A Basingstoke firm has moved up in the HR world

Hampshire Chronicle: The HR Solutions team, with managing director Laura Davis on the far left The HR Solutions team, with managing director Laura Davis on the far left

HR Solutions has moved to new offices in Basingstoke as part of its growth strategy for 2014.

And the HR consultancy’s managing director Laura Davis expects this to be a year of a number of significant developments for the company.

Working from her Chineham home, Laura set the business up in 2004, before moving to Absolutely Office’s Grove House in Lutyens Close.

Now it has grown to a team of 12 specialists providing an outsourced HR function to more than 60 companies across the south.

The business is still based at Absolutely Offices, but it has moved to grade II listed The Manor House, on the business campus in Chineham.

In fact The Manor House, dating from the early 1900s, was designed and constructed eminent architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Laura said the new premises offer far more space and provides a clearer representation of the level to which HR Solutions has evolved.

With its own in-house training facility, courses can now be offered to current and potential clients, along with its core services of providing advice on employment legislation, performance management and recruitment.

Laura very much sees the move as payback for the hard work she has put into building the company over the last 10 years.

“I’m really glad that I acted on my hunch all those years ago that there must be many experienced HR professionals out there who have taken career breaks to raise families and may not be able to, or want to get back on the corporate treadmill,” said Laura.

“So I concentrated on developing the HRS Flexible Working Hour’s model giving all team members the flexibility to manage their working lives around their family commitments.

“And it works for the team and our clients who report how much they appreciate being able to contact consultants at flexible times – so it’s a win, win situation all round.”

Laura believes that the growth of HR Solutions is in part testimony to the increasing complexity of HR legislation and the penalties imposed for getting it wrong.

She said: “Many SMEs simply do not have the time to keep up with the constant changes in employment legislation or deal with the situations they encounter effectively.”

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