About New Dawn Resources

New Dawn Resources is a specialist consultancy that provides human resources and employment law, health & safety, recruitment and training services to small and medium-sized businesses in the Yorkshire area.

Founded in 2008, our principals have a combined experience of more than 40 years in HR and H&S, along with an unrivalled understanding of the issues that start-up and growing companies face.

We provide a personalised service tailored to the specific needs of each client, which could extend from detailed advice on a specific issue to our team of experts taking complete ownership of all your statutory controls.

However you choose to use our services, you can expect the kind of support that will make your working life easier and allow you to get on with what you do best - running your business.


Principal Biographies

Vanessa Scrimshaw - Managing Director, New Dawn Resources

Vanessa Scrimshaw

Vanessa Scrimshaw

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Vanessa is an expert in human resources management, talent management and training and development, with 20 years’ experience in the field.

Having worked in a wide range of industries - including retail, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and engineering - Vanessa has developed a genuine commercial outlook and a can-do approach to delivering business solutions through effective people management, strategy development and resourcing.

With first hand experience of owning and running an SME business, New Dawn’s managing director has an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by owners and managers of companies of all sizes and how to overcome them.

Her specialisms include mentoring start-up companies, due diligence monitoring and improvement work, talent management and the development of business specific learning tools.

Find out more about Vanessa’s skills and experience at Linkedin.


Sarah Harrison - Commercial Director, New Dawn Resources

Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison

Previously the managing director of one of the largest vegetable processing firms in the UK, Sarah is an expert in food safety and health & safety.

With 20 years’ experience in the food and manufacturing sectors, working at every level from the shop floor to the boardroom, Sarah has developed extensive knowledge of food safety, health & safety and manufacturing systems, along with a common sense approach to implementing them.

New Dawn’s commercial director also has an in-depth understanding of most food industry accreditation schemes - including SALSA and BRC - and a wide range of other quality management standards.

Her specialisms include working within companies to develop and implement highly-practical food safety and health & safety systems, which help businesses to establish themselves and grow in competitive sectors.

Find out more about Sarah’s skills and experience at Linkedin.


New Dawn Resources’ Trusted Partners



FMS Ltd, run by Marissa Schwoch, is a consultancy business with expertise in food microbiology and food safety, which specialises in dairy & ready-to-eat products. 

Find out more about FMS.


Markel Insurance

Markel is our preferred supplier of Employment Law Protection Insurance, providing great cost-effective products and excellent customer care. 

Learn more about Markel's specialist cover.


Eaton Smith Solicitors LLP

Kate Booth, who qualified in 2007, is an Associate in the Employment Team at Eaton Smith. Kate has been New Dawn Resources’ preferred port of call for all employment law matters for many years and has always provided us and our clients with excellent advice and assistance.

Read more about Eaton Smith's employment law services.



PROHMS is a well established group of health professionals, consisting of occupational health physicians, specialist practitioners, nurses, occupational health technicians and physiotherapists. New Dawn Resources utilises the full range of services provided by PROHMS and finds their approach to companies and their knowledge of the challenges faced by businesses and individuals second to none.

Learn more about PROHMS.


Organisations We Are Proud To Support

Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance

As part of our commitment to supporting local manufacturing businesses, we are a financial sponsor of the Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance, an organisation that promotes collaboration between local companies of all sizes and provides expert advice on issues such as grants and funding. 

Find out more about CKMA's work.


Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership

Vanessa is vice-chair of the Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership, an organisation that promotes the town and supports the businesses that provide jobs for local people.

Discover more about Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership.



Huddersfield - The Place To Make It

Founded by successful local businesses, Huddersfield - The Place To Make It works to promote the town as an attractive investment destination, as well as a great place to live and visit.

Learn more about the work of Huddersfield - The Place To Make It.