I met Debbie from Concilium HR when she came to us for website design. We spent hours together planning and getting to know each other. Debbie is extremely accommodating and goes above and beyond to get things right. Not long after meeting Debbie, I was about to take on my first employee. A very daunting time for any business in the same position. I wanted to make sure everything was done legally and above board, so I asked Debbie for help. She made everything very simple and explained things perfectly. Debbie responds very quickly to all correspondence and gets things done efficiently and effectively. We believe in sticking to the things we’re good at and letting others do what they’re good at. Knowing our HR is above board gives us huge peace of mind. Without doubt I will continue to work with Concilium HR for all our HR needs as the business grows and develops. I would highly recommend Concilium HR to any business.
Melanie Downing, Creative Director, The Design Hive
Debbie’s jargon free and common sense advice has helped me to appreciate that HR is not just for the larger companies but something that SME’s also need to have in place. I now have the confidence that all our HR practices and policies are workable for my business and I can provide my team with clear and fair terms and conditions. Just knowing that Debbie is on hand to share her expertise and objective advice as and when I need it, without the expense of having in-house HR or a fixed monthly retainer works perfectly for us, saving me both time and money and at the same time keeping me legal! Debbie presents HR in a way that business owners can easily understand and she delivers exactly what she says she will do.
Guy Atkins, Managing Director, JO Bird & Co Ltd
Whilst one of my many responsibilities includes HR within our business I’m not formally qualified so simply knowing that I can call upon Debbie to provide me with reassurance that I’m doing things correctly which best protects us as an employer and also being fair to our employees is really beneficial. In the past we’ve sought advice from solicitors which has proved expensive and has not necessarily resulted in practical advice on how to deal with day to day issues. Debbie is able to bring that practical workplace experience, as well as advise us on what will work best for us, balanced with our legal obligations. For me having Debbie as our local HR expert who is able to respond quickly to our needs and is happy to come on site is just brilliant. I now have someone to talk HR with, support me and when necessary I simply pass her the baton and she gets on with it!
Wendy Bond, HR Manager, Somerlap Forest Products Ltd
I have been working with Debbie from Concilium HR for about 6 months now and really don’t know how we coped beforehand. During that period Debbie has helped me sort out a very sensitive issue with a staff member which could have been a potential disciplinary situation, but with her help, support and advice has actually now resulted in the individual becoming one of our most valued members of staff. Debbie has also brought all of our contracts of employment and companies handbooks up to date and in line with current legislation, which is an enormous help and benefit to our business. It has saved me a huge amount of time, effort and money over trying to do this myself. Regardless of what your particular HR needs are, I would have no hesitation in recommending Debbie as I believe her obvious expertise and service with a warm friendly approach would benefit any business.
Tim Cutler, Managing Director, Vanguard Full Fit Ltd
Great advice and lovely with it!
Toby Hoare, Managing Director, Yoto Creative Ltd
Debbie worked with us at Tone as our HR Manager for more than five years. She was a highly valued member of the senior team and always positive and proactive about managing HR issues, however big or small. Working within a dynamic and complex leisure organisation Debbie has great experience, skill and patience in dealing with significant ‘change management’ programmes. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her HR service.
Juliette Dickinson, Managing Director, Tone Leisure Ltd
In the past we’ve had HR support from a distance, over the telephone, and often felt like we were on our own and never quite sure if we were doing things right. Having Debbie on board and knowing that she can come and provide us with HR advice and support on site and, quite literally, hold our hands has made a massive difference. Our confidence in dealing with any HR matter has grown immensely and we now have a much better grasp on what we should and shouldn’t be doing and how to do it! It is such a relief to have Debbie to guide us on HR matters. She makes it very easy for us and has taken all the stress away. Thank you!
Karen Johnson, Finance Director, Something Different Ltd.
Debbie is an absolute star!
Diane Timberlake, Office Manager, 4Networking Ltd
I run a small company and charity which has to run on a tight budget. Debbie really listened to the issues I was grappling with and understood the context I was working in. Her presentation to our trustees was very professional and enormously helpful in laying the foundations for better decision making around staffing and recruitment. The simple tools Debbie provided us with has made managing changes in work and cash flow much easier to manage and communicate to the team.
Alice Crane, Artistic Director, SPAEDA Arts Education
The HR consultancy Debbie provides to us at Mendip is excellent. Debbie learnt our organisation quickly, picked up on our culture and understands what our final outcomes need to be. She is genuinely able to provide pragmatic advice and is able to effectively balance the traditional or legal ‘black and white’ HR solutions with identifying and resolving our ‘grey areas’! Debbie clearly knows what she is talking about, she is friendly and supportive but is also able to be proactive and assertive when needed to keep us on track and find a way to make things happen! The last 6 months have been a challenging time for our Authority but having Debbie in the background supporting our colleagues to resolve some difficult issues has meant I haven’t had to worry about us dropping any balls! Working with Debbie has been a very refreshing experience!
Stuart Brown, Chief Executive, Mendip District Council
Thank you for all your help Debbie it has been very good working with you. For me it was important to have someone alongside who could promptly and confidently advise on all the technical HR issues both in the staff letters and in answering the questions arising in meetings.
Stuart Finney, Group Manager, Mendip District Council
Having recently worked with Concilium HR to run a number of recruitment ‘assessment centre’ events, my team found the support we received invaluable. Debbie’s HR knowledge and expertise was fantastic, we really appreciated the help and support that she provided. Debbie was lovely to work with, very approachable, and really helped us in making these events a huge success.
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