Boosting growth through a focus on diversity
At VentureFest North East 2017 we started to explore issues linked to a lack of gender diversity in business. The failure to engage, support and recognise the value of women has been identified time and time again as a key barrier to business growth, regional growth and investment opportunities. Since announcing our Women in Innovation programme in partnership with Innovate UK, the North East England Chamber of Commerce and the Northstar Foundation, we’ve been working with SMEs from across the region to look at how businesses can tackle an unconscious bias to maximise business growth.
What to expect: Bringing together a mix of SMEs and larger organisations, this dynamic and practical session encourages discussion on best practice and new approaches to address the diversity issue. The room will be divided into several themes, covering:
- Leadership, recruitment, staff retention and HR practices
- Marketing and brand language
- Gender targeted actions and creating a safe space.
Participants will include the morning’s keynote and panel representatives alongside, SMEs and larger organisations, including Accenture, Virgin, Greggs, CBI, NWG, Siemens, P&G, Barclays and CPI.