Small firms will be able to manage payroll, employment and benefits using citrusHR

All-in-one HR tool launched for small businesses by founder

An all-in-one cloud-based HR solution for small businesses has launched today by David Lester, the founder of; My Business’ sister site.

A cloud-based tool targeted at small and medium-sized firms with less than 30 staff, citrusHR promises to remove the usual costs and red tape associated with employment law issues by offering a combination of practical tools and advice to manage all aspects of the HR process.

The citrusHR platform will power around 40 HR-related operations, including processes related to employment contracts, payroll, managing holidays, absences and benefits, and hiring and dismissing staff.

In addition, users will be able to access fully qualified CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) consultants via telephone as part of the subscription service; which will cost £3 per month per employee.

The company is being launched in conjunction with Keystone Law, which will provide the legal expertise, alongside HR consultancy Reabur, which will contribute up-to-date HR advice.

The launch marks citrusHR founder Lester’s third start-up venture; an experience he discussed in a blog post on this week.

Speaking about the launch, Lester commented:

“Over the years at my other companies we have tried several different ways of getting HR documents and advice. We have used employment lawyers and HR consultants, and found good and bad in both. We have subscribed to various services which send us details of when employment law changes.

“I thought that it made far more sense to combine all this into one service; why just tell someone that the law has changed, when it would be much more useful to tell them and at the same time update their employment contracts or policies as needed? And let’s synchronise this to payroll, so you don’t need to retype all the information.

“We have named it citrusHR—because we think we have a really fresh approach to issues every organisation which employs people faces.”