HR firm make new hires after successful year

Loates HR has celebrated a successful 2019 by hiring two new members of staff.

The HR and training consultancy, which moved to newly designed offices in Darley Abbey Mills last spring, increased turnover by 41% to £244,106 from £173,000 the previous year.

The company, headed by Sarah Loates and Kevin Marks, attracted 64 unique new clients during 2019 to add to the 48 which called upon its services for the first time the previous year.

HR and soft skills trainer Annie Litchfield and HR and training administrator Corynne Clarke have now joined the firm, while HR consultant Lucy Sherwin has extended from two and a half to four days a week.

Annie, whose background is with a logistics company, said: “We want to give added value to our clients, offering the training which will help them to prevent workplace issues rather than having to fire-fight. Therefore, I will be training people in personal and communications skills, leadership and time management.

“Loates HR has very personal relationships with clients. Our courses are excellent and we are particularly effective at creating bespoke training, working with clients on their specific requirements. I am really excited about the opportunity and challenge. Training is my passion.”

Loates received 180 applicants for the role of HR and training administrator which has been filled by Corynne Clarke.

Corynne said: “Everyone is professional here but while it is clear that Sarah and Kev are directors, it is very relaxed. It is a very close team.”

Corynne can speak Polish and can use sign language, adding yet more strings to the Loates HR bow.