Into the Spotlight, sponsored by Huddersfield-based Scriba PR, is a weekly business feature – online every Thursday – which highlights lesser-known businesses that generally go under the radar. Here, we highlight Holmfirth human resources specialist New Dawn Resources.

New Dawn Resources is a human resources company with a difference that’s working wonders for their clients.

Founded in 2008, the team’s focus is on working in partnership with clients. Unlike more traditional models – such as arm’s length consultancies or hands-off helplines – a HR Business Partner is dedicated to each client, and spends time getting to know their business culture and goals.

These knowledgeable professionals regularly go out to client sites to work hand in hand with senior staff and provide the support New Dawn Resources is so renowned for.

Vanessa Scrimshaw, founder and managing director, says: “Working together like this, we quickly find we are an extension of our clients’ management teams and we can make sure that the advice we give is absolutely tailored to what they want to achieve.”

For many small to medium businesses juggling a variety of operational concerns, staying on the right side of employment law can be a bewildering task, with statute and guidance constantly changing and new precedents being set at tribunals.

HR matters, often requiring urgent assistance, span employee relations issues, recruitment and training, through to leadership development plus contracts, policies and procedures. While reputable companies are keen to do right by their employees, making sure they receive their entitlements and following proper procedures, it can be hard to confidently cover all bases – which is where New Dawn Resources comes in.

Kate Booth, director and legal expert, says: “It’s our job to keep on top of the legal matters that businesses need to know about and advise our clients accordingly, so that they can focus on whatever it is they are most passionate about.”

When managers need to deal with challenging situations such as absence and performance management, disciplinary issues and grievances, it’s important for them to receive down to earth advice and guidance. Team members have experience in business ownership, staff management and leadership, which gives them greater insight into the challenges their clients are facing.

Kate says: “When people think of employment law or HR, they often imagine red tape stopping businesses from doing what they need to do. It can feel like that, but it’s our job to lead the way through with minimum fuss and get our clients where they need to be.”

In addition to the day-to-day support on offer, the team are available to deliver management and staff training sessions for clients when required. They also often provide free resources on timely topics for any firm to access.

During the pandemic, the team provided ‘as it happens’ guidance and resources through the evolving furlough situation, and worked with clients to develop strategies for responding to the changes they were facing.

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Cheryl Evans, director, says: “We have worked with many of our clients for years, and most of our work comes via word of mouth. We’re known for being responsive and giving clear guidance. We don’t sit on the fence.”

As we move out of the pandemic, New Dawn Resources is preparing to help companies with the continuing new challenges head.

Vanessa will use her knowhow as a qualified master practitioner in employee wellbeing and resilience strategies to help reduce workplace stress and boost wellbeing and productivity – and the question of will happen next regarding the trend for homeworking is a hot topic for many.

New Dawn Resources has ambitions to grow and add new clients to its roster. Get in touch with the team via