Hertfordshire Growth Hub Event

Recruitment and Retention: Best practice for hiring and retaining talented employees

Strathallan Business Centre are hosting an event for Hertfordshire Growth Hub in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council. Please find details of the free event and speakers below.

Venue: Strathallan Business Centre, Strathallan House, Fernville Lane, Midland Road Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4LS

Date: 19/10/2023

Time: 08:30am Registration for a 09:00am Start – 12:00pm

Standard Price: Free of charge

Submit Interest: Contact the Event Organiser

Click ‘Contact the Event Organiser’ above to submit your interest!

This workshop from Hertfordshire Growth Hub in collaboration with Dacorum Borough Council is fully funded and free to attend. Places are limited and priority will be given to trading Dacorum businesses with 5 or more employees.

By registering for this event you acknowledge that Hertfordshire Growth Hub will share your contact details with Infusion Group, Wagada, Redway HR and Step2Skills who are delivering the workshops, and where necessary, with other third parties involved in the administration of the event. We will never share your data with any other third parties unless you agree.

According to a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel (CIPD), almost half of businesses surveyed (47%) reported they had ‘hard to fill’ vacancies.  The same research suggests that in order to secure the labour supply needed to meet demand, retention is as important as recruitment (Labour Market Outlook, Summer 22, CIPD).

Hiring a new employee costs more than their salary. In fact, when hiring a new staff member at the average UK salary of £27,600, the average cost to the business for the first year of that employment is around £62,890, so it’s important to get it right (Sourced from the Office of National Statistics ons.gov.uk, www.marketing-bersin.com, www.msci.com).

Addressing staff retention in your business will also pay off in the long-term. A clear staff retention strategy offers benefits including increased employee engagement, improved employee satisfaction, better customer service and greater productivity.

This interactive workshop is for SME business owners and leaders who wish to attract and retain top talent.

This Event is also in partnership with the Infusion Group, Wagada, Redway HR, Step2Skills 

What will we cover?

  • How to develop a strategy to ‘bring in’ and retain vital skills within your organisation
  • How to effectively market what your business has to offer a candidate
  • Effective selection and onboarding of candidates
  • Student and graduate recruitment options
  • HR best practices in recruitment and retention
  • Support available from Hertfordshire Growth Hub and the Get Growing 2 programme

You will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of:

  • The tools available to help you build the right organisational culture and retain top talent
  • How to position yourself as an ‘employer of choice’
  • How to select the best candidates to fit your business culture and values
  • Effective ways to attract a diverse pool of candidates
  • Where to go for further support and advice

Event Speakers:

Laura Wheatley – Managing Partner, Infusion Group

Laura runs a highly successful management consultancy called Infusion Group with her partner in business and in life, Graham Hardy

Infusion Group are the go-to Strategic Partner for ambitious Business Owners who want to successfully grow and scale. They specialize in showing ambitious SMEs how to create a successful business that runs itself by taking their People and Performance to the next level

Laura is a born facilitator who inspires and empowers others to reach their full potential.  She is dedicated to showing Business Leaders and their teams how to become truly high performing and deliver exceptional results. She is a qualified transformational Coach, Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Qualified GCOlogist and DiSC Practitioner


Laura spent 10 years in Financial Services leading strategic change projects with multi-million pound budgets. Prior to Infusion she led a Bid Services Team for a Top 5 Payments acquirer, winning multi-million pound tenders and developing the team into a Best in Class function, for which she won 2 awards and industry recognition

Cheryl Luzet, CEO of Wagada

Cheryl is the CEO of digital marketing agency Wagada Digital. Wagada supports companies looking to build their brand online and take control of their marketing spend to generate strong ROI. Our team of experts work with in-house marketing teams to allow them to take their digital marketing to the next level. As part of our work, we support our clients to ensure that their marketing also attracts and retains the best staff, helping them to develop engaging campaigns to develop their employer branding.

Liz Redway, Founder of Redway HR

Liz has over 20 years’ experience internationally across a range of sectors. 

She works with integrity to support the businesses she works with, using a practical and down to earth style which puts her clients at ease.

Liz has excellent facilitation skills, with an eye for detail and compliance. She has the ability to influence at senior levels, and a good understanding of business issues. Liz has a keen interest in SMEs, and enjoys supporting businesses setting up as an employer for the first time.

Clients appreciate Liz’s straight forward approach, her track record for simplifying complexities and her smiling and engaging manner. She is a solution-focused individual who seeks to inform and empower her clients to achieve their business and people goals.

Anne Tinker, Employer Engagement Officer of Steps2Skills part of Hertfordshire County Council.

Step2Skills adult community learning and employment support service provides opportunities for adults in Hertfordshire to get involved in learning and employment within the community. We aim to work with people who face barriers to education and employment such as low skills, learning or physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

Steve Armitage, Growth Account Manager, Hertfordshire Growth Hub

Steve has over 25+ years’ experience of owning and running SMEs in the technology sector. He originally qualified as an aircraft engineer in the RAF before moving into the commercial sector in the 1980s. He has since worked as a manager and a director within SMEs in technical, operational & financial roles as well starting, running, and selling his own SMEs in the technology sector.

Venue – Strathallan Business Centre

We would like to welcome Strathallan Business Centre – a different way of working for people and companies.

“We’ve designed our Centre for our members, giving entrepreneurs, start-ups and business owners access to a range of services and hot desking and meeting room facilities that make life easier.”

By registering for this event you acknowledge that Hertfordshire Growth Hub will share your contact details with Infusion Group, Wagada, Redway HR and Step2Skills who are delivering the workshops, and where necessary, with other third parties involved in the administration of the event. We will never share your data with any other third parties unless you agree.

Submit your interest by clicking the contact event organiser link at the top of the page and a member of the team will be in touch within three working days!