Best Small Business
Family Business of the Year
Howarths People & Safety Management was founded in 2003 by the chairman, Andy Howarth, and his wife, Helen, to provide a fixed-fee, unlimited service to SME owners looking for honest, reliable HR, employment law and health and safety support as they grew their own businesses.
Fast forward to 2018, and Howarths is run by Andy and Helen’s son, Gavin (who is managing director) and the business is set to celebrate its 15th birthday this March.
Over these 15 years in business, Howarths has grown its client base to in excess of 400 clients operating across the North of England, Lancashire and the Midlands. The business provides HR support to some of the UK’s best-known brands including national high street footwear retailer, Moda in Pelle and the home of recently-promoted premier league football club Huddersfield Town, the John Smith’s Stadium.
2018 is set to be Howarths’ most successful year to date, with 2017 seeing the team smash its new business targets and secure a staggering 20 new clients at a total contract value of more than £100,000 in the last quarter alone.
This year, the business will hit the £1million turnover mark for the first time in its history.
On a more humble note, the greatest achievement for the business was the launch in 2017 of The Howarth Foundation, a charity set up entirely by the Howarth family to help homeless and recently homeless individuals across Leeds and Kirklees back into employment. The Howarths knew nothing about setting up a charity or homelessness, but they did it anyway, applying what has made them successful in the commercial side of their business to help solve a major social problem.
The charity has just marked its first birthday and has received an official endorsement from Leeds City Council, recruited more than 20 regional businesses to provide employment opportunities for its service users and raised in excess of £[AMOUNT] – all within the first 12 months.
A true example of ‘giving something back’ in business.
What town/city are you based in?
Cleckeaton (North West)
Number of generations
HR, health & safety and employment law firm
Number of employees