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We help small and medium-sized businesses simplify Health & Safety and HR compliance.

Our Story

Founded in March 2004, we have grown from a small start-up organisation with just a handful of clients to providing Health & Safety and HR & Employment Law assistance to over 6500 customers annually. With highly trained and specialist consultants compliance has never been so easy. Take a look at our fantastic customer feedback to see just how pleased our customers are with our service.

Who we help

We have customers throughout the UK in industries such as Construction, Manufacturing, Retail and Schools so you can be assured we have the in-house experience to assist. We have clients with just two or three members of staff right up to thousands of colleagues. No problem is too small or too great.

An exciting workplace

Our fantastic team are the reason our customers love us. We are proud of our career progression opportunities and invest in our staff, this year aiming to make the Sunday Times UK's Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. If you would like to join our team please take a look at our open vacancies on our careers page.

We have recently purchased the Safety First software packages for both of our companies and the First for Contractors package for Bluegroup Retail.

The software is intuitive, straightforward and after looking at various other solutions found this product to be the ideal choice and at the right price point for our business model.

...After placing the order , the start-up time was very quick and the initial walk through was really helpful. We are looking forward to using this software on a regular basis and would highly recommend it and HS Direct Ltd.

Fergus Goodson, Director, Bluegroup Retail.

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I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.