Peter Done: Managing Director and Founder
Peter Done is Peninsula’s Founder and Managing Director.
In 1983, he started Peninsula with his brother, Fred, to offer 24/7 employment law, HR and health & safety support to small & fast-growing businesses. The reason?
The Done brothers had previously suffered poor legal advice at an employment tribunal, which led to them paying a hefty settlement. They realised SMEs needed a better, more affordable option…
Peninsula was launched as the first consultancy to make HR and health & safety services accessible to businesses of all sizes. From writing staff contracts and health & safety policies to tribunal representation, Peninsula offered complete support to take the stress out of running a business—without the expense of a local solicitor. As a result, the business grew to be the market leader.
Today, Peninsula looks after over 33,742 companies in the UK. It also offers services worldwide, with offices in the Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2018 & 2019, Glassdoor named Peter as one of the UK’s top CEOs, and The Sunday Times includes Peninsula in its annual Best Places to Work list. Peter is also regularly published in the Financial Times and Forbes.
And out of the office, he’s an avid match-going Manchester United fan.
Recent Blog Posts By Peter Done: Managing Director and Founder
Here's What I Know - Look After Your Tribe
In an interview on employee wellbeing, Sir Richard Branson said, “Much like the word 'entrepreneur', the idea of employee wellbeing was an alien conce... Read More
Here's what I know: never assume
Sometimes a business question occurs to me and I think to myself that the answer is pretty obvious, pretty clear cut; and so I’ll go ahead and work on... Read More
Why Glassdoor is an important tool for your business
If someone mentions the role of CEO to you, who’s the first person you think of? Perhaps it’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. It might even be Tim Cook fr... Read More
Why businesses need a health check
A recent survey of more than 15,000 businesses by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills showed that SMEs considered health & safety their bi... Read More
Without cash, the result is misery
There’s one overwhelming reason why small businesses don’t make it. They run out of cash: plain and simple. Cash is king in business. Whatever your ba... Read More
Trust the people you're with: delegate
As if April isn’t busy enough for company owners as the new financial year rolls around, there’s a lot more to think about this year about when it com... Read More
Five tips to building a successful business
This month, Peninsula celebrates 35 years in business. That means it’s 35 years since, when running another business, we were taken to tribunal. Despi... Read More
Seven success strategies to keep employees engaged
Studies have shown that if employees feel committed to the company they work for, they are more likely to forge deeper and more lasting relationships ... Read More
Five golden New Year's resolutions for business success
As we start the New Year, I’ve thought about five things all SMEs (and, in fact, all businesses) should keep at the forefront of their mind. These are... Read More
Sponsorship's a win win
Peninsula recently announced a deal with Salford City FC to become the main title sponsor for the club for the next five years. I wanted to talk today... Read More
Focus on what you're good at
Quotations are always a good way to get you thinking. Here’s one from Steve Jobs. “That's been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be h... Read More