Welcome to Purpose, HR specialists for early stage and high growth businesses.

Purpose HR provides commercial, pragmatic and effective HR advice and practical support to SME and early stage, high growth and investor-backed businesses including high growth technology and life sciences startups within the Archangels, ParEquity and SEP investment portfolios. Our clients benefit from putting simple and effective structures in place and having easy access to HR expertise when required at as early a stage in possible in their development, without the fixed expense and overhead of hiring a full in-house HR function.

“Excellent strategic/operational HR support; both rigorous and tailored to the needs of a fast growing small company”. Adam Christie, CEO, Calcivis Limited

Early stage HR support helps manage your business and people most effectively and productively in order to help scale and meet the business challenges of fast paced growth. We provide cost effective, pragmatic outsourced HR advice and can also assist with due diligence to help your business get investor ready if you are seeking funding. For international companies looking to set up business or to hire in the UK, we can help you put the necessary, legally compliant HR frameworks in place, simply and cost effectively.


Having established and run internal HR functions for four small high growth, entrepreneurial businesses in her early career prior to setting up Purpose, and now being in the position of running a start up, CEO Lisa Thomson has a strong empathy with business founders, and a keen understanding of the practical challenges faced in employing and developing people effectively.


Implementing the right HR/people frameworks, policies and processes at an early stage in your business growth helps to focus your organisation and whole team to capitalise on developing market opportunities through effective business planning and performance, whilst avoiding the common pitfalls and risks that inexperienced people management approaches can bring. Hiring the wrong person or breaching legislation can be expensive – and in appreciation of the cost constraints on dynamic growing organisations, Purpose HR work with you to provide a cost effective solution appropriate to the size and needs of your business as it grows.

Pro-active not reactive

A small investment to put simple and proactive HR structures in place at an early stage can help you achieve efficiency and savings as opposed to taking reactive steps or defensive action after problems arise.

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