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WorkNest’s HR and Employment Law service strengthened by Vista acquisition

Written on 19 July 2022

WorkNest – the employment law, HR, and health & safety specialist – has announced the latest acquisition to be made by parent company Marlowe plc. 

Vista, a Manchester-based employment law, training and workplace investigations firm, will join the WorkNest brand within Marlowe, bringing new competencies and extending WorkNest’s base of over 40,000 clients across the UK. The acquisition also sees WorkNest’s total UK team grow beyond 500. 

Over the last 15 years Vista has built longstanding partnerships with its clients, supporting their HR teams with employment law issues and a broad range of people management challenges, working closely with them as an integral part of their business. 

With a strong reputation for providing informed, commercial, and responsive legal advice, Vista offers specialist expertise including workplace investigations and trade union consultations and provides added value services such as management training and bespoke employee relations support.  

Vista’s team serves a national client base of larger employers, working in partnership with organisations including Airbus, Reckitt Benckiser, and Wickes. The firm’s services can all be and regularly have been delivered digitally. 

Gavin Snell, CEO at WorkNest, said: “This announcement marks yet another important milestone for our group as we are trusted by an increasing number of employers to help them proactively overcome their employment challenges.  

“In welcoming Vista’s excellent team and clients into the WorkNest family, we continue to strengthen our offering delivered by likeminded professionals. We share a commitment to provide the very best client service underpinned by our own fantastic workplace culture.” 

Darren Maw, Co-founder and Managing Director at Vista, said: “In every sense we are a people business. The team has grown Vista by building long term partnerships with our HR clients and by passionately learning how to deliver value to them. As we look forward, we are excited about the future for our team and our clients, as being part of WorkNest brings the advantages of a large successful group with a real sense of building on the distinct ethos of what Vista has become. We say ‘clients feel like friends…and our camaraderie is cherished’ – and we mean it.” 

Vista will operate in the same way, providing a high quality, pragmatic and responsive service for its clients, who will continue to have access to the Vista team, with no change to how service is provided. 

“This announcement marks yet another important milestone for our group as we are trusted by an increasing number of employers to help them proactively overcome their employment challenges.

In welcoming Vista’s excellent team and clients into the WorkNest family, we continue to strengthen our offering delivered by likeminded professionals. We share a commitment to provide the very best client service underpinned by our own fantastic workplace culture.”

Gavin Snell, CEO
WorkNest

About WorkNest

WorkNest is a powerhouse of Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety support services, weaving pragmatic advice with powerful technology platforms. We exist to help employers proactively overcome their employment, safety and wellbeing challenges, working alongside internal teams or providing a fully outsourced solution.

Headquartered in Chester with hubs throughout the UK, our 500-strong team – which includes more than 70 qualified employment law solicitors – empower employers to soar through nurture and protection.

About Vista

Vista works with larger employers supporting their HR teams with employment law issues and a broad range of people management challenges. It does this by blending its range of services such as cutting edge management training and bespoke employee relations support. 

Over the last 15 years Vista has built long standing partnerships with its HR clients, and it is proud to say it works closely with them, as an integral part of their team. From employment law surgeries and grievance investigations to representation in tribunals, the Vista team is there to add value to organisations’ people strategies. 

All of its services can be (and regularly have been) delivered digitally.

About Marlowe plc

Marlowe is a UK leader in business-critical services and software which assure safety and regulatory compliance. The company was formed to create sustainable shareholder value through the acquisition and development of businesses that provide regulated safety and compliance services. 

It is focused on compliance software, eLearning, health & safety, employment law and HR compliance, fire safety & security, water & air hygiene and occupational health services – all of which are vital to the wellbeing of its customers operations and are invariably governed by regulation. 

Marlowe currently provides software to over 1 million users and services to over 25% of Britain’s commercial premises. The Group provides customers with a single outsourced, nationwide, provider of a range of regulated compliance and safety solutions. 

Its customers can be found in office complexes, high streets and leisure facilities, manufacturing plants and industrial estates, and include thousands of SMEs, local authorities, facilities management providers, multi-site NHS trusts and FTSE 100 companies.

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