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Not only April Fools’ Day, but also an important day in the growth of one of Barrow’s young and dynamic companies.
Turnstone HR Consultancy was set up in January 2010 with the husband and wife team of Phil and Jenny Collier working out of a converted bedroom at their home. Fast-forward to 1st April 2012 and Turnstone, now comprising a team of ten, moved into its new home at 1 Walney Road.
Barrow’s Mayor, Councillor John Murphy, officially opened Turnstone House on Friday 20th April. In cutting the ribbon Councillor Murphy said “I would genuinely like to congratulate Turnstone. It’s companies like Turnstone, growing and employing people, that are helping to develop Barrow going forward despite the financial nightmare that has been thrust upon us”.
Turnstone’s Managing Director, Phil Collier, addressed the invited gathering of clients, local business people and dignitaries, including Councillor and Mrs Murphy, by recognising the huge team effort that had led to the growth of the company and thereby precipitated the move. Phil added “this office is fantastic and really suits our purpose at this stage in our development; and the location is superb as everyone driving into Barrow will see us”.
Phil also took the opportunity to introduce the two new members of the Turnstone Team, opportunities that have been enabled by the move to bigger premises. Doug MacKay joins the team as Turnstone’s Health & Safety Consultant, expanding the range of HR-related services offered to its client-base, whilst Claire Jarvis jumps on board as HR Administrator.
Whilst continuing to provide HR project support to companies in the marine industry, Turnstone’s main drive is to provide a very cost-effective and hands-on support service to businesses in Barrow and the surrounding Furness area. In addition to providing HR and Health & Safety advice and support, the company has just introduced a new HR Training provision under the title of “BiteSizeHR” and is kicking off with three short seminars during May that are free to local businesses.
With Phil being a regular columnist at the Evening Mail, we have followed Turnstone’s progress with interest and are delighted with their success.
In his usual inimitable way, Turnstone Director, Rob Cairns, had the final word in proposing a toast to “the successful future of Turnstone HR”.