Oculus HR have recently celebrated 9 years in business and with the founder and Managing Director Louise Kennedy at the helm the future is looking to get even brighter with further expansion and growth on the horizon.

The Sunderland based HR agency provide innovative and flexible HR solutions to SMEs regionally and nationally through their dedicated and holistic approach.

With Louise’s background in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, Oculus HR have established an international business reputation working with clients such as the Foundation of Light, NBT Group, Ashford Orthodontics, Aphrodite, Pub Culture and GP practices.

With recent trends showing that HR is becoming ever more needed with the wide variety of legislative changes in addition to variations in working practices it has proven instrumental for Louise to build a strong and versatile team.

Louise Kennedy, Managing Director at Oculus HR said: “Building and maintaining a strong team is key, the market conditions have been ever changing and it is vital for clients to have up-to-date advice and guidance on hand.

“The team have a wealth of experience across an array of sectors and our clients have benefited from tailored support.

“We love becoming part of the team and this is our USP, even though we are an outsourced provider we pride ourselves on becoming a part of the businesses and a key support mechanism.”

The team of five are committed to creating value to businesses, in particular SMEs to invest and develop their HR strategy, and with over 100 years of HR expertise between them clients are in very good hands.

The newest member of the team Claire Dodds has enjoyed getting her teeth into the variety of work that Oculus HR gets involved with.

With over 20 years experience in HR, Claire has seen first hand the key criteria for effective HR support.

Claire said: “Building relationships is key to success in any role but definitely in HR, you also need to be pragmatic and not just quote procedure and process, alongside being approachable and listening and observing conversations.”

Hayley Ramm has been with the team since 2015, her specialisms are the manufacturing, call centre and motor industry.

Hayley said: “No one week is the same, different clients, different SME’s, different cases, all with new puzzles or projects to solve every week.”

Deborah Ebdy has been with the team for nearly 7 years and was attracted to HR because of her interest to work with lots of different people.

Deborah said: “Working with new clients can bring so much job satisfaction as you can sense their relief when you are able to help and support them with issues which have been concerning for them.”

Another instrumental arm of the business is Oculus Health and Safety. This is headed up by business partner, Eddie Kennedy and was formed in 2021 due to growing demand from their client base for bespoke health and safety support.

Louise added: “We are really excited about how we’ve entered 2022 and the strong growth trajectory of Oculus HR, we’ve just settled into our new office space and have a number of developments in the pipeline, so the future is looking very bright indeed.”

To find out more about the support packages available for businesses contact the team at Oculus HR at louise@oculus-hr.co.uk or visit www.oculus-hr.co.uk/