The Personnel Partnership, and Helen Straw in particular, have provided vital HR support to Evident as we have grown our business. Helen has such a vast knowledge of HR, but she took the time to understand our business and the challenges we were facing, so that we benefited from tailor-made solutions to meet our needs. When we were facing complex HR scenarios not only were these handled with compassion, timeliness, and professionalism but Helen was available to support us and answer any of our queries. The Personnel Partnership also provided specific HR training for our staff, which was of an excellent standard. We would highly recommend Helen and the Personnel Partnership.

Teresa Everson-Smith
Director of Insight and Markets, Evident


Helen from the personnel partnership delivered a fantastic EDI workshop for our team. The session was informative and engaging with lots of opportunity for discussion which really helped our team think about the subject in a new light and reinvigorate our thinking.  The feedback from the team was great and we will certainly work with Helen again for any future requirements.

Ellie Smith
Business Manager, S&SA Architects


We wanted to formalise company values and use them to develop our recruitment, employee appraisal and learning development processes.

Having known Helen for a long time and being aware of her skill set, I asked her to help us.

Helen was fantastic, with great communication and advice from start to finish. She planned every session and shared plans ahead of each time. She used great coaching questions to elicit responses from the team and was calm, knowledgeable, thoughtful and gentle when delivering sessions with the team. Everyone was put at ease and felt their contribution was valued. We now have a great set of values to build on.

I look forward to working together on future projects.

Julie Tumily
Managing Director, Feature Media


The Personnel Partnership have been just that, our partners in helping us manage our HR over the past year.  Helen and her associates have been a tower of strength providing advice, reassurance and professional assistance during some challenging times.  I cannot recommend their services enough, you will not regret having them on hand to guide you.

Will Menzies
Chief Executive, Pennine GP Alliance



Helen has helped with overhauling the company HR and policies for the business and has helped with some tricky and sensitive issues providing support and advice all the way from start to finish making the HR processes sail seamlessly to successful conclusions. In addition to this Helen has also delivered training to the senior staff on a variety of areas giving them confidence and empowering their personal knowledge and provides HR legal updates for the Partners on a regular basis to keep everyone up to speed with current legislation.

More recently Helen has provided invaluable assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only to keep the company compliant contractually, but also offered a practical point of view and Helen has been advising and directing us in some difficult and taxing decisions. Furthermore Helen has been able to keep us up to speed with the ever changing and complex legislation with her regular email updates.

Helen has been an invaluable asset to Bramleys. She has a vast wealth of knowledge on all areas of HR and is professional to the end. Combining this with her friendly nature and approachability means we have a winning combination. We would have no hesitation in recommending Helen and her team to any prospective companies or individuals requiring HR support. Helen is always there on the end of the phone or email whenever you need assistance.

Helen Hollingsworth
Partner, Bramleys

union industries

I have been working with the Personnel Partnership for more than 15 years now. They are unparalleled in their depth of knowledge but more importantly their ability to look at real life situations and develop bespoke solutions rather than prepacked advice. They take the time to really understand the issue and guide me though a range of options that work for our company. As if that weren’t enough, they are really friendly too. It took a long time to find a really top drawer HR resource, now that I’ve found one, I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Andrew Lane
Managing Director, Union Industries


Johnsons of Whixley

Helen has been a key element of our team since 2006. In our opinion Helen provides a unique combination of knowledge, experience and approachability.

Helen is our de-facto port of call for all HR and People related matters – she not only provides an essential service in protecting our business but she also enriches the general employment experience for all. Helen is just as likely to be found providing a sympathetic ear to ‘nursery workers’ as she is assisting Directors in high level and delicate employment issues. Helen is reliable, always professional and is highly skilled – in a nutshell she is indispensable.

Graham Richardson
Group Managing Director, Johnsons of Whixley Ltd

Futuresound Group

Given the constant changes our business has faced since the start of the pandemic it has been vital to us to have someone we can rely on. Helen and her team at The Personnel Partnership have been just that, providing clear advice and experienced perspectives allowing us to make decisions efficiently and effectively. Would recommend to anyone who needs a supporting hand in HR.

Arron Hutchinson
Group Finance Director, Futuresound Group

Thanks to The Personnel Partnership we’ve been able to capture and control our HR requirements and processes.  This has helped to provide a solution, enabling DS.E Directors to manage their own internal HR workloads as well as providing a sounding board and management development scheme for our key staff across our three offices.

Matt Button
Director, DS Emotion


Screen Yorkshire
Helen’s support and guidance has been invaluable in helping us reshape elements of our business, ensuring they are fit for purpose in a new era and within a new structure. Helen takes time and trouble to understand the business, its functions and its ethos, so the package she delivers is entirely focused on and appropriate to the needs of the individual business.

Helen’s follow up support has also been fantastic – always on hand to answer questions and provide further advice and guidance. She’s now our first port of call for personnel matters.

Sally Joynson
Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire

The Personnel Partnership have been an invaluable support agency for our organisation as we have faced times of significant change, challenge and development.  Helen’s informed, professional and always helpful approach has meant that we have been able to deal with any HR concerns with a confidence and assurance that has been invaluable.

Paula Bee
Chief Executive, Age UK Wakefield

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