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BedrockHR are your outsourced HR department

Reducing Risks and increasing the benefits of your team to your company

Human Resource (HR) management may be a new concept for many entrepreneurs, many of whom have not worked in larger organisations that have an in-house HR department.

David Mellard, Bedrock HR Director and Founder, describes HR management as “reducing the risks associated with employing people and maximising the potential benefits achievable from the people employed in the team”.

In practice, HR involves providing sound advice and managing a range of activities to be applied to all employers, both large and small.

Starting BedrockHR

Nine years ago, after a decade in senior HR positions in the University Sector, David started Bedrock, working with three SMEs in the property and finance sectors: “I provided a range of advice and support needed by all employers but without the costs associated with full-time in-house HR professionals”.

In case you are wondering, the name has nothing to do with the Flintstones (although David has a passing resemblance to Fred!): “The reason for the name is that we see the people in any team as the bedrock on which that organisation is built.”

We have worked with and been supported by Bedrock HR for over two years. We are a small team and thus do not have an in-house HR department. David and his team provide this expertise for us. In all matters we have found Bedrock HR to be deeply knowledgeable, experienced and helpful. They conduct themselves in a manner that highly professional yet fully approachable.

Managing Director, Le Bureau 

I have been using Bedrock to manage HR activities for my accountancy practice for a number of years. As a professional firm we rely on the high quality operational support and strategic management advice to stay ahead of the game and Bedrock provides this.



Partner, Fairman Harris

Managing people effectively

Professional services firms including accountants, property related services, financial advisers and investment managers have been joined in the Bedrock ‘stable’ by young tech-based companies involved with software development, property rental, lifestyle, film and a number of charities and schools.

“We love the diversity of our client base and although the challenges for each client are very different, the common denominator is that they all want to manage their people effectively within the law and make the most of their team.”

Services offered by Bedrock cover the whole employment life cycle from job design, advertising, recruitment, contracting and on-boarding through to managing performance and ‘life-changing events’ such as sickness, maternity, paternity and resignations through to changes brought about by financial challenges and changes in business focus which can mean redundancy or relocation.

COVID has increased the need for focus on remote working as well as engaging with staff about their hopes, fears and concerns. Bedrock have helped businesses, charities and schools to resolve conflict and engage in meaningful dialogue with their teams during this unprecedented year.

Workplace Health and Safety

We recognise that employers have significant responsibilities under Health and Safety legislation that they may not be aware of including, to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all employees, by provision of:

  • A safe place of work, including access and egress
  • A safe working environment with adequate welfare facilities
  • Safe equipment and systems of work
  • Safe use, handling, transportation and storage of substances and articles
  • Information, instruction, training and supervision
  • A written safety policy, with organisational responsibilities and arrangements (when there are five or more employees)

Mark joined Bedrock recently to provide guidance on all aspects of workplace health and safety and would welcome the opportunity to help you ensure that your obligations are being met.

Bedrock first took the time to understand our business, plans and budget, and then advised us on what we needed, and equally importantly, what we did not need.


Director,Thomson Tyndall

I have used Bedrock’s services on many occasions, and I have found their flexible and thoughtful approach to personnel issues to be of the highest order. Whether the situation required sensitivity or firm resolve, the guidance and mediation provided was exceptional.



From one-off projects to assignments on a retained basis

Each retained client has a dedicated HR Business Partner who is often the first port of call for business owners and their team members.

Claire plays this role for several clients and says “our biggest achievement is when a difficult situation is turned around because we have provided advice and then coached the client into putting that advice into action”.

This sums up the Bedrock approach which is hands on and addresses the issue but also has an eye on developing processes and behaviours that lead to managers being better equipped to do their job.

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