About Purpose HR

Supporting SMEs and high growth companies

Purpose HR is an AAB Group Company

Purpose HR provides commercial, pragmatic and effective HR advice and practical support to SMEs and high growth investor-backed businesses across key sectors in Scotland 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.


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.

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.

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.

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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    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.
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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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    As an AAB Group Company we have access to 340 business advisors and work together to deliver solutions for clients across the critical business areas of people and finance.

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, our Founder Lisa Thomson had a vision to deliver pragmatic and commercial HR support tailored perfectly to the needs of SMEs and high growth businesses. A trusted advisor at Director and Board level, Lisa is now supported by a passionate, highly skilled HR team. Our client base has grown rapidly, all through recommendation and referral, and spans across multiple sectors.

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

In 2021 Purpose HR was acquired by the AAB, the tech-enabled business critical services group, to provide our business with the support required to accelerate our growth plans. Read the full story here.

An AAB Group Company

Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB) is a tech-enabled business critical services group providing audit and accounting, tax, payroll and HR, outsourcing and advisory solutions globally from offices in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, UK.

AAB help clients manage critical elements that make businesses tick – its people and its finances – by providing resources and technology that ensure things run smoothly no matter what hurdles may be encountered.

With a depth of capability, experience and resource, the businesses across the AAB Group work with clients through every phase of business from start-up to exit, helping to take care of client’s personal financial planning along the way.

Looking for a 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.