Growing Business header’s founder launches cloud-based HR tool for small businesses

citrusHR to allow firms to manage employment law, payroll, and benefits using all-in-one platform

David Lester, the founder of, has today announced the launch of his latest business, citrusHR, provider of an all-in-one software-based HR solution for business.

The citrusHR platform promises to eliminate the cost and red tape associated with employment law issues for small business by providing them with a combination of practical tools and advice to manage all aspects of the process.

The cloud-based software will automate around 40 HR-related processes, including processes related to payroll, employment contracts, hiring and dismissing staff, and managing holidays, absences and benefits.

Users will also be able to access fully qualified CIPD consultants by telephone as part of the subscription service, which will cost £3 per month per employee. It is targeted at businesses employing less than 30 staff.

citrusHR founder David Lester marks his third start-up with the launch of the business, an experience he shared in a blog post on Startups this week.

The business is being launched in conjunction with Keystone Law, which will provide the legal expertise, and HR consultancy Reabur, which is set to contribute up-to-date HR advice.

Speaking to Startups this week, Lester said: “Over the years at my other companies we have tried several different ways of getting HR documents and advice. We have used employment lawyers and HR consultants, and found good and bad in both. We have subscribed to various services which send us details of when employment law changes.

“I thought that it made far more sense to combine all this into one service; why just tell someone that the law has changed, when it would be much more useful to tell them and at the same time update their employment contracts or policies as needed? And let’s synchronise this to payroll, so you don’t need to retype all the information.

“We have named it citrusHR – because we think we have a really fresh approach to issues every organisation which employs people faces.”


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