A human resources specialist has hired an employment lawyer to help her expand her company, offering outsourced HR services to small businesses across East Sussex.

Eastbourne-based Serena May has been running an independent licence of national company The HR Dept since January 2013. Recently starting her fourth year in business, and with 25 retained local clients on her books, she has now enlisted the services of legal adviser Lisa Martin. Serena is aiming to take Lisa on full time in a matter of months and has bought the licence to run the HR Dept in Brighton and Hove as well.

“I’m going for it,” she said. “We’re aiming to become known as the best resource for outsourced HR services in East Sussex. “We already cover Eastbourne, Lewes, Newhaven and the surrounding areas and we are taking on board Brighton and Hove too.

“Lisa brings with her 10 years of private practise experience and is a great asset to the team. Her appointment will enable us to expand the business quickly and continue to provide quality support and advice. “I want to get Lisa up to full time work as soon as possible, then look at who else I need to recruit in six months or so. It might be admin support or more HR expertise but I’m certainly planning to take on more staff eventually.”

For more information go to www.hrdept.co.uk/offices/eastbourne