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Workshop – Strategies to Radically Retain Your Best People

Date: 28/09/2022
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: All Souls, Main Meeting Room, Astley Street, Bolton, BL1 8EY

Retain your people in manufacturing

Are you concerned about retaining your best talent?

The landscape is changing in the jobs markets. Appealing packages are being offered in addition to seriously competitive salaries. Recruitment companies are resorting to headhunting to approach the best people directly. Possibly the good people in your business, that you could not afford to lose. But the successful business leaders that are attracting the talent are not just focusing on clever recruitment strategies, they have evolved their people focus to a higher state where job roles and life fulfilment have reached a more equitable balance for their teams.

When: Wednesday 28th September 2022 8:45am – 12:00pm
Where: Manufacturers’ Alliance Head Office, All Souls, Bolton (Face to Face – Woohoo!)
Cost: £50 charitable donation (minimum)

Why attend this workshop?

Prior to the workshop itself, we will provide you with a free 5-question employee survey (managed and collated by us) to gather an accurate picture of your individual workplace environment. This will be an anonymous survey to provide a clear and honest picture of the challenges faced by the 25 manufacturing businesses in the room.

We will share and explore the results on the day to understand WHY people are leaving or considering leaving the businesses in the room. We will also share the results of the survey related to the highest contributing Human Factors that are potentially driving people away; feeling appreciated at work, feeling fulfilment from the role and content with the salary/package.

The workshop will be interactive, engaging and insightful.

  • You will NOT be subjected to ‘death by PowerPoint’.
  • You WILL be expected to contribute to discussions and take part in idea exploration.
  • This is a MANUFACTURERS ONLY event.

You will be surrounded by like-minded people that you can learn from, and share ideas and solutions with.

Who is this event for?

YOU! You have been selected as a progressive leader of a manufacturing business with an invested interest in the welfare of your people, and the culture of your business. Someone who understands the significant role this plays in both the business performance and future of UK manufacturing.

You will be surrounded by other Managing Directors and senior leaders of small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses that are open to sharing ideas on improving people retention.

Due to the size of the room, we can only allow 25 attendees, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Who is delivering the workshop?

We have a recruitment professional, a manufacturing leadership specialist and an experienced, successful Director in manufacturing with the most impressive retention rates in the NW.

Natalie mee Manufacturing RecruitmentThe Radical Recruitment Professional: Natalie Mee is Managing Director of Handley James Recruitment and trusted recruitment professional with a passion to support the manufacturing community through providing strategic recruitment and retention advice. She ensures that every manufacturer she works with is equipped with the correct tools and techniques to make successful long-term appointments.


Gary Sheader Manufacturing Leaders

The Leadership Legend: Gary Sheader, The Founder & Managing Director of The Manufacturers’ Alliance with a lifelong purpose of inspiring progressive manufacturing leaders to break through the boundaries of possibility. He is a master of exploring purpose and values in business leaders and supporting them to weave this into the fabric of manufacturing.


Rachael Baker Speaker for Manufacturers

The Sensational Speaker:

Rachael Baker, Managing Director at JJ Smith & Co (Woodworking Machinery) Ltd. She has helped to instil an impressive retention rate and enviable culture at JJ Smith & Co, recently featured in the Times on her creativity in recruiting people post-pandemic.


Through open & honest discussions mixed with expert support and guidance on how to build a strategy -we are creating a unique learning environment.

What will the workshop look like…

08:45am  Arrival, tea & coffee
09:15am  Employee Survey Data Insights (Gary)
09:30am  Main Reasons People are Leaving Roles (Natalie)
09:50am  Discussion Group – How to overcome retention challenges
10:15am   Comfort Break
10:30am  Main Reasons People are Staying in Roles (Rachael)
10:50am  Discussion Group – How to retain your best people
11:15am    The Challenges of Modern Leadership (Gary)
11:25am   Best Retention Strategies for SME Manufacturing Leaders
11:50am   Meeting Wrap up
12:00pm  Meeting Close

Registration Instructions

This is a by-invitation-only event and exclusive to manufacturers only in the North West of England, Wales and Yorkshire. Please register to attend via the form below…

Manufacturers Alliance supporting charity*A £50 minimum charitable donation fee needs to be made to Shakespeare North Playhouse, to attend this event.


Once registered you will receive…

  • Confirmation of your place and full details for event attendance
  •  A super simple anonymous Employee Survey to roll out in your workplace before the workshop date to gain current and real insights, kick-starting your research that will drive your strategic priorities.
  •  Non-Manufacturers’ Alliance Members: All participants will be required to complete an NDA creating a comfortable space for people to be open and disclose issues without judgment.

At the end of the Workshop, you will receive…

  • Identification of your own business’s gaps and pitfalls, understanding why people would leave employment in your workplace
  • Rarely heard truths and real reasons people in manufacturing in the North of England and Wales have left their employers in the last 6 months.
  •  Real examples of what has worked for retention and how you can do it too.
  •  You will walk away with a bucket full of fresh ideas

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