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Mike Brings The HR Dept to Cornwall

Mike Talbot has launched The HR Dept Truro and St Austell, set up to provide outsourced HR advice and support to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

With offices already covering Plymouth, Torbay and Ivybridge and Exeter, Mike becomes the first HR Dept to launch in Cornwall. He will be supporting SMEs in an area covering Padstow to St Agnes on the north coast, and St Mawes to Fowey in the south.

Mike’s HR career has seen him relocate from Wales to London and with both he and his wife being from the West, they are delighted to return to their ‘spiritual home’ and settle down in their dream location, Cornwall.

Setting up his own business wasn’t always part of a lifelong plan for Mike. However, post Covid, he reassessed his priorities and realised that with the positions he’d held, now was the right time to make different life choices.

Mike started his career with IKEA in Bristol where he worked his way up to Head of HR. From there, he was relocated to the company’s international flagship store in Wembley.

He then worked for Hillingdon Council in west London for 13 years, initially as Head of HR before becoming Corporate Director where he enjoyed overseeing additional departments including legal services, communication, transformation and business performance.

Mike explained that working with the council was when he became hyper curious about businesses as he dealt with a diverse range of services and people who all had different needs – from refuse collectors, to the army and solicitors.

Working in the culture-rich, relaxed environment of IKEA to the more corporate culture of the local authority, allowed Mike to discover that he no longer wanted to be tied to a single company and way of working but rather work for himself alongside a diverse range of people.

He is looking forward to learning about the different needs of SMEs and building personal relationships with business owners, as this is what really suits his personality.

We wish Mike all the best operating the licence and are sure he will make it a great success.