HR, employment law and health & safety consultancy, Howarths, has started the new year with appointments by two major brands.

The firm, based in Cleckheaton, has been appointed by Easigrass Yorkshire and Northern Ballet to deliver ongoing HR and employment law support.

Philip Hicks, managing director at Easigrass Yorkshire, said: “We have big plans to grow and develop the company this year as we continue our mission to supply award-winning artificial grass to more customers across Yorkshire.

“Key to the success of our growth plans is our people, so having support in place to look after and further develop our team as the business continues to grow is a priority.”

Heather Hazel, HR manager at Northern Ballet, said: “At Northern Ballet, we have an absolute commitment to our leading role as an international ambassador for world-class dance. This same commitment extends to our people and teams, and we are pleased to be working with Howarths to further develop our HR function.”

The contract with Northern Ballet follows Howarths’ appointment by arts organisation, Opera North, in 2022.

Gavin Howarth, managing director at Howarths, said: “We’re delighted to start the year working with two well-recognised Yorkshire brands who have put their trust in us to support and develop their HR and employment law functions as they grow.

“Having solid, commercially focused HR and employment law procedures in place is a crucial step for any business that wants to grow.

“It supports continuity and productivity as the business evolves by providing the tools for senior teams to manage people issues confidently and efficiently, but also demonstrates a deeper level of commitment from the business to the ongoing development of employees, which can really help with staff retention and future recruitment.”

Founded in 2003, Howarths supports businesses across Yorkshire and the UK with HR, employment law, business immigration, and health and safety. Clients include Jacuzzi Group UK, Moda in Pelle, Express Bi-folding Doors and Opera North.