Small and medium-sized businesses across Nottinghamshire now have access to their own ‘HR Dept’. Local HR professional John Jenkison has launched the HR Dept Newark and West Nottingham to provide SME businesses in the region with the level of professional advice and support that many large companies enjoy from in-house HR teams.
John will serve businesses in Newark, Bingham and Southwell, Nottingham-Stapleford, Beeston and Long Eaton plus surrounding areas.
During his 18 year career in HR John, who originally hails from New Zealand but has lived and worked in the UK for the last 12 years, has held positions in HR, Personnel and Change Management across a range of sectors including car assembly, manufacturing and printing and within world leading companies. Locally, John has worked for the last five years with Powergen and EON UK in Nottingham as both a HR and Learning and Development Consultant.
Now John is looking to use his vast experience and expertise – which spans employee and industrial relations, improving working practices, designing and developing leadership development programmes, reducing absenteeism, recruitment, restructuring projects and training to help staff achieve business objectives – to benefit local employers.
“Whilst we specialise in HR support we also work hard to help and support the business as a whole. Smaller employers can find it hard to know who to turn to for help who talks their language, understands their business and can look at the bigger picture with them and add value.” explains John. “I want to use my experience and that of our larger team to help those businesses and reduce their legal and employment advice bills.”
“Through a local, personal and professional HR service we can provide practical and pragmatic support to local businesses – whenever they need it. I want my clients in the Newark and Nottinghamshire area to feel confident in dealing with people issues so they can employ people and grow their business for the benefit of themselves and the region.”
John, who is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the Newark Business Club, the Erewash Partnership – a non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging industrial and commercial activity – and a member of local Chambers of Commerce explains: “Employment issues can have a massive drain on an organisations’ time and resources and can quickly impact on the bottom line of a small to medium-sized business. However many SME businesses either cannot afford the luxury of a full time in-house HR professional or don’t have the time to deal with employee issues. Nonetheless with ever-changing employment law and worrying employment tribunal figures, the need for good HR advice is more important than ever.”
John has long wanted to run his own business and became part of the HR Dept because after extensive research he felt that the company offers the best service for SME businesses. “I am now part of a network of offices run by vastly experienced HR professionals. We offer an employment law advice line, insure our clients against tribunal costs provided our advice has been followed and our services are affordable to smaller businesses. Our recent client survey found over 9 out of 10 clients would recommend us to other businesses.” he explains.
“My aim is to open offices in both Newark and Nottingham within the next two years and become the outsourced HR Service provider of choice in the local area.”
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. The company now has 46 offices across England and Wales, each owned and managed by experienced HR professionals backed by the support, resources and wide expertise of the HR Dept organisation.
Sue comments: “Too many businesses are hampered because management time is eaten up in dealing with HR issues. We’re delighted that John has joined the team and will help to resolve those “people problems” for Newark and West Nottingham employers, freeing up owners and managers to focus on growing their businesses instead.”
Outside of his business John, who moved to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border five years ago from Bedford, is married with two young daughters. Coming from New Zealand he is passionate about rugby and has sponsored prop Shan May of the Newark Rugby Club giving him, he says, the excuse to watch rugby on Saturdays.
HR Dept Newark and West Nottingham can be contacted on 0845 6880194.