Business leaders’ conference at Hallam

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With research showing that a third of SMEs are expecting to grow 10 per cent this year, Sheffield Business School has joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to help business leaders achieve their goals.

The two organisations are staging a major summit in Sheffield on May 20. The HR in SMEs Conference will provide practical advice and tips on delivering effective leadership, engaging and recruiting the right staff and introducing people management processes aligned to the business strategy.

Speakers include Keith Jackson of JRI Orthopaedics, Martin Ferguson of MJF Cleaning Services, Clare Pearson of Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Anabela Yourell of Just Eat.

The CIPD has partnered with Sheffield Business School in recognition of its work to improve leadership and demonstrate the value of HR through its research.

Dr Jill Miller, author of the CIPD research and chair of the conference, said: “SMEs are vital to the UK economy for growth, jobs and innovation, but with limited material and financial resources their people are their business.

“Good people management is fundamental to unlock the creativity and commitment among staff to ensure sustainable performance and growth.”

Dr Miller’s new research looks at how they can develop a great people approach by keeping culture, purpose and values as the bedrock of their organisation.

The conference at Sheffield Hallam University’s Stoddart Building will provide business owners with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver growth. SMEs may need more support in understanding how to maximise the performance of their staff and where to go for advice, she says.