HR Guidance for Chicken & Blues - Streetwise HR

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Chicken & Blues first started serving their delicious ‘posh chicken’ in Boscombe back in 2013 and have since opened 2 more stores across Dorset thanks to their mouth-watering cuisine and authentic hospitality. Now, they’re an award-winning chicken restaurant chain, feeding more than 6000 hungry mouths a week! As you can imagine, that takes a lot of people power. This is why Chicken & Blues called on the HR experts at Streetwise for our help, support and guidance.

THE PROBLEM

Chicken & Blues initially enlisted the services of Streetwise HR back in 2015 but after a year, decided they weren’t ready for their full support and agreed to take HR activities in house. However, just a year later they approached Streetwise HR once again and asked them to come back on board to help take the business in a whole new direction.

THE SOLUTION

As part of Chicken & Blues' HR services, the Streetwise team produced employee contracts and a handbook to ensure all staff were on the same page and working with the same values and goals. As well as its composition, this also includes continually updating and managing the contracts and handbook to ensure the content and messaging remains relevant and accurate to the overall direction of the business.

The Streetwise team is always working closely with the managers and business consultant at Chicken & Blues to streamline their processes and become a more efficient and productive company. This has involved helping them switch to the cloud-based G-Drive for better collaboration and communication between all their teams.

As part of the bespoke HR services, the team works with, supports and advises managers in a range of HR related issues that crop up from week to week. This can include helping new starters settle in, advice on how to deal with sensitive situations and even ideas for boosting workplace morale. Indeed, Streetwise HR is proud to say that Chicken & Blues consider them to be a part of the team and know that no matter what employee relation situation may arise, the team is there to help.

Quotation mark We began working with Streetwise HR in June 2017 as we felt the business would benefit from having a HR team on board with the business growing. Streetwise HR are able to pop in and see us, or deal with any issues we may have over the phone/via email. They are straightforward and relaxed which we find easy to work with. Streetwise HR also love chicken, which helps. Quotation mark

Steve Crawford, Founder

Whether you need help with your HR full time, like Chicken & Blues, one off emergency advice or help finding your next star, Streetwise HR is here to help. The HR experts have worked in the industry for years and are experienced in all aspects of human resources, from leadership training and culture development to recruitment and compliance. To speak to one of our team about your HR needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 0844 682 7488.

What our clients are saying

Working with Streetwise HR makes any HR issues just disappear. They have a no fuss way of working and deal with every situation efficiently and professionally. Having Streetwise as part of our business gives us the confidence to grow with the knowledge that we are being compliant in an ever changing world of employment law.

Darren Mooney, Creative Director

We have known of Debbie and Streetwise HR for a number of years while working together on mutual clients. In that time we were always impressed by her pragmatic, commercial yet extremely professional approach. So much so that when we needed additional HR support ourselves we engaged Debbie and the team. We have not been disappointed since! Debbie is really easy to work with and we love the manner in which she approaches both the mundane and also the more complex HR issues. A definite recommendation.

Warren Munson, Managing Director

Streetwise HR give us everything we need, so we can concentrate on growing our business. They add value, are always proactive, approachable and quick to respond, offering the right advice and support. Streetwise HR give us peace of mind were doing all of the right things. We would recommend them to any SME who wants to have the security and HR experts on hand without the cost of a full time HR employee.

Andrew Counsell, Managing Director

Whether our call is ‘Debbie we’ve found a new awesome hospitality legend, please help us secure them quickly’ or ‘Debbie, I think we’ve employed a bunny boiler and we’ve had to lock ourselves in the office, please send help’ we can rely on ice cool and calm HR super hero Debbie doing just what we need super fast and super professionally. Debbie is both lovely and awesome all rolled up into one epic package of HR deliciousness. Engage her now before she’s too busy!

Mark Cribb, Founder

Streetwise HR have been wonderful to work with, always on hand to respond to issues, but also there with advice on the more difficult situations that arise from time to time. I find their laid back but professional attitude easy to work with and they adapt to the way that works and suits you. I would recommend them to anyone looking for simple advice or to take on an employment issue.

Gemma Harris, Creative and New Business Director

We have used Streetwise HR for several years now to great effect. We very much appreciate their hard and efficient work as well their commercial attitude in dealing with situations. We are never left without an answer for long regarding any queries we might have or even urgent issues that might arise. We have also used them in our HR training for heads of department with great effect. We highly recommend using Streetwise HR, if you don’t then it’s your loss!

Richard Waters, Managing Director

One of the biggest challenges we face as a company revolves around HR issues, whether its creating contracts for our employees or dealing with serious issues such as disciplinary measures or dismissal. Streetwise helped us to realise that the law was actually there to protect both the employee AND our business! We now feel confident that, in the rare event of a serious issue, we have the backing and support of people who really know the law, and whom will fight our corner, so we can concentrate on running our business and looking after our employees.

Ross Negus, Managing Director

Streetwise HR are always on hand to help with any issues that arise. They have coached and guided us through processes that have helped the business. I would recommend Streetwise HR to any business and will continue to work with them.

Gavin Farley, Director

HR support

Would like to thank Debbie and her fantastic team on all the assistance and guidance they have given Mploy Staffing Solutions. Debbie and her team are always available and always honest with their advice, I would recommend them to any business. Good job guys keep it up.

MLOY Staffing Solutions, Mark Nash Finance Director

Britannia Parking have worked with Streetwise HR for a number of years. Their desire to understand the ethos of our business teamed with a wealth of knowledge of Employment Law has assisted us in a number of changes and situations. They always keep a strong focus on the desired outcome along with the combination of commercial acumen and the ability to unpick even the most unusual of situations. Their straightforward manner makes them a pleasure to work with and a company we would recommend without any hesitation

Brian Parker, CEO

As a small family business with around 22 employees we occasionally find ourselves needing a bit of advice when it comes to employment law and Debbie’s specialist knowledge has been invaluable. Over the past five years or so she has sorted out a new contract of employment for all staff, helped us with arrangements for a staff member on long term sick leave and, just recently, made sure we were doing all the right things when transferring our weekly waged staff to monthly pay. It is a pleasure to work with Debbie as we know she will address out needs with the utmost professionalism but our meetings are always friendly and informal. For maximum results with minimum fuss we would recommend Streetwise without hesitation.

Steve Hoare, Director

Streetwise HR have given us straight talking HR advice and solutions over the past few years. No challenge is ever too big and they are always on hand when we need them. A must have for all small businesses and entrepreneurs. I would recommend Streetwise without hesitation.

Mariusz Obrzud, Director

As clients of Streetwise it has been refreshing to deal with Debbie and her straight talking no nonsense approach! Debbie and her team provide valuable ongoing support and guidance in all HR matters and it is of great comfort to us knowing that we can contact Streetwise and gain a timely response. Becky has also provided excellent assistance reviewing and implementing our document suite and we can be confident that we are kept up to date with the many legislation changes that occur. I have no hesitation in recommending Streetwise HR.

Trisha Hayward, Executive Assistant

Have been working with Debbie, Kim and the team since the beginning of 2019.

The company are knowledgable and responsive to the queries we've raised. They've been good at driving projects forward and being understanding when my schedule interfered with deadlines.

Happy to recommend their services to other businesses.

Passenger, Matthew Morgan Operations Director

We have been working with all of the Streetwise team for a year now and have found them to be hugely responsive and helpful with our business needs. We’ve had a lot of things to deal with in the last 12 months and I’ve found each of the team to be a real benefit in terms of addressing immediate issues as well as offering practical and beneficial advise going forward. A lot of HR support is seen as unnecessary until things go wrong but having Streetwise on side means I have peace of mind that should anything come up then we will be able to deal with it swiftly and without fuss now and in the future.

Andy Headington, CEO

Debbie provides strategic and commercial support to Enhanced. She gives expert hands-on guidance in a variety of areas including management training, strategy building and day to day complex HR issues. I feel confident that Streetwise HR understand our business requirements and provide an exceptional service to protect and grow Enhanced. I have been working closely with Debbie who has been mentoring me to develop my skills to focus on building an HR function that delivers a pragmatic, human and valuable approach to the business.

Laura Elford, HR & Talent Manager

We began working with Streetwise HR in June 2017 as we felt the business would benefit from having a HR team on board with the business growing. Streetwise HR are able to pop in and see us, or deal with any issues we may have over the phone/via email. They are straightforward and relaxed which we find easy to work with. Streetwise HR also love chicken, which helps.

Steve Crawford, Founder

The best thing about Katie and Kim, the advisors from Streetwise HR is their straight-talking approach; we trust them to simply ‘tell it how it is’, and we know that no matter what decision needs to be made they will be there to support and advise. In business, this honest, candid way of working is a breath of fresh air, and it definitely gets things done quicker and better!

Mike Forder, CEO