Vetcel has announced a new partnership with Ellis Whittam, the employment law, human resources, and health and safety specialist. The agreement means Vetcel’s members now have access to an expert legal advisory service, as well as a range of online tools and templates, to assist them through operating challenges as the country emerges from COVID-19.
These range from managing staff recruitment, retention and performance, and ensuring equality, inclusion and mental health awareness in the workplace, through to navigating issues arising from Brexit.
Working with all types of veterinary practice, Vetcel is the UK’s longest established veterinary buying group. Its aim is to improve its members’ profitability, working with partners to provide discounted terms and reduce its members’ administration costs.
Ellis Whittam will help Vetcel’s members to maintain legal compliance and uphold best practice in their duty of care as employers. Members can contact a dedicated business support advisory team via telephone or email to seek advice around employment law, human resources and health and safety matters. All advisors are qualified professionals who will provide advice and support that is bespoke to each member and their circumstances. Members also have access to Ellis Whittam’s Employment and Health and Safety Knowledge Hubs, offering hundreds of downloadable documents, templates and policies.
Practices can also take advantage of the fact that they will not be placed on a rolling contract for the support that is provided.
Donald Ramsay, national sales manager at Vetcel, said: “Ellis Whittam’s service is a hugely valuable addition for our members. Ensuring compliance and staying up to date with employment and health and safety law, as well as dealing with HR matters, can be time-consuming. This partnership makes life easier for members – the dedicated support on hand means owners and managers can greater focus on the commercial development of their businesses.”
Louise McGill, senior partnerships manager at Ellis Whittam, said: “Our partnership offers veterinary employers immediate access to the tools and professional advice trusted by tens of thousands of SMEs. For example, we’re currently supporting clients with their COVID related policies including absence management and shifting staff to hybrid working. We’re also helping businesses to ensure they don’t overlook the raft of non-COVID related responsibilities they have as employers.”
For more information, contact Vetcel.