About Us - We are Consensus HR and I am Matthew the founder and a HR Professional and in plain English; We 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.
Our 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.
We 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 Matthew 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 us?
Here is some more information about us & Consensus HR & Business - Herts & Beds which 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.
We help 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 whilst also helping you in situations you may have not previous dealt with such as maternity leave or a discipline or grievance. OUr support ensures that your business follows the law and we will write all the legal letters required following best practice whilst ensuring we are there throughout if required by phone, email or in presence.
Ensuring that your company gets the guidance you need at a price you can afford is a key fundamental of our relationship with you. You’ll speak to 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.