Free access to online resources

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