New HR start up has solutions for local SMEs

She’s spent nearly two decades travelling around the UK with high-flying corporate HR jobs, but Deborah Witcomb has brought professional life home to Hampshire.

The 45-year-old HR practitioner has set up her own business, providing outsourced HR advice and support for SMEs in Southampton, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, Romsey, Totton and Waterside.

Her new company is part of The HR Dept franchise and she believes that local SMEs will find her breadth of experience, which includes working with SMEs as well as blue chip businesses, a welcome asset as they look to grow and require affordable high-level HR support.

She said:

 “I’m really confident about the potential for the business and I’m determined and driven to make sure it works. The HR Dept is a proven model which works across the UK, it’s a great brand with a lot of credibility, so people know the name and recognise the quality that comes with it.

“I’m passionate about helping SMEs navigate through the confusion of employment legislation, rules and regulations and finding solutions to enable them to achieve their business goals, whilst also enabling their staff to be happier and better motivated.”

The HR Dept is a national franchise chain of 63 licensees running independent HR businesses in 85 territories around the UK and Ireland.

Managing director Gemma Tumelty said:

“It’s fantastic for SMEs in and around Southampton to have someone with Deborah’s passion and expertise providing them with the HR advice and support they need in the modern business climate.”