HTA/HW event to examine human resource issues in garden retail

The HTA is holding a one-day event for managers in the garden industry in association with Garden Retail/Horticulture Week on 5 February 2009 at The Hilton, Bromsgrove.

In the first event of its kind, the HTA's Managing People Successfully conference will look specifically at human resource issues within the garden industry.

Carol Paris, operations director of the Garden & Leisure Group, will share her tips and experience on employee motivation including the use of industry awards.

Paris said: "When times are tough your people are your best assets. It's up to us as employers to manage people to get the best out of them."

Conference chairman Ian Ashton from Lowaters Nursery and chairman of the HTA's Training and Careers Committee said:

"During these challenging times we all need to ensure that we are really making the most of our staff and this programme, which is specific to the garden industry, will provide invaluable information about motivating your team, managing change and dealing with day-to-day HR issues."


Roger Phillips, managing director of Action Resources and former personnel and training director at B&Q, takes a pragmatic approach to employment law encouraging businesses to use it in a positive and proactive way.

Sue Whitmore, managing director of Star PR, will go through the stages of recruitment and give tips to ensure you use the right techniques to recruit the best people for your business.

Michelle Reid, human resources adviser at Dobbies Garden Centre, will explain the Dobbies approach to people management, including the benefits of a well-managed absence policy.

Guy Moreton, from MorePeople, will present a number of case studies illustrating how companies "manage change".

Tanya Robinson, training and careers manager at the HTA, will give a flavour of the HTA's Leadership and Management programme through an interactive session.

Marriage Guidance for Business Lovers - a motivational talk to inspire delegates to make the most of their people by linking great relationships and high business performance, by Tim Kidson, co-author of How to be a winner in the Global Knowledge Economy.


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