Kat Derbyshire owner of Black Kat HR in front of Barnsley Town Hall

Kat Derbyshire

Your HR Partner

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 with 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 businesses 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 those, I found Employment Law practices who:

  • Focus on Employment Law more so than Human Resources
  • Talk to their clients in language that feels 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 is built on the truth that ALL businesses who employ people have a need for HR support… however smaller businesses don’t tend to have the specialist knowledge in-house or the budget to employ someone with a HR specialist skillset to keep them on track.

"HR gone bad" can come at great cost and I have a passion for supporting smaller businesses discover that HR isn't a burden, infact it's essential.  By using my services and adding me to your team, you gain the essential HR expertise you need AND at a fraction of the cost of employing.

Don't take our word for it, watch what one of our clients has to say about working with Black Kat HR.

I help businesses build a more robust and healthy company that in turn creates profitability and stability for the people the business employs.

Let's find the right solution for you and your team….even if that team is you + 1 for now. All great companies start somewhere.

Let's talk about how I can help your business protect what matters the most…. your time, money and reputation.

Black Kat HR Buying Guide

Not sure what type of HR support your business needs?

Knowing what type of HR support your business needs is tough. That's why in this buyer's guide, I've given you all of the information you need to make the best possible decision for your business.

Inside you'll discover:

  • 4 ways to get HR support for your business
  • What makes a great HR consultant?
  • How can a good HR consultant help your business?
  • What does a good HR consultant cost?

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Kat helped me to write new terms and conditions for my trainers. I tried to create my own using bits I found from other sources but after thinking they were great, they didnt stand up legally which costed me big time. Kat has many recommendations and was very good understanding what I was looking for and after booking a call, the terms and conditions were created in no time. I now have legal backing to stop my trainers from ruining my business and costing me customers, time and money. Highly recommend and will be coming back to Kat again.
Matthew Reynolds
Hassocks Academy


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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.

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