“Following our Directors Appraisal Day with Anita, we all had a great day and got so much from it. It was and will be transformational. Thank you for all your excellent assistance.”

Robert Logan

Group Finance and Operations Director, Windsor Integrated Services Group (recycling and waste management)

“Following our training, the feedback so far from the participants has been excellent; comments received were that the presentation was very well put together, very informative and that Claire was very engaging and delivered the material extremely well. We just need to put it all into practice. Thank you.”

Juliette Withey MAAT

Practice Manager, Woods Hardwick (Architects, Engineers and Development Consultants)

“Our experience of using Beststart remains very positive. All arrangements run smoothly and feedback regarding the quality of Anita’s facilitation is consistently good.”

John Allen

Academy Head, Regional Learning & Development, A well-known global bank (NDA in place)

“Beststart has provided us with “boots on the ground” in the UK – supporting our centralized global HR model. This is only possible when you find a good culture fit who also understands the industry and is a credible expert. This is not always an easy thing to do”

Alice Lindenauer

Global Human Resources, Hamilton Lane (Private Equity)

“Your action oriented, professional, collaborative style and can do attitude has been a pleasure for us all to work with”
“Thanks again for helping us and being so efficient and results oriented! You are like one of us “silicon valley types” in that regard, which is a pleasant surprise!”
“Thank you for such a reasonable proposal [for a retained HR support]. We have been very pleased with your support through our redundancy process and would very much like to continue with your guidance and support. Your action oriented, professional and collaborative style and can do attitude has been a pleasure for us all to work with, even in these most difficult times. The results will show in the graceful exit of those impacted and the retention of those that remain.”

Sandy O’Gorman

Vice President, Human Resources, ARC International plc (software development)

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. I have spoken to the individual and she is very happy, and I think this is largely due to how you handled the whole situation [redundancy]. You have a very good manner with people and are fair in every respect. This comes across strongly, and I am so glad we used you (Beststart).

I hope that if we need your services again, that you will be available and willing to do so.”

Sonya Dixon

Human Resources Advisor, Grand Lodge of England

“I thought your professional response to my enquiry was superb, and I shall definitely be recommending your services.”

Mel Blackmore

Managing Director, Blackmores (ISO Standards)

“Let me confirm that Anita did a splendid job and was a pleasure to work with. Her efficiency and friendly but firm approach was appreciated by the staff and the review that we undertook is now well behind Osem UK. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Anita to provide HR business partner support – she is a real asset.”

Michael Collyer

Non-Executive Director, Osem UK (importer and distributor of kosher food)

“Thanks so much for the review.  I have read it a couple of times now and the recommendations are most interesting and thought provoking. The thoroughness of the review is such that we could take those recommendations and implement them without no further input from Beststart and even your own opening comments state that we are under no obligation.  But, what has struck me most is that small companies, employing a few people, can no longer ‘wing it’ with regard to HR, such is the depth of knowledge, experience and understanding required to have good HR procedures, policy and enforcement.

On that basis I would like to talk further with you about how Beststart can assist GTS in getting the best from its staff and offering the best for its staff. Certainly, I am finding HR to be more and more of a headache, as well as more and more time consuming, and I just don’t have the time, knowledge or even inclination to really bother with it. So Beststart sound like just what I’m looking for!!”

Graham Taylor

Director and Founder, GTS Ltd (ventilation equipment specialists)

“Thanks very much to Beststart for helping the Digswell Park Sports Association to put in place professional HR processes which are appropriate in scale and tone for a small non-profit making organisation like ours, yet also give us the confidence that we are complying with the latest legislation and guidelines and most importantly ensure that we are looking after our staff well. Great sensitivity was needed and provided by Claire Thompson in the initial stages of this project, and her support was much appreciated by our committee.”

Jane Edwards

Secretary, Digswell Park Sports Association

“[Beststart] have helped us through the HR minefield offering clear advice. They have certainly taken the stress out of updating our company policy and contract.”

John Edwards

Sales Director, Cupaz Limited (office furniture)

“The service I received was excellent and I will certainly recommend Best Start to my colleagues.”

Andrea Hopley

Practice Manager, Cognacity (mental wellbeing experts)

“I must say your re-organisation has truly re-vitalised L and Co.  Everyone is pulling in the right direction, and there is a real buzz about the place, and all thanks to you. I wish I had done this years ago. You have shaken my business up, re-structured it and set us on course for recovery.

We like it when you visit us, as your external viewpoint is really quite  interesting, and gets us thinking. You also benchmark us against the outside world, which can be quite an eye opener, and acts as a catalyst to move us forward.”

Geoff Long

Managing Director, L & Co (accountants)

“Dafydd together with his Business Partner Anita manage a first class HR consultancy having many years’ experience implementing practical solutions. Their knowledge is first class and will add value to any business that they touch. HR is often seen as a cost and a compliance issue. Best Start HR make HR a business development tool ensuring you gain maximum value from your business.”

Ivor Kellock

Director, 21st Century New Media Ltd (consultancy)

“As our business grew we knew we needed to set up our Human Resources on a more formal basis but we didn’t want to be bogged down in the bureaucracy that’s normally associated with it. Beststart HR listened to what we wanted and delivered it in a way that was right for our company. We now have all our paperwork in order, an Employee Handbook and an appraisal system that worked for me, as a Director and my team. Beststart HR conveyed all the necessary information in an easy to understand manner and provided a very professional service.”

Spencer Honour

Director, Office Portfolio Ltd (office furniture)

“Anita has delivered a number of HR related training sessions for our staff at all different levels of the business. Her style is very “hands on” and engaging and her breadth of experience not only within our sector but of other industries, meant that she was able to help with all the different scenarios and situations that we needed guidance on. The material that she used was very relevant and to this day, staff still refer to it!”

Alex Langley

HR Business Partner, Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors

“I’m off tomorrow. I hope we have reason to meet again. I have been impressed from the start over the quality of Anita’s work – given the opportunity I would instruct Anita again and again and recommend her (already have).”

Godfrey Mather

Chief Executive, Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors

“We engaged the services of Beststart HR to undertake a full Compensation and Benefits review across our company. From the start, their service was professional, timely and well thought through. We asked Beststart HR to complete an internal staff attitude survey alongside a benchmarking activity within the profession. From this, they were able to provide recommendations for our reward packages. Deciding to then launch a flexible benefits programme, Beststart navigated us around external suppliers and helped us choose the right provider. This part of our project together was invaluable and really allowed us to focus on the needs of our business while having the expertise of Beststart guiding us through what could have been a minefield of suppliers and choice. Constant updates and contact with us filled me with confidence that we had engaged the right consultancy for this job!”

Fiona Dewar

HR Director, Vets Now Emergency (out of hours vets)