HR Essentials for SMEs

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Online Action Planning Workshop

Cost: FREE


Tuesday, 21st June 2022 at 9:30am - 4:30pm

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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.

This is a 6-hour action planning workshop, delivered in two 3-hour sessions which explores common HR headaches across the employee lifecycle.

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 this workshop?

Business owners struggling to juggle HR or perhaps a finance or health and safety professional who has been given the role of HR and needs to understand the priorities and pitfalls. If you are you spending lots of time on HR and firefighting when you desperately want to add value to the business, then this workshop is for you.

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover?

  • 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?

After attending this workshop, you will:

  • Have 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.

  • Know how to share 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

This is an interactive, Action Planning Online Workshop. You will leave this session 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. For the best user experience, we recommend joining the workshop using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.


Part 1

  • 9.30am - 10.20am - Workshop presentation
  • 10.20am - 10.30am - Break
  • 10.30am - 11.20am - Workshop presentation
  • 11.20am - 11.30am - Break
  • 11.30am - 12.15pm - Workshop presentation
  • 12.15pm - 12.30pm - Q&A

Part 2

  • 1.30pm - 2.20pm - Workshop presentation
  • 2.20pm - 2.50pm - Break
  • 2.50pm - 3.20pm - Workshop presentation
  • 3.20pm - 3.50pm - Break
  • 3.50pm - 4.15pm - Workshop presentation
  • 4.15pm - 4.30pm - Q&A

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

Sarah Loates is a Chartered HR Professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. She has provided HR advice, support and leadership to a wide range of sectors and business types, from private and family owned businesses, to significant multinationals including EOn.

Sarah has a breadth of knowledge and her areas of expertise include employee relations, employment law and talent management.



This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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