Slough Business Community Partnership’s Annual Conference – November 28th 2013

Slough Business Community Partnership will be holding its next Annual Conference on Thursday 28th November at the Hilton T5 hotel.  The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘How your employees can make a difference’ and will look at the considerable impact being made in the community and the benefits of having volunteering as part of business culture.  Katie Hyson, the Think Big Internal Manager from Telefónica UK O2, will be talking about a review O2 carried out that looks into the social and financial impacts of employees getting involved in community matters.  Our other keynote speakers include Francis Goss, Head of Employee Engagement at Grass Roots – a consultancy that help companies engage with employees, channel partners and customers to improve business performance and Mark Francis, Co-Director at Star Commercial Academy a training agency that works to develop unique, business-changing solutions across the globe.

Rafiq Chohan, Chairman of SBCP said “The SBCP Conference this year promises to be a stimulating and exciting event and one which will help to reinforce the benefits of ‘How your employees can make a difference’.  Telefónica UK O2 one of the World’s leading telecoms and digital businesses will be sharing their insights from their own research with our business community.”

“At SBCP we have long identified the merits of improved motivation amongst employees by engaging with their local communities.  Often this is more rewarding than a pay increase or other financial incentives.  We continue to be impressed with the growing level of interest and commitment from businesses which is critically important at a time of austerity and heightened cynicism from the wider population about business ethics.  We look forward to seeing up to 100 delegates at this important event.”

Slough Business Community Partnership is a unique organisation that works with businesses to encourage them to adopt and promote responsible business practices through the development of their Corporate Responsibility strategy.  SBCP helps businesses engage with the community in a range of ways including employee volunteering, skills exchange and more recently through our Business Mentoring Programme which has already connected 26 mentors from local businesses to managers from local charity groups.  Through the Conference we will be looking to encourage more businesses to engage in our activities that are helping to tackle key issues affecting those people who live, learn and work in Slough.

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If you would be interested in attending the event please contact us on: 01753 696958 or email bob@sbcp.co.uk.
Mark Francis, Co-Director at Star Commercial Academy will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference.

 

 

 

‘Health needs of a Changing Workforce’

SBCP in conjunction with members of the Slough Working Well Group delivered another informative event where speakers talked about ‘Health needs of a Changing Workforce’. With a 29% of employers seeing a rise in the average age of employees and 37% of employers expecting to see their workforce get older in the future, it was a relevant topic of discussion. The event looked at some of the health and social trends that may impact on the productivity of businesses in Slough over the coming decade and what we can do today to be ready for tomorrow.

Helen Wray, Occupational Health & Wellbeing Manager at Mars Chocolate UK talked about the demands on workforces in the future talking to delegates from businesses about the inextricable link between wellbeing and productivity. Looking at the three main inhibitors to economic growth – aging, non-communicable disease and talent shortage – she said that “Employee health is an investment, not a cost”. Dr Ahmed, Specialty Registrar in Occupational Medicine, delivered an insightful presentation on the health issues that might impact on organisations in the future due to specific age related issues and Rajiv Joshi, Associate at Morgan Cole LLP focused on the Legal considerations in relation to the workforce including abolition of default retirement age and flexible working requests.

The Slough Working Well group will be holding four events next year.

If you are interested in attending the next event please contact Bob@sbcp.co.uk or call 01753 696958.