Ellen Parkin

Recruitment

Recruitment

Towards the back end of 2021, we saw a big shift in employee salaries and a general pattern of potential candidates wanting more from their employer. Hybrid working seems to be at the top of everyone’s wish list following the numerous lockdowns. According to the...

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How to address Covid-19 questions in the workplace

How to address Covid-19 questions in the workplace

Many business owners and managers are dealing with new and unfamiliar conversations in the workplace surrounding Covid-19. We’ve put together a helpful blog which covers conversations with staff about the vaccinations and other FAQs. How can I discuss vaccinations...

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Support for returning to the office

Support for returning to the office

It’s uncertain when and if we will ever fully get back to ‘normality’. For sure we feel that we will always be having a conversation with employers regarding Covid in some form in the future.  We have seen the coronavirus restrictions starting to ease and we are all...

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Proud to be working with iSupply Group!

Proud to be working with iSupply Group!

Proud to be working with iSupply Group! How to make customers happy… is it really a secret? They need a positive experience when interacting with brands. Essentially, experience even trumps the product itself (a bit like Apple). They want to do business with brands...

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National Minimum Wage Increase

National Minimum Wage Increase

National Minimum Wage Increase The National Living Wage (NLW), known as ‘Minimum Working Wage’ is a set hourly rate that all workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. The amount depends on your age and whether you are an apprentice. As an employer, it is a violation...

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What Brexit changes do you need to be aware of?

What Brexit changes do you need to be aware of?

End of free movement for EU nationals On the 1st of January 2021, free movement for all EU nationals ended and the UK introduced a point-based immigration system.  The system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally.   Anyone coming into the UK to work needs to ensure...

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Why appraisals are essential to business growth

Why appraisals are essential to business growth

With a new year comes new opportunities, new chances for growth, and positive change! It’s very important to hold regular Personal Development Plans (PDPs) with your staff to make sure they are on the right track. Some businesses opt for once a year, but every 6...

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How can your company increase productivity in 2021?

How can your company increase productivity in 2021?

It’s safe to say it’s been a strange year. Although it’s very likely that coronavirus is still going to have a huge impact on our everyday lives in 2021, we can plan ahead and do everything we can as company managers/directors to keep our businesses productive and our...

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Tips for managing stress in the workplace

Tips for managing stress in the workplace

We all know what it feels like to feel a bit stressed and it’s normal to feel under pressure at time but it’s important to reduce stress factors where possible and manage our stress levels. Becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or even lead...

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Tips on supporting mental health in the workplace

Tips on supporting mental health in the workplace

World Mental Health Day is coming up on the 10th of October this year and, unfortunately, a lot of employees and employers are experiencing difficult times and uncertainty this year. That’s why we’ve put together some ways you can actively support mental health in the...

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What are the benefits of outsourcing your HR?

What are the benefits of outsourcing your HR?

Here at Spire, we are a team of highly qualified and knowledgeable HR experts with a deep understanding of employment law. Our skills vary from employment contracts to managing disciplinarians as well as any other enquiries on your journey as an employer. Whether you...

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Providing HR Support to Warrington Mortgage Centre

Providing HR Support to Warrington Mortgage Centre

We at Spire HR are a local company based in Warrington who specialise in helping companies with advice, support, payroll, recruiting, and more. Luckily for us, we’re not limited to working within a particular industry and have experience working with a range of...

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Advice for managers who have staff returning to work

Advice for managers who have staff returning to work

Whilst many of us are due to return to work after the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all treading unprecedented times and potentially sensitive conversations. We at Spire HR have put together some tips on how to work safely and securely as well as our best tips and advice...

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Why HR shouldn’t be an afterthought

Why HR shouldn’t be an afterthought

As you will know, we are all going through big changes right now – both in our professional and personal lives. The current situation we are facing is new to all of us, which is why it is important that if you are a business owner you are making the best decisions...

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Recent changes in employment law

Recent changes in employment law

A potential business and HR headache, it’s just some of the things that can be expected when changes in employment law are introduced. That’s exactly what has happened following the recent changes in April 2020, as businesses around the country have to tweak and...

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The impact of the coronavirus in the workplace

COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus has been instilling fear across the world as the disease continues to spread, but just how will that impact the workplace? With confirmed cases constantly on the rise, it can be a big worry having to share confined spaces with...

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Low unemployment rate

Low-unemployment ratio. Is it more difficult to employ the best people for the job? How can people overcome the challenge of employment?   3.8%.   That's the current unemployment rate in the UK.   It's the lowest the rate has been for 45 years - mighty...

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Disability Awareness Day. Equality awareness.

I was happy to attend the world’s largest not-for-profit disability exhibition recently. It’s a matter close to my heart having a father with a disability. On July 14th around 250 exhibitors descended on Walton Gardens in Warrington to promote a culture of what...

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How to tackle work-related stress

Advice for people managers during National Stress Awareness Month Do you know how to start a conversation about work-related stress? Nearly 600,000 UK workers suffered from work pressures, anxiety or depression in 2017-18 according to figures released by the...

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The Good Work Plan: Are you ready?

Are you in a position to give new employees a written statement of terms on their first day of work? If not, you could fall foul of proposed legislation set to be implemented on 6 April 2020. Dubbed “the largest upgrade in workers’ rights in over a generation” by The...

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Banter and bullying: Managing the fine line at work

When does ‘banter’ become workplace bullying? As a people manager, could you recognise the signs and do you know how to tackle it compassionately and legally? That’s the question Spire HR are asking this Anti-Bullying Week, which has a core theme of ‘Choose Respect’....

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Tribunal claims on the rise following abolition of fees

Has the number of outstanding employment tribunals increased in your workplace? If so, you’re far from alone… One year on since tribunal fees were abolished, their number has more than doubled according to official statistics from The Ministry of Justice – leaving...

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It’s our Birthday!

Spire HR Solutions is 8 years old today. Where has the time gone? In the last 8 years we have helped a multitude of companies, ranging from 4 employees to 4000, in various different industries. Whether it's a charity, a multinational company or a new start up we have...

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Can I refuse an annual leave request?

Most of us are either counting down to our pre-booked summer holidays or researching last-minute deals. You’ll certainly have both types of workers on your team: people who plan their annual leave requests meticulously, and those who like to ‘chance their arm’ with a...

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Spire HR proud to be celebrating the Festival of Learning

Originally known as Adult Learners’ Week, the Festival of Learning takes place from 18-24 June and is an annual celebration of lifelong learning in England. Now in its twenty-sixth year, the festival’s principal aims are to champion the cause of adult education and...

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Holiday pay on commission ruling

The Court of Appeal has today ruled that individual sales-related commission should be included in the calculation of statutory holiday pay (4 weeks leave as derived from the Working Time Directive). This was decided in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd and...

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National Minimum Wage changes

With effect from 1st October 2016 the following minimum wage rates will apply:   The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 years will increase to £6.95 per hour The development rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase to £5.55 per hour The rate for 16 to 17 year olds...

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As we had recently come up against some difficult staffing issues which we had not experienced before, Ellen Parkin at Spire HR was recommended to us by one of our business partners to guide and assist us with the complex HR legalities we needed to adhere to.

Ellen was very efficient and professional and gave us instant confidence that she would be able to competently provide the help we needed. Ellen was readily accessible via email or telephone throughout the whole process and gave us the vital lifeline we needed during a very emotive and stressful time. Spire HR realised that as an SME, we had to balance the commercial viability for HR consultancy with the expertise and guidance we needed and Ellen was open and honest from the outset, providing a cost-effective and professional service. I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending Spire HR to anyone.

 

We are too small to justify a full-time HR employee; yet we cannot afford to ‘get it wrong’ The excellent service offered by Spire HR Solutions is the perfect solution for us

 

AGP have used Spire HR Solutions Limited for numerous matters relating to HR issues for both ourselves and clients of the practice. I have always found them to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful and to be very responsive to our needs.

Spire is now the practice’s first point of contact for any HR issues we encounter and I would certainly recommend them to anyone in need of assistance with any HR matters.

 

Ellen has helped streamline procedures and provide greater controls through her extensive knowledge and professional dedication, which has enabled me to concentrate on my main objective, growing the business.

I would say ‘key’ to her service is the confidence she provides with the HR guidance, I know without doubt that when dealing with my employees I follow the correct procedure and staff feel confident that they have the right HR support. The guidance on our bonus structure and appraisal scheme is one of many examples in which Ellen’s guidance has been invaluable.

I have been pleased with work Ellen has done for us and would not hesitate to recommend her to others. She provides a high quality, professional service and is very responsive to the needs of a small, growing organisation.