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Outsourced human resources specialist The HR Dept has announced the launch of two new franchisees in Sydney as part of its expansion in Australia.

In Sydney, Esther Colman has started in the Eastern Suburbs, while Mhairi Holway is now based in the Northern Beaches area. They join Brad Adams who set up in Lower North Shore when The HR Dept launched in Australia in the autumn of 2017.

Each of the experts will provide high quality expertise for the benefit of local SMEs in their territories which are looking to develop their people strategies, backed by many years of experience working with large and smaller businesses.
The HR Dept, which provides HR advice and support on a personal, local basis to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) now has nine franchisees operating across Australia.

The growing company is based on the success of a British model which started franchising in 2005 and now has 75 franchisees serving more than 6,000 SMEs in over 100 territories worldwide.

Many of The HR Dept’s franchisees come from a corporate background, choosing to make the change to working in their local business community and run their own operations, offering a personal service.
Esther Colman, who will be working from an office in Randwick, has come from a 20 year career including roles in food, retail and transport.

She said: “I was quite happy in my previous job but, having been in corporate HR roles for 20 years, I was keen to take on a new challenge and get out of my comfort zone.

“Running my own business appeals to me as I will have autonomy to manage my own diary which will provide more flexibility.

“I am quite an extrovert and like building networks, connecting people and helping businesses. The HR Dept franchise ticks all those boxes.

“I want to continue to learn and grow; and in particular understand a lot more about small business owners, what their unique HR issues are and how I can provide practical solutions.

“Having lived in my territory for 18 years, I am very excited about giving back and servicing the community that I know and love. I’m keen to share my knowledge, raise awareness and educate small business owners on how to get the best from their people and turn strategic business goals into people plans.

“I feel a combination of excitement and nerves, which is only natural with any major change. I know I will need to work hard but I am driven to achieve the goals I will set for myself.

“I really like the fact that I will not be entirely on my own and have the support and backing of the franchisor as well as a supportive and growing network of franchisees.”

Gemma Tumelty, Managing Director of The HR Dept Australia, said: “It’s challenging setting up a new business but we have enjoyed significant success over the past 18 months and are delighted to welcome these new franchisees into The HR Dept family.

“We believe our success so far is because there’s nothing else like this in the marketplace. There are off-the-shelf HR options for small businesses but nothing which compares to The HR Dept’s offering of highly expert outsourced advice and support at a price which even a start-up can afford.

“Part of the strength of The HR Dept’s model is that franchisees, while running their own independent businesses, are part of a support network through which they can tap into each other’s knowledge and experience.
“So the more franchisees we take on, the greater our ability to tackle any employment-related situation. It’s great news for the many thousands of SME businesses across Australia and I am confident that each franchise will be a great success.”

And she said that changing working cultures make The HR Dept’s offering all the more relevant for modern businesses: “There are a number of human resources issues impacting modern businesses, from HR technology to gender equality and legislation regarding work practices.

“So in the current economic environment and the society we live in today, having good people processes in place is critical, to ensure employment legislation is adhered to and businesses retain highly skilled employees.”

Notes to editors:
1. Visit and for more information.
2. Esther Colman and Gemma Tumelty are both available for interview. Please contact Rupert Janisch to arrange.

Issued by Rupert Janisch, PR Manager, The HR Dept.

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