Small Business HR

Articles and guides on HR issues for UK small business owners with advice on HR software, controlling payroll and all aspects of employing and managing staff effectively.

Employing & managing staff

How do bank holidays affect statutory sick pay?

I have to make an employee redundant. She has been on long-term sick leave, has three years of service, and our annual leave policy is 22 days plus all English bank holidays. Must I pay her for bank holidays while she has been off?

Accounts & Tax

National Payroll Week: How HR professionals can adapt for the future

Payroll and HR professionals have a multitude of challenges to overcome post-Covid. For small business owners, in particular, it’s important to understand these new challenges and help colleagues work to their best ability

Legal advice

Can I dismiss an employee for sending threatening text?

Two members of staff had an argument. One left the premises and I asked her not to return. She sent me a text threatening me with 'people to sort me out'. Can I dismiss her?

Employing & managing staff

Terminating a contract – what if your worker is only part-time?

We use a cleaner who comes in three to four hours during office hours on a Friday. This is no longer suitable and we have an alternative company ready to deal takeover. How to deal with terminating a part-time contract

Employing & managing staff

What should you include in an employment contract?

When you’re starting a business, employee contracts are probably the last thing on your mind. But drafting a well-written contract defangs problems down the line

Business management

7 of the best HR consultancy companies in the UK

Want to outsource your HR but don't know who to go to? We've got a round-up of some of the best HR consultancy companies in the UK

Employing & managing staff

When should a small business think about outsourcing HR?

Every small business needs to keep on top of HR but overstretched owners may not have the time and resources to do so. Outsourcing HR can be a flexible and cost-effective solution

Employing & managing staff

6 simple ways to create a healthy workplace environment

Going for long-terms solutions, valuing staff and being consistent are just three ways you can create a healthy workplace, say Karen Meager and John McLachlan

Business Technology

7 ways SMBs benefit from using HR software

You don't need to hire a whole human resources team for your small business – here's how HR software could benefit your company.

Employing & managing staff

How to handle the HR process as your business expands

A growing business is a sure-fire sign of success, but it comes with a raft of issues, especially for HR. Gideon Schulman of Pytronot explains how to tackle them.


One in three recruiters admit to ‘stalking’ potential employees online

One in three recruiters admit to ‘stalking’ potential employees online, and UK professionals reveal that they expect to be ‘Googled’ by employers.

Employing & managing staff

Six HR mistakes start-ups make and how to avoid them

Making staffing mistakes as a small business on a tight budget can be fatal. Here are the common ones and how not to fall foul of them.

Masterclass Series

The funding landscape

This article from Tracc looks at the changing funding landscape and how business owners can improve their chance to secure funding themselves

Partner content

5 tools to help monetise your content in 2022

We explore five online tools that you can use to help you monetise your content in 2022

Partner content

Tooling up for hybrid

Equipping your people with the best technologies for the hybrid workplace

Partner content

Securing your business in the hybrid workplace

Ensure your business is prepared for the increasing threat of cybercrime