Free access to online resources

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SMALL businesses in Northumberland have the opportunity to get free access to an extensive online Human Resources (HR) service for six months.

The offer has been put together by Arch – the county council’s arms-length development company – after it linked up with a company called HR4UK.

Firms employing up to 50 staff can use the service to set up contracts of employment and employee handbooks. It also provides a host of additional employee benefits, such as access to discounted healthcare and leisure activities.

At the end of the six months, employers can download a hard copy of the handbook or subscribe to the service.

Peter McIntyre, Arch Group Managing Director, said: “Small businesses often have a need for HR support, but are not always in a position to employ dedicated HR staff.

“The online toolkit will provide a valuable resource to help them make sure they are fully compliant with the latest employee legislation.”

Employers can find full details of the offer at www.northumberlandemployment.info