Peninsula is a really good sounding board for me

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Barker and Stonehouse

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  • Business size

    Large business

  • Industry


  • Support

    HR documentation and support


Barker and Stonehouse is a luxury furniture retailer with stores and warehouses across the UK. HR Manager Linda Purdie uses Peninsula to lower her risk and reduce time spent on HR admin.

The situation

Linda Purdie manages HR for just under 500 Barker and Stonehouse staff.

It’s an intense workload. And while Linda is experienced in HR, taking responsibility for so many employees can come with a lot of pressure.

Every day, Linda tackles a huge workload – from operational tasks like sorting probation periods to managing risky procedures, like disciplinaries. It’s why she appreciates having access to unlimited HR support…

The situation

To relieve the pressure, Linda regularly reaches out to her Peninsula adviser, Vicky.  

That’s because, even though Linda already has a good grasp on HR law, it’s never worth taking a risk. Before Linda carries out a complex HR task, she discusses it with Vicky, who will flag up any potential pitfalls.

Linda appreciates having a trusted contact to share her thoughts with and bounce ideas off – she never has to carry the burden alone.

Since Peninsula advice is insured, she has reassurance that her decisions won’t put the business at risk. It means she always remains 100% confident that she’s on the right track. And sometimes, Vicky helps Linda identify an easier or more cost-effective solution to achieve her desired outcome.

My adviser is a really good sounding board

I ring Vicky and discuss my thoughts, and whether there are other points to consider. Vicky is a really good sounding board, and will ask “Have you considered doing it this way?”

- Linda Purdie / HR manager at Barker and Stonehouse

The value

Linda enjoys working collaboratively with Peninsula.

Because, while Linda has HR expertise, her busy schedule doesn’t always allow her time to put all her plans into action.

It’s why Linda outsources her time-consuming admin to Peninsula, like writing up workplace policies. Linda has a clear vision of perks and procedures she wants to roll out for staff – and Peninsula brings them to life by providing legally-watertight documentation.

Then, she has the freedom to adjust them, and works with her advisers to make sure it suits her vision.

I work together with Peninsula

I like to look through policies to ensure they’re in line with our business, and then work together with Peninsula to make any changes

- Linda Purdie / HR manager at Barker and Stonehouse

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