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  • Thanks Sonia you were absolutely spot-on with your advice – clear, direct, understandable and totally professional. I would recommend you without hesitation.

    Di Lawrence, Chief Officer
    Di Lawrence, Chief OfficerAge UK Dorchester
  • Sonia's provided The Organic Cookery School with valuable and cost-effective advice in employment contracts. She has a friendly approach and made us feel that no question was too silly. I thoroughly recommend her to any expanding social enterprise who needs advice in these areas.

    Lucy May, Director and Founder
    Lucy May, Director and FounderThe Organic Cookery School
  • As a small charity in the UK with only two staff members, we really appreciate working with a consultant such as Sonia and benefit from her input to ensure we are equipped with expert advice and apply the best practices in all our HR.  We especially appreciate her first initial free consultancy, the clarity of her guidance, affordable fees and the level of service provided.  Sonia is helping us build the foundation for the future growth of the organisation.

    Sophie Noonan, Country Director
    Sophie Noonan, Country DirectorThe Hunger Project UK
  • As a small, not-for-profit pre-school, run by a Manager and Board of Trustees comprised of volunteer parents, when it came to revising our staff contracts we had a few areas that were causing us headaches, in particular Statutory Sick Pay. Sonia was incredibly helpful and was able to explain what we needed to do to comply with the legalities, whilst also ensuring that the pre-school minimised its liabilities. Having Sonia at the end of the phone giving straightforward and honest advice was an absolute godsend.

    Liz Burnett, Chair
    Liz Burnett, ChairRotherfield PreSchool
  • Sonia was very efficient, professional and easy to talk to. She was readily available to respond to any questions we had and the documents were provided within the timeframe agreed. We would not hesitate to use her again

    Lydia Lalor-Lawrence, Office Manager
    Lydia Lalor-Lawrence, Office ManagerMidaye
  • Being able to pick up the phone for expert and sympathetic HR advice was an absolute godsend at the time when our charity was just starting to expand to taking on paid session staff and I am very grateful for the support, which made a seemingly stressful process seem much easier.

    Alix Lewer, Operations Director
    Alix Lewer, Operations DirectorInclude.org
  • I find it really helpful to be able to deal with one person who understands our organisation rather than a panel of advisers that we would get at some bigger HR consultancies. Having access to cost effective, friendly and professional help at the end of the phone means I am more likely to get the advice I need to avoid problems before they occur. Working with Sonia feels about as close to in-house HR support as we could get.

    David Leighton, Chief Officer
    David Leighton, Chief OfficerAge UK Bournemouth
  • Sonia’s support was both timely and extremely useful. I was able to ask questions about HR issues which I didn’t understand. Sonia broke down for me in plain English to help me understand my requirements as a new employer and made me feel confident that we were following all legislation and best practice.

    Sarah Wallbank, Founder
    Sarah Wallbank, FounderYes Futures
  • Sonia helped us with prompt and thorough advice and practical support which has proved invaluable and we feel able to approach her for further help at any time.   It is extremely important that small organisations can access this highly skilled and specialist professional help and knowing that we can do so increases confidence throughout the organisation.

    Annie Jeffery, Chair of Trustees
    Annie Jeffery, Chair of Trustees hArt
  • Populo’s support to our HR needs has made a real difference. It is reassuring to have external professional support that helps us to ensure we are compliant, up to date and ongoing access for our future support needs - highly recommended.

    Michael Clowes, Chief Executive
    Michael Clowes, Chief ExecutiveCommunity First New Forest
  • I have and will recommend Populo to similar enterprises such as mine where they need clarity and a fast response in the minefield that is HR! Sonia was professional and gave me exactly what I needed and I now have a HR partner I can pull in as our business continues to develop and grow.

    Jason Bentley, Founder
    Jason Bentley, FounderTRACOuk
  • We are a small charity with a Board of Trustees and part-time staff team.  Whilst there is varied experience within our ranks, nobody has much in the way of an HR background and when we needed to update our staffing policies, procedures and contracts, Sonia was recommended to us.   She has provided us with a cost effective, professional, friendly service and we feel we can trust her to provide us with the appropriate advice and support in a straightforward way.  Sonia is always available via email or phone and happy to answer the smallest of questions.  I have no hesitation in recommending Populo.

    Vanessa Gottesman, General Manager & Clerk to the Trustees
    Vanessa Gottesman, General Manager & Clerk to the TrusteesDorchester Municipal Charities
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