Ballymena HR firm to double workforce with £500k investment

  • Ballymena-based BeyondHR has announced a £500,000 investment and growth programme aimed to double its workforce in the next five years.

    The business said it is anticipating a significant uplift in work from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    This is fuelled in large part by increasing demand for professional outsourced HR, and health and safety services, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on businesses.

    BeyondHR said it currently employs 10 HR and health and safety specialists, and plans to have 10 more in place by 2025.

    Neil McLeese, the advisory firm’s managing director, said the organisation is currently retained by 250 businesses across NI and Scotland, offering a range of services from HR consultancy, recruitment management and training.

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    It has recently rebranded from the name, Personnel & Training Services. It was founded in 1992 prior to being acquired in May 2014 by Neil McLeese and Helen Hardy.

    Neil said: “In the six years since we acquired the business we have doubled our turnover, the number of retained clients and the size of our consulting team.

    “Our ambition is to continue growing our business across the UK and Ireland while constantly improving our services and service levels. Ultimately, we want to be the best at what we do and one of our goals is to create a HR Centre of Excellence at our Head Office in Ballymena that can provide support to our clients and field consultants across the UK and Ireland.

    “As the lockdown restrictions have eased we have experienced an increased demand for our HR and health and safety services as employers plan for work and the working environment beyond furlough and lockdown.”

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    Last year, BeyondHR said it launched its new range of retained HR services to give its SME clients increased levels of support in niche areas such as restructuring or redundancy management and employee relations.

    Neil continued: “One of our value statements is ‘We’re People People’, which means we pride ourselves in our excellent customer service, building good working relationships and supporting our clients to provide them with the best HR service possible.”

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