Stephanie Walsh, Vital HR Law

Tell us about your company?

Vital HR Law reduces costs and potential liabilities to small businesses locally. We do this by working face-to-face to support, advise and coach business leaders and their teams by providing Employment Law advice, current Best Practice in Human Resources and ensuring business compliance. We also provide indemnity against potential costly legal claims to your business for a very competitive price.

Where do you want the business to be in two years?

In two years’ time we aim to develop an apprenticeship arm to develop and support trainee solicitors and HR professionals on their career path and to support the business to grow and expand.

What is your background?

I am a HR Solicitor specialising in Employment Law as a Human Resources Professional. I have worked at senior management level in the public and private sector for over 12 years. I set up Vital HR Law in March 2015 inspired by the amount of help and support I could see locally for a start-up business. I felt the time was right for me to fully utilise my professional skills and experience with a new challenge and one I personally find very exciting and rewarding. I work with SMEs and hold Independent contracts with a large local NHS Trust to act as an Investigations Manager into complex grievance and disciplinary cases. I am also a trained mediator.

 "To develop and support trainee solicitors and HR professionals on their career path and to support the business to grow and expand."

If you could suggest one thing to Government to help business growth what would it be?

Remodel and revisit the enterprise allowance scheme to offer a start-up grant and a more realistic weekly allowance to support individuals further in being entrepreneurial and taking the risk to go it alone in business. In the end, the more solid and informed the start up the more chance of success and business growth for the economy.

What do you do to relax away from the office?

I teach yoga and I sing in a choir. I love to walk and to cycle and just generally get out doors. For longer relaxation that goes deeper I may attend a yoga retreat or book a holiday in Greece - a destination I love.

What hobbies do you have?

I play golf, badly.

Have you any hidden talents that we don’t know about?

It’s not a talent …. I run meditation and relaxation sessions as part of my yoga and am attracted to Buddhist philosophies. I also attend the local Buddhist Centre.

What one piece of advice would you give an 18 years old Stephanie starting out today?

I would tell her to follow her dreams and believe in her own unique abilities and that I truly believe if you want something you can achieve it. My mother used to say to me ‘Where there is a will there is a way’. I would also tell her to focus her energies early to succeed, however, I believe not doing that very young is sometimes part of what being young and carefree is about.

Any final thoughts?

I have been very impressed by the support and mentoring offered from the Wirral Chamber of Commerce , the Women’s Organisation and some independent networking opportunities I have encountered locally. There really is a wealth of encouragement and positivity and a general ‘good vibe ‘around a business start-up in Merseyside at this time. It feels that the area is set to go from strength to strength at the present time.

 

 

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