Growth Through People Campaign – Week 3 Round-up


The GBCC’s Growth Through People campaign is going strong and it’s been great to see our Week 3 activity being met with such energy despite the half term break!


We kicked off the week with GBCC Patron Pinsent Masons delivering a campaign fringe event on the important topic of Employment Law. By better understanding the legal parameters of employment and the key issues that business leaders often run into, delegates were able to better understand the framework within which they manage their people. The session was expertly delivered by Jonathan Coley, Employment Partner, and Amy Hextell, Employment Solicitor.

Then on Thursday, we worked with GBCC Patron the Leadership Trust to deliver a session focusing on the linkages between productivity and different styles of leadership. The event was hosted by Birmingham City University and delegates had the opportunity to discover their natural leadership style and understand how this affects their workplace relationships and the way they react to different workplace scenarios.

Growth Through People Blog Posts

Throughout the Growth Through People campaign we will be publishing a series of blog posts written by partners, business leaders, and local experts on a variety of topics related to effective people management. This week we heard from:

Kathy Daniels, Teaching Fellow at Aston University, considered the mind-set that business leaders should adopt when considering their workers and related this to the high-profile, ongoing legal case involving Uber. By using Kathy’s advice, employers will be able to more effectively navigate the tricky waters of employment law.

Dan Heathcote, Managing Director at ESA Group, presented five top tips for SMEs looking to recruit. Bringing people with the right skills into your business is central to achieving growth however it can be an extremely challenging and costly endeavour if not effectively managed. Dan’s advice will equip SME business leaders with the practical guidance they need to succeed in this area.

To read my roundup of Growth Through People Week 2, click here.

Coming Up

We’ve got another busy final campaign week coming up:

On Monday, the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce is working with the Behavioural Insights Group at Aston University Business School on a session looking at the unconscious bias and social influences that can impact upon our decision making process in the workplace. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about how these issues can affect a range of business areas and have a tangible impact upon an organisation’s bottom line.

On Tuesday, I’ll be attending an invitation only lunch arranged by Talent Match and Solihull Chamber of Commerce where we’ll discuss the key people and skills issues that the local businesses face at the present time.

Thursday will see us round off our series of Growth Through People fringe events as we support Aston University’s Meet the People Management Experts panel and networking event. As well as having the network with likeminded business leaders over drinks, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with experienced local business leaders.

Then on Friday we’ll be rounding off the campaign at the GBCC Spring Expo. Alongside a series of business seminars focussed on topics related to the Growth Through People campaign, delegates will have the opportunity to build their networks, promote their business, and find new suppliers.

You’ll also want to keep an eye on the GBCC’s e-news, blogs page, and social media accounts to stay up to date with the latest Growth Through People activity.