Excellence in Business: Winner Tapestry Compliance has global appeal

(L-R) Yorkshire Bank chairman Richard Gregory, Tapestry Compliance partners Janet Cooper and Bob Grayson, and Justin Webb. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
(L-R) Yorkshire Bank chairman Richard Gregory, Tapestry Compliance partners Janet Cooper and Bob Grayson, and Justin Webb. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
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Tapestry Compliance is making waves in the legal world - and it is proud to be doing it here in Yorkshire.

The Sheffield firm, which specialises in global human resources (HR) services, triumphed in the Yorkshire Bank-sponsored Companies with a Turnover Under £10m category at this week’s awards.

Speaking on Wednesday night, Tapestry Compliance partner Janet Cooper said the win was fantastic, coming just four years since the firm’s launch.

She told The Yorkshire Post: “We’re delighted. It’s great we’re doing business in Sheffield because we want to create jobs in Yorkshire.

“There’s a really great work ethic in the region - there are really smart people who don’t want to go to London to work.

“That quality of work now is available in Sheffield through our firm.”

Tapestry Compliance was founded in 2011 and has rapidly grown to attract some of the world’s biggest companies.

Its aim is to provide practical, commercial and cost-effective advice in developing global HR policies, incentive plans and employment terms, as well as helping put them in place.

So far, its strategy is working. It counts BT, Rolls Royce, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, TripAdvisor, eBay and PayPal among its clients.

As well as working with some of the world’s most recognisable names, its technology and services have made it a favourite with companies approaching their initial public offering (IPO).

With a 20-strong workforce, the firm is now the biggest employees and centres practice among any UK law firm, Ms Cooper said.

Tapestry is also ranked alongside major law firms like Slaughter and May, Baker and McKenzie and Pinsent Masons, she added.

Its specialism in global HR, and in particular the rules around remuneration and all-employee shares plans, has also attracted the interest of industry.

Tapestry has been appointed to provide services for other firms’ clients, and this year saw it named Boutique Firm of the Year - National at The Lawyer Awards.

Tapestry partner Bob Grayson said the firm has proved that the City is not the only place to find world-class lawyers.

He said: “There’s no reason why people living and working in Sheffield can’t deliver the best service to the world’s best clients. You don’t have to be in London or in New York, you can do it from Sheffield.”

While working for some of the world’s most demanding is “quite a big ask”, Tapestry Compliance is proof it is possible to compete for business when based outside of London, Mr Grayson said.

Much of Tapestry’s success is down to the fact it is offering not just top-quality work, but a professional lifestyle that is rarely associated with the high-pressure legal sector.

Ms Cooper said: “One of the secrets to our success is we offer agile working and flexible working.

“Because we work with people in a fair way, we’ve attracted some really strong talent, both from Yorkshire and also up from London.

“That’s been our secret sauce, the reason as to why we do so well.

“We’ve got some of the smartest lawyers in the business working for us in Sheffield.”

Looking ahead, Ms Cooper said Tapestry will build on its reputation and continue to put Sheffield on the map.

She said: “Our goal is to be recognised as the best UK law firm in our field. It takes time to get that market recognition, but we want to be noted as the best in this area. And we want to do that from Sheffield.”