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Second HR Dept regional office opens, to support Chesterfield’s SME employers

Steve Hardman

A new office of The HR Dept has opened in Chesterfield this month. The business, which will support small and medium-sized employers in the region, is the company’s second office in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to open within six weeks.

Following the announcement in September that HR professional John Jenkison had established The HR Dept Newark and West Nottingham, Steve Hardman from Wingerworth has launched The HR Dept Chesterfield to help SME businesses and organisations across Chesterfield, Bolsover, Clay Cross, Staveley, Markham Vale, Shirebrook, Clowne and Eckington, providing the levels of professional advice and support that large companies enjoy from their in-house HR teams.

Steve brings with him 20 years’ experience in HR. He has held positions at senior levels across a range of sectors including mining, IT, outsourcing, retail, business process outsourcing (BPO) and contact centres, data capture and engineering consultants and has worked within both UK and world-leading companies as well as with small businesses.

Now he is looking forward to using his expertise, which includes employee and industrial relations, performance management, absence management, recruitment for start-up businesses upwards, restructuring projects and redundancies, to benefit local employers, whether they are employing their first member of staff or have several hundred employees.

“Due to the nature of SME businesses, owners and directors often can’t afford the time to deal with the complexities of employment and HR properly – which is where we aim to help by bringing a local, personal and affordable service to the marketplace.” explains Steve.

“I’m an uncomplicated sort, and that’s the kind of service I look to provide.” Steve continues. “I relish the challenge of solving employment problems in pragmatic and practical ways that also meet the culture and business needs of each client.”

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 with their own HR departments.

The company now has 43 offices across England and 2 in Wales, each owned and managed by experienced HR professionals.

Steve, who is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of many local business organisations, says that his aim is to establish The HR Dept Chesterfield as the HR support service of choice serving the 8500 strong SME market in his area.

“Our recent client survey found that more than 9 out of 10 clients would recommend The HR Dept to other businesses. With an advice line for telephone support, an insurance policy which protects employers from tribunals provided our advice is followed and the backing of the nationwide HR Dept team, alongside my local knowledge and expertise and my opportunity to work closely with John and his nearby office, I think we have a very strong and very different HR service to offer local businesses.” he concludes.

Outside of his business Steve is a passionate golfer, loves foreign travel, and although he was adept at many athletic and ball sports in his younger days, says he now resorts to watching them rather than participating!

The HR Dept Chesterfield can be contacted on 0845 250 8336.

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