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Testimonials

I have relied on Julie's HR advice for a number of years. Julie has a direct, uncomplicated approach and her advice is always clear and well-defined. Her contribution to MPM Products has been invaluable on occasions, far outweighing her cost-effective rates.
James Bracewell, Finance Director, MPM Products Ltd
Thank you to Julie who helped me compile the company contract of employment back in 2010. I then contacted her with employee issues a couple of years ago which proved very successful and most recently in August 2014 with another employee issue. Great knowing that she is only a phone call away with great professional advice
Deb Tallis, Director, Halifax Metals
Julie has worked with the W Group over the past 4 years and has become an integral consultant as part of the Management Board. Julie provides sound and concise advice regarding all aspects of HRM. The W Group has been through an extensive growth period over the past 2 years in which Julie’s advice, support and impartial views have contributed to its success.
Marc Wildes, Managing Director, W Academy
We all enjoyed your no-nonsense, no frills approach. It genuinely was a breath of fresh air after being stifled for years, backing down and going through reams and reams of red tape procedure imposed on us by other providers.
Gary Courtenay, Managing Director, Nutri Advanced Ltd
We found JCS HR services absolutely superb in helping the charity in a very difficult situation. I would recommend JCS to anyone else they really are brilliant!
Tim Wightman, Trustee, Yorkshire Band of Hope Union (Charity)
“We contracted Julie to advise us on the correct and appropriate procedures to follow when we undertaking a restructure in our growing business. Here approach was both efficient and professional whilst retaining an empathy for the impact on the individual staff affected. I would without question utilize the services of JCS again and recommend their services to any company needing quality yet simple HR advice.”
Andrew Keast, Director, MIA Sports Technology
We were delighted with the high quality of advice and support we received from Julie on recent HR matters. Thank you Julie.
Mandi Taylor, Partner, The Smart Agency
Over the past few years Julie Sykes’s services have been invaluable to me. Coming from a freelance background I know little of company and employment law – it is an area fraught with anxiety and bureaucracy. Julie is a font of all knowledge, she is diplomatic and fair and her advice is always clear and accessible. But above all, she is friendly and approachable - Thank you Julie for all your hard work, care and consideration.
Kay Mellor, OBE
We have been using Julie for the last two years and have always been impressed with her professionalism and common sense approach. As a result we have also had no hesitation in recommending her to other businesses.
Lucy Hodgson, Eastwood and Partners
Julie Sykes is a real resource to our business. Whenever we need to call on her for advice she is quick to reply and helps us sort out issues simply without them growing to major issues. She also helps us to keep up to date with legislation so that we can get on with running our business without being distracted. I would wholeheartedly recommend her.
Margaret Tarpey, Concept PR
I value the straight talking, no nonsense advice from JCS which is legally compliant, retains respect for the individual and keeps managers cognisant of best practice actions and behaviours.
Commercial Director, Kraco Car Care International
You have provided us with some great support through some very trying times, so thank you very much - it's been a pleasure working with you.
Steve Jones, CEO Evocutis plc
As practice manager of a 6 office firm, I am often the first point of contact for HR related issues. Not having an HR background has often left me feeling cautious and vulnerable when dealing with difficult or sensitive issues. We have used JCS for a number of years and continue to receive a personal, excellent and thorough service for a wide range of issues. There have been times when I've needed advice out of hours and JCS have always accommodated my needs. Julie's approach is always clear, to the point, independent and professional and I personally value the support she has given me.
Practice Manager, Makin Dixon Solicitors
Julie is the HR specialist you need when dealing with a difficult situation or crisis. She is knowledgable, swift, competent and unflappable, with an ability to make her clients laugh - just when they thought it couldn't get any worse. I have used her expertise in several organisations, in quite different circumstances. She proved her value in all of them: I would have no hesitation in employing her again or recommending her wholeheartedly."
Jane Hustwit, Communications Consultant
"Julie has a natural flair - while understanding the role of HR best practice and strategic interventions - for cutting through the waffle to provide pragmatic client focused solutions. She is engaging, personable and understands the importance of closely supporting managers in handling difficult interventions with their people."
John Dodge, HR Consultant
I engaged the services of Julie to deal with a disciplinary matter within a small business. Julie added expertise and objectivity to the proceedings, which can be difficult for managers in any business but particularly within small businesses. Her follow up was thorough and detailed which is essential in any employment matter. I certainly will not hesitate to use her again if the need arises
Oliver Marns, Solicitor, Chadwick Lawrence LLP
Julie’s input into our project has been invaluable, and we are incredibly proud of what we have produced. The feedback we have received already from the local authorities is very encouraging.
Amanda Glew, Apprenticeship Manager, Local Government Yorkshire & Humber
Julie was very professional and knowledgeable in her dealings with us and we were extremely pleased with the work she undertook on our behalf.
Chris Knowles-Fitton, Chair of Management Committee, Craven Domestic Violence Service
JCS has assisted us in dealing with a number of difficult employee issues. These have included an investigation into an allegation of harassment, an incident of gross misconduct and advising us on the process for dealing with a number of redundancies. In giving advice they were open and honest, and not afraid to disagree with us. The support provided has always been timely, flexible and of a high standard and we will be happy to work with them again.
Pat Campbell, Director, Manchester Accident Repair Centre
HFL Group has used JCS services for a number of years and will continue to do so. Julie is engaged as the Haden Freeman Group's HR Consultant. Her knowledge of the field is outstanding and I personally find her to be reliable, friendly and trustworthy. She has become a highly valued member of our management team.
Wayne Baxter, Director, Haden Freeman Ltd
As an employment lawyer I come across many weird and wonderful situations when advising businesses and individuals about matters that have “gone wrong” at work. I have worked with Julie Sykes of JCS HR on a number of those matters where the client benefits from the input of both a lawyer and also a seasoned and experienced HR specialist. Julie always has a down to earth and no nonsense approach, and is able to cut through the side issues and get to the heart of the matter.
Lee Jefcott, Brabners
We would like to thank you for guiding us through the (recruitment) process and making it so enjoyable. It all ran so smoothly and you made it look so easy.
Dr Fiona Hargreaves, Valentine Medical Centre