Consensus HR – Helping Companies with their People Solutions whilst Preventing People Problems
We were set up to help businesses with their employment or HR issues as we understand a helping hand from a professional, legal HR support service is often required and is where we can help.
Consensus HR provides businesses of all sizes (1 – 250 employees) with local, personal, legal and professional HR services without costing a fortune as & when you need it. Employment law is complex and coping on your own brings significant risk and few businesses can afford a full time HR professional or HR department and is where we can help.
What makes us different?
At Consensus HR we offer our clients an outsourced HR Department whilst also being available to support on site if required. We were set up with a full understanding of what it is like to run & manage a business with our Founder – Matthew. Matthew worked in small & multi-million pound turnover hospitality businesses in an operational capacity but due to his ability to manage large teams / businesses was asked to go into HR. Our team know what it is like to be at both ends of the spectrum front & back of house.
We are all fully Accredited Members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and have in the team a qualified Employment Law specialist who is accredited by the CIPD and other leading professional bodies, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
For comprehensive, professional HR Services, Consensus HR has the perfect solution
See if your business could benefit from outsourcing your HR with Consensus HR with a FREEHR Health-check
Every (SME) Small and Medium Enterprise that employs people from their first employee to growing the team is likely at some point to need outsourced HR services and employment law advice. Every business wishes to have a team that have good performance, great attendance, timekeeping & motivation so as to help in making a positive contribution to the company. At Consensus HR we help companies where they believe their team could be performing better to ensure the future success of the company. We offer affordable, practical and pragmatic HR solutions whether this be as a monthly retained client or a pay as your go service.
Our services are designed to help you achieve the result you want by telling you what you can do, not what you can’t. Whether it’s help with recruitment or redundancy or anything else a large corporate HR team could provide, Consensus HR can be of assistance, leaving you free to get on with growing your business.
The law states that an employee must be given a statement of terms and conditions of employment within 8 weeks of starting. Therefore it’s important that these meet your business needs as well as being legally compliant. We provide a free HR health check on all your current contracts of employment and employee handbooks. If required, we can then provide you with terms and conditions of employment for all types of employees and casual staff.
Matthew Pinto-Chilcott – FCIPD, ACEL, BA (Hons).
I am Matthew, the founder of Consensus HR and a HR Professional and in plain English; I help SMEs to get the best from their teams and businesses whilst helping them with their people solutions and please read below to find out a little bit more about us.
Consensus HR & Business understands the importance of how effective Human Resources and business management can make a valuable difference financially, legally and operationally in the business environment. We understand that many companies do not have the luxury of employing a full time HR or business management professional but at some point all business owners will come about ‘employee & business problems’. We work with small and medium sized businesses across a wide range of specialities.
My experience has been within the public and private sectors, ranging from small family owned businesses – Chilcott’s Videos to large international organisations (Heathrow & Gatwick Airport, Forte Restaurants, Forte Hotels, Welcome Break – Head Office, Fleet & South Mimms, DSGi – Dixons, PC World, Shell, BP, Starbucks, BK, KFC & WHSmiths, Martindale Pharma, Veolia Water & Three Valleys Water. I have been fortunate enough to be about and manage and run multi million pound turnover bars & restaurants and had the opportunity to develop excellent teams and throughout my career was put into problem establishments to improve their standards, revenue, bottom line and employee turnover / productivity.
Eventually I moved into HR with Welcome Break to open their South Mimms site after a major fire in 1997 and then took on the responsibility for London Gateway and their Days Inn Hotel where I studied and completed by MCIPD and later with Veolia Water my advanced Postgraduate qualification in employment law. I have covered all aspects of the employment life-cycle from recruitment and selection, disciplinaries and grievances, performance management, training and development to being able to help problem solve and assist management in difficult times and actually running businesses at the forefront with overall responsibility for the bottom line from sales, ordering, merchandising and customer service.
I hold an Advanced Post-Graduate Employment Law Qualification (ACEL), which I gained from the CIPD & University of Surrey, which gives me the skills to provide a comprehensive Employment Law service to my clients in all areas from Contracts to Disciplinaries and Grievances. This is accredited by the CIPD and other leading professional bodies, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
What is the benefit of using Consensus HR?
Consensus HR & Business – Herts & Beds was set up by Matthew to help SME business owners with 1-250 employees with any HR / Development issues as through his experience he noted how many business owner can waste money through not recruiting the right talent, not managing a productive team to not dealing with their employees in a cost effective way.
Consensus HR helps its clients in all areas of the employee lifecycle from setting up your employment contracts, policies and procedures to managing those difficult issues such as performance, absence or redundancies. We will also help you in situations you may have not previous dealt with such as maternity leave or a discipline or grievance. We ensure that your business follows the law and will write all the legal letters required following best practice whilst ensuring we are there throughout if required by phone, email or in presence.
Consensus HR ensures that you get the guidance you need at a price you can afford. You’ll speak Matthew or the same member of the team each time who is up to date on your company and what action has previously been taken so that you do not have to go over areas you have spoken to us before. We will listen carefully to your concerns and clearly set out your options. We’ll also highlight the merits and potential pitfalls so you can make an informed decision.
All our clients get a weekly ‘Blog’ and every two months a Newsletter, which gives key HR points for businesses to be aware of and ensure that the correct action is taken. This can be anything from updates in employment law to best practice tips on managing absence.
HR support for your business
Our company is based in Baldock and we work anywhere within Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire and can ensure you that whether you need an HR legally qualified professional for reassurance and guidance, free hour review of your HR or a complete HR product, please click here and contact us today and we will call you to arrange a mutually convenient time when we can meet and take your needs further.
Consensus HR & Business– ‘Helping you with your People & business Solutions’
Have you ever needed to get the correct HR Advice urgently and would like to get this via a useful Helpline?
Consensus HR understands that many UK based SME’s understand the importance of HR but cannot justify the cost of a full time HR person / team within their business but know that when when running a business of any size from one employee to 250 that there will be a time when they will have to deal with a range of HR issues and employee problems. By making Consensus HR YOUR HR department for a fraction of the cost of an in-house professional, you have the best of both worlds. We provide access to unlimited HR advice and guidance on employment law too with advice accredited by leading professional bodies, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
Support available via telephone or email from a dedicated local HR & Employment Law specialist
Employment law is continually becoming more complex and the average costs of getting it wrong have never been higher – Average £7k per day x 4 days for attendance at an Employment Tribunal (£28k) and is why we at Consensus HR can provide your business with access to a local and professionally legally qualified HR Consultant for practical onsite or off-site employment law advice, for a low cost monthly fee.
We support our monthly retained clients with everything from poor attendance of employees, introducing reward / benefit & performance management schemes, training & development to daily line management difficulties and clients can either email or call us for the right HR advice and we can provide you legally / best practice drafted letters for any situation.
Consensus HR believe in helping its clients to be ‘Proactive’ rather than ‘Reactive’ and like to help them get the most from their employees, from rewarding them for their good work to implementing recruitment & succession plans and the correct HR advice can help improve the companies performance even when no real HR issue has been identified and prevent bad moral, low productivity & retention to name a few, whilst allowing the business owner / team to continue with the successful running of the business..
Consensus HR, gets to know your business on a 121 basis and is able to ensure that when supporting you with any HR issues that the advice given is specific to your companies needs and that you are not treated just as a number. We will give you practical and pragmatic advice based on that knowledge and understanding and due to this you do not need to continually repeat your HR area of concern as we will already have full a full knowledge of what has occurred within your business.
With this HR service your contracts and employee handbooks are reviewed and updated twice a year to reflect any changes in UK legislation.
Tribunal Indemnity Insurance Included!
As part of the comprehensive monthly package we offer all our clients Employment Tribunal (ET) Indemnity Insurance as experience shows that even when you have carried out everything reasonably and correctly and within the law that there is always someone that is determined to make an ET claim. This allows you to have the confidence that as long as you have followed our advice correctly that should it come to an ET claim that you will be covered for the costs of legal representation.
At Consensus HR we understand that times change and only therefore ask our clients to sign up for a comprehensive legally insured service for one year and find that our clients stay with us for well in excess of this, signing on a yearly basis for another years HR support.
We are here to support you & your business
If you / your business requires a practical, comprehensive & affordable HR service then we are here to help.
For further information on the costs and benefits of Consensus HR’s insured advice line and how we can help you further then please do not hesitate to get in touch or call us on 01462 621243.