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Welcome to The Newbie Box

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

Last week we launched The Newbie Box. All you need to start growing your business!

Having spent the last 13 years working in Human Resources, Whitcombe HR founder Natalie noticed that there was no clear guidance for business owners looking to expand and grow their companies whilst also complying with employment law. This is where The Newbie Box creation began!

Although the pandemic has caused havoc amongst thousands of companies across the UK, business owners and entrepreneurs have been working nonstop to diversify, pivot and come up with new business models to help them succeed.

It is reported that from April to June this year over 2,000 businesses were established every day!

Whitcombe HR are proud to work with businesses like this every day and whether you’re a local high street shop, an online tech company, or a mobile coffee van, as soon as you start to grow your business and bring on staff, you will need to follow a certain number of steps to make sure you are HR ready and compliant with the law.

One of the biggest investments you can make is to ensure that your employees get the best start possible when they join your company. From writing a job advert, to interviewing and onboarding, there is so much that you need to consider when expanding your company.

Perhaps you have already brought on a new member of staff but don’t have the correct policies in place, or a company handbook: The Newbie Box is here to help.

To get you started we have designed a New Employee Flowchart that you can download for free today. The flowchart explains all the necessary steps that you will need to take when it comes to bringing on a new member of staff.

We have taken the fuss out of everything, and you can now have everything you need in one place with The Newbie Box.

What does The Newbie Box Include?

  • Contract of employment

This document sets out the main terms of employment which, together with the Offer Letter and company handbook, form the terms and conditions of employment.

  • Employee handbook

Having a company handbook will establish how your company complies with employment legislation, the standards you expect from your management team and employees and how any procedures may be dealt with.

This is a generic employee handbook, other policies and procedures may be required to comply with legislation dependent on your company.

  • Interview assessment form

A simple and effective way of ensuring you have covered all the essential pieces of information that you need to know before assessing for suitability.

  • Interview guidance notes

Including short listing, considerations to make under the Equality Act, how to prepare and conduct your interviews and more.

  • Onboarding form

This form will help you assess performance and contribution within the probation period and give a structure and plan for quarterly appraisals.

  • Job advert templates

  • Job application form

  • New employee details form

  • Offer letter

  • Probation fail letter

  • Probation pass letter

  • Recruitment emails

  • Reference request form

These are ready to use documents, just change the Whitcombe HR logos to your own and you’re ready to go.

It's important that you keep your HR files and documents organised and updated so we have also included 3 months free access to Breathe HR.

This is our recommended HR software that allows you to keep everything in one place, including holiday tracking, absence management and all the templates above.

Because we know that running your own business isn’t easy and there is a lot to take in at this stage, everyone who buys The Newbie Box will also get a 30-minute introductory call with one of our HR experts. This is your opportunity to ask any questions, tell us what you do and make sure you are clear on all aspects of The Newbie Box.

HR law changes every year and because we don’t want you to miss out on the latest news, we will also send you our quarterly newsletter to keep you in the loop and inform you of any employment law updates.

This really is everything you need to start growing your business and planning for future success.

You can purchase all of this in The Newbie Box today for the introductory price of just £300.

We are always here if you need HR guidance and advice and if you would like further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us on

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