Co-Chairs Gillian Keegan MP and Jess Phillips MP led the meeting and ensured a constructive session focused on this important area.
The meeting looked at the role of women in building the female talent pipeline, maximising women's success in their own job searches and improving progression. The presentations and discussions examined topics such as key skills, confidence, education and advice and coaching and mentoring. This was the second meeting of the 2018 programme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century, sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to examine the recruitment process from start to finish.
The speaker panel was made up of:
Carole Easton, CEO, Young Women's Trust
Priscilla Casey, The Young Women's Trust Advisory Panel
Juliet Dowley, Advocate, Girlguiding UK
Karl Simpson, Founder and CEO, Liftstream
"There was a broad and lively debate ranging from the importance of work for women to improving confidence and providing strong senior leadership role models for women to relate and aspire to. It was a fabulous sharing of expert opinion and the excellent presentations from Priscilla, of Young Women's Trust and Juliet of Girlguiding were inspirational and wonderful examples of our young female talent pipeline."
"It was great to be part of this dynamic group and hear first-hand the work that is being done positively at all levels to encourage women to take up jobs and fulfil their career potential. Whilst there is more to be done this was a great initiative which deserves credit and support. As this is something I am passionate about I'm already looking forward to the next session" commented Sarah Hopkins, Director HopkinsLongworth Executive Search.
Moreton Hall opened its doors to host its annual Business Lunch yesterday which proved an interesting and informative event as always.
However a real highlight was hearing the girls from Moreton Enterprises update on their work which "left no doubt it is safely in the 'hands of tomorrow's business women."
"These inspiring young entrepreneurs were a great example of a real talent pipeline being nurtured and developed" said Sarah Hopkins, Director, HopkinsLongworth Executive Search Ltd who had been delighted to speak at the inaugural Directors Table Event last year.
Our client, Headlam, is Europe's largest distributor of floorcoverings, having grown significantly via organic growth and acquisition since 1992.
Headlam provides the distribution link between suppliers and customers of floorcoverings, providing suppliers with the greatest coverage and customer penetration for their products across the UK, France, Netherlands and Switzerland; providing customers with teh broadest range of products supported by next day delivery.
With over 60 wholly owned businesses in the UK and continental Europe the group employs over 2,000 people and is based in the Midlands.
To find out more about this exciting successful business, including its recent financial report, Click here to visit its newly re-vamped website www.headlam.com
REC research released today shows a sharper increase in permanent placement and marked increase in job vacancies.
In addition starting salary inflation is increasing at the highest rate for 31 months.
As Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive says:-
"We are seeing a continued rise in jobs filled via recruiters as it gets more challenging for businesses to find candidates. The UK has almost full employment and the country is plagued by labour, skills and talent shortages. This increasing competition for good quality staff is driving up starting salaries with employers willing to pay higher wages to attract the right people."
To find out more and book your space please contact Julia - firstname.lastname@example.org
HopkinsLongworth is delighted to be supporting the Hampton-Alexander Review, which builds on the excellent work of the Davies Review, to increase the number of women on FTSE boards and with a new focus to improve women's representation in senior leadership positions.
Although gender balance on FTSE Boards has undergone a significant shift in the last five years it is clear there is still more work to do and to sustain progress appointing more women in leadership roles below the Board, remains the longer-term challenge.
We are proud to have joined over 40 Executive Search Firms as signatories to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Search Firms to support and encourage increasing female leadership. The full list is available to review by clicking through here
It is wonderful to see and be part of a fundamental cultural change taking place at the heart of British businesses however it is clear that we need to do more to harness the skills of women for the benefit of business and the UK economy.
HopkinsLongworth has launched an Interim Practice to provide clients with highly skilled, experienced HR resources on an interim, contract or consultancy basis - often at very short notice.
Whether clients are looking for interim HR generalists or specialists in Resourcing, L&D, Change & Transformation, HopkinsLongworth can provide talented interim HR professionals, matched to the culture of an organisation, who can deliver results quickly and make an impact from the outset.
Sarah Hopkins, Director, HopkinsLongworth explains "We have an exceptional network of HR professionals and over recent months have increasingly been asked by clients to help them find talented interim HR experts to either supplement stretched in-house resources or provide temporary solution to cover for sick leave, parental leave or until a permanent candidate is able to start working in the business.
"Tapping into our network which we have built over many years and leveraging our HR sector expertise, we are able to source high calibre interim candidates quickly. Our clients have been impressed by the speed, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of our interim offering. Fuelled by our success and reflecting the increasingly VUCA world we are all operating in, we have decided to establish an Interim Practice at HopkinsLongworth to provide expert HR resources on a contract or consultancy basis. We see this as a growing area of the business because HR teams are increasingly stretched."
HopkinsLongworth's Interim HR practice provides the same boutique, expert service as offered by its Executive Search team but with the focus on speed of delivery of candidates to provide additional resources to in-house HR teams. Our HR interims are available for contracts ranging from weeks to months.
For further information please call Sarah Hopkins or Jane Longworth on 01952 771 121
Having long encouraged and recognised the benefits of a diverse workforce to employers it was a natural transition for HopkinsLongworth to sign up to the governments initiative to support those with disabilities to fulfil their potential in the workplace.
We recognise there is much to be done but are delighted to have made a positive commitment to supporting the Disability Confident scheme which was launched a year ago at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
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