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"Especially on the accounts side, we did try another accounting company but found Burgis & Bullock to be more personable, flexible and committed to our needs. On the audit side we have used another company as well and they just couldn't..."
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Thank you, Marcel, for your kind words. Marcel Machado is the General Manager of Romi Machines UK...
Name:
Marcel Machado
Sector:
Machinery Importer
Company:
Romi Machines UK Ltd
Town:
Rugby
Date:
26/09/2017
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Romi Machines UK Ltd, the UK arm of Brazil’s largest machinery manufacturer regret being tempted by a ‘low-cost’ offer.  Having tried the competition, poor service and other issues saw them turn to Burgis and Bullock for Audit, Accounting and Compliance Support when their pervious Accountant let them down.

Romi Machines UK Ltd
Tel:
01788 544221
Web:
www.romiuk.com/
Email:
welcome@romiuk.com
Romi Machines UK Ltd – Specialist Injection Moulding Machinery Manufacture, Sales and Support.

Romi Machines UK Ltd is the UK arm of Brazil’s largest machinery manufacturer.  They are one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of specialist injection moulding machines in Europe.  The company is expanding rapidly in the UK and Europe.  They are committed to providing excellent after sales care for all their machines and stock a huge number of spare parts so the equipment they sell can be maintained and downtime avoided.

Established in 1975 as Sandretto UK, they have sold and service over 3,000 specialist injection moulding machines. Their expertise enables them to deliver complete solutions from planning to installation. Their products are low cost, maximise up time and have low energy consumption providing the perfect solution for every day workshop needs.

Poor Audit Quality, Lack of Traceability Records and Lost Working Papers… Just some of the problems.

These were just some of the issues Marcel Machado, the General Manager of Romi Machines UK Ltd had to contend with when, understandably, they were tempted by the promise of ‘quality service and lower prices’.  Fortunately for Romi Machines, Marcel knew when things were not going as well as they should.

A good Audit protects everyone; however, it relies on robust systems and processes, a minimum requirement is good working papers and traceability.  When Marcel realised this was missing, he was swift to take action and address the situation by changing Accountants as soon as possible.

Fortunately, Marcel knew exactly where to turn...

Having Experienced Burgis and Bullock’s Service Levels, the Solution was Obvious.

Having previously used Burgis and Bullock’s Audit services, Romi Machines and Marcel were fortunate in knowing where to go to for the expert guidance, professionalism and attention to detail they needed.

Wendy Hubbard, Senior Partner at Burgis and Bullock heads up the Corporate Services division, including audit and business advice for local and international companies as well as charities and not for profit organisations.

Wende’s expertise and first-hand experience and a particular focus on the engineering and manufacturing sector, allowed her to offer practical and technical advice whilst sharing invaluable insight with Romi Machines UK Ltd.

In Wende’s words: “We are delighted to be working with Romi Machines UK Ltd to audit their accounts and help with corporate finance planning”. 

Services Provided to Romi Machines UK Ltd.
  • Audit
  • Accounting
  • Compliance
  • Advice
What Would Marcel Say to Anyone Else Whose Accountants Are Not Delivering What is Required?

“we did try another accounting company but found Burgis & Bullock to be more personable, flexible and committed to our needs.”

“On the audit side, we used another company and they just couldn't deliver the same level of service as Burgis & Bullock.  The audit was done poorly, they didn't have good traceability records, and they lost the working papers.  So, we moved back to Burgis & Bullock.  You get what you pay for”.

Romi Machines UK Ltd
Tel:
01788 544221
Web:
www.romiuk.com/
Email:
welcome@romiuk.com
"I would highly recommend other companies needing Health and Safety guidance to contact Avensure’s Health and Safety team."
Name:
Matthew Town
Job Title:
Project Manager
Sector:
Archeology
Company:
-
Town:
Co. Durham
Date:
20/12/2016
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This Case Study provides a summary of the recent Health & Safety advice provided and how Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd have benefited by using Avensure’s expert knowledge.

Client:
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Supplier:
-
Tel:
01833 690 800
Web:
www.naa.gb.com
Email:
mt@naa.gb.com
About Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd

Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd is one of the North East's largest and best known independent heritage consultancies, offering a full range of archaeological and historic environment services across the UK. Established since 1990.

Why did Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd need Health and Safety Assistance?

Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd contacted the Health and Safety Team at Avensure in need of Health & Safety expert advice, on a project they were contracted to produce an archaeological report for a number of buildings on a former industrial site prior to demolition. Their client informed them that the buildings which required a report, had asbestos present and were currently under an asbestos management plan. “At Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd we pride ourselves in protecting the health, safety and welfare of our employees, with this project we required the assistance of Avensure’s Health and Safety advice team to support us in gaining an understanding of our requirements under Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.”

How did Avensure help Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd address their Health and Safety query?

“First off we provided Avensure with a copy of the asbestos surveys which were completed and provided to us by our clients. We needed Avensure’s expertise on what the job would entail based on the findings on those surveys. They reviewed the asbestos surveys, completed by a competent Health and Safety contractor and identified that whilst the surveys had been carried out a few years back, these urgently needed a re-inspection. We were given detailed information of what we should be made aware of regarding the specific job at hand and a systematic approach of what steps we needed to take going forwards. The thorough review and the detailed email enabled us to confidently go back to our client with further queries and information regarding the status and condition of the Asbestos. Following further information from our Client we didn’t hesitate to contact our Health and Safety advisor, to review the more recent asbestos surveys. It was nice to get clarification on the processes we were already doing and further support on the specific PPE required for carrying out the non-invasive project.”

What services do Avensure provide Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd?

Health & Safety Initial visit to clients Primary site to conduct a Health & Safety evaluation Summary Report and Recommendations Health and Safety Management system and supporting documentation, including health & Safety policy statement, structure arrangements, records, risk assessment guide, guidance notes and employee handbook. Updates of Health & Safety documentation in line with changes to legislation, or changes to organisational structure or layout of premises. Unlimited email and telephone support. Access to an expert Health and Safety Advice Team 24/7 basis HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Bev Wood who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister/ Solicitor trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

Following the advice from the experts of the Health and Safety team at Avensure, we felt well equipped for the project and reassured that the control measures in place were both suitable and sufficient. I would highly recommend other companies needing Health and Safety guidance to contact Avensure’s Health and Safety team.

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Tel:
01833 690 800
Web:
www.naa.gb.com
Email:
mt@naa.gb.com
"The services have been great"
Name:
Peter McCarthy
Job Title:
Owner
Sector:
-
Company:
McCarthy's
Town:
South of England
Date:
20/12/2016
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Baking and selling produce on various Markets across the South of England, McCarthy’s Country Store have been using Avensure for all aspects of their HR and Employment Law compliance. This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how McCarthy’s Country Store has benefitted from Avensure’s HR services.

McCarthy's
Tel:
-
Web:
www.mccarthyscountrystore.co.uk
Email:
e-mail@e-mail.com
About McCarthy Country Store

A small company owned and ran by Peter McCarthy, producing artisan bread and other baked goods. The business retails the baked products on various markets across the south of England. Peter prides himself on building this business over the last 10 years from scratch.

Why did McCarthy Country Store need HR or Employment Law Advice and Legal Assistance?

An ex-employee had commenced proceedings in the employment tribunal. Peter had been handling the matter himself fairly comfortably for several months and had attended tribunal on the first occasion on his own against the claimant’s solicitors. As matters became more protracted and the claimant’s solicitors were seeking a sum over £26,000, it was then that Peter decided to engage the services of Avensure to represent him in the next tribunal hearing as well as the long term services of outsourced HR advice and support. The claimant was claiming that they had been discriminated against, unfairly dismissed and further to this claiming unpaid wages, notice pay and holiday pay. Peter instructed Avensure with approximately 1 week to go before the next tribunal hearing.

How did Avensure help address their HR issue?

After reviewing the paperwork Avensure advised Peter on the course of action. Avensure took preparation for the tribunal out of Peter’s hands and contacted the tribunal as well as the Claimant’s solicitors. With only a few days preparation the Claimant’s solicitors had already halved their settlement expectations by making an offer of £10,000 in full and final settlement. The hearing was to deal with complex issues, law and submissions in trying to have the claim struck out on an intricately argued legal point. The claimant was cross examined whilst on oath and Avensure were able to demonstrate frailties, inconsistencies and make the claimant’s evidence look wholly unreliable. After some scrutiny from the tribunal the submissions and representation from Avensure was well reasoned and all the claims against Peter were struck out and the claim failed without progressing any further. Peter commented “I wouldn’t usually want to have outsourced services like HR but now I wouldn’t look back and think that the result was exceptional. It was a great result with such a limited time before the hearing and I’m pleased to have engaged the services of Avensure. I attended the previous hearing and understood the majority of it but this one was more technical and more legal and I was thankful for Avensure’s representation and I look forward to having Avensure as a valued partner for the years to come.”

What services do Avensure provide McCarthy Country Store?

HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister/ Solicitor trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

“The services have been great. Very prompt and timely in a situation that was looking likely to be costly and getting extremely complex. I would recommend those with tribunals to seek the advice and representation of Avensure.”

McCarthy's
Tel:
-
Web:
www.mccarthyscountrystore.co.uk
Email:
e-mail@e-mail.com
"If you find health and safety daunting and need some friendly commercially aware advice specific to your business, Avensure are on hand to understand your business and specific needs so that they can adapt specifically to what you require"
Name:
- -
Job Title:
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Sector:
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Company:
The Ark
Town:
Tyne and Wear
Date:
07/11/2016
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The Ark is a Community Centre based in the village of Crawcrook, it is a safe space for children and adults to explore the faith. They have enlisted the help of Avensure to assist with all aspects of Health and Safety and this Case Study provides a summary of the support provided by the Health and Safety advice team relating to Lone working, and how The Ark have benefited by using Avensure’s services.

Client:
Supplier:
The Ark
Tel:
01914131339
Web:
www.ark.crawcrook.org.uk/
Email:
ark@crawcrook.org.uk
About The Ark

The Ark is a church, a soft play centre, and a cafe in the village of Crawcrook.  The Ark opened its doors in May 2013, and offers a party venue, soft play, a quality cafe, and a safe space for children and adults to explore the faith.

Why did The Ark need Health and Safety Assistance?

The Ark made contact with Avensure’s Health and Safety advice team regarding our lone Working policy and procedures. Whilst it was identified by the Health and Safety consultant, that our current policy was comprehensive, there were some areas outstanding that needed to be addressed.

How did Avensure help The Ark address their Health and Safety?

We spoke directly with a Health and Safety advisor to ask if they were able to provide us with a working example of a lone working policy. The working policy gave us the ability to see what was required in our own setting and also highlighted the need for a risk assessment of which we needed support with. Our advisor responded promptly and sent us a template risk assessment along with guidance on this which we found really helpful. We felt that whilst the information required within the template risk assessment was really useful, we decided to use a different layout so that we could input the information we felt was necessary for The Ark and combine it into one document. The advisor was able to adapt straight away to our unfamiliar risk assessment layout, which helped us greatly in further understanding our own documentation. Whilst we understand that as a business we have to compile our own documentation, the advisor went above and beyond supporting us and spent time providing further pointers and information to cement our understanding of this specific topic. “The advice team are always on hand to help, we felt comfortable in asking for assistance and we always receive a competent response in a timely manner. This experience has given us further confidence to continue the implementation of further risk assessments and know that Avensure are on hand should we require their support.”

What services do Avensure provide The Ark?

Health & Safety Initial visit to clients Primary site to conduct a Health & Safety evaluation Summary Report and Recommendations Health and Safety Management system and supporting documentation, including health & Safety policy statement, structure arrangements, records, risk assessment guide, guidance notes and employee handbook. Updates of Health & Safety documentation in line with changes to legislation, or changes to organisational structure or layout of premises. Unlimited email and telephone support. Access to an expert Health and Safety Advice Team 24/7 basis HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Online access to stationary forms via Avensure Locker. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister trained legal advisors. Training to help understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

“If you find health and safety daunting and need some friendly commercially aware advice specific to your business, Avensure are on hand to understand your business and specific needs so that they can adapt specifically to what you require.”

The Ark
Tel:
01914131339
Web:
www.ark.crawcrook.org.uk/
Email:
ark@crawcrook.org.uk
"We really appreciate the continued assistance from the Health and Safety Team, I feel confident in asking questions and working with my dedicated advisor to assist me with the ongoing Risk Assessments and Policies"
Name:
Doug -
Job Title:
-
Sector:
-
Company:
Beechwood (Leeds) WMC
Town:
-
Date:
07/11/2016
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A Working Mens Club based in Leeds, Beechwood (Leeds) WMC have enlisted the help of Avensure to assist with all aspects of their HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety compliance. This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how Beechwood (Leeds) WMC have benefitted from Avensure’s Health & Safety services.

Beechwood (Leeds) WMC
Tel:
01132731066
Web:
-
Email:
doug@beechwood-online.co.uk
About Beechwood (Leeds) WMC

Beechwood (Leeds) WMC is a members only Club based in Leeds, they provide entertainment and drinks to the local community. They pride themselves on their welcoming and friendly atmosphere as well as the regular entertainment and activities programme that they organise which includes: Games night, Bingo night, senior Citizens night and Saturday night Star entertainment. They offer an entertainment room, a snooker and billiards room and a lounge and bar area 7 days a week.

Why did Beechwood (Leeds) WMC need Health and safety Assistance?

At the time of coming on board with Avensure I was not involved with the Health and Safety for the club. From being appointed the responsible person for Health and Safety, it was clear that there was little proactive implementation of Health and Safety arrangements. It was from reviewing the initial report produced by Avensure, that I sought further assistance with the interpretation and implementation of our duties under UK Health and Safety Law.

How did Avensure Help Beechwood (Leeds) WMC address their Health and Safety?

The initial evaluation visit was carried out with Avensure’s Health and Safety Consultant. The initial evaluation visit involved a review of the current Health and Safety documents, assessing what systems and controls are in place, a walk around of the premises to see how this is implemented in practice. The visit is closed with a brief session on completing a risk assessment by going through a worked example. “I wasn’t present at the initial Health and Safety Evaluation visit and although the documents were well presented, I was not familiar with what I had in front of me. I contacted the Avensure Health and Safety team for some further assistance as I was the new appointed responsible person for Health and Safety.” Following the initial Health and Safety visit, it was established that further assistance was needed to review the action plan and implement the processes into the business. “The response time from speaking with the Health and Safety team and being contacted by their Health and Safety consultant was fantastic. I also appreciated that Avensure had arrange for the same consultant who had carried out the initial Health and Safety evaluation visit to come and meet with me for a second time at no extra cost to Beechwood WMC.” Avensure provided support through the process of the implementation of the Health and Safety Management System and regular interactions resulted in a clear and systematic approach to Health and Safety within Beechwood WMC. “The consultant that was allocated to us had a vast amount of knowledge for our sector and was very personable. I found the support visit very interesting and was able to familiarise myself with the first report that was produced in my absence. During this Health and Safety support visit, the consultant reviewed the Health and Safety documents with me and step by step we went through the risk assessment process. I found this an invaluable tool during the early stages of my role as the responsible person for Health and Safety. The systematic action plan produced by the consultant enabled us to work through the most urgent items first and prioritise our actions going forwards.”

What services do Avensure provide Beechwood (Leeds) WMC?

Health & Safety Initial visit to clients Primary site to conduct a Health & Safety evaluation Summary Report and Recommendations Health and Safety Management system and supporting documentation, including health & Safety policy statement, structure arrangements, records, risk assessment guide, guidance notes and employee handbook. Updates of Health & Safety documentation in line with changes to legislation, or changes to organisational structure or layout of premises. Unlimited email and telephone support. Access to an expert Health and Safety Advice Team 24/7 basis HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Bev Wood who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister/ Solicitor trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

“I am new to Health and Safety and understand that this is a learning curve for me. I would say to any working men’s clubs who are looking for some external support, Avensure provided us with the foundations to our Health and Safety Management System and their ongoing support and interpretation of our legal requirements, gave us a systematic approach to improving our arrangements. We really appreciate the continued assistance from the Health and Safety Team, I feel confident in asking questions and working with my dedicated advisor to assist me with the ongoing Risk Assessments and Policies.”What do you feel the value of the Health and Safety Documentation will be to your organisation? “Avensure have supported Beechwood (Leeds) WMC with the initial implementation of our Health and Safety Management System. Along with the action plan and Health and Safety report produced by the Health and Safety expert, I am able to refer the guidance notes that is provided by Avensure as a quick reference during the compilation of our Risk assessments and policies. The records folder that Avensure provided us is a great resource for when we require a risk assessment template for a new expectant mother or we hire a young person under the age of 18. There are also forms for recording our fire arrangement checks and staff training.” How did you find the assistance and advice of the Health and Safety Team that helped you? “The communication between the Health and Safety Consultant and our dedicated advisor ensure efficiency and consistency between our initial visit and ongoing advice.  When we call the Health and Safety Team at head office we are greeted in a friendly manor and any advice given is always followed up by an email for our records.” As a good will gesture Avensure provided you with a suite of online training courses, how have these benefitted Beechwood (Leeds) WMC? “We have been given seven Health and Safety online training courses for our nominated fire marshals. I have completed the course myself and the found the login instructions easy to follow. The course content was interesting and followed a systematic approach which is exactly how we want our nominated fire marshals to respond in an emergency situation. The course took me around 40 minutes to complete, I also found it helpful that you can save the course at one point, then come back to it at a later date. I was also awarded with a professional certificate that can be used towards my CPD and training log.”

Beechwood (Leeds) WMC
Tel:
01132731066
Web:
-
Email:
doug@beechwood-online.co.uk
"Avensure are a helpful and very efficient company to work with. Bev is very accommodating to any queries I have."
Company Reply:
Thank you for your wonderful comments Toni, we will pass your gratitude on to Bev with pleasure. ...
Name:
Toni Gibson
Job Title:
Proprietor
Sector:
Food & Drink
Company:
MAG Leisure Ltd – (The Bleeding Wolf)
Town:
Stoke-on-Trent
Date:
14/12/2015
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A picturesque pub located in the heart of Stoke on Trent, The Bleeding Wolf have been using Avensure for all aspects of their HR and Employment Law compliance. This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how The Bleeding Wolf has benefitted from Avensure’s HR services.

MAG Leisure Ltd – (The Bleeding Wolf)
Tel:
01782782272 or 07846046594
Web:
www.thebleedingwolf.co.uk
Email:
bleedingwolf@unicomemail.co.uk
About The Bleeding Wolf

The Bleeding Wolf is a picturesque pub located in Stoke on Trent, the pub is renowned for its ideal location, a wide range of home cooked food and a vast range of drinks all served in their traditional bar. As a family run business, they pride themselves on their welcoming and friendly atmosphere and are popular watering hole for many regular customers. The pub itself is built upon its own legend and is a story that many wish to hear.

Why did The Bleeding Wolf need HR or Employment Law Advice?

As a growing company we had been looking to obtain some guidance regarding some HR issues, and Avensure who are HR experts have been the perfect option. We first approached Avensure for advice on the calculation of Holidays, this unfortunately had not been as straightforward as we originally thought, as given our industry we have a varied and mixed range of working patterns. We were unsure of our obligations under UK Employment Law and needed support, guidance and direction.

How did Avensure help address their HR issues?

It was quite clear from the get go that Avensure were very experienced and knowledgable in all aspects of HR and Employment Law, and we were reassured to know that we would be able to contact an advisor on the helpline at any time of day, this is imperative given the nature of our business. Our dedicated adviser assisted us from start to finish with Holiday entitlement calculations giving us thorough guidance on the appropriate and easiest ways to make these calculations, as well as ensuring we were legally compliant under current Employment legislation. We also had an issue with the unauthorised absence of an employee, which Avensure has helped us to understand and explained what the process was in this particular instance and discussed with us the best route for the Company. We found this situation incredibly difficult to manage as we were unable to obtain any contact with a member of staff, and with Avensure’s support we were assured through each step that we were working towards a resolution. At every stage Avensure provided tailored letters and documents for our use. We felt relieved that we were in very capable hands with Avensure.

What services do Avensure provide The Bleeding Wolf?

Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Bev Wood who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

We have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Avensure and their HR and Employment Law experts. HR was originally a daunting concept and we are now confident, with Avensure’s backing, that we can handle anything which comes our way. Avensure and in particular our dedicated adviser have been incredibly helpful and supportive throughout.

MAG Leisure Ltd – (The Bleeding Wolf)
Tel:
01782782272 or 07846046594
Web:
www.thebleedingwolf.co.uk
Email:
bleedingwolf@unicomemail.co.uk
"Avensure provide great information on a range of subjects. It is very convenient to have them at the end of the phone and all their staff are extremely helpful."
Company Reply:
Thank you so much for these lovely comments Zuzanna. The Old Queen's Head is a public house on...
Name:
Zuzana Barincova
Job Title:
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Sector:
Retail
Company:
Pub Restaurant Ltd
Town:
Sheffield
Date:
14/12/2015
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Pub Restaurant Ltd are a traditional public house dating all the way back to 1582, and they have enlisted the help of Avensure to assist with all aspects of HR and Employment Law. The Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how The Old Queen’s Head have benefited by using Avensure’s services.

Pub Restaurant Ltd
Tel:
01143270704
Web:
www.theoldqueenshead.co.uk
Email:
zuzanabarincova@yahoo.co.uk
About Pub Restaurant Ltd

As one of the oldest domestic buildings in Sheffield, the Old Queen’s head is a traditional public house full of character boasting a wide range of food and drink. Although the building is dated back to 1582, the beautifully renovated interior and the jovial atmosphere are right up to the present date.

Why did Pub Restaurant Ltd need HR or Employment Law Advice?

Operating in the hospitality industry we are at the coal face of customer service. It is essential that our employees are able to offer the impeccable service to our customers, in order to maintain the historic profile we have established. To ensure that we maintain our excellent reputation we enlisted the services of Avensure who are HR experts so are well equipped to guide us on all HR and Employment Law issues we may face.

How did Avensure help Pub Restaurant Ltd address their HR issues?

Avensure have been able to offer us the support and guidance with all aspects of HR and Employment Law to ensure that our image and standards are never called into question. In July 2015 we had a particular issue with a member of staff who was believed to have been taking money from the till, and ultimately seen on CCTV. This was a clear breach of the trust which we had placed in that individual and we were thankful for Avensure’s expertise on how best to address this under current Employment law legislation. Avensure gave us options to allow us to see which would be the best route for us to take. We chose to ultimately proceed to take formal disciplinary action for this alleged act of gross misconduct. Avensure guided us through investigation, suspension and ultimately the disciplinary processes. Our dedicated HR advisor helped us with Agendas and bespoke letters to send to the employee, and any other specific HR documentation we required. We had particular difficulty getting the employee in question to attend the hearings and we were unsure how best to address this. Avensure worked alongside us, as we requested the employee’s attendance at the disciplinary hearing. Ultimately we were left with no option to proceed in the employee’s absence. We were relieved that we had 24/7 access to an experienced HR and Employment Law adviser on the advice line, and also that we had the indemnity protection under the service. We felt reassured that help was always on hand.

What services do Avensure provide Pub Restaurant Ltd?

Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Ember Wong who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation    awards. Barrister trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

This situation is not something we have ever encountered before and we were very unsure how best to approach this, we wanted to protect the company and without Avensure’s guidance we would have been lost! This process is not something we have had to do before, and we were incredibly grateful for the support throughout and the assurance that we were complying with HR and Employment law. Our dedicated adviser discussed each and every step with us along the way, and was always on hand no matter how big or small the question we had was. The service has been instrumental to our business, and has strengthened and professionalised our HR processes.

Pub Restaurant Ltd
Tel:
01143270704
Web:
www.theoldqueenshead.co.uk
Email:
zuzanabarincova@yahoo.co.uk
"The personal nature of the responses Avensure give make you feel very re-assured. I deal with Rebecca who is very helpful and I have had the pleasure of having the help of Ember who was a absolute star."
Company Reply:
Thank you Mike for your comments. Unlike others Stag and Hen Manchester puts you in control...
Name:
Mike Furguson
Job Title:
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Sector:
Food & Drink
Company:
Stag & Hen
Town:
Manchester
Date:
10/12/2015
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Specialist Events Organisers ‘Stag and Hen’ Manchester have been using Avensure for all aspects of HR and Employment Law.  This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how Stag and Hen have benefited by using Avensure’s services

Stag & Hen
Tel:
01618709677 or 07970047821
Web:
www.stagandhenmanchester.co.uk
Email:
mike@night2remember.com
About Stag and Hen Manchester

Stag and Hen create tailored and bespoke experiences for clients who want to visit Manchester for every occasion from stag and hen parties, to shopping trips or girly get together’s.  The company prides itself on its extensive knowledge and experience of Manchester and the area’s night life and event opportunities.  The company’s attention to detail, level of personal service and focus on creating bespoke itineraries for every client means you are always guaranteed an unforgettable event. All a client needs to do is to pick the date and whether they are after accommodation, activities or evening experience or a combination of the three and Stag and Hen Manchester will produce a personalised proposal for that event to remember.

Why did Stag and Hen Manchester need HR or Employment Law Advice?

We had a sensitive HR issue and we didn’t know how to deal with it so we needed help.  We were very unsure where we ultimately stood as a company with regards to our Employment Law obligations.  We want to look after our staff, but we don’t want to do anything that could put the company at risk. We needed help and support from HR experts able to give guidance and direction on our Legal / Employment issues.  We also needed the correct HR documentation and clear direction on the process we needed to follow.

How did Avensure help Stag and Hen Manchester address their HR issues?

We joined Avensure because they have the team and the expertise we need to help us deal with our HR and potential Employment Law problems.  They know the best way to deal with issues and ensure we know where we stand as a company, making sure we don’t put the company at risk. Avensure helped us understand our situation and guided us through the formal processes. Avensure’s HR Advisors provided the bespoke documentation we required. As an employer, Employment Law is often a mine field when considering what we can and cannot say and do in certain situations.  We are very thankful for the reassurance and support Avensure offer at every step of the way.  Best of all with Avensure’s Indemnity insurance we have the peace of mind that if we follow the guidance of Avensure we are covered if we ever have to go to tribunal, and will always have the benefit of Barrister/Solicitor trained representation We have been guided on the Employment Law issues related to recruitment, wages, procedural and contractual substance, and the expertise Avensure offered in every respect was both legally and commercially focused and if we ever need help we can call Avensure’s legal help line any time day or night.

What services do Avensure provide Stag and Hen?

Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Rebecca Young who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation  awards. Barrister trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

Avensure’s HR service has paid for itself already and it has been invaluable to our business. In the past when Employment problems arose they were very stressful and caused us to spend a lot of time and energy worrying about how we could handle them on our own.  Now Avensure are a part of ‘our Team’ they have massively eased the stress and ultimately the HR burden which is now theirs to look after.  This leaves us free to focus on running the business without worrying about the risk of running into trouble with HR or Employment Law issues.

Stag & Hen
Tel:
01618709677 or 07970047821
Web:
www.stagandhenmanchester.co.uk
Email:
mike@night2remember.com
"Good communication"
Date:
28/05/2015
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Defects in the paving slabs had been previously reported to the housing association responsible for their upkeep but to no avail. So when our client tripped and was injured a successful compensation claim was made.

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Background

Our client was helping her mother to the car when she tripped on a defective paving slab, as she put her foot on one slab it sunk, exposing the raised edge of an adjoining slab. Client reported the matter and the defective slab was rectified the following day.

What we did

Our Lawyer took on the case and pursued a claim against the housing association who had failed to act on previous complaints about the hazardous pavement.

Settlement

Our client received £2,500 compensation for the injuries she incurred.

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"We have now had a website through IRUN since 2005. The team has always been very helpful answering queries, promptly and efficiently. We are now working on our second site for another business, and have no hesitation is using IRUN again."
Name:
Mel McLoughlin
Job Title:
-
Sector:
Go Kart Parties
Company:
Go-Kart Party
Town:
-
Date:
09/04/2014
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With more business than ever coming through the Internet, we needed a solution that was adaptable and versatile, and IRUN delivered exactly that.

Go-Kart Party
Tel:
01993 841 337
Web:
www.go-kartpartygloucestershire.co.uk/
Email:
jo.finch@marketing-system.co.uk
About Go-Kart Party Gloucestershire

Go-Kart Party are leaders in Children’s entertainment in the UK. It is run out of Gloucestershire, by Mel McLoughlin. Go-Kart Party caters for 3-10 year olds, organizing and running children’s birthday parties. They also attend shows, fairs, fetes and anywhere children are in attendance. Go-Kart party offers something different for parents when looking for a special party to celebrate their child’s Birthday. Parents are looking for a party with a difference to give their child that extra special day, and Go-Kart party does just that.

Why we needed IRUN's help

We had a previous website through another Website Design company, but we were not happy with the service we were receiving- it was costly and of a very poor standard. The website company charged us very high fees for any changes that we required, meaning we were unable to keep our website up-to date with latest developments and propositions we had to offer.

Why we chose to work with IRUN

We needed a solution which was quick and easy to use enabling us to make changes to our website. With more business than ever coming through the Internet, we needed a solution that was adaptable and versatile, and IRUN delivered exactly that. We discovered IRUN when a flyer was posted through the letterbox and from day one after we had contacted them they helped us with what we wanted and took the time to explain the best solution for us.

Go-Kart Party
Tel:
01993 841 337
Web:
www.go-kartpartygloucestershire.co.uk/
Email:
jo.finch@marketing-system.co.uk

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"Especially on the accounts side, we did try another accounting company but found Burgis & Bullock to be more personable, flexible and committed to our needs. On the audit side we have used another company as well and they just couldn't..."
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Thank you, Marcel, for your kind words. Marcel Machado is the General Manager of Romi Machines UK...
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Marcel Machado
Sector:
Machinery Importer
Company:
Romi Machines UK Ltd
Town:
Rugby
Date:
26/09/2017
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Romi Machines UK Ltd, the UK arm of Brazil’s largest machinery manufacturer regret being tempted by a ‘low-cost’ offer.  Having tried the competition, poor service and other issues saw them turn to Burgis and Bullock for Audit, Accounting and Compliance Support when their pervious Accountant let them down.

Romi Machines UK Ltd
Tel:
01788 544221
Web:
www.romiuk.com/
Email:
welcome@romiuk.com
Romi Machines UK Ltd – Specialist Injection Moulding Machinery Manufacture, Sales and Support.

Romi Machines UK Ltd is the UK arm of Brazil’s largest machinery manufacturer.  They are one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of specialist injection moulding machines in Europe.  The company is expanding rapidly in the UK and Europe.  They are committed to providing excellent after sales care for all their machines and stock a huge number of spare parts so the equipment they sell can be maintained and downtime avoided.

Established in 1975 as Sandretto UK, they have sold and service over 3,000 specialist injection moulding machines. Their expertise enables them to deliver complete solutions from planning to installation. Their products are low cost, maximise up time and have low energy consumption providing the perfect solution for every day workshop needs.

Poor Audit Quality, Lack of Traceability Records and Lost Working Papers… Just some of the problems.

These were just some of the issues Marcel Machado, the General Manager of Romi Machines UK Ltd had to contend with when, understandably, they were tempted by the promise of ‘quality service and lower prices’.  Fortunately for Romi Machines, Marcel knew when things were not going as well as they should.

A good Audit protects everyone; however, it relies on robust systems and processes, a minimum requirement is good working papers and traceability.  When Marcel realised this was missing, he was swift to take action and address the situation by changing Accountants as soon as possible.

Fortunately, Marcel knew exactly where to turn...

Having Experienced Burgis and Bullock’s Service Levels, the Solution was Obvious.

Having previously used Burgis and Bullock’s Audit services, Romi Machines and Marcel were fortunate in knowing where to go to for the expert guidance, professionalism and attention to detail they needed.

Wendy Hubbard, Senior Partner at Burgis and Bullock heads up the Corporate Services division, including audit and business advice for local and international companies as well as charities and not for profit organisations.

Wende’s expertise and first-hand experience and a particular focus on the engineering and manufacturing sector, allowed her to offer practical and technical advice whilst sharing invaluable insight with Romi Machines UK Ltd.

In Wende’s words: “We are delighted to be working with Romi Machines UK Ltd to audit their accounts and help with corporate finance planning”. 

Services Provided to Romi Machines UK Ltd.
  • Audit
  • Accounting
  • Compliance
  • Advice
What Would Marcel Say to Anyone Else Whose Accountants Are Not Delivering What is Required?

“we did try another accounting company but found Burgis & Bullock to be more personable, flexible and committed to our needs.”

“On the audit side, we used another company and they just couldn't deliver the same level of service as Burgis & Bullock.  The audit was done poorly, they didn't have good traceability records, and they lost the working papers.  So, we moved back to Burgis & Bullock.  You get what you pay for”.

Romi Machines UK Ltd
Tel:
01788 544221
Web:
www.romiuk.com/
Email:
welcome@romiuk.com
"I would highly recommend other companies needing Health and Safety guidance to contact Avensure’s Health and Safety team."
Name:
Matthew Town
Job Title:
Project Manager
Sector:
Archeology
Company:
-
Town:
Co. Durham
Date:
20/12/2016
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This Case Study provides a summary of the recent Health & Safety advice provided and how Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd have benefited by using Avensure’s expert knowledge.

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Supplier:
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Tel:
01833 690 800
Web:
www.naa.gb.com
Email:
mt@naa.gb.com
About Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd

Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd is one of the North East's largest and best known independent heritage consultancies, offering a full range of archaeological and historic environment services across the UK. Established since 1990.

Why did Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd need Health and Safety Assistance?

Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd contacted the Health and Safety Team at Avensure in need of Health & Safety expert advice, on a project they were contracted to produce an archaeological report for a number of buildings on a former industrial site prior to demolition. Their client informed them that the buildings which required a report, had asbestos present and were currently under an asbestos management plan. “At Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd we pride ourselves in protecting the health, safety and welfare of our employees, with this project we required the assistance of Avensure’s Health and Safety advice team to support us in gaining an understanding of our requirements under Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.”

How did Avensure help Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd address their Health and Safety query?

“First off we provided Avensure with a copy of the asbestos surveys which were completed and provided to us by our clients. We needed Avensure’s expertise on what the job would entail based on the findings on those surveys. They reviewed the asbestos surveys, completed by a competent Health and Safety contractor and identified that whilst the surveys had been carried out a few years back, these urgently needed a re-inspection. We were given detailed information of what we should be made aware of regarding the specific job at hand and a systematic approach of what steps we needed to take going forwards. The thorough review and the detailed email enabled us to confidently go back to our client with further queries and information regarding the status and condition of the Asbestos. Following further information from our Client we didn’t hesitate to contact our Health and Safety advisor, to review the more recent asbestos surveys. It was nice to get clarification on the processes we were already doing and further support on the specific PPE required for carrying out the non-invasive project.”

What services do Avensure provide Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd?

Health & Safety Initial visit to clients Primary site to conduct a Health & Safety evaluation Summary Report and Recommendations Health and Safety Management system and supporting documentation, including health & Safety policy statement, structure arrangements, records, risk assessment guide, guidance notes and employee handbook. Updates of Health & Safety documentation in line with changes to legislation, or changes to organisational structure or layout of premises. Unlimited email and telephone support. Access to an expert Health and Safety Advice Team 24/7 basis HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Bev Wood who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister/ Solicitor trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

Following the advice from the experts of the Health and Safety team at Avensure, we felt well equipped for the project and reassured that the control measures in place were both suitable and sufficient. I would highly recommend other companies needing Health and Safety guidance to contact Avensure’s Health and Safety team.

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Tel:
01833 690 800
Web:
www.naa.gb.com
Email:
mt@naa.gb.com
"The services have been great"
Name:
Peter McCarthy
Job Title:
Owner
Sector:
-
Company:
McCarthy's
Town:
South of England
Date:
20/12/2016
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Baking and selling produce on various Markets across the South of England, McCarthy’s Country Store have been using Avensure for all aspects of their HR and Employment Law compliance. This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how McCarthy’s Country Store has benefitted from Avensure’s HR services.

McCarthy's
Tel:
-
Web:
www.mccarthyscountrystore.co.uk
Email:
e-mail@e-mail.com
About McCarthy Country Store

A small company owned and ran by Peter McCarthy, producing artisan bread and other baked goods. The business retails the baked products on various markets across the south of England. Peter prides himself on building this business over the last 10 years from scratch.

Why did McCarthy Country Store need HR or Employment Law Advice and Legal Assistance?

An ex-employee had commenced proceedings in the employment tribunal. Peter had been handling the matter himself fairly comfortably for several months and had attended tribunal on the first occasion on his own against the claimant’s solicitors. As matters became more protracted and the claimant’s solicitors were seeking a sum over £26,000, it was then that Peter decided to engage the services of Avensure to represent him in the next tribunal hearing as well as the long term services of outsourced HR advice and support. The claimant was claiming that they had been discriminated against, unfairly dismissed and further to this claiming unpaid wages, notice pay and holiday pay. Peter instructed Avensure with approximately 1 week to go before the next tribunal hearing.

How did Avensure help address their HR issue?

After reviewing the paperwork Avensure advised Peter on the course of action. Avensure took preparation for the tribunal out of Peter’s hands and contacted the tribunal as well as the Claimant’s solicitors. With only a few days preparation the Claimant’s solicitors had already halved their settlement expectations by making an offer of £10,000 in full and final settlement. The hearing was to deal with complex issues, law and submissions in trying to have the claim struck out on an intricately argued legal point. The claimant was cross examined whilst on oath and Avensure were able to demonstrate frailties, inconsistencies and make the claimant’s evidence look wholly unreliable. After some scrutiny from the tribunal the submissions and representation from Avensure was well reasoned and all the claims against Peter were struck out and the claim failed without progressing any further. Peter commented “I wouldn’t usually want to have outsourced services like HR but now I wouldn’t look back and think that the result was exceptional. It was a great result with such a limited time before the hearing and I’m pleased to have engaged the services of Avensure. I attended the previous hearing and understood the majority of it but this one was more technical and more legal and I was thankful for Avensure’s representation and I look forward to having Avensure as a valued partner for the years to come.”

What services do Avensure provide McCarthy Country Store?

HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister/ Solicitor trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

“The services have been great. Very prompt and timely in a situation that was looking likely to be costly and getting extremely complex. I would recommend those with tribunals to seek the advice and representation of Avensure.”

McCarthy's
Tel:
-
Web:
www.mccarthyscountrystore.co.uk
Email:
e-mail@e-mail.com
"If you find health and safety daunting and need some friendly commercially aware advice specific to your business, Avensure are on hand to understand your business and specific needs so that they can adapt specifically to what you require"
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- -
Job Title:
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Sector:
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Company:
The Ark
Town:
Tyne and Wear
Date:
07/11/2016
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The Ark is a Community Centre based in the village of Crawcrook, it is a safe space for children and adults to explore the faith. They have enlisted the help of Avensure to assist with all aspects of Health and Safety and this Case Study provides a summary of the support provided by the Health and Safety advice team relating to Lone working, and how The Ark have benefited by using Avensure’s services.

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Supplier:
The Ark
Tel:
01914131339
Web:
www.ark.crawcrook.org.uk/
Email:
ark@crawcrook.org.uk
About The Ark

The Ark is a church, a soft play centre, and a cafe in the village of Crawcrook.  The Ark opened its doors in May 2013, and offers a party venue, soft play, a quality cafe, and a safe space for children and adults to explore the faith.

Why did The Ark need Health and Safety Assistance?

The Ark made contact with Avensure’s Health and Safety advice team regarding our lone Working policy and procedures. Whilst it was identified by the Health and Safety consultant, that our current policy was comprehensive, there were some areas outstanding that needed to be addressed.

How did Avensure help The Ark address their Health and Safety?

We spoke directly with a Health and Safety advisor to ask if they were able to provide us with a working example of a lone working policy. The working policy gave us the ability to see what was required in our own setting and also highlighted the need for a risk assessment of which we needed support with. Our advisor responded promptly and sent us a template risk assessment along with guidance on this which we found really helpful. We felt that whilst the information required within the template risk assessment was really useful, we decided to use a different layout so that we could input the information we felt was necessary for The Ark and combine it into one document. The advisor was able to adapt straight away to our unfamiliar risk assessment layout, which helped us greatly in further understanding our own documentation. Whilst we understand that as a business we have to compile our own documentation, the advisor went above and beyond supporting us and spent time providing further pointers and information to cement our understanding of this specific topic. “The advice team are always on hand to help, we felt comfortable in asking for assistance and we always receive a competent response in a timely manner. This experience has given us further confidence to continue the implementation of further risk assessments and know that Avensure are on hand should we require their support.”

What services do Avensure provide The Ark?

Health & Safety Initial visit to clients Primary site to conduct a Health & Safety evaluation Summary Report and Recommendations Health and Safety Management system and supporting documentation, including health & Safety policy statement, structure arrangements, records, risk assessment guide, guidance notes and employee handbook. Updates of Health & Safety documentation in line with changes to legislation, or changes to organisational structure or layout of premises. Unlimited email and telephone support. Access to an expert Health and Safety Advice Team 24/7 basis HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Online access to stationary forms via Avensure Locker. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister trained legal advisors. Training to help understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

“If you find health and safety daunting and need some friendly commercially aware advice specific to your business, Avensure are on hand to understand your business and specific needs so that they can adapt specifically to what you require.”

The Ark
Tel:
01914131339
Web:
www.ark.crawcrook.org.uk/
Email:
ark@crawcrook.org.uk
"We really appreciate the continued assistance from the Health and Safety Team, I feel confident in asking questions and working with my dedicated advisor to assist me with the ongoing Risk Assessments and Policies"
Name:
Doug -
Job Title:
-
Sector:
-
Company:
Beechwood (Leeds) WMC
Town:
-
Date:
07/11/2016
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A Working Mens Club based in Leeds, Beechwood (Leeds) WMC have enlisted the help of Avensure to assist with all aspects of their HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety compliance. This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how Beechwood (Leeds) WMC have benefitted from Avensure’s Health & Safety services.

Beechwood (Leeds) WMC
Tel:
01132731066
Web:
-
Email:
doug@beechwood-online.co.uk
About Beechwood (Leeds) WMC

Beechwood (Leeds) WMC is a members only Club based in Leeds, they provide entertainment and drinks to the local community. They pride themselves on their welcoming and friendly atmosphere as well as the regular entertainment and activities programme that they organise which includes: Games night, Bingo night, senior Citizens night and Saturday night Star entertainment. They offer an entertainment room, a snooker and billiards room and a lounge and bar area 7 days a week.

Why did Beechwood (Leeds) WMC need Health and safety Assistance?

At the time of coming on board with Avensure I was not involved with the Health and Safety for the club. From being appointed the responsible person for Health and Safety, it was clear that there was little proactive implementation of Health and Safety arrangements. It was from reviewing the initial report produced by Avensure, that I sought further assistance with the interpretation and implementation of our duties under UK Health and Safety Law.

How did Avensure Help Beechwood (Leeds) WMC address their Health and Safety?

The initial evaluation visit was carried out with Avensure’s Health and Safety Consultant. The initial evaluation visit involved a review of the current Health and Safety documents, assessing what systems and controls are in place, a walk around of the premises to see how this is implemented in practice. The visit is closed with a brief session on completing a risk assessment by going through a worked example. “I wasn’t present at the initial Health and Safety Evaluation visit and although the documents were well presented, I was not familiar with what I had in front of me. I contacted the Avensure Health and Safety team for some further assistance as I was the new appointed responsible person for Health and Safety.” Following the initial Health and Safety visit, it was established that further assistance was needed to review the action plan and implement the processes into the business. “The response time from speaking with the Health and Safety team and being contacted by their Health and Safety consultant was fantastic. I also appreciated that Avensure had arrange for the same consultant who had carried out the initial Health and Safety evaluation visit to come and meet with me for a second time at no extra cost to Beechwood WMC.” Avensure provided support through the process of the implementation of the Health and Safety Management System and regular interactions resulted in a clear and systematic approach to Health and Safety within Beechwood WMC. “The consultant that was allocated to us had a vast amount of knowledge for our sector and was very personable. I found the support visit very interesting and was able to familiarise myself with the first report that was produced in my absence. During this Health and Safety support visit, the consultant reviewed the Health and Safety documents with me and step by step we went through the risk assessment process. I found this an invaluable tool during the early stages of my role as the responsible person for Health and Safety. The systematic action plan produced by the consultant enabled us to work through the most urgent items first and prioritise our actions going forwards.”

What services do Avensure provide Beechwood (Leeds) WMC?

Health & Safety Initial visit to clients Primary site to conduct a Health & Safety evaluation Summary Report and Recommendations Health and Safety Management system and supporting documentation, including health & Safety policy statement, structure arrangements, records, risk assessment guide, guidance notes and employee handbook. Updates of Health & Safety documentation in line with changes to legislation, or changes to organisational structure or layout of premises. Unlimited email and telephone support. Access to an expert Health and Safety Advice Team 24/7 basis HR and Employment Law Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Bev Wood who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards. Barrister/ Solicitor trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

“I am new to Health and Safety and understand that this is a learning curve for me. I would say to any working men’s clubs who are looking for some external support, Avensure provided us with the foundations to our Health and Safety Management System and their ongoing support and interpretation of our legal requirements, gave us a systematic approach to improving our arrangements. We really appreciate the continued assistance from the Health and Safety Team, I feel confident in asking questions and working with my dedicated advisor to assist me with the ongoing Risk Assessments and Policies.”What do you feel the value of the Health and Safety Documentation will be to your organisation? “Avensure have supported Beechwood (Leeds) WMC with the initial implementation of our Health and Safety Management System. Along with the action plan and Health and Safety report produced by the Health and Safety expert, I am able to refer the guidance notes that is provided by Avensure as a quick reference during the compilation of our Risk assessments and policies. The records folder that Avensure provided us is a great resource for when we require a risk assessment template for a new expectant mother or we hire a young person under the age of 18. There are also forms for recording our fire arrangement checks and staff training.” How did you find the assistance and advice of the Health and Safety Team that helped you? “The communication between the Health and Safety Consultant and our dedicated advisor ensure efficiency and consistency between our initial visit and ongoing advice.  When we call the Health and Safety Team at head office we are greeted in a friendly manor and any advice given is always followed up by an email for our records.” As a good will gesture Avensure provided you with a suite of online training courses, how have these benefitted Beechwood (Leeds) WMC? “We have been given seven Health and Safety online training courses for our nominated fire marshals. I have completed the course myself and the found the login instructions easy to follow. The course content was interesting and followed a systematic approach which is exactly how we want our nominated fire marshals to respond in an emergency situation. The course took me around 40 minutes to complete, I also found it helpful that you can save the course at one point, then come back to it at a later date. I was also awarded with a professional certificate that can be used towards my CPD and training log.”

Beechwood (Leeds) WMC
Tel:
01132731066
Web:
-
Email:
doug@beechwood-online.co.uk
"Avensure are a helpful and very efficient company to work with. Bev is very accommodating to any queries I have."
Company Reply:
Thank you for your wonderful comments Toni, we will pass your gratitude on to Bev with pleasure. ...
Name:
Toni Gibson
Job Title:
Proprietor
Sector:
Food & Drink
Company:
MAG Leisure Ltd – (The Bleeding Wolf)
Town:
Stoke-on-Trent
Date:
14/12/2015
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A picturesque pub located in the heart of Stoke on Trent, The Bleeding Wolf have been using Avensure for all aspects of their HR and Employment Law compliance. This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how The Bleeding Wolf has benefitted from Avensure’s HR services.

MAG Leisure Ltd – (The Bleeding Wolf)
Tel:
01782782272 or 07846046594
Web:
www.thebleedingwolf.co.uk
Email:
bleedingwolf@unicomemail.co.uk
About The Bleeding Wolf

The Bleeding Wolf is a picturesque pub located in Stoke on Trent, the pub is renowned for its ideal location, a wide range of home cooked food and a vast range of drinks all served in their traditional bar. As a family run business, they pride themselves on their welcoming and friendly atmosphere and are popular watering hole for many regular customers. The pub itself is built upon its own legend and is a story that many wish to hear.

Why did The Bleeding Wolf need HR or Employment Law Advice?

As a growing company we had been looking to obtain some guidance regarding some HR issues, and Avensure who are HR experts have been the perfect option. We first approached Avensure for advice on the calculation of Holidays, this unfortunately had not been as straightforward as we originally thought, as given our industry we have a varied and mixed range of working patterns. We were unsure of our obligations under UK Employment Law and needed support, guidance and direction.

How did Avensure help address their HR issues?

It was quite clear from the get go that Avensure were very experienced and knowledgable in all aspects of HR and Employment Law, and we were reassured to know that we would be able to contact an advisor on the helpline at any time of day, this is imperative given the nature of our business. Our dedicated adviser assisted us from start to finish with Holiday entitlement calculations giving us thorough guidance on the appropriate and easiest ways to make these calculations, as well as ensuring we were legally compliant under current Employment legislation. We also had an issue with the unauthorised absence of an employee, which Avensure has helped us to understand and explained what the process was in this particular instance and discussed with us the best route for the Company. We found this situation incredibly difficult to manage as we were unable to obtain any contact with a member of staff, and with Avensure’s support we were assured through each step that we were working towards a resolution. At every stage Avensure provided tailored letters and documents for our use. We felt relieved that we were in very capable hands with Avensure.

What services do Avensure provide The Bleeding Wolf?

Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Bev Wood who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation awards

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

We have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Avensure and their HR and Employment Law experts. HR was originally a daunting concept and we are now confident, with Avensure’s backing, that we can handle anything which comes our way. Avensure and in particular our dedicated adviser have been incredibly helpful and supportive throughout.

MAG Leisure Ltd – (The Bleeding Wolf)
Tel:
01782782272 or 07846046594
Web:
www.thebleedingwolf.co.uk
Email:
bleedingwolf@unicomemail.co.uk
"Avensure provide great information on a range of subjects. It is very convenient to have them at the end of the phone and all their staff are extremely helpful."
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Thank you so much for these lovely comments Zuzanna. The Old Queen's Head is a public house on...
Name:
Zuzana Barincova
Job Title:
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Sector:
Retail
Company:
Pub Restaurant Ltd
Town:
Sheffield
Date:
14/12/2015
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Pub Restaurant Ltd are a traditional public house dating all the way back to 1582, and they have enlisted the help of Avensure to assist with all aspects of HR and Employment Law. The Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how The Old Queen’s Head have benefited by using Avensure’s services.

Pub Restaurant Ltd
Tel:
01143270704
Web:
www.theoldqueenshead.co.uk
Email:
zuzanabarincova@yahoo.co.uk
About Pub Restaurant Ltd

As one of the oldest domestic buildings in Sheffield, the Old Queen’s head is a traditional public house full of character boasting a wide range of food and drink. Although the building is dated back to 1582, the beautifully renovated interior and the jovial atmosphere are right up to the present date.

Why did Pub Restaurant Ltd need HR or Employment Law Advice?

Operating in the hospitality industry we are at the coal face of customer service. It is essential that our employees are able to offer the impeccable service to our customers, in order to maintain the historic profile we have established. To ensure that we maintain our excellent reputation we enlisted the services of Avensure who are HR experts so are well equipped to guide us on all HR and Employment Law issues we may face.

How did Avensure help Pub Restaurant Ltd address their HR issues?

Avensure have been able to offer us the support and guidance with all aspects of HR and Employment Law to ensure that our image and standards are never called into question. In July 2015 we had a particular issue with a member of staff who was believed to have been taking money from the till, and ultimately seen on CCTV. This was a clear breach of the trust which we had placed in that individual and we were thankful for Avensure’s expertise on how best to address this under current Employment law legislation. Avensure gave us options to allow us to see which would be the best route for us to take. We chose to ultimately proceed to take formal disciplinary action for this alleged act of gross misconduct. Avensure guided us through investigation, suspension and ultimately the disciplinary processes. Our dedicated HR advisor helped us with Agendas and bespoke letters to send to the employee, and any other specific HR documentation we required. We had particular difficulty getting the employee in question to attend the hearings and we were unsure how best to address this. Avensure worked alongside us, as we requested the employee’s attendance at the disciplinary hearing. Ultimately we were left with no option to proceed in the employee’s absence. We were relieved that we had 24/7 access to an experienced HR and Employment Law adviser on the advice line, and also that we had the indemnity protection under the service. We felt reassured that help was always on hand.

What services do Avensure provide Pub Restaurant Ltd?

Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Ember Wong who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation    awards. Barrister trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

This situation is not something we have ever encountered before and we were very unsure how best to approach this, we wanted to protect the company and without Avensure’s guidance we would have been lost! This process is not something we have had to do before, and we were incredibly grateful for the support throughout and the assurance that we were complying with HR and Employment law. Our dedicated adviser discussed each and every step with us along the way, and was always on hand no matter how big or small the question we had was. The service has been instrumental to our business, and has strengthened and professionalised our HR processes.

Pub Restaurant Ltd
Tel:
01143270704
Web:
www.theoldqueenshead.co.uk
Email:
zuzanabarincova@yahoo.co.uk
"The personal nature of the responses Avensure give make you feel very re-assured. I deal with Rebecca who is very helpful and I have had the pleasure of having the help of Ember who was a absolute star."
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Thank you Mike for your comments. Unlike others Stag and Hen Manchester puts you in control...
Name:
Mike Furguson
Job Title:
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Sector:
Food & Drink
Company:
Stag & Hen
Town:
Manchester
Date:
10/12/2015
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Specialist Events Organisers ‘Stag and Hen’ Manchester have been using Avensure for all aspects of HR and Employment Law.  This Case Study provides a summary of the services delivered and how Stag and Hen have benefited by using Avensure’s services

Stag & Hen
Tel:
01618709677 or 07970047821
Web:
www.stagandhenmanchester.co.uk
Email:
mike@night2remember.com
About Stag and Hen Manchester

Stag and Hen create tailored and bespoke experiences for clients who want to visit Manchester for every occasion from stag and hen parties, to shopping trips or girly get together’s.  The company prides itself on its extensive knowledge and experience of Manchester and the area’s night life and event opportunities.  The company’s attention to detail, level of personal service and focus on creating bespoke itineraries for every client means you are always guaranteed an unforgettable event. All a client needs to do is to pick the date and whether they are after accommodation, activities or evening experience or a combination of the three and Stag and Hen Manchester will produce a personalised proposal for that event to remember.

Why did Stag and Hen Manchester need HR or Employment Law Advice?

We had a sensitive HR issue and we didn’t know how to deal with it so we needed help.  We were very unsure where we ultimately stood as a company with regards to our Employment Law obligations.  We want to look after our staff, but we don’t want to do anything that could put the company at risk. We needed help and support from HR experts able to give guidance and direction on our Legal / Employment issues.  We also needed the correct HR documentation and clear direction on the process we needed to follow.

How did Avensure help Stag and Hen Manchester address their HR issues?

We joined Avensure because they have the team and the expertise we need to help us deal with our HR and potential Employment Law problems.  They know the best way to deal with issues and ensure we know where we stand as a company, making sure we don’t put the company at risk. Avensure helped us understand our situation and guided us through the formal processes. Avensure’s HR Advisors provided the bespoke documentation we required. As an employer, Employment Law is often a mine field when considering what we can and cannot say and do in certain situations.  We are very thankful for the reassurance and support Avensure offer at every step of the way.  Best of all with Avensure’s Indemnity insurance we have the peace of mind that if we follow the guidance of Avensure we are covered if we ever have to go to tribunal, and will always have the benefit of Barrister/Solicitor trained representation We have been guided on the Employment Law issues related to recruitment, wages, procedural and contractual substance, and the expertise Avensure offered in every respect was both legally and commercially focused and if we ever need help we can call Avensure’s legal help line any time day or night.

What services do Avensure provide Stag and Hen?

Bespoke HR Documentation: Contracts and Handbooks and guidance on implementation. Immediate 24/7 advice on all ongoing HR and Employment Law issues. Access to our own dedicated Employment Law Consultant, Rebecca Young who is invaluable. Access to a team with a vast range of experience in Employment Law Contracts and HR. Insurance to cover all legal and tribunal representation costs including all compensation  awards. Barrister trained legal advisors. Training to help us understand Employment Law and HR issues better.

What would you say to someone thinking of using Avensure's services?

Avensure’s HR service has paid for itself already and it has been invaluable to our business. In the past when Employment problems arose they were very stressful and caused us to spend a lot of time and energy worrying about how we could handle them on our own.  Now Avensure are a part of ‘our Team’ they have massively eased the stress and ultimately the HR burden which is now theirs to look after.  This leaves us free to focus on running the business without worrying about the risk of running into trouble with HR or Employment Law issues.

Stag & Hen
Tel:
01618709677 or 07970047821
Web:
www.stagandhenmanchester.co.uk
Email:
mike@night2remember.com
"Good communication"
Date:
28/05/2015
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Defects in the paving slabs had been previously reported to the housing association responsible for their upkeep but to no avail. So when our client tripped and was injured a successful compensation claim was made.

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Background

Our client was helping her mother to the car when she tripped on a defective paving slab, as she put her foot on one slab it sunk, exposing the raised edge of an adjoining slab. Client reported the matter and the defective slab was rectified the following day.

What we did

Our Lawyer took on the case and pursued a claim against the housing association who had failed to act on previous complaints about the hazardous pavement.

Settlement

Our client received £2,500 compensation for the injuries she incurred.

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"I am really delighted with the way things are going and really appreciate the help and assistance you and the team have been giving me. As you know other pressures slowed my initial progress but recently our joint strategy of a quick pre-sell /..."
Name:
Russell Streeter
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Sector:
Business Advice
Company:
Excelsior Business Development
Town:
Fareham
Date:
30/09/2014
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I am really delighted with the way things are going and really appreciate the help and assistance you and the team have been giving me. 

Excelsior Business Development
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Web:
www.smebusinessgrowth.co.uk/
Email:
russell@smegrowth.biz

I am really delighted with the way things are going and really appreciate the help and assistance you and the team have been giving me. As you know other pressures slowed my initial progress but recently our joint strategy of a quick pre-sell / pre-qualify conference call followed by a face to face meeting seems to be working.   To summarise, this is where my sales pipeline has moved to after a few telephone calls and two days out together visiting prospects:   1. A large law firm in Portsmouth where our first discussion with the CEO lasted just 33 minutes and resulted in a request to ‘see us as soon as possible’ and a meeting 4 days later at which they said “we have to do this, please confirm your proposal and we will crack on…”.  As discussed the CEO has apologised for the delay but “staff appraisals have slowed progress…”.  I am promised a call back to progress things before the end of this week.  And that is amazing as we only spoke for the first time less than three weeks ago and have only met once.   This success is all the more surprising as they already have a specialist supplier dealing with feedback and their PR company providing Case Studies – it is great to know that we appear to have something highly valued. The key benefit they are buying into is the ability to up-sell and cross sell their services into the corporate clients using the CCP to do so.   2. An accounting practice in Fareham.  This was perfect, they want everything we can offer and they appear keen to proceed after just one 35 minute conference call.  Despite the fact that we have not even met them yet I am optimistic that this will result in business very soon.  This is amazing as this is a well-established practice operating at the high end of the market.   3. An experienced senior executive with IBM and business advisor. It is clear that he has heard and seen just about everything in business.  It was fantastic to see his response to the CCP and the FBR3 system as solutions for both B2B and B2C businesses after just one meeting.  He and I are now discussing how best to introduce the overall service into his very considerable network of businesses large and small, many of whom have employed his services in one form or another over the years.    4. Patent Attorneys in Hampshire.  A great meeting yesterday with one of the partners.  After one quick discussion it was great to know that he is very keen to present the CCP to the marketing partners at their next meeting. Given their specialisation, the scope to cross sell into their client base was clearly a major influencing factor in his enthusiasm. He seemed to be very confident that they will go ahead after the August holidays.     Time Scale: Given that all of the above has happened over the course of just the last three weeks and that EVERY SINGLE discussion and meeting has resulted in a positive outcome I am both amazed and delighted.   It genuinely seems that everyone we meet needs and wants what we do.  There seems to be absolutely no price pressure due to an apparent total lack of competition.     What would I say to anyone else thinking about joining our team? If you advise business and / or deliver any form of business development consulting, then you need to give the Customer Care Programme and TMS very serious consideration.  If you have clients and an established business, you will want to introduce the CCP to all of your clients.  If you don’t have enough clients, you will want to join us – the proposition is so compelling it almost sells itself.   My hot prospect list now totals more than 14 and several are potentially £60,000+ per annum prospects I am looking forward to a very bright future.

Excelsior Business Development
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Web:
www.smebusinessgrowth.co.uk/
Email:
russell@smegrowth.biz

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