HR company for small businesses set up in Northampton

Laura Ducens says she wants to help small businesses in her local area.
Laura Ducens says she wants to help small businesses in her local area.
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A new HR company has been set up in Northampton for small and medium-sized businesses.

Laura Ducens has worked in the industry for 40 years and now wants to help businesses in her local area.

Her company, The HR Dept Northampton South, will provide outsourced HR advice and support for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in Northampton, Olney, Roade, Towcester, Silverstone, Buckingham, Morton Pinkney and Bugbrooke.

Ms Ducens set up the business from her home in Hunsbury Hill, Northampton.

She said: “I’m feeling really good about the potential for this business. I think you have to be confident to be in HR and confidence helps you run your own business as well. So I’m looking forward to the challenge and excited about meeting some people.”

She said: “I don’t want to force myself on SMEs because I do realise that HR can be quite scary to them. It’s about getting to know the business and communicating how you can help them.

“What I offer is so diverse and so widely applicable that it’s only by listening to companies that you find out what their problems are and what they need.

“And I don’t just bring technical HR expertise. That corporate experience is actually really useful for SMEs which are looking to grow, as I can suggest things that big businesses do for their employees and how that can be introduced on a smaller scale.

“So businesses which are growing and developing can really benefit from my expertise. Legislation is rapidly changing and as soon as you start employing people you need to be aware of the implications and the potential risks to your business.”

Patrent company The HR Dept is a national company based in Bristol which has a network of 63 licensees working in 85 territories around the UK and Ireland, providing the full breadth of HR services, from recruitment, employee relations and benefits to the admin of policies and documents, to SMEs in their areas.

Managing director Gemma Tumelty said: “We are delighted to see someone of Laura’s quality and experience setting up The HR Dept Northampton South. We wish her all the best with running the license in her new territory and have great confidence that the new business will be a huge success."