Cleckheaton firm celebrates landmark year

Continued growth: Howarths chairman Andy Howarth (left) and managing director Gavin Howarth celebrate 15 years in business.
Continued growth: Howarths chairman Andy Howarth (left) and managing director Gavin Howarth celebrate 15 years in business.

The family behind a growing Yorkshire HR and employment law firm is marking the company’s 15th year in business after launching with “nothing more than a computer, a phone and a dream.”

Howarths People and Safety Management, based in Cleckheaton, was founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Andy and Helen Howarth to provide HR, employment law and health and safety support to SMEs across Yorkshire.

The firm now works with over 500 clients across the UK, including national high street footwear retailer, Moda in Pelle, and home of Huddersfield Town Football Club, the John Smith’s Stadium.

Gross profits at the firm have increased by more than 400% over the last five years, and the team has accrued an average of 65 new clients each year for the same period.

Chairman Andy Howarth, said: “Helen and I started the company by ourselves back in 2003 with nothing more than a computer, a phone, and a dream to start our own business.

“To be marking our 15th year in business following what has been one of our most successful financial years to date is a fantastic achievement for the family and everyone involved in making the Howarths what it is today.”

Managing director Gavin Howarth said: “A major contributor to our growth has been getting the right people in the right places within the business.

“I am extremely proud of our achievements both as a family and a business over the last 15 years.

“We have plenty of further growth plans for the 12 months ahead, including expanding our employment law and health and safety teams to keep pace with client demand.”