Hello & a big warm welcome to Breathe. 

We understand just how confusing and time-consuming it can be to choose new software for your organisation.

That's why - to keep things simple - we've put together this useful guide for you & your decision-makers. We aim to provide you with everything you need to discover the benefits of switching to Breathe's time-saving software and help you decide whether the system is right for you.

If you have any burning questions, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly team at newbusiness@breathehr.com.

Or, please feel free to drop us a message using the chat feature on our website at the bottom-right of the page.

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What is Breathe?

Breathe is a simple people-management platform that's designed to help SMEs just like you to save time on tedious HR admin. 

Our intuitive system brings all of your people-data together in one secure place, while allowing your people to log sickness, request holidays, update personal information, view documents and much more.

And, with Breathe's flexible permissions settings, you can choose who has access to your team's information, making it super-easy to keep sensitive data safe. 


Key features include:

  • Holiday managementBreathe's HR software interface showing the holiday calendar with 2 HR pop ups showing 'Leave to approve' and 'Coming up in the next 7 days'

  • Sickness & absence tracking

  • Employee database

  • Document storage

  • Performance monitoring

  • Training management

  • Expense management

  • Rota scheduling

  • Time & Attendance

  • Applicant tracking 

  • HR reporting

  • Online learning

Who are Breathe?

Back in 2012, Breathe built their multi-award-winning software with one thing in mind: to set SMEs free from time-consuming HR admin so they can focus on their people, build strong company cultures & drive their organisations forward.

Owned by leading cloud-based solution provider, ELMO Software, Breathe offers simple & cost-effective software that makes it super-easy to manage up to 200 employees.


Why over 15,000 SMEs love us

So why should you ditch the spreadsheets & filing cabinets and switch to Breathe?

Here's why you won't look back:

  • Save valuable time - Breathe helps you keep on top of day-to-day HR admin tasks like holiday requests, managing sickness and calculating allowances, so you can spend more time focussing on your people and growing your business. On average, our customers save up to 4 hours a week with Breathe.

  • Everything in one place - Breathe centralises your people data in the cloud, so you can find exactly what you need, when you need it. 

  • Improve efficiency - Breathe's easy-to-use system streamlines your everyday tasks whilst giving your people useful visibility of their holiday allowances, personal details and more - so you can wave goodbye to unnecessary admin.

  • Keep your data secure - With Breathe's ISO27001-accredited software, you'll have peace of mind that your data is in safe hands and you're staying GDPR-compliant.

  • Put your people first -  With self-service software that saves valuable time, you'll improve your employee experience and have more time to focus on the driving-force of your organisation: your people. 

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Supporting you through tough times

It goes without saying that it's a challenging time for small businesses, with many still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst battling the cost of living crisis.

But, with Breathe you can:

  • Save hours of valuable time every week so you can focus on your business

  • Enjoy an attractive return on investment (ROI)

  • Enjoy a value-packed HR software that doesn't break the bank

  • Change or cancel your plan at any time

  • Tailor your plan to your needs with a variety of additional modules


Cloud-based software & security

When we launched Breathe back in 2012, we chose to offer it as a cloud-based product rather than license-based.

Here's why:

  • You can access your data from anywhere, rather than access being restricted to a few devices

  • No need to invest in new software servers or pay to increase the capacity of existing systems.

  • A subscription could be treated as an operational (rather than a capital) expense, providing major accountancy advantages.

  • Cloud-based software provides much higher security due to the way the data is stored. Breathe is hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and we pride ourselves on being ISO27001 certified. 



In February 2022, we asked over 300 customers how Breathe benefits them. Here's what we found:

  • Breathe saves our customers an average of 4 hours per week

  • Breathe saves our customers an average of £177 per week - find out how much you could save with our ROI calculator

  • Breathe saves each customer an average of 11 sheets of paper per day (or almost a third of a tree per year)

  • Almost 70% of our customers respond to holiday requests within 1 hour, and 45% respond within just 15 minutes


Clear & simple pricing

We aim to keep our pricing crystal-clear and nonsense-free.

  • We charge by account size - not per employee, unlike other solutions on the HR software market.

  • Dedicated UK-based technical support is included in every plan.

  • You can pay monthly or annually (Paying annually will save Micro, Starter, Regular & Pro plans a handy 15% discount and Premium & Plus annual plans a 10% discount on Breathe's Core HR software (excluding additional modules).


Additional modules

You can also choose from some value-packed additional modules to add to your plan, so you can tailor your account depending on what you need. Pricing starts from just £10 extra per month.

You can choose from:



Helping the planet

At Breathe, we're dedicated to looking after the planet and giving back to our environment. 

By switching to Breathe's HR software, you'll leave spreadsheets and filing cabinets behind and enjoy a completely paperless (and more eco-friendly) HR department.

You'll benefit from a tidier and more organised office, and the planet will thank you, too: our average customer saves around a third of a tree every year just by switching to our software. 

What our customers say about Breathe

Success stories

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PBD Biotech

“Breathe are absolutely helping us on our mission to eradicate Tuberculosis and alleviate poverty”

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Ridgeview Wine Estate

"Breathe has given me more time to focus on the other aspects of my job. I feel more organised and Breathe has become like my own assistant"

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Small Batch Coffee

"Without Breathe, I'd dread to think where we'd be by now. It makes our HR department work like a dream"


Commitment-free trial

Choosing a new software for your organisation can be a tough decision. 

That's why, instead of a one-to-one demo, we offer a FREE 14-day trial so you can explore Breathe for yourself, however you want to. During these 2 weeks, you'll see the software in action so you can decide whether it's the right fit for your organisation.

  • 100% free for 14 days

  • No credit card needed

  • No strings attached

  • Quick to set up

  • Explore the system in full - including additional modules

  • Friendly & helpful support available throughout


The must-have HR software for SMEs

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