Resourceful former solicitor starts up his own HR firm
David Bell (50) gave up a comfortable job as an in-house solicitor at Greencore to buy a Dublin-based HR business:
"Halfway through the last decade I decided to scale back my work at Greencore to three days a week to allow me explore other opportunities. I have always wanted to own my own business.
Then I came across The HR Department and fell in love with it. I made an offer and bought it using my savings in 2007, leaving my solicitor job outright to devote myself full time to the business.
We provide human resources services to any business that doesn't have the resources to employ people to do these jobs full time - like the vast majority of Ireland's SMEs.
We help with every aspect of HR, from recruitment to staff performance.
One of the things that makes us unique is our online packages, including staff handbooks and employment contracts, which can be easily personalised to any small business and are very reasonably priced.
You would be amazed at how many businesses neglect to give contracts or put their rules for issues like sick leave in writing.
Failure to do so exposes them to employment tribunals and hefty legal fees."