At affordable value and with nothing too small, we enable business owners and business leaders achieve their commercial goals with our expert HR, Leadership Development and Health & Safety guidance
Our speciality is working with small and medium-sized businesses so whatever your need, whether you have five, fifty or two hundred employees if you require in-house resources or consultancy advice, whether you have a single question or need a long-term partner SME Advisor’s highly experienced team are here to help you.
Our expert, qualified, and commercial people are passionate about giving you all the support and guidance you may require ensuring your HR and Health & Safety is current, relevant, and dealt with appropriately and legally.
And, if you and your team want to communicate more effectively and reach your full potential, then we can help you with dynamic management training and coaching.
On a retained or an ad hoc needs basis, we ensure:
- you are fully compliant, with the perfect procedures and documentation in place.
- you get instant advice on difficult matters.
- our cloud-based HR Management software simplifies tasks and helps you to manage employee records and distribute key documents.
Free initial HR review and gap analysis. Up to one hour identifying key opportunities for you and completing an HR health check for you and your business.
We develop leadership as a behaviour not simply a job title. Creating a leadership team that enables your business to develop sustainable competitive advantage through sensitive robust commercial alignment of your employees’ skills and behaviours with the achievement of your key company objectives.
Free initial Leadership review and gap analysis. Up to one hour identifying key opportunities for you and completing a Leadership health check for you and your business.
All employers are expected to remain compliant with often complex regulations and provide a safe working environment. Everything you need to provide a safe working environment, policies, procedures, safety audits, training and advice.
Using a GAP Analysis we will assess your current position to get an accurate understanding of the work that may be involved to achieve compliance this will help prevent any potential fines and/or imprisonment issued by regulatory authorities.
Free initial consultation of up to one-hour identifying key areas that need to be addressed.
Hot topics & areas we can help you remain compliant, save you time & minimise risk...
The Employee Handbook contains the policies & procedures covering areas such as
- Disciplinary Procedures
- Grievance Procedures
- Maternity & Paternity
- Alcohol & Drugs
- and more
These set of rules will show how both employees & employer alike should act throughout their relationship.
A contract of employment is an agreement between employer & employee covering the terms under which they work together
- Working hours
- Notice periods
- Post employment restrictions
Contracts are normally signed but acceptance can be implied by an employee simply attending work.
An investigation is essential to ascertain the facts.
- Interview all parties & witnesses
- Openness will improve communication
- If a procedure exists, follow it
- Do not delay
- Plan your meetings & questions
- Keep concise records
Only a comprehensive investigation will enable an employer to determine if there is a case to answer.
Hiring from outside the UK
The way employers hire someone from outside the UK changed on 1 January 2021, when the Brexit transition period ended.
There is now a points-based immigration system. This means that:
- A sponsor licence will be required
- Pay & other requirements must be met
- Plan ahead
Easy-to-use HR software for SMEs
- Eliminate HR admin
- Attract the best people
- Develop your team
- Access on the move
- Motivate your people
ACAS Code of Practice
- Deal with matters promptly
- Do not delay meetings or decisions
- Be consistent
- Carry out investigations
- Communicate the basis of problems
- Allow a response
- Only make decisions when all facts are known
- Allow employees to be accompanied at formal meetings
- Allow the right to appeal
The MBTI® is a highly versatile tool that has helped millions of people around the world gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they interact with others.
This program has been developed by a collaboration of industry and leadership development professionals. The content provides real commercial value to the workplace and practical benefits in terms of personal development.
Run mentoring programs, uncovering and sharing the hidden knowledge and experience lying dormant in your like-minded network.
Developing great teams takes effort in order to mature a bunch of people who work together, into a high-performing team achieving fabulous things in an enjoyable way.
The journey to emotionally agile continuous performance development.
Establish how to work most effectively together as a leadership team and as leaders of their teams.
Your Health & Safety Policy shows how you will manage the different risk areas within your business.
Health & Safety Policy Statement setting out your commitment to managing health & safety effectively and what is wanted to be achieved.
Risk Assessments look at all work processes and activities.
Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to protect their employees, and others, from harm.
This will entail
- Identifying hazards that could cause injury or illness
- Understand the risk & how likely someone could be harmed & how seriously
- Implement control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk
Managing COVID-19 is like any other workplace hazard, so the same rules apply as with any risk assessment.
Whether the workplace is an office, factory, warehouse, transport, or a construction site the COVID-19 hazard will present itself differently and you will potentially therefore have to manage it differently.
Remember with COVID-19 the recommendations and legal obligations are changing frequently and so will your control measures.
Our friends at the HSE are on the prowl, checking how employers are managing their Health & Safety. Any workplace can be visited & a breach means a fine, plus Fees For Intervention at £154 per hour while they inspect, report, and write to you! If you’re prosecuted, then you must then notify your insurers, and this may impact on future premiums.
The 5 steps to Health & Safety training & why it is needed.
- Decide what training you need
- Decide your training priorities
- Choose your training methods
- Deliver the training
- Check it has worked
Why bother with a Safety Audit?
Look at the benefits
- identify both good & bad practices
- show your people that you care
- lead by example
- protect your reputation
- protect against business interruption
- avoid prosecution
The need to train employees exists whatever your business, Construction, Manufacturing, Distribution, Business Services, Health Care, or other sectors.
Our eLearning enables you to choose from a comprehensive suite of over 100 topics to complement any existing knowledge. We provide a complementary Management System that allows you to distribute licences, monitor progress and download certificates.
SME Advisor carried out Health and Safety checks on one of my building projects. The property which was a public building was having refurbishment work carried out. His team applied just the right amount of checks, not overbearing but ensured that the work was being carried out in a safe manner. His team was also on hand for advice when needed. I would be happy to recommend SME Advisor.
- Alan Prior, AP Architectural
In 2006 our company was almost broke, had no direction and was lost in the day to day dilemma of trying to survive. From that day to this I have been utilising SME Advisor’s expertise in the many areas of professional development, coaching and mentorship they excel in. Their delivery is fresh, structured, controlled and highly valuable to all involved. SME Advisor has transformed our business into a highly motivated, constantly improving, profitable organization. With a caring and commercial culture. I would highly suggest SME Advisor will ensure you achieve the results you are searching for.
- Allan Sandilands, Taipan Pty Ltd
SME Advisor Ltd were extremely professional recently when dealing with a potential employment issue. Their knowledge and experience was invaluable and I would have no hesitation in utilising their services again in the future.
- A Packham, Shore Financial Services Ltd
We have been working with SME Advisor for many years. We have always found that their team have provided very balanced and real world advice both for us and our clients. They take the worry off of our shoulders. We would happily recommend their services to others.
- Allen Porter, Middleton Insurance Services
Paul Beard and his colleagues have provided the immediate and specialised HR help and support that I have needed over the past 5 years, employing and managing office staff for my charity. I was told by SME ‘Don’t do anything before you contact us’ and this advice has been vital. They are respected experts in their field, and I cannot praise them enough for their professional manner and intense support.
- Diana Levantine, The Sussex Snowdrop Trust
After years of working with faceless HR Providers, we have been delighted with the high quality, person-centred and local service we receive from SME Advisor. Paul and his team understand us and our mission as a charity, and through the input of their professional expertise and skills, they enable us to provide they best possible HR services to our staff so they can continue support our blind and sight impaired beneficiaries.
- Nik Demetriades, 4Sight Vision Support
Paul and the team have been invaluable to our business over recent months. With so many potential challenges to face, his advice has taken a significant chunk of it off my plate allowing us to focus on what we do best. Highly recommend SMEAdvisor
- Mark Wisdom
Do you need support with your HR or Health & Safety?
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Whether you need a single one-off meeting, an on-going consultancy or an entire portfolio of documentation and advice, SME Advisor offers a bespoke service on all HR and Health & Safety matters whatever your need and budget. We are here to help you!