15 Years of Talk Staff 

It’s Talk Staff’s 15 Year Anniversary! As a renowned people consultancy, our teams continue to promote excellence and innovation, from tackling day-to-day business challenges right through to transforming organisations through coaching programmes.  

We’re streamlining payroll processes, tackling complex HR situations, helping great companies find the right people and developing teams and leaders 

From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a prestigious 360 consultancy firm known for our unwavering commitment to transforming workplaces and empowering businesses. 

Over the past decade and a half, we have navigated the dynamic landscape of the recruitment services industry whilst supporting teams with their payroll and HR processes from start-ups to multi-nationals.  

After growing into a multi-award-winning people consultancy, with awards for leadership and people development, we’ve also gone on to welcome Designed4Success. Combining our knowledge with a wealth of input from psychologists, executive coaches, and facilitators to help companies with challenges from managing difficult conversations to wider projects in business transformation 

Join us in celebrating 15 years of Talk Staff—where we turn challenges into opportunities and aspirations into achievements. Here’s to many more years of making a meaningful impact in the world of work. 

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Where Talk Staff started 

Talk Staff started in the midst of the Great Recession in 2009, on 24 June, so we’ve seen it all when it comes to workplace change, using resilience to thrive during tough times and succeeding against the odds. 

Our people consultancy is underpinned by hiring knowledge built up since we started in talent acquisition, and we’ve been evolving ever since. What hasn’t changed is our focus: On delivering results for your company through inspiring your greatest business asset: Your People!

Talk Staff Reviews – Why our customers love us

We’ve got over 100 5-star reviews on Trustpilot! Here’s some of the amazing things people said about working with us: 

One of the best recruiters I’ve ever used – “I really can’t recommend Talk Staff enough, from start to finish Keeley has been fantastic- within 1 month of speaking with Keeley I was in an interview and offered a role. Keeley has kept me up to date throughout the entire process, answered any questions I had and worked with me through any issues I’ve had. I’ve used quite a few agencies to look for work and can honestly say this one is the best I’ve ever used and I will be using again should I need to. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for work to give Talk Staff a call 10/10” Review from Elisha 

I really enjoy the free Development Sessions – “They are a great snapshot introduction to the variety of topics covered and always not too long that new topics become overwhelming. I always look forward to the next session and would definitely recommend attending one if you haven’t already done so.” Graham Cowan 

People Matter in our Payroll – “Right from the outset Talk Staff understood who we are as an enterprise. They have done their job around payroll as you’d expect, but have gone way past the extra mile in supporting and cheering us on. I love their emphasis on the important message that ‘people matter’ and it’s been so helpful to keep that in focus. I also appreciate how quickly they come back to me with answers to my questions and have coached us as we’ve transitioned from a limited company into a charity. With Talk Staff it’s all about relationships and that makes working with them a joy.” Sally Just Ice 

Pleasure setting up the HR department “Thank you to David, Richard, Anna and all the Talk Staff team, its been a pleasure setting up the HR department with you all, you guys are very responsive and always there when needed. Looking forward to working with you further in the future” Sal, Google Review 

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Putting names to faces

As a people consultancy we have a nationwide team of people from psychologists and coaches through to HR experts. But we know it’s nice to put names to the faces of the people you’ll speak to most often. Whether that’s your next great hire, chatting about coaching for your new managers or getting support with payroll. 

Search our team from first name A-Z in this new article. 

Talk Staff – View The People You Talk To 🙂 – See Them Here

People News from Talk Staff

Expansion to the legal department 

Welcome to the team Angela Harris!

Our Talk Staff team have been growing a hugely successful legal recruitment offering, resulting in exceptional placements in top law firms in the Midlands and beyond.  

To build on our great reputation Angela joined the team to help match talented candidates and ambitious clients and will focusing on building and nurturing both Qualified and Support Level talent. Oh, and she’s only gone and won Employee of the Month twice since then!! 

David Orange says “I’m delighted to welcome Angela, with her experience and our extensive knowledge and connections in the legal sector this will give our clients even greater access to some of the best talent available.” 

Angela has extensive experience in the professional services sector with a strong background in both Recruitment and HR. Angela says “Having worked in recruitment for many years, I’m really looking forward to learning new things and working with my new team.”  

In her spare time she knits baby clothes for neo-natal units, has two Chihuahua’s and has even sung at The Royal Albert Hall!  

Expanding your legal team? – Reach us here

A new chapter for Gary Parsons 

As the co-founder of Talk Staff, Gary has been one of the key driving forces behind the company’s growth and success. However, all good things evolve, and for Gary, evolution means that after 15 years in business, he’s stepped down as CEO of Talk Staff and moving into a more strategic Non-Executive Director role from 1st April 2024. 

Talk Staff’s Managing Director, David Orange and Operations Director, Richard Stokes, will remain in position and continue to be supported by experienced teams throughout the wider business. 

For Gary, this isn’t just a title change; it’s a new chapter filled with opportunities to impact the world beyond the boardroom. He’s gearing up to dive into keynote speaking and immerse himself in exciting charity work – focused on his passion to break the stigma of mental health and wellbeing in leadership. What’s the backstory of this significant shift, what does the future herald for Gary and what new opportunities does it hold for Talk Staff? 

Check out Gary’s new podcast here >> Leadership in Disguise

Exploring the Human Side of Leadership. Unveiling Untold Stories, Triumphs, and Resilience.

National Payroll Week  

We had a great time celebrating National Payroll Week from Debbie’s infamous payroll fun facts to the annual payroll quiz. We also delivered doughnuts to some of our local Derbyshire payroll customers and celebrated with payroll cake. 

And we couldn’t forget the payroll karaoke if we tried (believe us we’ve tried!), we were blasting out tunes all around the subject of money.  

Tired of payroll admin and slow support? – Reach our friendly responsive team

Workplace Articles

The articles you won’t want to miss: A round up of some of our favourite articles produced by our people consultancy team. We couldn’t pick them all! 

HR Favourites: 

3 top HR articles:

Employee Relations  – Something isn’t right between your team? Is it one of these 6 culprits? Explore sources of team conflict here

Equality Act – The Equality Act is almost as old as Talk Staff! BUT just like us this act is constantly evolving. Learn what’s changed and how to use the rules to help your business, not hinder it.

Sick leave statistics – Learn the staggering figures. Do you know how many days are lost to sick leave each year? Spoiler alert…it’s a lot! Here’s what you need to know. Learn how to support your people and reduce sick leave and absenteeism. 

Payroll Perusal: 

3 top payroll blogs:

Payroll fun facts – Own up….which civilization paid their workers in beer? (please don’t get any ideas!), and which payroll element confused Albert Einstein himself!

HR and Payroll Legislation -20+ upcoming payroll legislation changes and HR updates

National Minimum Wage – Learn the current National Minimum Wage pay rates for 2024 and more

Hiring Heights: 

Explore tips for hiring and retaining staff:

Hiring Agility Takeaways – Hot off the press! Learn how to avoid the future skills gap and use skills blending to get the most out of your team.

Recruitment Challenges – Which hiring challenges are effecting employers the most this year and how to tackle them

Hybrid Working Policy for new hires – Please a brand new resource to assess whether a job role can be performed effectively from home

Develop if you Dare: 

4 Learning and Development articles you’ll want to read:

Leadership and Company Culture – Learn how leadership skills influence company culture  

Advice for new managers – No-one magically wakes up one day with the right skills to manage people? But often people are promoted or move into people management roles without the right leadership training. Here’s 7 things to help your new managers.

Social copying – The art of workplace change 

Sales Tips – 10 mistakes your sales team are likely making right this minute. 

Just-Ice | Sally & Gav

Talk Staff Case study round up 

We’ve helped plenty of companies this year, and in the 15 years previously. In 2024 we’ve been adding plenty of payroll case studies to our website from payroll for small business to fully managed payroll and even supporting multi-national businesses. 

Here’s a roundup:

Payroll Operational Efficiency For An International Bank

Retained Recruitment For Legal Firm

 Fully Managed Payroll Service For UK-Wide Retailer

Search & Selection For Manufacturing Company

Outsourced Payroll For Healthcare & Education Company

Search & Selection For HVAC Company

Outsourced Payroll For Accounting Firm And Their Clients

PAYE Setup & Payroll Processing For Charity

Of course, we can explore these all at once on our master Case studies page! We hope you enjoy them 🙂

You can explore all of our case studies here

💙 Grow Your Business and Develop Your People This Year! 💙

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this milestone, if you want to send a nice message to the team you can send it here, it always puts a smile on our faces. 

Fancy a catch up? If you’d like to know the new ways we’re supporting teams this year then give us a shout, we’re always happy to have a chat!

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