Return to his roots for Fylde HR launch

Andrew Charnock
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Blackpool-born businessman Andrew Charnock has returned home to set up the HR Dept in Preston and Leyland.

He has launched the new business after spending 28 years in London and will offer employment advice and support to SMEs in the area.

Mr Charnock, aged 56, has run a successful business in London but was called home at the start of the year to help his two brothers look after their elderly mother.

And he has taken the opportunity to set up the new company from home in Blackpool, targeting Preston and Leyland as key markets for new business.

The HR Dept will offer the full spectrum of HR advice and support, outsourced to small business owners who would not normally expect to have such extensive expertise available to them.

The former Blackpool and The Fylde College student and ex-BNFL Springfields man said his services and business are supported by the head offices of The HR Dept, which has a network of licensees providing practical HR support for SMEs in 77 territories around the UK.

And while maintaining his portfolio of clients in London, he said he is looking forward to getting to know his local small business community.

He said: “I’m delighted to be home and living on the coast again. The pace of life is different here but I was never going to retire in London so it’s just a matter of adjusting.

“Geographically the area’s a lot bigger than London and I’m still trying to get a handle on the spread of business.

“But there’s a lot for SMEs to think about at the moment and my role is to keep them updated and to try and predict and prepare, for example, for what’s going to happen following on from the General Election. As long as I can take that burden of managing HR legislation away from the business owner, offering reassurance and support, then there’s a great offering there.”

Mr Charnock’s retained clients in London subscribe to the HR Dept’s monthly Advice Line package, of unlimited HR advice and support as well as employment tribunal insurance. He said that modern ways of doing business meant he expected to remain in the North West for the most part.

“My clients generally don’t need to see me,” he said. “If I need to meet them I can get on the train from Blackpool to Euston.

Sue Tumelty, Founder and Executive Director of The HR Dept, said: “It’s great to have someone of Andrew’s calibre offering our services in central Lancashire and I’m sure he will run his business there with great success.”