New signings after super year for Loates HR

Loates HR has celebrated a superb 2019 by hiring two new staff and increasing the days of one of its team.

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 life partners 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 fast-growing 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.

She added that she was attracted by Loates HR’s reputation for personal engagement.

“When you apply for a job you can get lost in the corporate side but I knew as soon as I saw the Loates HR website that I would be at home. It emphasises company values and it is much more involved and personal than most."

Lucy Sherwin had been sharing her time between Loates HR and Derby Quad since last summer and has now progressed to four days a week.

She said:

“It’s been amazing so far. It was wonderful that they allowed me to work so flexibly while I was carrying on as part-time HR manager at Quad.

“As Loates HR had such a successful year, they asked me to extend my time here and I was delighted to do so.

“Quad is still close to my heart so I will be working from home one day a week on its Erdf project called Mainframe – aimed at creating a network of digital businesses in Derby. “

Sarah Loates said:

“I am made up to have brought such exciting people into the business. Along with Matilda Swanson, Gill Phillips and ourselves, I think we have a great team.

“Obviously, we are thrilled at the success of the business in 2019 and can’t wait to progress even further in 2020.”


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