Business Gateway Growth Hub - Leicestershire Supporting Growth

Employing People – Capability & Connecting

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Available To: Eligible SME's

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE


Employing people with the right skills, managing and retaining staff is often one of the biggest challenges for SMEs, across all sectors. In the fashion and textiles industry, it is also a challenge to ensure that the business is not only complying with the current law but exceeding the ethical and social standards required by the retailers and brands that they are working with.

The legal landscape is complex and constantly changing. The non-compliance to standards expected by the brands/retailers and their auditors could pose reputational and financial risks and could lead to loss of orders and ultimately business closure.

The Business Gateway Growth Hub has developed a series of three interactive webinars, in partnership with Resilient World Solutions (RWS). The webinars will be focusing on various aspects of the Employment Life Cycle relevant to fashion and textiles sector, including;

  • Recruitment & Selection – Embedding the right practices
  • Managing Contracts – Record keeping and compliance to legal and audit requirement
  • Managing staff – Performance, absences, grievances and discipline
  • Key HR Policies and Procedures – Ensuring fairness and minimising the reputation and financial risk
  • Linking with Ethical and Social Compliance

Webinar 1 – Fashion and Textiles: Employing People – Recruitment & Selection – Thursday 29 April 2021, 10:00 – 13:00

Webinar 2 – Fashion and Textiles: Employing People – Compliance – Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10:00 – 13:00

Webinar 3 – Fashion and Textiles: Employing People – Capability & Connecting – Tuesday 22 June 2021, 10:00 – 13:00

Please note: to get the most of these sessions you should attend all 3 dates.

Who should attend these webinars?

This webinar is aimed at business owners, managers, supervisors and staff with HR responsibility in the Fashion and Textiles Industry.

What will we cover in webinar 3?

  • Key Policies and Handbooks
  • Managing Performance
  • Behaviours At Work
  • The Role of Line Managers
  • Motivating the Team
  • Communicating with the Team

What outcomes can you expect from joining us?

After attending these 3 sessions, you will:

  • Have an understanding of legal compliance when employing people
  • Have some tips for managing people more effectively
  • Understand key policies to get the best out of people
  • Have some fun learning about people
  • Recruitment and selection of Staff
  • Equality Act & unconscious bias
  • Checking references, qualifications and right to work
  • Onboarding of a new employee
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Data Management
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Key Policies including Discipline and Grievance, Absence and Family-Friendly Policies
  • Managing Performance

These are interactive, action planning online workshops. You will leave these sessions with handouts and a practical action plan which can be implemented within your business. Where possible, we would like to encourage you to join this session with your video camera turned on and when instructed by the facilitator, you may un-mute your microphone to take full advantage of the interactive nature of the workshop. 

Who’ll be presenting this webinar?

The webinars will be presented by Debra Cadman, on behalf of RWS. Debra has over 30 years of experience in human resources working as a senior HR practitioner, providing guidance and leadership to senior executives and managers. Debra is the owner of Cadman HR who works with a variety of SME businesses in multiple sectors including construction; manufacturing; distribution; oil and gas ensuring that they have the right policies in place to meet their business aims ensuring compliance and more strategic HR input.

These presentations are delivered in partnership with Business Gateway Growth Hub and Resilient World Solutions and are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Places are limited and priority will be given to trading Fashion and Textiles SMEs based in Leicester and Leicestershire.

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