New All-in-One HR Tool for Small Business Launched

Founder of announces release of citrusHR

A new start-up has launched a cloud software package this week which claims to be a “one-stop shop” for small and medium sized firms’ HR administration.

citrusHR, founded by serial entrepreneur David Lester, claims to eliminate the expense and bureaucracy involved with HR and employment law issues by offering a combination of software tools and practical advice to help small firms navigate all aspects of the process.

Launched in conjunction with Keystone Law, which will provide the legal advice, and HR consultancy Reabur, citrusHR will also automate around 40 common HR tasks in areas such as payroll, hiring and firing staff, and holiday, sick pay and absence management.

Subscribers can also access fully qualified CIPD consultants by telephone as part of the £3 a month per employee service. citrusHR is targeted at firms with fewer than 30 staff.

Founder David Lester has a long pedigree in the small and medium-sized business market as the founder of is4profit sister site, the UK’s most widely-read small business resource.

Lester shared his experience of his third start-up in a blog post published on Startups this week. In the blog post, he said: “Over the years at my other companies we have tried several different ways of getting HR documents and advice. We have used employment lawyers and HR consultants, and found good and bad in both. We have subscribed to various services which send us details of when employment law changes.

“I thought that it made far more sense to combine all this into one service; why just tell someone that the law has changed, when it would be much more useful to tell them and at the same time update their employment contracts or policies as needed? And let’s synchronise this to payroll, so you don’t need to retype all the information.

“We have named it citrusHR—because we think we have a really fresh approach to issues every organisation which employs people faces.”

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