Peter Done: Group 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: Group Managing Director and Founder
Peninsula Face2Face - How can it help your business?
A couple of years ago we noticed that we’d started to get more and more requests from members who called our advice line and then requested a bit of e... Read More
Success starts here - the stories so far.
The thing I wanted to talk about in today’s introduction, as we move into the heady days of English summertime (at some point at least, let’s hope) is... Read More
Sunday Times Business Doctor: New worker already wants a holiday
IP Writes: I have an employee who has recently joined my company. During the final interview I asked if they had any holidays booked and they said no.... Read More
Peninsula Business Services wins appeal
Peninsula Business Services Ltd has won a landmark appeal case regarding the treatment of childcare vouchers during maternity leave, involving one of ... Read More
Employee engagement: An important marker for business success
I’ve worked for many years now building up several businesses, and over time you begin to develop certain benchmarks that really demonstrate progress ... Read More
The Sunday Times - Business Doctor: Staff cant be forced to work out their notice
BR Writes: I have an employee who has received a new job offer and wants to leave before the end of their notice period. They want to leave in two wee... Read More
Claiming back holiday entitlement from an ex employee
HC Writes: I have an employee who has now left the company, but has used more holiday entitlement then they had accrued at the date of termination. Ho... Read More
The importance of a strong management team
Warren Stephens, an American businessman who founded and runs his own investment bank, made the following observation. “In our experience, what we hav... Read More
The importance of a clear overtime policy
MK Writes: One of my employee’s claims that they have worked overtime over the past couple of weeks, however they have not provided evidence for all i... Read More
Can a notice period start during a holiday?
SJ Writes: I have an employee who has just handed in their notice whilst on annual leave, but they are not due to come back to work for another two we... Read More
The rights of part-time workers
SB Writes: As my business is growing, I have decided to employ some part-time workers to ease the workload. I have never employed part-time workers be... Read More