Making HR Personal Again

In a modern society we’re proud to be old fashioned.


At HoRde, we are proud to be ‘old fashioned’. We specialise in providing HR, employment law and health and safety advice to SME’s throughout the North. Our packages are based on relationships and are tailor made to suit you, not a one-size fits all, because we appreciate everyone is different.

Our dedicated team has over 40 years of human resource experience and all are fully trained, legally compliant and accredited to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) standard.

HoRde have taken HR back to its roots, there are no faceless call centres or rigid scripts, just friendly approachable people who cater for individual circumstances and who have consideration for company values and employee welfare. Just like it used to be!

When you work with us, our team becomes part of your team. We spend time with you, we get to know your business, working with and getting to know your staff, we build relationships from recruitment to retirement and by doing so, we can often spot a potential crisis or dispute and take action before it gets out of hand. After all, a happy contented workforce is a productive workforce.

Our Senior Team

Nick Thorpe, Managing Director
Nick works at Fellowship CIPD level and has 22 years management experience, 14 of which working in strategic HR. He has worked in both the Public and Private sectors including the NHS and has an OCN Level 2 in Counselling. Nick is experienced in all aspects of Human Resourcing and specialises in Discipline and Grievance. He has successfully represented both Claimants and Respondents at Employment Tribunals.

Kate Speight, Managing Director
Kate works as a Chartered Member of the CIPD with 22 years’ experience in the Public Sector before moving to senior management level in the Private Sector. Kate is experienced in all areas of Human Resource, specialising particularly in legal compliance, recruitment and TUPE. She has successfully represented Claimants and the General Medical Council and both Respondents and Claimants at Employment Tribunals.

Neil Kinrade, HR Consultant
Neil qualified with a 2:1 in Business and Human Resources Management at Leeds Beckett University and is an Associate Member of the CIPD. Neil has worked in the Leisure and Retail industry and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in generalist Human Resources, specialising in areas of Conduct and Performance.  He is fully up to date in all aspects of Employment and Contract Law.

Our Legal Partner – Consilia Legal
Consilia Legal is a niche firm specialising in Employment Law and Workplace Mediation with offices in Leeds City Centre and Harrogate. They have been shortlisted for their legal services and recognised in the Times as a Top 200 firm. They are Legal 500 listed and have a formidable reputation for pragmatic, commercial and straight-talking advice. The Employment team at Consilia Legal consists of four qualified solicitors who are able to provide specialist advice at all levels.

In Memory Of Dr. Daniel Rahnavard (Ph.D.), Barrister
Dr Rahnavard was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007.  Dr Rahnavard worked in-house and was a qualified barrister, a qualified doctor of law, a law lecturer and an integral part of our Team. His unique ‘no-nonsense’ approach without un-necessary “Legal speak” was a breath of fresh air along with his mean sense of humour that made our often-difficult industry enjoyable. Dr Dan was a wonderful friend and colleague who will be forever missed, never forgotten and always a member of Team HoRde.


You went into business to give you and your family a better life, you deserve your success, you are the one taking all the risks and it’s people like you who MAKE our economy, providing the vital jobs that keep everything going, so why does employing people have to be so complicated and stressful?


Imagine you had the time and head-space to grow your business without the hassle of trying to unravel complicated employment legislation, the worry of tribunals and the myriad of paperwork that needs to be just right to protect YOUR rights!!


What if this HR specialist didn’t tie you in to lengthy contracts with hidden extra charges, what if they were plain talking Yorkshire folk who know the meaning of a good value service? What if they didn’t use highly persuasive sales techniques to sell you what looks appealing or attractive when it quite clearly will only deceive. Meet HoRde HR – your guide to the peace of mind you deserve…

“Working as your HR team we ensure all the focus is on the person and not the process.”

Back to basics.

At HoRde, we take people’s feelings and situations seriously, offering tangible, specific advice to ensure each case is treated appropriately. We don’t have a call centre and you’ll deal with the same CIPD qualified consultant every time. 

Our services are offered on a monthly subscription and at the point of need. We will tailor the solution around your business and you’ll have a dedicated Consultant to support you from start to finish. No scripts, no repetition and personal to you.

Defined in our Approach.

When you contact HoRde, your call will not be answered by someone in a call centre, reading from a script. Importantly, you will speak immediately to one of our professional and knowledgeable team members. Should you choose to work with us, you will be assigned a CIPD qualified consultant who will work with you for the length of your requirement. We do not tie customers in to lengthy contracts.

Services are offered on a monthly subscription and tailored to meet your specific needs. There are no scripts, no repetition, just a personal friendly service bespoke to you.


All customers are assigned a CIPD qualified consultant who deals with the entirety of their case.


We don't have a call centre which means you will not be dealing with strangers reading from a script.


The freedom to run your business the way you want without fear.


The Perfect HR Solution for Your Business – Whatever You Need, Whenever You Need It.

From employee welfare to water-tight employment contracts; from expert support in hiring and firing to HR software solutions, HoRde delivers everything you need to ensure the smooth running of your business.

And because your business is unique, we have created a series of perfectly tailored solution packages, designed to deliver the support and expertise you need, right when you need it. 

We live and breathe HR, and together we can ensure that your business is not only legally compliant, but truly working to maximise return on your biggest investment: your people. 

To find out which package is right for your business, you can call our friendly experienced team right now on 03302 231 599 for an informal, obligation-free chat.


The Ultimate HR Package. Place all of your HR requirements in our safe and experienced hands. Eliminate the expense of a full time HR department and leave us to do it for you. This is our “complete peace of mind” package covering everything from legal support with Employment Law Solicitors, recruitment, tribunals, including Tribunal Insurance, and full employee support.


How would it feel to have someone in your corner for a change? A heavy weight HR specialist that helps you to punch above your weight and level the playing field when it comes to people issues that can hold you back? Working alongside your own team, you can call on us for additional support and expertise. We’ll coach and mentor your managers to help them maximise employee performance and much more.

Business Friend

Employing people shouldn’t have to be so complicated and stressful. Imagine you had the time and headspace to grow your business without the hassle of trying to unravel complicated employment legislation. As your Business Friend we’ll support your existing team offering expert guidance and assistance, in addition to offering a range of services designed to ease the stress and ensure you’re fully compliant at all times.


If you don’t need a full time HR team but still want to make sure your employees get the very best support and your policies are absolutely the best, our Acquaintance Package is perfect for you! With zero monthly commitment you only pay for the support you receive.

Friend in Need – For Companies

From time to time every business has to deal with an HR situation. Redundancy, tribunal, or perhaps an HR-related employee meeting that needs an impartial, expert, chair. When you need it most, our Friend in Need package is there for you.

Safe Space

Unlike others, we believe that HR should be available to your entire workforce when needed, just like it used to be. Our Safe Space service is available as a stand-alone package to anyone who outsources their HR but would like the option for the team to have access to confidential advice and support which can reduce absence and workplace conflict, saving you any potential future headaches.

By Your Side – For Employees

If you are an employee and feel you have been mistreated and require representation at a tribunal, we are here by your side, to offer support and advice, fighting your corner.

HR Software

Our HR Software was designed by human resources, health & safety and training professionals and is suitable for all businesses, any size, industry or location; it is packed full of features to support you and your employees. All features, buttons and functionality can be switched on or off so you only use what you need. Unlike other HR software, everything is provided in one package, for one price. There are no bolt-ons, modules, multiple data entry, spreadsheets or additional charges.

Why Horde Consultancy?

The truth is HR effects everyone involved in business especially those who employ anyone.

When we look at Bubble and Edina’s working relationship, it’s clear to see that the behaviour of the Leader is a first class ticket to an Employment Tribunal. However, when you consider Bubble’s ability to do her role, then it becomes interesting.

Was Bubble recruited using clear competency based questions against a detailed and robust scoring mechanism?

Did Bubble have the correct experience verified by credible references?

Was adequate training given for the role and was her probationary period monitored effectively with clear performance goals and objectives?

Does Bubble have a Protected Characteristic?

Is Bubble fed up of her Manager bullying her, so much that her want to carry out her role to her best ability is no longer there so she purposely fails to complete her duties effectively?

Dolly Parton tells us she has a workplace grievance; ‘Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living, barely getting by, it’s all taking and no giving.They just use your mind and you never get the credit. It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it. They’ve got you where they want you, there’s a better life, and you dream about it, don’t you? It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it and you spend your life putting money in his wallet.’

Dolly explains that she feels victimised as a female Employee. She has reached a point where her employment is becoming untenable and that she is so fed up that she dreams of the day she can escape. She indicates a serious Equal Pay issue in the workplace and that there is clear discrimination on the grounds of her sex.

Dolly shouldn’t be made to feel this way and the Company should have a robust Grievance and Harassment Policy readily available for all Staff. If you suspect a Colleague or Employee feels that they can no longer cope at work. It’s time to reach out. It’s time to call HoRde, who can support both Claimants and Business Owners understand that HR is around you all the time, so much so, you might not even notice.

What Our Customers Think.

“I have been delighted with the support we have received from Horde Consultancy. Our Company is committed to a thorough review of our HR working practices and documentation and the support and advice we have received has been excellent. They have also proved to be an excellent sounding board for many HR issues and have given us excellent advice as to how we may best address these issues while remaining legally compliant. Their help line works well with the initial emails being replied to quickly and effectively and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”
Yorshire Based SME
“It has been a pleasure working with you and Kate despite our sometimes difficult circumstances. Needless to say you have made it as easy as possible for me.”
“We have used Horde Consultancy for the past three years. At the start of our working relationship they fully prepared a new Company Handbook and Contracts of Employment for all our employees. We have found their advice invaluable on several HR issues we have experienced, from day to day queries to dismissal cases. We find Nick and Kate both professional and approachable in all aspects of employment matters and feel reassured to have their support and expertise available to us whenever we should need it. I would highly recommend HoRde’s services to any business.”
Yorkshire Based Manufacturing Company

HoRde Consultancy are proud to support charities, particularly those within our community, such as Business Buddies set up by Wakefield Hospice. On a national level, we work closely with the Royal British Legion and through our HoRde Heroes programme, work with ex-service personnel to support them into work when they return from service.

Ex service personnel are often overlooked but, in our experience, they make the ideal employee. They are excellent timekeepers, disciplined and used to following instructions. HorDe Heroes helps to find ex service personnel work.

We are also proud of our own charity, HoRde Together, which gives us the opportunity to help within our own community, by investing in local projects. For example, HoRde Christmas Memories hosts a Christmas Dinner for people who are spending their first Christmas alone and for those people who have no family. We can offer not just a wonderful meal but an environment where people can make friends, not just for Christmas but for lifetimes.

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Contact Information.

Address: 32 Park Cross Street, Leeds, LS1 2QH

Phone: +44 (0) 113 433 4240


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