specific issue which was causing us some concern.  This was resolved swiftly and professionally, and we were happy to sign up for a retainer package which means all our personnel information is secured in their cloud environment and we have the peace of mind of their specialist support and the end of the phone whenever we need it.

Steve Graham, Director, Barnsley Optical Ltd

I am very pleased with the way you handled the long-term absence issue that we were having with an employee. Your approach was very professional and the outcome was satisfactory for all parties.  I am happy to pass on my positive experience of the quality of HR Support provided to us by Pennine Business Partners and I have no hesitation in recommending your services to others.

Steve Staniforth, MD, Staniforths (Rawmarsh) LTD

I’m writing to thank you for the expert help and extremely high level of personal service provided to us recently.

When faced with a complaint of bullying and verbal abuse we were determined to deal with the issue promptly and with the correct level of sensitivity.

After spending a whole day of writing, scrapping and re-writing letters, our Managing Director (who is usually not lost for works) turned to you for help. And help you certainly did, producing a masterpeice of a letter stating in the most diplomatic terms that while we valued our relationship with the client, we could not allow such behaviour towards our staff.

I am pleased to be able to tell you that the matter has now been brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

I have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone wanting a top quality HR service that you can absolutely depend on.

Thank you once again.

Chris Morris, Jayfort Security Services Ltd

I am writing to express our delight in the service you are providing to AHC. We were using your HR expertise prior to November 2012 but you kindly stepped in to provide HR support at a critical time in our business on an on-going basis.

Firstly, your approach to staff and managing staff is highly professional, yet friendly and engaging. Our staff are our most important asset so it’s important they are happy.

Second, your understanding of how businesses work meant a fresh pair of eyes in the systems and processes we have in place. This is an added value to us, as we now have a more streamline business which means that anyone coming in, to take on a new role, has everything they need to complete the work efficiently and effectively.

>All in all, we cannot thank you enough for going the extra mile and provided such an excellent service to AHC. We were already strongly recommending you to our customers and suppliers and please be assured we will continue to do so.

Angela Lawson, AHC Ltd

I initially recruited Lynn to work on an impending employment tribunal case. She dealt with this consistently and took away all our stress from the matter. Following her success with this I then contracted her to update our Staff Handbook and to refresh all our employment contracts. This she did in a timely fashion and with professional results. I would recommend Lynn as an outsource HR person – Thanks Lynn you did us proud.

Jan Lord, Guide Bridge Service & MOT
I approached Pennine Business for support me with an issue I had with an employee.  After they helped deal with the issue, I engaged them to provide ongoing HR support.

I have been delighted with the results.  They have formalised our HR documentation and procedures and supported my Management team through a number of complex employment issues. Plus, they have implemented a very effective recruitment strategy that has not only reduced our costs, it has provided us with some high calibre staff.

Pennine Business Partners have proven to be very flexible to meet the needs of my business.  They are very knowledgeable in the field of HR and always conduct themselves in a very professional manner.

Craig Simcock, Director, Simprint
I would like to thank you for the support you have given our business over the last 12 months. Your ongoing coaching has increased our knowledge and capability to manage our staff and helped us to identify and consider alternative approaches. You have helped us to develop our people management strategy to meet the needs of the business.

In addition, the training you have provided to our management team has increased their confidence in dealing with staff issues and ensures that they follow a fair and appropriate course of action, having considered all the options.

We look forward to your continued support in the future and are happy to recommend you to our business associates.

Richard Sym, MD, Broadstone Mill Shopping Outlet Ltd

Pennine Business Partners make an important contribution to our business. Their ongoing support and guidance has helped us to achieve our growth objectives and to develop a team that is capable of taking Pressure Tech forward into the future.

Lynn and her team have helped us to establish Key Performance Indicators that enable me to manage the business effectively without getting involved in every aspect. The performance review programme they established and the coaching provided to the management team means that everyone understands what is expected of them and is focused on success.

Steve Yorke-Robinson, MD, Pressure Tech

My Company employed the services of Lynn of Pennine Business Partners to act as our consultant and ‘in house’ HR department.

Recently we have had to rely heavily on Lynn to assist us in a matter of employment legality and all the associated required procedures we need to have in place to protect our Company interests. Lynn has taken away the stress, doubts and burden of dealing with the matter and is looking after the situation perfectly.

I can only say that i would not hesitate to recommend her company services to anyone with employees and contractual obligations to honour in this regard.

Nicholas Beresford, SCM Rooftech Ltd

I write to thank you for your services in assisting us in relation to an extremely delicate employment issue at Walker Singleton. This was a potentially time consuming and costly exercise for the Company, however, following your intervention we reached an amicable settlement with the staff member in a short timeframe and at minimal expense.

This was a particularly sensitive staff issue and we had to balance the business needs against the employee’s personal circumstances outside of the workplace, which presented a real dilemma for us.

Lynn quickly assessed the situation and set out the respective legal positions, but also came up with a pragmatic, amicable solution which was accpetable to both sides and a potentially tricky and costly employment issue was resolved in a very short time frame.

I would have no hesitation in using your services again and I commend Pennine Business Partners to my business contacts.

Steve Molloy, Walker Singleton (Commercial) Ltd

Thank you so much for all of the work you have done for us recently. It has greatly helped the business in an area that is very important to us to get just right – the people!

The contract of employment and staff hand book you prepared for us really means that we have the foundations of our HR in place. The process itself was easy and your knowledge, promptness in answering our questions is very much appreciated.

We had no hesitation in engaging you in our recruitment process and indeed the interview preparation questions are just what we want to ensure the right person is found.

For a small team, it’s imperative that our people and people management is at the forefront of our minds and feel that by having a specialist to work with we will gain much, much more than by trying to ‘hash’ a process together for ourselves!

Thank you so much.

I’d certainly recommend you to anyone looking for valuable human resources input and also anyone who thinks they don’t need it… as I’m sure they’ll find they really do!

Charlie Kemp, Split Pixel

Having known Lynn for a number of years it was natural for us to look to Pennine Business Partners for HR support when we became dissatisfied with our incumbent provider.

We have been impressed with the support and service we have received right from the start. They have ensured that all our processes and documentation are in place and our HR support now flows smoothly – helping us keep our employees engaged and staff turnover low.

Lynn and her team keep calm in a crisis and her strategic thinking is imperative for future business planning.

Rachel Gough, Valerie Holmes Property Lawyer

Pennine Business Partners have provided HR support for several years and were our provider when I joined the Union.  They have helped us tremendously over the last 12 months by expertly guiding us through a number of issues including redundancy and an unfair dismissal claim.

We have benefitted greatly from their support with staffing issues and we have seen very positive results in attendance, sickness and performance.

Their experienced, professional and efficient service is second to none.  They are a pleasure to work with and I would 100% recommend them.

Julie Moss, Head of Operations, South Yorkshire Credit Union

With so many remote locations, it’s vital that we have good processes in place to manage our people. Since we appointed Pennine Business Partners in January 2016 they have made a positive difference to our business, running individual training sessions and individual meetings. Their BreatheHR software helps us keep track of employee data, performance reviews, staff absence and holidays. The great thing about Pennine Business Partners is they get things done.

Rachel Withers, MD, Student Facility Management Ltd

We had a human resources emergency late on a Friday afternoon, and although we knew what we wanted to do, we needed some guidance on how to do it!

We called Lynn and after a 10 minute chat on the phone we had a clear and concise set of actions to follow.

Lynn was a calming influence in a fast moving and unpredictable sequence of events. I have no problem in recommending her services to anyone with staff, our only regret is that we didn’t speak to Lynn sooner to have these tools available to us before any issues occurred.

Anyone who employs any staff should speak to Lynn and her team at Pennine Business Partners to make sure they have the correct documentation and procedures in place.

Neil Grimshaw, Ravenhall Risk Solutions Ltd

I appointed Lynn to design a bespoke appraisal package to get the best out of my growing team. My previous way of appriasing my staff needed a major re-vamp and i required a multi-faceted system that both my managers and i could use.

We talked entensively about each different role and Lynn helped me identify which areas were of key importance and relevance for each role. Based on this Lynn developed a comprehensive yet easy to follow system which is great as it allows me to measure the development of my staff which i find very useful. As well as this, it has vastly improved the communication of the whole team and most importantly i have started seeing an improvement in the performance of my staff.

I am strongly passionate about creating a highly enthusiastic and fun working environment with the goal of making my staff happy and enthused about work. Your appraisal system is certainly helping me in continuing to achieve this goal.

I would strongly recommend Lynn Bradley and Pennine Business Partners to any of my contacts.

Moin Valli, Valli Optical Ltd

Pennine Business Partners are excellent. They provided us with strategic, bespoke and proactive advice, and backed that up with a programme design which allowed for us to integrate their advice into our business.

We will be back!

Neil Grimshaw, Ravenhall Risk Solutions Ltd

Lynn provided me with superb HR advice in dealing with employees whose jobs were under threat, and guided me successfully through the maze that is employment legislation.

Peter Sargent, Begbies Traynor Group