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Growth Through People


Growth Through People 2019

Weeks
FREE Events
Organisations

What is Growth Through People?

Our Growth Through People campaign aims to help local firms boost productivity through improved leadership and people management skills.

Delivered by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce with a range of partners, it includes free training sessions, workshops and events alongside research and thought leadership content.

This year, the campaign will run from 25th February – 22nd March 2019. Each of the four weeks will have a different theme:

  • Growth Through Responsible Leadership – 25th February – 1st March
  • Growth Through Attracting & Developing Talent – 4th March - 8th March
  • Growth Through Unlocking Potential – 11th March – 15th March
  • Growth Through Workplace Resilience – 18th March – 22nd March

It will be followed by the release of further original research into businesses views on the leadership and management and its impact on productivity.

The Growth Through People campaign first took place from February to March 2017. It included: 11 Events in collaboration with 15 Partner Organisations, for almost 400 Delegates, alongside 14 thought leadership blog posts.

The 2018 campaign was bigger and better, with 17 Events in collaboration with 50 Partner Organisations for almost 450 delegates, alongside thought leadership blog posts, 3 podcasts, numerous social media videos and the publication of the Chambers’ first original research paper on businesses views on the leadership and management and its impact on productivity.

In 2019, Growth Through People is set to be bigger and better than ever before.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsor:
Growth Through Responsible Leadership Week

Sponsor:
Growth Through Attracting & Developing Talent Week

Sponsor:
Growth Through Unlocking Potential Week

Sponsor:
Growth Through Workplace Resilience Week


Why is it important?

The Growth Through People campaign was designed by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s Chamber Council, in response to a productivity gap in the West Midlands.

  • GVA per head in West Midlands Combined Authority area is £19,423 – nearly £3,500 lower than the national average. (source)
  • At a national level, the UK’s productivity is 30% lower than the USA and 35% lower than Germany’s. (source)

Leadership and management skills are one of the key areas businesses can invest in to improve productivity.

The GBCC has over 2700 members and we recognise that people are fundamental to each one of them. Employees are often the single largest expenditure, and asset, for a business. Through Growth Through People, we want to help local businesses learn the latest techniques, advice, guidance and view points on how to get the best of our their workforce.  


Events

With 14 events to choose from taking place at different times and locations across the Greater Birmingham area, there really is something for everyone.

Our events range from high profile panel discussions to practical workshops, briefings and taster sessions. Visit the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce events calendar and select “Growth Through People” from the dropdown menu for information on each event here.

All events are free to attend and open to members and non-members.

Topics we will be exploring include:

  • Leading Through Uncertainty
  • Being a Better Leader
  • Attracting and Developing Talent in Your Business
  • Developing More Female Leaders
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Creating Inclusive Leaders
  • Leadership Without Borders
  • Workplace Wellbeing

Blog Posts & Videos

Alongside the calendar of events, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce will be producing and showcasing informative thought leadership content on topics and activities relevant to the campaign themes.


Growth Through People 2018

Weeks
FREE Events
Partners
Delegates

 

Your Feedback

Growth Through People is an annual campaign from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Our 2018 campaign took place between the 26th February and 23rd March 2018. Growth Through People will be back in early 2019. Until then we will continue to inspire and inform the business community with content and case studies from businesses committed to investing in leadership and people management skills. Watch this space.

  • 9/10 learned something new
  • 95% likely to attend future Growth Through People events
  • 93% met their expectations
  • 64 Net Promoter Score: Excellent
  • 93% rated the event speakers as “very good” or “excellent”
  • 60% of delegates were from SMEs (< 250 employees)
  • 35% delegates were CEOs, Directors or Senior Managers

“Now that I am aware of the campaign I cannot wait for the next ones - keep up the great work you are a fantastic network to be involved with - I have learnt so many new skills and met new contacts and leads through the networking”
Delegate feedback from our post-event surveys


Our 2018 Research

98%

believe investment in leadership & people management skills boosts productivity

32%

do not have clear strategies in place on investing in these skills

42%

would use the Chamber for recommendations on reliable providers

41%

cite lack of staff time as a barrier to investing in these skills

 

Recommendations for Employers:

  1. Have a plan on investing in leadership and people management skills in your organisation, and communicate it.
  2. Explore a variety of different types of training and support – there are options to suit all budgets.
  3. Reinforce the long term benefit to your organisation of investing in the right training over the short-term cost to staff time.

 

Recommendations for Stakeholders:

  1. Investment in people management and leadership skills should be considered a key part of the productivity agenda.
  2. Work with established business networks, such as Chambers of Commerce, on influencing businesses on this agenda.
  3. Be mindful that many smaller organisations do not have dedicated HR resource when designing interventions and policy in this space.

Download the GTP Report

This Report is Sponsored by:

South and City College Birmingham is one of the largest general further education colleges in the country following its merger with Bournville College in 2017. The College delivers a wide variety of vocational and academic courses to young people and adults and offers full-time and part time courses, Apprenticeships and university level courses. The college has 8 campuses across Birmingham, all within easy access and with exceptional facilities. We are committed to ensuring students have the relevant skills, qualifications and experience required for their future careers, whether that is to seek employment or continue their education at college or university.

The college is actively involved with local businesses and has excellent links with industry. Our expertise and resources are valued by leading employers, public sector organisations and small and micro businesses from all sectors who we work closely with to recruit, retrain and upskill their workforce.


Podcasts & Videos

Responsible Leadership

Listen to the podcast

Attracting & Retaining Talent

Listen to the podcast

Unlocking Potential

Listen to the podcast

Growth Through People 2018 Overview

watch the video

Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor

Watch the video

Joel Blake, Founder/MD, Cultiv8 Solutions

Watch the video