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HR Essentials

HR, Leadership & Management

28/03/2024 9:30 am

28/03/2024 4:00 pm

Lee Wood Best Western, Buxton, SK17 6TQ

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For further information on this event, please contact: Emily Gascoyne on 07741 904395 or email


This full-day action planning workshop explores common HR headaches across the employee lifecycle.

For many owners of growing businesses, hiring employees is a necessity. Arguably it’s your employees that are you biggest assets and provide you with a key competitive advantage. Just as valuable as your business name, reputation and the product or service you provide.

Managing people however is an art, as it involves well… people. In parallel there is a wealth of ever-shifting employment and case law lurking to trip up unsuspecting employers.

The legal pitfalls for employers to navigate, rapidly moving on to best practices to deliver gold standard HR and place you ahead of your competition.

We explore the most effective contracts and employment status to engage staff. How businesses build an ‘employer brand’ to win the war for talent. We look at the various alternatives to managing performance, before turning to more specific COVID-related HR challenges. These will be current and based on the roadmap out of lockdown.

This is a highly interactive workshop so expect lots of discussion and sharing of best practice, as we bring a whole new light to HR in the 21st Century. There will also be an opportunity for an HR clinic where you can discuss a current HR issue for your business, and how to resolve this.


Who Should Attend
Are you a business owner struggling to juggle HR? Perhaps you are a finance or health and safety professional who has been given the role of HR and need to understand the priorities and pitfalls? Are you spending lots of time on HR and firefighting when you desperately want to add value to the business?

What’s Covered
• Employment contracts and the psychological contract, the legal obligations of the employer
• Understanding employment status, and the best mix for your business
• Winning the war for talent and staying ahead of the competition
• Managing within the Equality Act, and avoiding discrimination claims
• Performance management, what is it, does it work, and what are the alternatives?
• Managing absence on the roadmap to recovery
• The legal lowdown on managing flexible and hybrid working in a post-pandemic world
• Parting company and ending the employment relationship amicably

What outcomes can you expect from joining us

What Outcomes Will Be Achieved
• A rounded knowledge of employment rights and key employment legislation, and the key pitfalls that employers make.
• Understand the best HR practices that can work for your business that help it to grow rather than get in the way.
• Ideas to support you moving forward a current HR issue that you need support and help with.
• Sharing best practice HR and HR experiences from within your industry/workplace.
• Gain a clearer understanding of a plan to implement HR back in your business

Sarah Loates MSc MCIPD

Sarah Loates MSc MCIPD
Our guest speaker is Sarah Loates a Chartered HR professional who established Loates HR and Training Consultancy in 2011. She has grown the business to a team of 9 supporting over 350 SMEs. Sarah has an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM), a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM, and is a qualified mediator.
Sarah advises at board level and acted as HR trustee for several not for-profit organisations. She is regularly invited to speak on HR and employment law topics for local and national media, including BBC Radio Derby, BBC East Midlands Today, Daily Telegraph, People Management, SKY News and The Independent.
Sarah is passionate about social mobility and empowering young people not to be pigeonholed by where they start. In 2021, Loates HR Consultancy won the Derbyshire Contribution to the Community Award, recognising the CSR work that Sarah and the team have delivered in the local community.

Additional Information

The Accelerator project delivers online webinars and full-day workshops. The webinars are designed as one-hour taster sessions and the workshops as full-day training sessions which are designed to provide delegates with an actionable plan and strategy.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is delivered by East Midlands Chamber. To be eligible to attend this event you must be a business based in one of the following districts: Amber Valley; Ashfield; Bassetlaw; Broxtowe; Chesterfield; Derby; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; Gedling; High Peak; Leicester City; Mansfield; Newark & Sherwood; North East Derbyshire; Nottingham; Rushcliffe; or South Derbyshire.

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