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Providing a personal and local approach to help Fingal’s SMEs

HR professional Daniela Kocis Fitzgerald is embarking on an exciting challenge as she sets up her own business offering advice and support to SMEs in Fingal.

Based in Clonee, Mrs Kocis Fitzgerald will serve businesses in Malahide, Sutton, Portmarnock, Howth, Rush, Skerries, Donabate, Swords and Dublin Airport through her new company The HR Dept Fingal.

Originally from Romania, she has lived in Ireland for eight years and is married with two children.

An experienced employment law consultant and HR expert, with a CIPD diploma in HR management, she said her new role was aimed at achieving greater freedom and flexibility.

“I wanted to try and get the best of both worlds,” she said. “I wanted some freedom in my life and a better work life balance.

“Having children has definitely changed my view on life – if I stayed working in the corporate world I’d never have been around to see them grow up.

“Running my own business enables me to still do what I love, along with the flexibility and freedom of being self-employed.

“There are quite a few SMEs in the business parks around Fingal and in the seaside towns at the edge of the Irish Sea.

“My approach is going to be very much personal and local, so it’s going to be a real change from the corporate world I was in before.”

Daniela said her broad experience stood her in good stead to face the variety of personnel issues her clients were likely to face.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the companies and businesses in the area and it’s a challenge I’m excited to take on,” she said.
“There are a lot of personnel issues for SMEs to be thinking about at the moment, with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming in May and the reviews on equality and the gender pay gap.

“Companies need to be aware of likely legislation and prepare for it in advance – the landscape is changing and those businesses which aren’t up to speed are going to suffer.

“HR professionals are available for advice so that, rather than having an additional headache to worry about, business owners can pass responsibility for the people issues over to us.

“We allow you to look after your business and take care of your people problems.”

Daniela becomes the third franchise holder to set up The HR Dept in Ireland, with other licensees already operating in Cavan, Monaghan and Louth as well as South Dublin and County Kildare.