Karen Grieve and Pamela Cormack - Family Payroll Ltd. Photo Credit: Emma Martin Photography

If necessity is the mother of invention, then these two mumpreneurs are a stroke of sheer genius.

Knowing full well the pressure of juggling work and a busy life, plus the added responsibility that a domestic employee can put on families, they’ve come up with a solution that buys families a little more quality time and a lot less hassle.

Pamela Cormack and business partner Karen Grieve are the brains behind Family Payroll Ltd, a personalised and affordable service supporting families who employ anyone in their home – be that a nanny, PA, cleaner or carer.

Pamela, who is also the founder of Lothian Childcare Solutions, an agency recruiting and providing childcare to families in their homes and workers to nurseries, identified the need for the latest venture as a result of building trusted relationships with families through her primary business.

Appreciating how time is precious for many families with a hectic lifestyle, Pamela realized she could help by providing a dedicated and bespoke payroll service for anyone employing staff for any type of paid role within the home.

Passionate about supporting families, East Lothian-based Family Payroll offers a full suite of services including registering individuals as employers with HMRC, registering as an employer with a pension provider, payroll processing, employee contracts and access to discounted employer liability insurance.

“it is a time-consuming process and can be a little daunting for someone who is not used to dealing with payroll”, says Pamela.

“We’re aiming to offer a friendly, approachable alternative that will make life a little easier for time-pressured families. Hopefully, we can help them improve their work-life balance by removing the burden of the administration that goes with being an employer and giving them just one less thing to worry about.”

Pamela, a single mum to her nine-year-old son, has more than 20 years’ experience in the care sector. Before starting Lothian Childcare Solutions in 2018, she worked in nurseries, as a deputy project leader in a children and families project and then as an inspector with the Care Commission (now Care Inspectorate) inspecting early years services across Scotland.

Karen, mother of two grown-up sons , was previously a payroll administrator. With over 15 years’ experience in HR Administration, Finance and Operations, she recently gained an accountancy qualification and is committed to furthering her studies.

“We’ve both been juggling family and our careers over the years,” said Karen, “so we know the value of finding something that can make life just that little bit easier. Our aim is not only a successful business but one that also makes a difference to family life.”

For more information visit the Family Payroll official website or Facebook page.