Our Team

Our team - HR consultants and Health & safety consultants

Our professional team of HR consultants and Health and Safety Consultants provide support to hundreds of SMEs each year. The BeyondHR team brings clarity and perspective to a range of people management, recruitment and health and safety issues. All our consultants have vast experience of providing practical hands-on business support on matters such as employment contracts, drafting tailored policies and procedures, disciplinary, dismissal, workplace investigations, employee grievances, absence management issues, risk assessments, and health and safety policies.

Neil started his career in HR with a Corporate Wear manufacturer before moving to the Builders Merchant, JP Corry in 2005. As HR Manager with JP Corry, Neil was responsible for the HR function across the Company’s 18 branches across the Island of Ireland. In 2012 Neil joined Personnel & Training Services as an HR consultant supporting clients with HR consultancy services. In addition, Neil has also held a Directorship of a Belfast-based charitable organization (2011-2013) and was a committee member for the NI Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Neil’s experience is supported by a BA Degree in HR management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, NEBOSH General Certificate and membership of the CIPD. In his spare time Neil is a keen golfer and also enjoys time spent on the beaches of the North Coast. Neil is now CEO of BeyondHR a HR consultancy service in Glasgow Scotland and Ballymena Northern Ireland.

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Neil McLeese

Chief Executive Officer
Neil started his career in HR with a Corporate Wear manufacturer before moving to the Builders Merchant, JP Corry in 2005. As HR Manager with JP Corry, Neil was responsible for the HR function across the Company’s 18 branches across the Island of Ireland. In 2012 Neil joined Personnel & Training Services as an HR consultant supporting clients with HR consultancy services. In addition, Neil has also held a Directorship of a Belfast-based charitable organization (2011-2013) and was a committee member for the NI Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Neil’s experience is supported by a BA Degree in HR management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, NEBOSH General Certificate and membership of the CIPD. In his spare time Neil is a keen golfer and also enjoys time spent on the beaches of the North Coast. Neil is now CEO of BeyondHR a HR consultancy service in Glasgow Scotland and Ballymena Northern Ireland.

Helen is the joint owner and COO of Beyond HR and has been working in the area of human resources for 20+ years now. Helen’s career in HR began with Valence Technology BV before moving to Mivan Limited in 2001 where she was responsible for strategic and operational HR across the business which required extensive travel to the company’s many international offices. In 2007 Helen moved into HR consultancy services with a focus on employee relations, Helen worked as an HR consultant for 7 years before joining up with Neil McLeese to rebrand Personnel & Training Services as BeyondHR in Northern Ireland. Helen’s experience is supported by a BA Degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, NEBOSH General Certificate, MII Mediator Training and membership of the CIPD. Leading Helen to be COO of the HR consultancy in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Helen Hardy

Chief Operating Officer
Helen is the joint owner and COO of Beyond HR and has been working in the area of human resources for 20+ years now. Helen’s career in HR began with Valence Technology BV before moving to Mivan Limited in 2001 where she was responsible for strategic and operational HR across the business which required extensive travel to the company’s many international offices. In 2007 Helen moved into HR consultancy services with a focus on employee relations, Helen worked as an HR consultant for 7 years before joining up with Neil McLeese to rebrand Personnel & Training Services as BeyondHR in Northern Ireland. Helen’s experience is supported by a BA Degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management, NEBOSH General Certificate, MII Mediator Training and membership of the CIPD. Leading Helen to be COO of the HR consultancy in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Before joining BeyondHR in 2011 as an HR Consultant, Jill worked in in-house HR roles within the Utilities sector (Phoenix Natural Gas) and the global drinks industry (Diageo). After joining BeyondHR Jill became Senior Consultant in 2016 and is now the Director of our HR consultancy in Northern Ireland. Jill has practical, hands-on experience in dealing with all aspects of the HR/employee life cycle however, her specialisms include advising on disciplinary, grievance, and Bullying & harassment issues. Outside of work, while living on the north coast, Jill spends a lot of her time open water swimming and golfing. In January 2023, Jill welcome twin girls and is currently on maternity leave.

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Jill Mills

Director
Before joining BeyondHR in 2011 as an HR Consultant, Jill worked in in-house HR roles within the Utilities sector (Phoenix Natural Gas) and the global drinks industry (Diageo). After joining BeyondHR Jill became Senior Consultant in 2016 and is now the Director of our HR consultancy in Northern Ireland. Jill has practical, hands-on experience in dealing with all aspects of the HR/employee life cycle however, her specialisms include advising on disciplinary, grievance, and Bullying & harassment issues. Outside of work, while living on the north coast, Jill spends a lot of her time open water swimming and golfing. In January 2023, Jill welcome twin girls and is currently on maternity leave.

With 17 years of HR support experience (10 of which in HR consultancy) Natalie started her career off in the retail sector after graduating with a first class honours degree in Business Information Management and Human Resource Management. She then worked her way up from HR advisor to Head of HR for a well known Motor Retail Company in Scotland supporting the CEO and Senior Leadership team In their people making decisions. Now supporting clients and leading the team in our HR consultancy in Glasgow, Scotland to support startups, SME's and larger organisations. Natalie enjoys giving commercial HR support and helping business owners make good people decisions. Natalie Is a member of the CIPD, a qualified Workplace Mediator registered with the Scotland Mediation Network, and a committee member of Scottish Women In Business. In 2022, Natalie was announced as a member of the Board of Renfrewshire Chamber. In her spare time Natalie likes to eat rather than do the cooking!

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Natalie O’Hare

Director
With 17 years of HR support experience (10 of which in HR consultancy) Natalie started her career off in the retail sector after graduating with a first class honours degree in Business Information Management and Human Resource Management. She then worked her way up from HR advisor to Head of HR for a well known Motor Retail Company in Scotland supporting the CEO and Senior Leadership team In their people making decisions. Now supporting clients and leading the team in our HR consultancy in Glasgow, Scotland to support startups, SME's and larger organisations. Natalie enjoys giving commercial HR support and helping business owners make good people decisions. Natalie Is a member of the CIPD, a qualified Workplace Mediator registered with the Scotland Mediation Network, and a committee member of Scottish Women In Business. In 2022, Natalie was announced as a member of the Board of Renfrewshire Chamber. In her spare time Natalie likes to eat rather than do the cooking!

Helen started her HR career in a large UK-based retail Company before moving to HR consultancy. She joined BeyondHR in October 2016. Previous to this Helen was for many years the manager for the delivery of employment services in Ireland, Scotland, and the North of England for a UK HR consultancy firm. Helen has experience in all aspects of the HR consultancy service from the preparation of employment documentation to employment advice, training, consultancy, and representation at the Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal. Helen has formed close relationships with many clients over the past 5 years as Senior HR consultant who really value her advice and guidance when dealing with complex HR situations. Helen enjoys walking, running, cycling and aerobics and is also a keen gardener.

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Helen O’Brien

Senior HR Consultant
Helen started her HR career in a large UK-based retail Company before moving to HR consultancy. She joined BeyondHR in October 2016. Previous to this Helen was for many years the manager for the delivery of employment services in Ireland, Scotland, and the North of England for a UK HR consultancy firm. Helen has experience in all aspects of the HR consultancy service from the preparation of employment documentation to employment advice, training, consultancy, and representation at the Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal. Helen has formed close relationships with many clients over the past 5 years as Senior HR consultant who really value her advice and guidance when dealing with complex HR situations. Helen enjoys walking, running, cycling and aerobics and is also a keen gardener.

Deirdre joined BeyondHR in Ballymena from a well-known hospitality business in January 2018 as HR consultant. For more than 25 years Deirdre held a number of senior HR Management roles across Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the hospitality industry. Her experience is supported by an honours degree and she is a fellow of the CIPD. Deirdre is experienced in all aspects of employment law with her areas of expertise including performance management, employee relations/generalist HR, and recruitment and selection. Our clients are delighted to avail of Deirdre’s HR consultancy experience across a range of issues, the relationship that is built with these clients is what leads to our clients forming long-term partnerships with BeyondHR. Outside of work Deirdre has a keen interest in entertaining, walking and travel, her favourite country to visit is France and favourite city is New York.

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Deirdre McDermott

HR Consultant
Deirdre joined BeyondHR in Ballymena from a well-known hospitality business in January 2018 as HR consultant. For more than 25 years Deirdre held a number of senior HR Management roles across Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the hospitality industry. Her experience is supported by an honours degree and she is a fellow of the CIPD. Deirdre is experienced in all aspects of employment law with her areas of expertise including performance management, employee relations/generalist HR, and recruitment and selection. Our clients are delighted to avail of Deirdre’s HR consultancy experience across a range of issues, the relationship that is built with these clients is what leads to our clients forming long-term partnerships with BeyondHR. Outside of work Deirdre has a keen interest in entertaining, walking and travel, her favourite country to visit is France and favourite city is New York.

Joanne holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management from the Ulster University and has held membership with the CIPD since 2004. Joanne gained a breadth of HR knowledge across the private and public sector before commencing employment with BeyondHR based in Northern Ireland back in 2017. Joanne quickly became a key member of the team forming close working relationships with a number of clients who rely on her for HR advice and guidance across a range of HR activities. Joanne has a keen interest in the areas of recruitment and performance management but has also assisted many clients in dealing with grievances and working towards reducing the level of sickness and absence in the workplace. In her spare time Joanne enjoys spending time at the North Coast where she enjoys long walks on the beach with the family

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Joanne McCormick

HR Consultant
Joanne holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management from the Ulster University and has held membership with the CIPD since 2004. Joanne gained a breadth of HR knowledge across the private and public sector before commencing employment with BeyondHR based in Northern Ireland back in 2017. Joanne quickly became a key member of the team forming close working relationships with a number of clients who rely on her for HR advice and guidance across a range of HR activities. Joanne has a keen interest in the areas of recruitment and performance management but has also assisted many clients in dealing with grievances and working towards reducing the level of sickness and absence in the workplace. In her spare time Joanne enjoys spending time at the North Coast where she enjoys long walks on the beach with the family

Laura has more than 15 years’ of experience in the HR industry, most of which was spent in the HR department at Henderson Group. She is a member of CIPD with a BA degree in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management which she obtained from Queens University. Laura has experience across a wide range of HR services including complex employee relations cases, absence management, and employee wellbeing. Outside of work Laura enjoys family days at the beach, eating out, and walking.

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Laura Nolan

HR Consultant
Laura has more than 15 years’ of experience in the HR industry, most of which was spent in the HR department at Henderson Group. She is a member of CIPD with a BA degree in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management which she obtained from Queens University. Laura has experience across a wide range of HR services including complex employee relations cases, absence management, and employee wellbeing. Outside of work Laura enjoys family days at the beach, eating out, and walking.

With 15 years of HR experience in both in-house and consultancy basis, Denise started her career in the Retail sector after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Information Technology and Human Resource Management. Joining our HR consultancy in Glasgow in October 2021. Denise has experience across various sectors and a large well known consultancy business, with a passion for employee relations and problem-solving to help business owners and managers manage day-to-day HR issues, whilst staying compliant with current employment law. Outside of work Denise enjoys family walks and days out and going to the gym.

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Denise Donnelly

HR Consultant
With 15 years of HR experience in both in-house and consultancy basis, Denise started her career in the Retail sector after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Information Technology and Human Resource Management. Joining our HR consultancy in Glasgow in October 2021. Denise has experience across various sectors and a large well known consultancy business, with a passion for employee relations and problem-solving to help business owners and managers manage day-to-day HR issues, whilst staying compliant with current employment law. Outside of work Denise enjoys family walks and days out and going to the gym.

Vicki is a Technical Member of IOSH who has over 10 years’ experience within the health and safety profession. Prior to her current health and safety consultancy role, she gained experience in a variety of sectors including Research & Development, manufacturing, construction and engineering. She is experienced in ensuring health and safety legal compliance through auditing, carrying out risk assessments, COSHH Assessments, Safe Systems of Work and policy writing. Her qualifications include NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH certificates in Managing Safety and Risk Assessment, and BOHS P405 Certificate in Management of Asbestos in Buildings. She has completed ISO Internal Auditor and Train the Trainer courses. Having a keen interest in Health and Safety, she was a successful participant in the NISG Health and Safety Quiz on a number of occasions. She was part of a team, representing her company, who won the Northern Ireland competition on three occasions and the all-Ireland final once. Outside of work Vicki likes to travel, both within Ireland and further afield, but her main interest is baking making bespoke cakes and cupcakes.

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Vicki McClean

Health & Safety Advisor
Vicki is a Technical Member of IOSH who has over 10 years’ experience within the health and safety profession. Prior to her current health and safety consultancy role, she gained experience in a variety of sectors including Research & Development, manufacturing, construction and engineering. She is experienced in ensuring health and safety legal compliance through auditing, carrying out risk assessments, COSHH Assessments, Safe Systems of Work and policy writing. Her qualifications include NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH certificates in Managing Safety and Risk Assessment, and BOHS P405 Certificate in Management of Asbestos in Buildings. She has completed ISO Internal Auditor and Train the Trainer courses. Having a keen interest in Health and Safety, she was a successful participant in the NISG Health and Safety Quiz on a number of occasions. She was part of a team, representing her company, who won the Northern Ireland competition on three occasions and the all-Ireland final once. Outside of work Vicki likes to travel, both within Ireland and further afield, but her main interest is baking making bespoke cakes and cupcakes.

Lynn joined our HR consultancy in Northern Ireland in January 2018 following more than 15 years at JTI. Lynn is a highly competent and experienced business support administrator and has experience in providing a range of business support services. She has extensive IT knowledge and provides professional service for both colleagues and clients. Playing key roles with our HR software and Recruitment services

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Lynn Elliott

Recruitment & Systems Co-ordinator
Lynn joined our HR consultancy in Northern Ireland in January 2018 following more than 15 years at JTI. Lynn is a highly competent and experienced business support administrator and has experience in providing a range of business support services. She has extensive IT knowledge and provides professional service for both colleagues and clients. Playing key roles with our HR software and Recruitment services

Aine brings eight years of HR and recruitment expertise to the BeyondHR team, joining as an ER/HR advisor and seamlessly integrating with the team. In the past three years, Aine worked as the HR Coordinator for a manufacturing firm in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Before that, Aine spent five years as a Recruitment Consultant at Ireland's top recruitment agency. When not at work, Aine enjoys living on the coast with her young family, staying active with her two children, and following motorsports, especially as her husband competes in rallies.

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Aine Carey

HR Consultant
Aine brings eight years of HR and recruitment expertise to the BeyondHR team, joining as an ER/HR advisor and seamlessly integrating with the team. In the past three years, Aine worked as the HR Coordinator for a manufacturing firm in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Before that, Aine spent five years as a Recruitment Consultant at Ireland's top recruitment agency. When not at work, Aine enjoys living on the coast with her young family, staying active with her two children, and following motorsports, especially as her husband competes in rallies.

Orlaith joined the HR consultancy in November 2021 as our Marketing Executive, she had been working as a Marketing Executive for a bathroom company and prior to this worked in an Advertising Agency as an Account Executive working with a variety of top Northern Ireland businesses. Orlaith graduated from Ulster University in July 2021 with a degree in BSc Hons Marketing. Orlaith focuses on SEO, content generation and Social Media marketing. Thinking creatively and strategically to develop content to be shared across the HR consultancies website, email campaigns and social media. In her spare time, Orlaith enjoys playing Gaelic football and going to the gym, as well as meeting friends for cocktails or coffee. Over lockdown Orlaith found interest in photography and hiking.

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Orlaith McAlister

Marketing Executive
Orlaith joined the HR consultancy in November 2021 as our Marketing Executive, she had been working as a Marketing Executive for a bathroom company and prior to this worked in an Advertising Agency as an Account Executive working with a variety of top Northern Ireland businesses. Orlaith graduated from Ulster University in July 2021 with a degree in BSc Hons Marketing. Orlaith focuses on SEO, content generation and Social Media marketing. Thinking creatively and strategically to develop content to be shared across the HR consultancies website, email campaigns and social media. In her spare time, Orlaith enjoys playing Gaelic football and going to the gym, as well as meeting friends for cocktails or coffee. Over lockdown Orlaith found interest in photography and hiking.

Joining us as the first Trainee HR consultant for the Scotland team, Justine brings a wealth of business experience from her previous role in hospitality management. Justine is excited to grow within the Beyond HR team and is looking forward to expanding her expertise by pursuing her CIPD qualification, alongside her on the job training. Outside of the office, Justine has a busy family life with two daughters, a Puggle and 3 rabbits. She also has a passion for baking, which led to her establishing her cake business in early 2020. The Scotland team will be well stocked with treats for the foreseeable future!

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Justine Rant

HR Assistant
Joining us as the first Trainee HR consultant for the Scotland team, Justine brings a wealth of business experience from her previous role in hospitality management. Justine is excited to grow within the Beyond HR team and is looking forward to expanding her expertise by pursuing her CIPD qualification, alongside her on the job training. Outside of the office, Justine has a busy family life with two daughters, a Puggle and 3 rabbits. She also has a passion for baking, which led to her establishing her cake business in early 2020. The Scotland team will be well stocked with treats for the foreseeable future!

Ross has experience carrying out risk assessments, fire safety checks and health and safety audits in the health and social care sector whilst specialising in working with young people with learning difficulties such as autism and challenging behaviour where health & safety is always a top priority. With a degree in psychology and a masters in applied behaviour analysis he has hands on experience promoting positive behaviour change in individuals especially when it comes to their attitudes towards health and safety. Outside of work Ross spends his spare time maintaining classic cars, making metal sculptures, playing guitar and driving around the north coast.

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Ross Christie

Trainee Health and Safety Advisor
Ross has experience carrying out risk assessments, fire safety checks and health and safety audits in the health and social care sector whilst specialising in working with young people with learning difficulties such as autism and challenging behaviour where health & safety is always a top priority. With a degree in psychology and a masters in applied behaviour analysis he has hands on experience promoting positive behaviour change in individuals especially when it comes to their attitudes towards health and safety. Outside of work Ross spends his spare time maintaining classic cars, making metal sculptures, playing guitar and driving around the north coast.

Hannah having just recently passed her NEBOSH in 2023 has joined our growing Health and Safety Team in March 2024 as our Trainee Health and Safety Consultant. Hannah had previously worked through the Retail and Hospitality sector for over 10 years supervising teams within Northern Ireland and further afield in Australia making her health and safety conscious which led her interest and drive to complete her NEBOSH. Outside of work Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and travelling to different parts of the world.

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Hannah Allen

Trainee Health and Safety Advisor
Hannah having just recently passed her NEBOSH in 2023 has joined our growing Health and Safety Team in March 2024 as our Trainee Health and Safety Consultant. Hannah had previously worked through the Retail and Hospitality sector for over 10 years supervising teams within Northern Ireland and further afield in Australia making her health and safety conscious which led her interest and drive to complete her NEBOSH. Outside of work Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and travelling to different parts of the world.

Aimee joined the BeyondHR team in April 2024 as a Trainee HR Consultant and is currently undertaking her CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management. Having 7 Years in the Hospitality Management industry and a BSc (Hons) Degree in International Travel & Tourism Management from Ulster University she is ready to diversify her skills into becoming an experienced HR Consultant and growing with BeyondHR. In her spare time Aimee likes exploring the North Coast and eating out.

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Aimee Dumigan-Smith

Trainee HR Consultant
Aimee joined the BeyondHR team in April 2024 as a Trainee HR Consultant and is currently undertaking her CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management. Having 7 Years in the Hospitality Management industry and a BSc (Hons) Degree in International Travel & Tourism Management from Ulster University she is ready to diversify her skills into becoming an experienced HR Consultant and growing with BeyondHR. In her spare time Aimee likes exploring the North Coast and eating out.

Rebekah has recently joined our growing team in April 2024 as a Trainee HR Consultant. Having graduated as a primary teacher, Rebekah previously worked within special education for 3 years before moving on to the voluntary and charity sector where she worked as a trainer. Rebekah has spent the past year working towards completing her CIPD Level 3 and is looking forward to working on the many different areas involved within consultancy. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her brand new puppy named Marshall, going to the gym and meeting friends for coffee. She also just renovated her first home.

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Rebekah Spratt

Trainee HR Consultant
Rebekah has recently joined our growing team in April 2024 as a Trainee HR Consultant. Having graduated as a primary teacher, Rebekah previously worked within special education for 3 years before moving on to the voluntary and charity sector where she worked as a trainer. Rebekah has spent the past year working towards completing her CIPD Level 3 and is looking forward to working on the many different areas involved within consultancy. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her brand new puppy named Marshall, going to the gym and meeting friends for coffee. She also just renovated her first home.

Don't just take our word for it

HR Consultancy Service Scotland

In Scotland, working alongside an HR consultancy like BeyondHR offers a competitive advantage that significantly aids businesses of all sizes. Based in Glasgow, our seasoned HR consultants complement your existing HR team with unparalleled support, protecting your business from potential employment tribunal claims.

Our competent squad of HR consultants in Scotland provides supplementary assistance to your existing HR framework. Our specialised skills bridge any deficiencies in your internal capabilities, ensuring complete HR support at all times.

We aim to liberate your HR manager from time-consuming administrative duties, allowing them to focus on fostering a positive corporate culture. Moreover, we facilitate ongoing learning on essential topics, ensuring your team is always updated with new employment legislation and HR best practices to avoid common pitfalls.

Choosing BeyondHR as your HR consultancy services in Scotland can result in significant cost and time efficiencies for your organisation. We streamline your HR processes, freeing you up to concentrate on your core business activities.

We also manage risks related to HR issues. Our team advises during crucial business decisions, such as employee discipline or termination, guaranteeing your adherence to employment legislation.

Our commitment also includes nurturing your team’s skills and development, creating a setting that encourages growth and learning. As a neutral HR consultancy in Scotland, we offer an objective viewpoint, delivering impartial advice that is essential for fair decision-making.

Whether your business is expanding, downsizing, or needs to adjust its HR tactics, BeyondHR, a trusted HR consultancy in Scotland, is prepared to meet your needs.

Opting for an HR consultancy service in Scotland like BeyondHR reinforces your HR activities and cultivates a healthier, more efficient workplace. It’s an investment that pays dividends in terms of cost reductions, risk control, and overall business prosperity.