Unlocking performance through employee engagement

Date: 25 June 2019
Venue: Bristol Business School
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 09:00-17:00

Join us at UWE Bristol Business School for a one-day engagement event, in collaboration with Engage for Success, ILM, CITB and the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre. Register now to benefit from our £35 early bird offer!

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Event description

Engaging employees so that they're motivated to perform to their potential is key to producing the high levels of productivity and turnover that can be the difference between surviving or flourishing in today's business world. But how do you really become, and stay, effective at employee engagement in a way that yields positive year-on-year growth if you have little spare budget or you are an SME? This conference is a one-off collaboration between Engage for Success, UWE Bristol and their partners and has assembled a fantastic range of industry experts and practitioners to show you how.

You'll get to:

  • Find out a lot more about employee engagement (even if you think you know it already)
  • Hear from, and participate in a lively discussion with top experts such as Nita Clark (co-founder of Engage for Success) and directors of companies whose focus on their people has contributed greatly to their success
  • Learn tried and tested tools, techniques and approaches you can apply practically to improve or enhance employee experience through interactive workshops led by experts
  • Network over refreshments and a BBQ lunch.

Who should attend?

Those responsible for the people side of their business from SME owners, directors and managers to those working in HR and Learning and Development.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to confirm the following keynote speakers:

  • Nita Clark, Co-founder of Engage for Success, and two companies ranked as 'Best Companies to work for'
  • Andrew Sandiford, Managing Partner of Bishop Fleming, four years ranked as one of the best medium size companies to work for
  • Catherine Allen, Head of Keeping People Happy at Ella's Kitchen, ranked as one of the best small companies to work for.
  • Michael Chaney, Supply Chain Manager of Willmott Dixon, ranked fourth best company to work for.


You will have the opportunity to sign up for two workshop sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We have an incredible set of five workshops to choose from:

Workshop A: Grow your own highly productive culture - with the resources you already have

Explores the links between employee engagement, company culture and productivity to show how you can grow your own highly productive culture. Takeaways:

  • Score your business to assess the gap between performance and potential
  • Describe how employee engagement is affecting productivity and bottom line performance
  • Learn from case studies how you can grow a productive culture without additional outlay.

Led by: Fiona Anderson, Founder of valuingYOU and My Change Expert with her colleague, Jill Munden.

Workshop B: Engagement on a shoestring

Explores how to raise employee engagement with next-to-no budget whatever the size of your organisation. Takeaways:

  • How to approach and design effective employee engagement programmes
  • A design for a simple but powerful employee survey
  • Acquire knowledge about using social media to run high-impact employee jams
  • Hear practical recommendations for leading and delivering change to improve engagement.

Led by Sally Cross, Director of Engage for Growth.

Workshop C: Motivational mapping for engagement

Explores the Motivational Maps tool and nine key ways employees' motivations can be defined to help develop more effective employee engagement strategies and interventions. Takeaways:

  • Identify and describe employees' motivations in a highly systematic and measurable way
  • Understand the performance triangle of direction, motivation and skills
  • How to use the tool to develop effective employee engagement strategies, and reward and appraisal systems.

Lead by: Steve Jones, Managing Director of Skills for Business Training Ltd.

Workshop D: How to be a more engaging performance manager

Explores the importance of engaging management using the latest research to explain the proven methods managers can adopt to improve performance management, so that their teams and reports become more engaged. Takeaways:

  • Greater understanding of the role managers play in engaging staff
  • More effective performance management methods
  • How to be an engaging manager.

Led by Frazer Rendall, E-Trinity Consultancy.

Workshop E: Coaching for engagement

Explores the practice of coaching and why it's such a crucial tool for building engagement, with guidance in how to develop a coaching approach for more impactful conversations. Takeaways:

  • What coaching is and how it works to raise employee engagement
  • How to use coaching to support and develop others.
  • Training and practice in the principles of coaching so future development conversations build stronger engagement among employees
  • Pointers to where to find more out about coaching or get training it.

Led by Mark Wilkinson, and/or associate of Walkoach.

Panel discussion

We will end the day with a panel discussion with the following discussants:

  • Bernd Vogel, Director of Henley Centre for Leadership
  • Catherine Allen, Head of Keeping People Happy, Ella's Kitchen
  • Dave Clark, Managing Director of NTT Fundraising
  • Philippa Atkins, Relationship Manifestor and Creator of Joy at Inspire Me.

Details of the full conference agenda to be announced soon.

Other event highlights

Throughout the day, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking over refreshments and a special BBQ lunch that's provided. We will also have an afternoon energizer session by Inspire Me.


We are offering an early bird ticket price of only £35 until 24 May 2019. The full conference fee is £80.

Register to attend this conference

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact us at bbec@uwe.ac.uk.

Please see our event terms and conditions.

Cost: £35 early bird, £80 full fee
Contact: Bristol Business Engagement Centre
Telephone: +441173287652
E-mail: bbec@uwe.ac.uk

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