Recruitment and Retention Workshops for Dacorum Businesses

Interactive Workshop Round-Up

On Thursday 20th October Hertfordshire Growth Hub, in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, delivered a workshop at the new Strathallan Business Centre, Hemel Hempstead. The half-day session provided Dacorum business owners in attendance with expert guidance and insight to help them overcome any recruitment and retention challenges they are currently facing. 

Businesses have been telling us that they are struggling to find the 'right people' for roles, that there is a limited pool of qualified candidates and that they are struggling to meet candidates' salary expectations. The Growth Hub’s recently published Cost of Living Business Survey cited recruitment and retention as a challenge facing 1 in 4 businesses. 

The session, which has been a popular feature of the Growth Hub workshop programme since last November, had some fresh content updates from the expert guest speakers this time around. The presenters were Laura Wheatley and Graham Hardy from Infusion Group, Cheryl Luzet from Wagada Digital, Liz Redway from Redway HR and Anne Tinker from the Step2Skills programme. The session covered:

  • Qualifying the need for a new hire;
  • How to use marketing to help attract new talent;
  • The interviewing and selection process;
  • Onboarding and induction;
  • The regulations surrounding offers and employment


Steve Armitage, Growth Account Manager at Hertfordshire Growth Hub closed the session highlighting how the Growth Hub Advisers can support businesses through its fully-funded and impartial advice service.   

Matt Clark, Partnership and Events Manager at Hertfordshire Growth Hub said  “Recruitment continues to be a challenge for many and this tailored workshop provides practical advice from leading experts to help businesses take action”


What our delegates had to say

All of the delegates rated the event as ‘excellent’ and said the event would have either a ‘high’ or ‘moderate’ impact on their immediate business goals.  

some of the feedback included:

“The workshops gave me a greater insight into what I can do to have a more effective recruitment process”

“Lots of excellent info, great workbooks which are a really useful resource afterwards”


Get in touch

Is your business experiencing recruitment and retention issues? Hertfordshire Growth Hub can provide advice and support including: 

  • Help you to develop a strategy
  • Offer tips and provide resources on best practice on interview and onboarding 
  • Insight into how marketing can help your company stand out to new candidates 
  • Guide you on where to look for potential candidates and how to access training and development for them  


If you would like to attend any future events, then please keep your eyes peeled across our social media platforms. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our guest speakers from Infusion Group, Wagada, Redway HR, and Step2Skills and a special thanks to the team at Strathallan Business Centre and Dacorum Borough Council for hosting. Thank you to the business owners who attended and contributed to a great discussion on the day.

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