North Sydney businessman Brad Adams has acquired the rights to expand a successful UK company, which provides outsourced HR advice and support for SMEs, across Australia.
Set up in Bristol in in 2002, the parent business now has more than 65 franchisees operating licences of The HR Dept in over 80 territories around the UK and Ireland, serving more than 6,000 SMEs.
Mr Adams, will be running his franchise of The HR Dept on the Lower North Shore area of Sydney. Mr Adams said business conditions across Australia were making The HR Dept’s offering – outsourced, specialist and expert HR advice and support on a retained or pay-as-you-go basis – relevant and attractive for SMEs.
“It’s a challenging time for small businesses across Australia,” he said. “Businesses owners are under pressure and good management of employees, compliance with labour laws, proper procedure from recruitment to terminations and all that lies between, is more important than ever.
“Legislation is changing, social media is revolutionising the way we do business and we operate under a complex industrial relations system in Australia with more than 120 Awards in place.
“Every business wanting to grow, restructure or even just consolidate, needs to be aware of the legislation. Through The HR Dept Lower North Shore I can offer the type of support you would receive from an in-house HR director but only when business owners need it and at a price SMEs can afford.
“It is easy for small business owners to dismiss the HR side of the business when things are running smoothly, but this can lead to costly mistakes and has the potential to have negative repercussions.”
Mr Adams has an extensive background in business management and transformation and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
The decision to set up his franchise was taken after taking time out to support his wife Suzanne through her successful treatment for breast cancer, during which time he realised that his professional future lay outside corporate life.
He said: “Going through something like that makes you reevaluate your priorities and I came to realise that corporate life didn’t appeal to me anymore. I found this opportunity to work with The HR Dept and from initial contact it was clear that there was an alignment of values and culture between us.
“It made the decision process pretty straightforward for both parties.
“It’s really refreshing to find a successful business which also recognises the value of a work-life balance – many of the franchisees in the UK business are former corporate HR directors who have decided, for a variety of reasons, to get out of big business and run their own operations.
Gemma Tumelty, managing director of The HR Dept in the UK, said: “It’s an exciting time for us and it’s great to be working with Brad in promoting our brand in a significant new marketplace.”