D2N2 Growth Hub Supporting Growth

Improving Business Performance By Focusing On People

Event Information:

Venue: THiNK, Cobden Chambers, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Date: Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Speaker: James Blake

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, Nottinghham City Council and the Talk Staff Group. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Ambitious for your business growth but frustrated by your people? Do you find yourself talking more about your people problems than growing your business? Do you need to improve the performance of your business? It’s time to join this workshop and focus on your people!

What’s on offer?

Your people make a huge difference to your business and by ensuring you’re structured for success, with the right people, in the right roles ,your business performance can really accelerate. The good news is that by taking time out and reviewing the people in your business you can really take back control.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to create a plan to structure your people that works for your business
  • How the behaviours of people in your business can be moulded to increase performance
  • How to best structure your business to maximise productivity
  • What processes you need in place for managing and improving performance
  • How to create your own Action Plan in the workshop to take back to your business.

Who is it for?

This workshop is open to small and medium-sized businesses based in either Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire. It will be particularly suitable for Owners, Managing Directors of established, ambitious businesses across all sectors, including the professional services.

The Agenda

9am – 9:30am – Arrival, tea and coffee and networking

9:30am – Introduction to D2N2 Growth Hub

9:40am – Workshop presentation, James Blake

10:45am – Tea and Coffee break

11am – Workshop presentation, James Blake

12 noon – Finish

Expert speaker

James Blake Assoc CIPD is the People Director at Talk Staff Group. James is an experienced People Director, Business Coach and Speaker. Having sculpted his trade in various sectors he hast proven experience of improving performance and driving the success of businesses. He works with SME businesses to improve business performance by focusing on people. He’s proud to be leading the people agenda!



Karen Tyers – Timms Solicitors

“Your people are your business and it's great to work with someone who understands that, we really felt that James addressed difficult issues and was honest in his feedback. If you want to add value to your people and your business contact James - you may be surprised, fresh eyes looking in gives you ideas, options and challenges.”


This event is part-funded via the European Regional Development Fund, therefore we are required to evidence that you are a small to medium enterprise.

There will be a couple of forms that will need to be completed either prior to the event or on the day and these will be sent to you once you have registered. One form is to ensure you are a small to medium enterprise, the second is to capture any business support you have received over the last 3 years to ensure you haven’t exceeded €200,000. If you have previously completed these forms at a Growth Hub event you will not have to complete another set.