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HR Dept (UK) Signs Master Franchise Agreement for Australia

03 Apr 2017 - Bristol-headquartered outsourced human resources company The HR Dept has agreed a deal to launch its services in Australia.

Bristol-headquartered outsourced human resources company The HR Dept has agreed a deal to launch its services in Australia.

Gemma Tumelty, managing director of the company, which was founded by her mother Sue in Bristol in 2002, has signed the agreement with Sydney businessman Brad Adams.

Adams has invested AU$424,000 (257,000) in the master franchise and shareholding in the new company. The HR Dept in the UK has provided AU$100,000 (60,600) of working capital while HR expert Pia Engstrom has also invested AU$53,550 (32,400) after being appointed as the company's first independent franchisee.

Under the terms of the ten-year deal, Adams will be responsible for growing The HR Dept in Australia, focusing on bringing on new franchisees and supporting them to succeed.

Gemma Tumelty said: "In some ways Australia was an obvious new market for us, despite the distance. The language, cultural and business similarities and the legislative cross-over meant that we have a lot in common. This common ground greatly helps us to provide up-front and ongoing support to Brad's new venture.

"As the UK looks to leave the European Union it is important that businesses of all sizes look further abroad for ways to achieve growth and success."

Brad Adams added: "The brand already has significant presence nationwide with my franchise in North Sydney and Pia's in Perth. The HR Dept is a highly successful UK business and I am confident that the need from SMEs to deal with complex employment legislation in Australia is just as great as the need in the UK."

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