Meet the Team: Paul Martin
As HR:4UK’s Director of Business Development, looking after some of our larger clients Paul Martin enjoys many aspects of his varied role.
But what he finds most satisfying of all is the genuine appreciation he finds when visiting and meeting many of our diverse and interesting clients.
Paul said: “In addition to sourcing new business, my role involves regular contact with some of our bigger employers, ensuring that they remain happy with our services or pre‐empting any HR issues or concerns they might have.
“It’s fantastic to receive gratitude from clients who really understand our services and what we do. When you get a call or an email to say thank you it really makes your day.”
Paul joined HR:4UK three and a half years ago following an illustrious career in national sales management. He has held several senior positions and was top sales performer for five consecutive years for one - helping them to become a Sunday Times Fast Track 100 listed company.
Having spent the last 15 years working within the HR and related industry, in Paul’s opinion HR:4UK’s employee management system and online handbook, provides not just the most proactive, but perhaps the only truly proactive service in the UK.
He said: “Our system has evolved enormously just in the time I have been here. It works by seamlessly updating legislative changes, and communicating these through the online handbook. Our clients don’t have to lift a finger in the process - it is pre-emptive.”
Although this system allows us to set-up new clients remotely – a major advantage for businesses with multiple sites – Paul still likes to meet employers in person.
As part of his role he has visited existing and prospective clients all over the country. Paul tries to spend at least a day a week on the road, so assisting existing clients and building new business relationships keeps him busy.
But away from the office he enjoys several different pastimes, including golf, cooking and even snowboarding.
Modestly describing himself as a mid‐handicap golfer, he is a member of Overstone Park Golf Club near his Northamptonshire home.
Raised and educated in Northants, Paul is proud father to Lucy, 21 who works as a special educational needs teaching assistant and son Ryan, 24, a neurosciences graduate who is working towards a career as a clinical psychologist.
Lucy regularly joins Paul in a round of golf, and earlier this year he helped her organise a golf day in aid of BEAT, an eating disorder charity she’s involved with. Paul has also assisted with fundraising activities for the Huntington’s Disease Association.
Formerly a skier, Paul discovered snowboarding about 25 years ago and takes off abroad every year on an intrepid winter holiday with friends. However, now he is in his 50s Paul is considering swapping his board for skis again.
Paul’s other great sporting love is Northampton Town Football Club, the league two side he has supported all his life.
And, had Paul’s career in sales management not come along, Paul might well be working as a chef – an evening/weekend job he took whilst still at school!
Although he is pleased with the way his career has panned out, he still likes spending time in the kitchen and is, say friends and family, a “seriously good cook.” Paul is currently perfecting the art of Indian cuisine although his piece de resistance is a tasty Malaysian chicken dish.