Q & A with Alan Price
Alan Price is Senior Director for one of the leading employment law consultancies in the UK, he is also an Elected Director and Trustee for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). With such a broad overview of HR and Employment matters, I am delighted to feature our Q & A with Alan to bring you the latest thinking on people issues.
- You have a compelling and broad presence across the HR Industry, what drives you on a day to day basis?
On a personal level, it’s the satisfaction of knowing that we are supporting over 30,000 SME business owners, helping them to manage their employment obligations, whilst ensuring they can operate safely in the knowledge that Peninsula is looking after their needs, allowing them to run their business successfully. Both me and my employees at Peninsula, feel a great responsibility to our clients, which is why we are constantly striving to improve our proposition, in order to deliver the peace of mind that all of our clients have come to expect from us.
- If you were looking back at the end of your career, what 3 outcomes would you like to have achieved, which denote success for you?
Improving the employment relations landscape for micro enterprises across the UK, by encouraging employers to resolve employment and HR related issues sooner rather than later, thus avoiding unnecessary complications, which can often result in legal action. Secondly, I would like to have played my part in supporting the successful future of small businesses in the UK, as these are the companies that will help ensure a stronger business community for generations to come. Finally, I would like to ensure that the Peninsula Business group remains at the forefront of Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety service provision.
- In the time you’ve been involved in HR and HR-related services, where do you think HR as an industry has achieved the most success?
Supporting small and large businesses through change management during the longest recession on record.
- What do you consider is the biggest challenge for HR over the next 5 years?
As we are beginning to see a positive shift in the economy and jobs market, retention will continue to be one of the biggest challenges for every size organisation, as employees may start to seek fresh job opportunities that mirror their future goals. In line with this, the skills shortage will play a significant role in HR, which is why it is crucial for businesses to recognise the talent they have and invest in training and development opportunities, which will be beneficial to both parties involved.
- What is the single biggest piece of advice you would give to CEO’s/business leaders?
I would say that it is better to be the master of one sector rather than a jack of all trades. Clients and customers will look to you as experts in your field, therefore, it is important to focus on what you are good at, whilst seeking help and guidance (in-house or external) in the areas in which you are not so strong. It is also crucial to surround yourself with a strong team, as people are the greatest asset to any business.
- Who is the most inspirational person you have met, and why did they inspire you?
The co-founder of BetFred and the Peninsula Group Peter Done, a very successful businessman who serves as an inspiration due to the unwavering passion he has for the business, driven by his desire to support SME growth. Peter has completely revolutionised the provision of employment law and HR advisory services, enabling small to medium sized businesses to secure legal advice on a pay per month basis, which they would usually pay for by the hour if they hired a lawyer.
- How can our readers benefit from the work you do, and how can they engage with you?
I have a blog available on www.alan-price.co.uk or they can follow me on twitter @alan__price, we also provide initial free advice to business owners without obligation and they can contact me direct at [email protected]
Thank you, Alan!
Liverpool-born Alan Price FCIPD, CMgr, FCMI is a successful entrepreneur and senior business figure. Alan Price is senior director for the multi-award winning employment law consultancy, Peninsula Business Services; managing director of Peninsula Ireland and Elected Director & Trustee for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD.