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What Our Clients Say About Us

"Louise is an exceptionally competent HR professional. I value her decisiveness and I have absolute trust and confidence in the advice she consistently provides to both myself and the rest of the team. She has guided us through extensive challenges in our business, supported me in improving the IR culture on site and has pro-actively managed particularly complex employee relations issues which ensured my business was protected."
Gary McHaffie
General Manager, Wincanton Group Ltd
"Louise is at the top of her game. An absolute delight to work with and full of insights with extensive knowledge in networking that are vital to any business. Building a new business means having the correct people on board."
Sherry Paige
Heracles Foundation
"Louise is very personable and takes time to understand your problems and comes up with innovative and cost-effective solutions to my HR Problems. Having her support on the end of a phone is like having an HR Manager on call in my firm who is knowledgeable and professional and able to reassure and advise me in some of the difficult decisions a small business owner has to make. I wholeheartedly recommend her services."
Nigel Davidson
MD, D & T Business Consultants Ltd
"If you are looking for HR support then Opal Solutions is perfect for you. Louise is knowledgeable about even the most complex employee relations issues."
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Sinead Sharkey - Steenson
Career Strategist, Generation Women
"In 2015, we had a need to ensure we were legally compliant with respect to our people policies and procedures. Louise came highly recommended to us by a mutual contact within the food industry and we engaged her primarily to develop a company handbook. Louise understands the importance of relationships in business and places integrity, trust and ethics at the heart of that relationship. For that reason, we have recently re-engaged the services of Opal People Solutions on a retained basis. Louise exudes energy and passion and works collaboratively with us in finding creative solutions to support and drive our people strategy."
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Susan Fitzsimmons
COO, Audit Comply
"We first engaged with Opal People Solutions to assist us with an extremely challenging issue of which we had no knowledge or expertise to deal with it. Louise and her team were able to guide and support me through the entire process. I had absolute trust in Louise’s knowledge and skill which resulted in us following a fair process which minimised risk to the business.
We have since engaged Opal People Solutions as our outsourced HR Business Partner whereby myself and my team have unlimited telephone or email support for more minor issues but, additionally, Louise attends our site to support our people strategy
I often refer to Louise as the ‘HR Guru’ as I am able to ask any question and have full confidence that I will have an immediate and assured response. Together we have built a great working relationship and I have confidence that the people side of my role is in safe hands!"
Arlene McLaren
CEO, Common Youth
"Opal People Solutions have been working in partnership with Allingham Transport since 2015. We enjoy the security and peace of mind we have in knowing that, not only will Louise react to our needs, but she will respond in a timely and professional manner. She is highly knowledgeable in all HR matters, she works with us to get the best solutions to our issues but, above all, we are comfortable dealing with her and value her informal approach."​
Thomas Allingham
Managing Director, Allingham Transport Ltd
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“Having Opal People Solutions as our HR Business Partner has been invaluable for SaltDNA. We have confidence that our business is protected by having relevant procedures in place, our managers have been trained in how to handle situations and, should we be faced with dealing with a grievance, for example, we can depend on Louise to support us through the process.”

Joe Boyle, CEO, SaltDNA
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"If you are looking for HR support then Opal Solutions is perfect for you. Louise is knowledgeable about even the most complex employee relations issues."

Sinead Sharkey - Steenson, Career Strategist, Generation Women
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"We first engaged with Opal People Solutions to assist us with an extremely challenging issue of which we had no knowledge or expertise to deal with it. Louise and her team were able to guide and support me through the entire process. I had absolute trust in Louise’s knowledge and skill which resulted in us following a fair process which minimised risk to the business.
We have since engaged Opal People Solutions as our outsourced HR Business Partner whereby myself and my team have unlimited telephone or email support for more minor issues but, additionally, Louise attends our site to support our people strategy
I often refer to Louise as the ‘HR Guru’ as I am able to ask any question and have full confidence that I will have an immediate and assured response. Together we have built a great working relationship and I have confidence that the people side of my role is in safe hands!"

Arlene McLaren, CEO, Common Youth
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"Louise is at the top of her game. An absolute delight to work with and full of insights with extensive knowledge in networking that are vital to any business. Building a new business means having the correct people on board."

Sherry Paige, Heracles Foundation
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"Managing absence is particularly challenging and, for a small business owner, the legislation can be a minefield! It was a great comfort to us having Louise working with us throughout the process. She managed the process from start to finish, including drafting all paperwork, conducting welfare meetings, organising Occupational Health referrals and making recommendations regarding appropriate reasonable adjustments."

John Jameson, MD, Iota
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“Like so many small businesses recently, the effects of Covid 19 on our business forced us into a position that we could never have envisaged. Having crossed paths with Louise on a number of occasions over the past couple of years, I had no hesitation in picking up the phone to seek her advice. Throughout the consultation process, I was provided with practical support, from drafting correspondence to assisting me with consultation meetings. Opal People Solutions made a difficult process a little bit easier!”

Stephen Rice, CEO, Upskill Enterprise
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“As a small business owner, I required someone who was professional, reliable and flexible to assist in HR procedures. Louise was quick and precise in the work she did for us - she is extremely knowledgeable in her field and presented a company handbook and contracts for staff within a short period of time which ensured more clear and effective procedures in place. I would happily recommend Louise to any business that values people and is looking for highly competent HR advice and support.”

Orla McKeating, Boden Park Coffee Company
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“I used Opal People Solutions to provide my firm with a comprehensive Employee Handbook. Following one short meeting over coffee, Louise instantly knew what I needed and, in less than a week, I had the full (and branded!) Employee handbook in my inbox. I was in awe of Louise’s experience, knowledge and professionalism. She made the whole process so easy. I would highly recommend Louise and Opal People Solutions for all your HR needs.”

Simon Van Lonkhuyzen, Business Development Manager, Tec Industrial
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“Louise has been incredibly helpful in assisting us with some recent employee conversations. She listened to the issues we were facing, advised how to structure the conversations and provided us with templates to support these conversations. It is very reassuring to know that such professional guidance is only a phone call away!"

Dawn Callender LL.B, Principal Solicitor & Mediator at Skelton Callender Solicitors
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“As the business continues to grow, we have recognised the value in investing time to meet with our people on a regular basis to review progress and set goals. Opal People Solutions were able to present some options to us based on their knowledge of what would work for our business and our team. We now have a process which we are confident will be easy for us to manage and will produce the desired outcome for all involved.”

Kevin Donaghy, CEO, Audit Comply
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"In 2015, we had a need to ensure we were legally compliant with respect to our people policies and procedures. Louise came highly recommended to us by a mutual contact within the food industry and we engaged her primarily to develop a company handbook. Louise understands the importance of relationships in business and places integrity, trust and ethics at the heart of that relationship. For that reason, we have recently re-engaged the services of Opal People Solutions on a retained basis. Louise exudes energy and passion and works collaboratively with us in finding creative solutions to support and drive our people strategy."

Susan Fitzsimmons, COO, Audit Comply
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“Opal People Solutions has provided the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Governors of Drumragh Integrated College with a wealth of Human Resource knowledge and expert guidance on dispute resolution, restorative management practices as well as specific guidance on current Employment Law. Teaching and Support Staff contracts of employment were drawn up with impeccable attention to detail and with a fundamental desire to build strong cohesive working relationships. This culture of openness and transparency has enabled us to drive our College forward introducing cost saving measures and ensuring the sustainability of the college for the years ahead. I have no hesitation in recommending the comprehensive and diligent services of Opal People Solutions”

Priscilla O’Neill, Head of Staffing, Drumragh Integrated College
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“Louise is a very knowledgeable and thorough HR Professional. I worked with Louise when I had to source a HR Professional for a client embarking on a change management programme. Louise was the first person that came to mind as she fitted the profile. Not only is she experienced and knowledgeable in her job but she shows passion and determination and pride in her work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Louise and Opal People Solutions to anyone looking for an honest and open HR Professional.”

Cathy Moran, Niche Recruiter, Headhunter

"Louise is very personable and takes time to understand your problems and comes up with innovative and cost-effective solutions to my HR Problems. Having her support on the end of a phone is like having an HR Manager on call in my firm who is knowledgeable and professional and able to reassure and advise me in some of the difficult decisions a small business owner has to make. I wholeheartedly recommend her services."

Nigel Davidson, MD, D & T Business Consultants Ltd

"Louise is an exceptionally competent HR professional. I value her decisiveness and I have absolute trust and confidence in the advice she consistently provides to both myself and the rest of the team. She has guided us through extensive challenges in our business, supported me in improving the IR culture on site and has pro-actively managed particularly complex employee relations issues which ensured my business was protected."

Gary McHaffie, General Manager, Wincanton Group Ltd

"Opal People Solutions have been working in partnership with Allingham Transport since 2015. We enjoy the security and peace of mind we have in knowing that, not only will Louise react to our needs, but she will respond in a timely and professional manner. She is highly knowledgeable in all HR matters, she works with us to get the best solutions to our issues but, above all, we are comfortable dealing with her and value her informal approach."​

Thomas Allingham, Managing Director, Allingham Transport Ltd