HRNet has closed.

Cranfield Trust has developed a new strategy to reach more charities with management support, and to support sector leaders in building skills and confidence in management.

We have reviewed our services, and regretfully taken the decision that as HRNet is an expert, specialist advice service, it does not give us the opportunity to build skills in our client group as strongly as our consultancy, mentoring, training and peer support activities.

We have therefore taken the decision to cease operating HRNet to focus our resources on our more developmental services. 

We are very grateful to everyone who has supported, managed and engaged with HRNet over 18 years, during which time we have responded to thousands of questions from charities, helping them with critical employment issues. 

We are especially grateful to our HRNet volunteers and colleagues, who have worked together so effectively to support charities with their questions and challenges.



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