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


Helen has been the “go to” human resources guru for Assent Building Control since 2014.  Her wealth of experience, the depth of her knowledge and her infectious positivity has given us confidence to forge positive staff relationships that are invaluable for growing a successful business.  Helen has guided us through the whole process from documenting our policies and procedures to producing and delivering fun team building seminars and ultimately guiding us to successfully managing our day to day HR compliance ourselves. Helen continues to regularly update us on all HR developments to help us to adapt in a constantly changing HR landscape.

We continue to look to Helen to for all our out of the ordinary situations.  She is a joy to behold in those “difficult conversation” moments.  Helen has the focus to defuse emotional situations in a sympathetic but clear sighted way.  Resolving disputes and reaching successful conclusions can be guaranteed when Helen is involved.  We know we can rely on Helen for help with all our HR requirements and we always recommend her.

Della Miller
Recruitment co-ordinator, Assent Building Control

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


The Personnel Partnership, and Helen Straw in particular, have become an essential and trusted part of my organisation’s HR function.  From the outset of our relationship Helen was careful to invest the time to really get to know us as individuals, and as an organisation.  This has established a vital foundation of trust, both for employees and the senior leadership team, that, together with a real understanding of best practice in this sphere, has permitted the development and maintenance of a positive HR environment.  Deeply professional, responsive, flexible and invariably pleasant to work with, Helen Straw is an important and valued part of our team.

Jason Wright
Chief Executive, RFCA

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

Maiden Voyage

The Personnel Partnership have been supporting our business ever since we made our first recruits. Helen and the team have seen us through the entire employment lifecycle and were worth their weight in gold during the COVID19 pandemic, helping us to navigate complex HR processes.  Aside from the mechanics of HR, Helen is a superb confident coach, she can literally get you through anything and you’ll come out with your sanity intact too.

Carolyn Pearson
Maiden Voyage

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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