HR For Small Businesses

HR for Small Businesses can be left by the wayside – as a small organisation, you may find Human Resources activities are not particularly necessary during the set-up phase. You may cover this area yourself as a business owner, or spread HR activities across various team members. 

However, as you grow, you’ll find that HR becomes a vital function within your organisation. This growth may lead to you employing an in-house HR staff member, or you may choose to outsource to an HR Consultancy. 

HR for small businesses

What does the HR function include? 

There are numerous HR tasks within a business, including:

  • HR Strategy
  • Employment law
  • Organisational development 
  • Managing change
  • Recruitment 
  • Maintaining employee records
  • Performance mangement
  • Employee benefits 
  • Employee engagement 
  • Company culture
  • Redundancy 

Following the chaos of the pandemic, a need for HR support in businesses has increased, with policy adjustments, flexible working and remote working requiring assistance from expert professionals. 

The CIPD provides a more detailed list of the HR objectives for different organisations.

What are the benefits of HR support for small businesses? 

Ultimate flexibility

Having dedicated support for HR activities will provide excellent flexibility to your small business with the ability to adjust the services needed as and when required.

Improve or implement processes

It can be hard to know where to focus your process improvement or implementation; by appointing resources to HR activities, you can streamline processes to ensure you’re getting the best out of your business. 


Saving costs is vital to small organisations; HR advises which support areas are needed in a personalised and structured manner to ensure you’re getting exactly what you need. 


By ensuring you perform HR activities within a dedicated function, your management team can devote time to leadership and strategy for driving the business forward. 

Specialist knowledge

HR experts provide you with access to specialist knowledge in employment law and legislation, which can help ensure your business is compliant and receives employment law updates when necessary. 

Breathe HR

Experts in HR can provide access to HR software allowing you to progress your HR direction and strategy with specialist tools.

Why else might you require HR support for small businesses? 

  • Are you experiencing a high rate of staff turnover?
  • Do you need to manage employee conduct and dismissals correctly? 
  • Do you have an employee handbook and policies drafted? 
  • Are you experiencing growth? 
  • Do you need to reduce employee absenteeism? 
  • Do your employees have performance reviews? 

The Sussex HR Hub provides small to large businesses with personalised HR Support across the UK. Contact our team to learn more about how we can support you today.