About Purpose HR

Technology | Engineering | Life Sciences

About Purpose HR

Purpose HR provides commercial, pragmatic and effective HR advice and practical support to early stage and high growth investor-backed businesses including high growth technology, engineering and life sciences start-ups within Scotland’s leading Angel and Venture Capital backed investment portfolios.

Our unique approach is highly responsive, supportive and flexible to the needs of fast growing business. We offer expertise in understanding, interpreting and applying business growth strategies and translating these into effective, user-friendly and fit-for-purpose HR strategies and supporting toolkits tailored to client needs.

Our clients benefit from putting simple and effective HR and people management structures in place and having easy and flexible access to qualified and niche HR expertise when required at as early a stage as possible in the organisation’s development, without the fixed expense and overhead of hiring a full in-house HR function.

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A refreshing and hands-on approach

The Purpose HR offering is truly refreshing and hands-on. We have a strong understanding and affinity with our market and our fit-for-purpose HR ‘Support as a Service’ perfectly meets the needs of high growth, entrepreneurial businesses. We focus on enabling scale and growth through attraction, retention and development of key talent.
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Early stage support for business growth

Purpose HR offers early stage HR support to help manage your business and people most effectively and productively in order to help scale and meet the business challenges of fast paced growth. We can also assist with due diligence to help your business get investor ready if you are seeking funding.
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Supporting inward investment

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. We are proud to be endorsed by the Department for International Trade and included in the UK Investment Support Directory as a business with the expertise to support overseas firms.
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Cost-effective & flexible solutions

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.

Why Purpose HR

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    Our approach is unique – we act as an extension of our clients’ management teams, embedded in their culture, visible and proactive onsite and flexible to their needs – embracing the ‘trusted advisor’ ethos.
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    We have a strong understanding and affinity with our market and our fit-for-purpose HR ‘Support as a Service’ offering perfectly meets the needs of high growth, entrepreneurial businesses.
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    Our highly experienced team have a strong empathy with business founders, and a keen understanding of the practical challenges faced in employing and developing people effectively.
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    Our delivery team encompass a wide range of experience across HR and employment law compliance, organisational development, recruitment and talent acquisition, learning and development and executive and management coaching specialisms.
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    We are a values-driven organisation and pride ourselves on working practices which demonstrate this. Trust, empathy and equality are at the heart of everything we do.
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    We are passionate about working with our clients to develop inclusive, diverse and purpose-driven workplaces and cultures to enable their teams and businesses to thrive and grow.
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    We are exceptionally proud to be part of the first cohort of 20 values led, socially impactful businesses accepted onto the Unlocking Ambition Scottish Enterprise-backed programme for high growth, purpose-driven organisations.

Our History

As a growing and ambitious HR Consultancy, our story began in 2014. Having built a successful HR career within high growth tech companies, and with a passion for technology and innovation, our Founder Lisa Thomson had a vision to deliver pragmatic and commercial HR support tailored perfectly to the needs of early stage and high growth businesses. Lisa is now supported by a passionate, highly skilled HR team and our client base has grown rapidly, all through recommendation and referral, and includes high growth, entrepreneurial companies in Technology, Engineering and Life Sciences.

We have built a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of early stage and high growth businesses and we integrate seamlessly, acting as a valued extension and trusted member of their management teams.

Looking for an HR Specialist?

Purpose HR work with you to provide a cost effective ‘HR as a Service’ solution appropriate to the size and needs of your business as it grows.