Kat Derbyshire owner of Black Kat HR

Your HR Partner

Kat Derbyshire

Hi, I'm Kat Derbyshire, your HR Partner.

I'm sure you guessed already, but I am the top Kat at Black Kat HR. I live in Barnsley with my husband, two boys and our cat.

I worked in HR for a number of years in large corporate businesses before I started working for smaller business which I found a real love for. Having worked at both ends of the scale in terms of business size, it opened my eyes to the fact that when it comes to dealing with their people, smaller business owners are working within exactly the same employment laws as the big boys BUT have little or no support to do it well. I made it my mission to provide smaller businesses with all the help and support they need to be great employers - Black Kat HR was born!

I saw that the HR consultancy market consisted of:

  • Plans with charges for services never used
  • Endlessly long contracts
  • Lousy response times
  • Terrible customer service
  • Impersonal and faceless service delivery

Alongside the consultants, I found a smattering of Employment Law practices who:

  • Focus on Employment Law rather than Human Resources
  • Talk to their clients in language that is over-formal and intimidating
  • Bill by the hour at a cost that is out of reach for smaller businesses

There was no alternative on the market that was both reasonably priced and nimble enough to treat every business as unique.

Black Kat HR's services are built around the truth that every small business has different needs for HR, and customisation is key to creating the right services for the client.

I enjoy helping small businesses discover that HR isn't a burden for an employer. It is a tool to help them build a more robust and healthy company that in turn creates profitability for the owners and creates stability for all the people that business employs.

Let's work together to create a custom solution for you and your team-even if that team is you + 1. All great companies start somewhere.

Let's get you started the right way with Black Kat HR.

Toolz 4 You
Used Black Kat HR twice now and on both occasions Anita & Kat were fantastic with their communication and response time. They sorted out employment contracts as well as a company handbook and all documents are exactly what we required. They also referred me to a recruiter who did a great job and sourcing the right person for the job. I will never go anywhere else for my HR needs. If you want a personal, friendly service these are the people for you.
Ben Richardson
Toolz 4 You


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Black Kat HR offers a personal and friendly Human Resources service, giving you access to a HR expert without the need to employ a member of staff. Supporting businesses in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. We cover Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, Pontefract, Huddersfield and many more.