Business partners are here to stay. This is an easy statement to make. Ever since the first use of the term in the 1990s they have seemed an attractive proposition especially to the larger, more complex organisations. They seemed to offer the twin benefits of business focus and strategic contribution which are both key elements in HR transformation. For as long as there have been business partners HR has sought to justify itself through the added value it offered. Gone was the welfare worker; redundant was the IR specialist; and marginalised was the administrative assistant. Instead, HR wanted to prove its worth to the business.