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Our clients and testimonials



Evolutionhr has been retained by the Practice since 2006, and assisted the Practice with all aspects of HR from contracts of employment through to office moves and staff relocation.

During this time they have provided an excellent service in managing HR risks to the business, providing an approachable and personal service to the Practice and individual studios as issues have arisen. This has included helping the Practice keep up-to-date with the latest employment legislation.
Neil Musgrove, Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord

Hazle McCormack Young

We have worked with evolutionhr for a number of years and have always found them to be highly professional and helpful.

They are willing to go the extra mile to help with any situation that crops up, unravelling complex HR issues for us. We recommend them unreservedly.
Joanna McCormack, Practice Administrator, HazleMcCormackYoung LLP

Anshen + Allen Architects

Areen Design Services

BB Partnership Ltd

Bennetts Associates

Kate’s audit of our HR practices and subsequent project work was carried out with sensitivity and perception.

Her knowledge of the architecture industry provides more specialist solutions than that of other HR consultants. But it's not simply a question of specialist expertise in our profession, she also brings true added value combining HR, business and commercial acumen. She exercises judgement beyond simple possession of knowledge in reacting sensitively to changing circumstances.
Denise Bennetts, Bennetts Associates

Callendar Howarth Interiors

Consarc Architects

Dixon Jones

Eric Parry Architects

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Hart Howerton

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Mossessian + Partners

muf architecture/art

Universal Design

Working with evolutionhr is always a good experience! They are very friendly and prompt to answer any query; they have given us the peace of mind we need to carry on with our daily activities.

Our consultant Niki Winsor has a real understanding of our business. Her insight into the architecture and design industry and positive approach has provided us with invaluable practical and strategic insights, and peace of mind. Evolution HR provide us with up to date policies and procedures that are in compliance with current legislation. I would highly recommend their service to any other small business.
Jane Pinfold, Director, Universal Design Studio

Nicholas Grimshaw Partnership

Paul Vick Architects

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Robert Dye Architects

The Buchan Group

V3A Limited

Architecture Industry Case Study 1

For seven years, we worked with an architecture practice with 250 staff in five offices throughout the UK and also an office in Abu Dhabi.   It was their strategic decision not to house the HR function internally.

We were therefore tasked with providing support as required, but also to develop a plan whereby the day to day HR needs were met.  Our first task was to revise and update the existing HR documentation and systems.  Over the period that we worked with this company, we developed procedures and undertook training with senior administrative staff in each office so that their awareness of HR requirements was heightened and they could take on this responsibility.  We also worked regularly to update and develop the people management skills of the office directors.  A twice-yearly HR road show regularly took us around the country to hold training sessions, staff update meetings and ensure that there was satisfaction with the HR support provided.  We were able to provide robust support through a series of redundancy exercises.

Architecture Industry Case Study 2

We were commissioned to lead a redundancy programme for the London office of a US based architecture practice.

Not only was the company’s day to day HR support provided from the US, but it was also felt that it would be inappropriate for internal staff to undertake an exercise of this nature.  They could in turn focus upon the future of the office and the remaining staff who were going to take the business forward.  Our involvement included briefing the local partners, preparing all documentation including guidance notes for the required meetings and attendance at all meetings to provide support, answer procedural questions and ensure accurate note-taking and back-up documentation.

Design / Creative Agencies

Brand Environments


Dalziel + Pow

Stedman Oliver (Creative) Limited

Irving Design


The Banyard Group

The companies of the Banyard Group pride themselves on the standards of their customer service and, working in a very competitive market, we can only succeed if every aspect is functioning to its optimum.

This won't happen if my team are not happy in their work and this is where evolutionhr come in. Since 2006, they've worked with us to ensure that all our policies and procedures are in place and run smoothly. However, HR isn't just about legal compliance, it's about dealing with tricky or unusual staff related issues. It's also about ensuring that my staff who manage other people understand how to comply with both employment law and best practice. evolutionhr not only take care of our hr policies and procedures, they also provide hr related training to our managers so that they have the tools they need to manage their staff effectively. Evolution HR have the in-depth knowledge and skills required to deal with staffing issues quickly and efficiently, leaving me free to focus on driving the business forward.
Nick Till, Managing Director, Banyard Consultants Ltd

Guild of Construction

Kate Marks and her team offer an excellent, commercially-driven service which I would not hesitate in recommending to other employers.

Kate Marks and her team offer an excellent, commercially-driven service which I would not hesitate in recommending to other employers.
Cristian Ley, In-house Solicitor, Guild of Construction Workers

Norman Disney Young

Construction Industry Case Study 1

A company providing a variety of commissioning, maintenance and engineering services to the construction sector has employed Evolution HR since 2004 on a monthly retainer basis to provide all their HR needs.

The internal office manager who is responsible for HR has been coached by us in a variety of situations; all documentation has been updated on a regular basis; various issues that have arisen for which we have provided support include: disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancy, TUPE. We also work with the divisional directors on HR needs specific to their departments as they arise.  Recently we have undertaken management training to develop the people management skills of the senior members of the team.

Construction Industry Case Study 2

We were contacted by the company solicitor of a firm that provides contract workers to a number of construction companies around London and South East England.

Serious disciplinary issues had arisen regarding two senior members of staff and it was deemed appropriate that external objective HR specialists should be brought in to investigate matters and conduct a formal disciplinary procedure should this be necessary.  In each instance, investigations took place, subsequent grievances were lodged and addressed.  Evolution HR lead the formal grievance and disciplinary procedures with satisfactory outcomes for the Company.


Close Brothers Investment Limited

Equanimity Independent Financial Advisors

GPC Financial Services Ltd

Fiduciary Management

I found evolutionhr a very practical and flexible organisation which met and exceeded my clients’ expectations.

Their services and latest updates prove very valuable to us and our clients. The team are very approachable, knowledgeable and able to answer any HR question specifically without the waffle.
Neelai Patel, Partner, Fiduciary Management Services UK LLP

Market Research/Field Marketing

Fizz Experience

HR’ is boring and frustrating. We used to pride ourselves on being employee driven and spending time caring and nurturing our employees.

However, we found as our business (and legislation) grew we had less time for the important and enjoyable bits and more and more of our time was tied up on 'HR Issues'. We went from a part time HR assistant to a full time HR assistant and still we were losing the battle - the whole business was beginning to suffer.

Kate and her team at Evolution HR came highly recommended to us and we haven't looked back since. We have re-discovered the HR we love and leave the boring and frustrating stuff for evolutionhr to deal with (and they seem to love it!). We are back to a part time HR assistant and our approach to our HR is one of evolution (no pun intended) rather than fire-fighting or shortcuts. We have saved money and more importantly we have our staff back to doing what they do best. We have used many different 'resources' to aid us with our HR and Evolution HR has been by far the most effective and 'human' - when dealing with people that's pretty important!
Darren Pinner, Managing Director, Fizz Experience

Market Research/Field Marketing

Metro Research

Not for profit/Charity

British Grassland Society

Federation of London Local Dentists Committees

Vincent Housing Association Limited

Product Design

Barber Osgerby

Property Developers

Laimond Properties Ltd

SB Strategies

Housing Industry Case Study

A housing association had basic HR practices in place, but became involved in an employment tribunal claim after which their board of directors requested that they have their practices audited by an external objective expert.

Evolution HR was requested to undertake this audit.  We were able to visit the company’s premises and review all the personnel files.  The management of the company made themselves available to provide additional documentation as requested, and were also interviewed as part of the audit process.  As a result of a review of all HR related documentation and processes, together with interviews with key people, a report was provided to the management and Board.  The report clearly outlined matters of legal compliance, good and best practice, together with an action list of essential, desired and aspirational actions.  This enabled the company to implement some immediate changes to minimise future risk, and also to enhance existing procedures to ensure they increase their attraction as an employer and heighten the quality of their employee experience.

Recruitment/Executive Search

Adrem Group

Nowell Stone


Match Recruitment


Fitton Associates



As a company who is dedicated to serving the SME market from a telecommunications and IT viewpoint, we understand the lack of resources that SMEs face in certain key areas and human resources is one of these for Voxclever.

Evolutionhr understand our requirements and our need for advice on the practical application of up to date legislation and best practice. Their team are friendly, approachable and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we understand exactly where we stand and guide us in a professional manner.”
James Farnworth, Director, Voxclever

Open Mobile Media Ltd


Volcanoes Safaris

Evolutionhr provides solid advice expressed in plain and clear English, which is very reassuring for a small firm without HR capabilities in house.

We appreciate the prudent and thoughtful approach to this complex and sensitive area and are grateful for their help.
Giulia Marsan, Company Secretary, Volcanoes UK Limited

Remembering 9/11

September 10, 2021
In my embarrassingly large photo collection in a box somewhere, there is a photo of me on the observation deck of Two World Trade Center – one of what is, or was, known as the Twin Towers. On that visit in the late 90s, who could have foreseen the tragic events of 20 years ago tomorrow, 11th Septe...
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