Maxine Henry - Founder of The People Place HR LTD
Great Companies: Please tell me something about the business and how did you come up with such an idea?
Maxine Henry: I’m a lifelong HR professional, with experience that can only be gained from working in a variety of big-name corporates over the past 18 years. From managing a large scale redundancy programme to creating a culture change programme, if its people related – you name it, I’ve done it.
But after some valuable thinking time over Christmas, where I reflected on the things I am passionate about, I started to craft my vision for the future.
And so, The People Place HR was born. With a mission of creating a better place for people to work, I’m excited to share my passion for people.
Great Companies: What are the various services and products provided by your company?
Maxine Henry: Whether you’re looking for straightforward HR support or a tailored solution which is designed to help you attract, retain and grow your people, we’ve got you covered with our HR Services. Leaving you plenty of time to concentrate on doing the thing you love, running your business. We offer Straightforward HR Support which is just that. Simple support which will help you; hire your people, set your people up for success and manage your people, we can even take away the your paper pain. We also understand that as a business leader you make your culture; a feeling of what’s it’s like to work here. By actively developing your culture you will unlock the potential of your people and your business. By creating strong leadership and management for your people you are developing a great culture which will help your people and your business thrive.
Great Companies: Why should one choose you over others in this field? Maxine Henry: Acting as a business partner the People Place HR will support you to align your people policies with your business strategy, helping your business to thrive. Our extensive experience of working with senior leadership teams to facilitate cultural change will help you to attract the best talent and retain and develop your people to make them the best they can be. We will work with you to focus on your specific needs, delivering an innovative HR solution that helps you achieve your business goals.
Great Companies: What are the struggles and challenges you face? Maxine Henry: Starting a new business during lockdown has been very challenging and frightening if I’m honest. All the normal networking opportunities that would normally be available to entrepreneurs and start-ups were taken away overnight. But it’s given me an opportunity to take the time to reflect on the type of business I want to own and run and what is important to me. I’ve been sharing my expertise and understanding of employment law with small businesses who didn’t know where to turn. I’ve taken a challenge and turned it into an opportunity to help others. Great Companies: What do you think are the few main things which are most important for a successful business? Maxine Henry: I think the most important thing for a successful business is understanding why you are opening the business in the first place. That will be your driver when the chips are down, and the current situation has shown me that a clear focus coupled with adaptability are key to survival and success. On a more personal note, for me, I wanted to create a legacy for my boys, to show them that when doors are closed, you have the ability to open them for yourself. I also think it’s important to be kind and have good manners, as my mum always says; ‘manners are free, give them to everyone’.