In our experience, small business owners are often very busy people. They are often experts in their product or service. However, they don’t always have the time for, enjoy or feel expert in HR or people development matters.

Strive Development brings expertise and experience in HR and development support. Depending on your needs we can provide a spectrum of support – from advice only to full outsourcing.

Strive Development is a leading Learning & Development/Social Value Consultancy with extensive experience with blue chip companies, including 25 years within the construction industry.

“We approached Amanda as we wanted to support and develop a member of staff who was moving into a branch managers role. Peter was very knowledgeable regarding products and processes but did not have much management or leadership experience. Amanda tailored a programme to help build knowledge and practical skills over a 12 month period, focussing on the strengths, weaknesses and priority areas for Peter, and this was all delivered within the workplace. Upon completing the programme Peter said the following:

“In doing this course with Amanda, she has helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses in order for me to feel more confident in the managerial position. I now have a better understanding of other people’s characteristics and how to manage them differently, allowing me to be a better manager.”

Amanda was able to accommodate our requirements and build a programme around us and our business and this was invaluable. We have all seen a big increase in Pete’s confidence and management style since working with Amanda.”

George Smith, Managing Director, Walford Timber

How We Help Small Businesses

  • HR support – recruitment, HR matters
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Develop your Leaders

HR Support


  • Draw up roles and responsibilities
  • Advice on advertising and promoting vacancies
  • Assist with interviewing
  • Assist with offers/contracts of employment, etc

HR Support:

  • Undertake HR audits to ensure you are legally compliant
  • Advise on HR policies and procedures
  • Assist with developing an Employee Handbook

Personal Development Skills

Popular workshops:

  • Personal Organisation: analysing how use your time & plan for
  • Self-Awareness: increasing your self-awareness through MBTI & enhancing
    your relationships.
  • Presentation Skills: how to structure a presentation, key rules, presenting
    with confidence
  • Relationship Management: identifying your network & which relationships
    need developing
  • Influencing Skills: 5 easy steps, influencing styles, influencing different
  • Effective Communication within the Workplace: how communication
    works, adapting communication style to achieve win:win
  • Career Planning: Career visioning, strengths & development areas,
    developing a career plan

We also offer bespoke solutions to address all business needs.

Develop Your Leaders

  • Self-Awareness – Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and increasing your self-awareness
  • Managing your Team – Holding effective 1:1’s, goal setting, giving constructive feedback
  • Relationship Management & Influencing Skills – Who are your stakeholders, stakeholder mapping, how to influence others
  • Motivating Others & Dealing with Conflict – How to motivate your team & techniques to manage conflict effectively
  • Leadership – Leadership styles & your leadership shadow
  • Effective communication – Barriers to communication, effective listening, adapting your communication style
  • Developing Others – Coaching others using the GROW model

Free Consultation

Feel free to contact us for a no obligation discussion regarding your people development needs. Small business requirements can vary, so we are happy to take the time to listen to your challenges and offer advice.