Wiltshire businesswoman scoops national HR award

By Nick Batten on 12 January, 2022

A local Wiltshire businesswoman has won a national award for her company’s dedication to helping other small businesses and charities grow. 

Kathryn Roynon is the Founder and Director of KR HR & Training Consultancy Ltd based in Corsham. Throughout 2021, the team helped small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the struggles, and challenges faced due to the pandemic. Their work has now won them a national award for Best HR & Training Consultancy at the 2021 SME Business Elite Awards. 

The company was formed in 2016 to help give smaller businesses and charities access to the same HR expertise as larger organisations. In 2020, due to demand for services, the company expanded to welcome Kirsteen Pearce as HR consultant followed in early 2021 with the creation of two trainee positions under the Kickstart scheme. 

One of their standout projects of the year highlighted by the panel of judges was the support given to Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP). The team played a major part in a successful expansion growing from a team of nine to 21 in a matter of months. 

Kathryn said, “I was really surprised when I received the email saying we’d won, as I didn’t even know we had been nominated! We’ve worked hard over the past year helping not only our clients adapt, but also adapt ourselves, to the rapidly changing circumstances. This award has really lifted the team spirit and it means a lot to get recognised for all the hard work they’ve put in and it was a brilliant way to end the year.” 

Paddy Bradley, Chief Executive Officer at SWLEP, added, “As we have been growing our business, Kathryn and her team have been in lock-step with us, providing crucial and timely advice. Our relationship with Kathryn’s team is based on mutual respect and confidence in high-quality delivery. I could not wish for better or more responsive HR support.” 

The 2021 SME Business Elite Awards is a programme that highlights those enterprises who consistently provide the best services and products for their clients, allowing them to stand out within their representative fields.

The feedback from the panel of judges advised the company “had a clear business strategy, to positively affect the people practices to their client’s success. Through recruiting, managing and developing staff not only do the above practices improve, but efficiency in HR processes, employee communications and culture rises. This was demonstrated in many testimonials and reviews.”

Pictured above: (left to right) Kathryn Roynon, Founder and Director of KR HR & Training Consultancy Ltd and Kirsteen Pearce, HR Consultant