Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) has invested in new technology from human resources software firm Cascade.

BRB is one of the UK’s largest centres for dance development and performance, alongside The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet, with Her Majesty the Queen as their royal patron.

The 185-strong team were looking to improve the efficiency of its HR system and be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Prior to its investment, BRB did not have a designated HR platform in place, which proved to be a “major drain” on the firm’s resources.

“To obtain the information needed for our reports, we had to pull data together from numerous sources, which was an admin-heavy – and sometimes unreliable – approach for our employees,” said HR manager Claire Owen.

“We wanted a solution which showed us a single version of the truth, to improve the efficiency of our HR system, but – in light of the recent legislative changes – one that also ensured complete compliance with the GDPR.”

Opting for the Core HR, Workflow and Self-Service modules will help mitigate time lost on redundant administration tasks, as well as give HR staff a platform where they can easily manage KPIs and produce strategically-driven reports.

Owen added: "We opted for this system because its flexibility and easy-to-understand interface will allow us to support our – often mobile – workforce more effectively."

HR staff at BRB have been trained in using the new software, and there’s a planned roll-out to wider office personnel for the new holiday year commencing in September.