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Business Guild Seminar 2014, "A Flexible Future : Changing the way we work"
Lead by: Brachers
The way that people work has dramatically changed over the past few years and the flexible world of work is now firmly a reality, so much so that the option to work flexibly is almost an expectation for the new generation of employees. The term “flexible working” has gained a bad reputation for being a benefit to employees and a cost to employers but this seems to run contrary to the experience of those embracing it who say that workforce agility if generating significant and tangible financial benefits for their businesses.
This seminar will provide you with a forum and interactive workshops for discussing flexible working, sharing key practice and experience and helping you to understand how flexible working and other support available could assist you with the development and growth of your business.
Speakers: Sally-Anne McClean – Commercial Director, BAE Systems
Alex Ledger – Director, High Growth Kent
Louise Brenlund – Associate, Brachers
Annabel Beach - HR Consultant, Kent HR
Andrea Starbuck – Owner/Director, Ten 2 Two
Session 1. Setting the scene
Consideration of the challenges that businesses face both locally and internationally with increasing expectations and technology and how this can be supported by an agile workforce.
Session 2. High Growth Kent
A review of barriers to growth and the support available, including access to finance.
Session 3. Workshop – Top tips on flexible working
A practical insight into different ways of flexible working with tops tips, do’s and don’ts as well as a look at the legal issues around flexible working and recent and forthcoming changes to the law in this area.
Session 4. Workshop - Is your organisation flexible enough?
A look at attracting and retaining the best talent and the business benefits of flexible working. Including examples of businesses that are embracing and benefiting from flexible working.
Session 5. Questions & Debate
Lunch and networking
Cost (including lunch) £45.00 (£40 for Business Guild members)
Registration 8.30am finishing with lunch at 12.45pm
We are very grateful to our Business Guild sponsors, Brachers; Smiths Gore; Ward Security and The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.
Reservations by telephone 01634 810074 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is our first networking breakfast of 2014 on 19th February and as usual it will be held at The Commissioner's House in The Historic Dockyard, Chatham.
It will run from 8am to 10am (we know how busy you all are) and our guest speaker this time with be Peter Jones, Associate Director at Thomson Snell & Passmore and his topic will be "Happy New Year : A lighthearted look at Employment Law for 2014"
We will be served a traditional full English breakfast and for those with a smaller appetite we can offer a Continental.
Tickets are £15 and are available from Lynne Bax on 01634 810074 or please email email@example.com for further information on the Guild and our events.
All profits made by The Business Guild go to support the Cathedral's ancient music tradition and the educational outreach work.
MBE for Chairman Mike AikenRochester Cathedral Trust congratulate our chairman Michael P Aiken on being awarded an MBE in her Majesty the Queen's birthday honours this year. This has been awarded for services to National Heritage.
HRH the Countess of WessexWe are delighted to announce that HRH the Countess of Wessex has very kindly agreed to be Patron of The Rochester Cathedral Trust.
"Sophie, Countess of Wessex will do her bit to keep Rochester Cathedral standing. The Queen's daughter-in-law has become a Patron of The Rochester Cathedral Trust after a private tour last week.
The Charity was founded in 1985 and looks after the structure of the 900-year-old cathedral building, which is due its first major review in five years this summer. She will also be involved in a campaign to raise £10 million to help music in the cathedral, which includes encouraging gifted young people to join The Cathedral Choir who would not otherwise be able to. This in recognition that the Cathedral is in a socially diverse area and that a Choir School education gives a young person the best possible start in life.
The Dean of Rochester, The Very Revd Dr Mark Beach, said: "It's widening the net certainly." He added “The Countess will be a kind of figurehead for the fundraising for the cathedral, and in particular at the moment that’s about raising money for the music endowment.
“It’s about raising the profile of the cathedral. With a royal patron you can invite people to events with the additional draw that they might meet a member of the royal family.”
The 48-year-old royal, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, was brought up and educated near Tunbridge Wells.
Dr Beach said: “She was fascinated by what’s going on in the building and was particularly interested because we’re a relatively small cathedral with relatively poor resources in an economically varied area.
“She felt her contribution might be more important perhaps than working with a larger cathedral in a more affluent area"."