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Grow Your Own – How To Attract, Develop and Retain a Talented Team.

Vertu Motors Arena - Newcastle Eagles

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Grow Your Own – How To Attract, Develop and Retain a Talented Team

Tuesday 6th June 2023, 9:30am - 11:30am

We know for many businesses attracting and retaining talent is a massive issue, join this event for multidisciplinary advice and support.

Investing in leadership development can help to improve company culture, competitive advantage, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and business performance – all contributing to greater productivity, revenue, and growth.

This joint event brings together the worlds of business, academia, and sport, to discuss ways in which employers can begin to eliminate recruitment and retention issues within their business. We’ll hear from an experienced range of speakers on how they’ve taken steps to future-proof their talent pipelines, what difficulties they’ve faced, and why this has been a crucial step in identifying future leaders and talented team players within their organisation.

For many businesses in the region, attracting and retaining talent is a massive issue. The knock-on effects this has on workload of existing staff, productivity, and wage inflation is felt by many employers in their day-to-day business. For many employers, there has never been a more appropriate time to consider ways in which we as a region can start to address the challenges of attracting and keeping talent.

Paul Blake, MD at Newcastle Eagles, will kick off the session with his own leadership insights and learnings from the world of sport. John McCabe, Chief Executive at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, will provide the keynote; John will explore some of the skills and labour market challenges facing businesses currently and the importance of building leadership skills and capacity to maximise growth and prosperity here in the region.

Alix Bolton, Group HR Director at Walker Filtration, will share her personal journey as a HR professional and senior leader. Alix is passionate about developing future fit people strategies and has worked across a wide range of sectors, from digital/tech, FMCG and professional services to utilities and advanced manufacturing.

Dr Helen Charlton, Assistant Professor at Northumbria University and a senior lecturer in leadership and HR management, will consider what we mean by professionalism in management, how we can develop those who come to management and leadership roles not by design but by circumstance, and where executive education and apprenticeships fit.

This is an exciting opportunity to listen, learn, and share knowledge on an issue that is all-too familiar for businesses across the North East. Presentations will be followed by an interactive panel discussion, compered by John McCabe, and an opportunity to network with fellow attendees.

This is a joint event between the Chamber and Northumbria University, supported by NEPIC open to all businesses. 

Tickets for this event are free:

(Please note car parking for this event is free of charge)

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Vertu Motors Arena - Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle upon Tyne


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