A Decade of Cornish People Power for Sapience HR
Cornish human resources consultancy Sapience was putting on the celebratory double digit glitz last week, as it celebrated a decade in business, gazing up to more blue sky opportunities at a bash in West Cornwall. Choosing St Ives Brewery’s upper level deck and brasserie as the venue for its 10 year celebration, founder Sue Hook and her team welcomed clients and friends from across the decade to the inspirational spot.
Helmed by Sue Hook, the fast growing team at Sapience HR is on a continual mission to redefine human resources for South West companies, driving crucial profits as a direct result. Sue reflected on the initial set-up of the people power business, as a result of her fortuitous redundancy and use of her savings to kick things off.
Over the past ten years, she and her team have found Cornwall to be a good place to do business, within a genuinely supportive local environment where ambition is high. This has allowed Sapience the opportunity to build a consultancy that provides bespoke services to almost every business sector in the county, with a common theme that everyone is keen to make the very most of their staff.
Sue said: “As with anyone starting their own business, the beginning can be daunting, but we gained contracts extremely quickly and Sapience blossomed. That said, in my experience, running a small business is a bit of a bi-polar occupation – the highs are very high and the lows can scrape the absolute bottom. However, it’s this insight, as well as the experience within our team of handling HR needs for major-sized national and international players, that means we understand our clients’ needs, no matter what size they are, and no matter what their challenges and ambitions are.”
18 months ago, Sapience underwent a full rebrand recommended by Excess Energy Communications, working with Absolute. As a result, in late 2015, the sister team worked together to create a new brand, and set of brand communications tools and campaigns, that ensure the Sapience positioning and style is like none other in the world. The work was recently celebrated with the winning of a Silver Award at the prestigious Design Business Association (DBA) Design Effectiveness Awards.
Sue took the time to thank all of the Sapience team individually especially ‘stalwart’ consultant Amanda Paddy who has been with Sapience for ** years, before highlighting the Sapience support for the Invictus Trust, a Cornish charity helping teenagers with mental health issues.
Sue Hook said: “The past year or so has been a major step for us with investment in our re-branding showing positive results in so many ways. The rebrand and launch of the new website represents our ambitions and shows where the company is today and our vision for the future. It has also been instrumental in our own Sapience HR growth recruitment process – so we’re definitely walking our own talk and at this ten year juncture. It’s also inspiring for us all to look back on everything we have achieved as a company, on behalf of our always valued clients.”