PERS provides a range of free and affordable services to employees and employers of Voluntary and Community Organisations on all aspects of employment law and good practice. Our Homeworking unit provides Health and Safety equipment for homeworkers, and training and support for anyone wanting to start or continue working from home, on a self-employed or outworking basis.

PERS is committed to:

  • The relief of poverty and hardship, in particular, poverty caused by low pay;
  • The elimination of discrimination and the promotion of equality of opportunity, particularly in employment;
  • The advancement of education;
  • The relief of unemployment for the public benefit in such ways as may be thought fit, including assistance to find employment.

About us

“Affordable advice you can trust, from PERS – a leading non-profit organisation for business support and employment law”

We support and train employers across the region in meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities, advise employees and employers who have queries or concerns about employment, and work to improve employment policies and procedures through research, campaigning, and lobbying.

Our Home Working Service promotes the rights of individuals working from home, supports individual homeworkers by providing training, advice and guidance.

PERS fills a gap for small organisations that do not have an HR department. We understand the challenges facing small organisations and volunteer management committees in meeting their responsibilities as employers and can provide appropriately tailored support and guidance.

Who we are

PERS is the leading non-profit organisation in Yorkshire for business support and employment law. With over 35 years experience in the sector, we’re trusted by our clients to provide clear, practical and reliable advice.

Who we work with

We support individuals, charities, social enterprises and businesses small or large. including start-ups and long-established companies.

Valued by our customers

We support individuals, charities, social enterprises and businesses small or large. Our clients value PERS because we are ethical, approachable, professional and accessible.

Example: how we help

Company formation

  • How to set up a company
  • Company structures

Running the business

  • Employing staff
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Invoicing

Reporting know-how

  • Book-keeping
  • Companies House
  • VAT and taxation

Promotion or marketing

  • How to use social media
  • Publicity

Vocational training

  • Sewing
  • Beauty therapy
  • Creative arts
  • Cake decorating etc.