Firms Team up to Offer Compliance Advice


Two Huddersfield firms have joined forces to debunk the mass of rules and regulations facing local employers.

Experts at Orchard Facilities Management and Chadwick Lawrence will present four seminars throughout 2017 addressing the biggest compliance concerns facing business owners.

Gareth Henderson, managing director of Orchard Facilities Management, said: “Compliance is one of the main things that keeps employers awake at night and ever-changing legislation means the goalposts are always moving.

“We’ll be talking about how businesses can make sure they don’t put their staff and customers at risk and avoid the expense and unwanted publicity of being sued or fined.”

The opening seminar on March 7 will be the first event to be held by Orchard at its new headquarters, Independence House. Mr Henderson said he was looking forward to welcoming local businesses to the recently acquired premises, which will also be home to incubator offices for start-up enterprises.

The event will also mark the launch of a new guide to compliance which has been put together by Orchard’s in-house facilities management experts. The guide covers all the operational areas that Orchard Facilities Management takes care of for its clients including electrical testing, building management and planned preventative maintenance, fire safety and security, waste and environmental compliance, pest control and data security.

The advice from Orchard will be complemented by information from Nils O’Donoghue, a specialist regulatory and employment lawyer at Chadwick Lawrence who has worked extensively with businesses to support them through Health and Safety Executive investigations and other regulatory action.

Nils said: “I will be explaining the legal importance of following best practice and good record keeping, both of which can help avoid prolonged investigations and back pedaling to prove a case.

“The focus of the seminars will be about helping business owners minimise risk and be prepared but we will also look at the legal mechanisms if things go wrong and how to handle an investigation.”

The first seminar “Will I be Sued?” will be held at Independence House, Halifax Road, Huddersfield on Tuesday March 7 and will start with networking and breakfast at 8.30am with the presentation running from 9-10am. Topics will include carrying out risk assessments, making sure paperwork is up to date and what to do if faced with legal action. Places are free but must be booked in advance. To book call 01422 880 180 or visit