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Wiltshire firms impressed with project's first IHR event

November 03, 2014

The first Project Impress HR event to help develop the Wiltshire workforce and improve staff retention has been hailed a success.

Aspiring Wiltshire businessmen and women joined established businesses for a series of free workshops and presentations targeting businesses looking to expand their knowledge and workforce. All the sessions were filled with delegates eager to question the presenters on health and safety in the workplace, employment law, employee engagement, reward and recognition and tips on recruitment. The Wiltshire Council event at Neeld Hall in Chippenham included a market place of business support organisations giving firms the chance to meet with a range professionals hosting stands. Emma Summers, managing director of Juice Recruitment was the guest opening speaker. She said: "Juice was absolutely delighted to support Impress HR's first event at The Neeld Hall in Chippenham. The day was a great success. "We met some wonderful people, talked to some great businesses and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a well organised and informative event." Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, cabinet member for economic development, said:

"The partnership between Wiltshire Council and our local businesses is crucial to boosting the county's economy. "We work with businesses to provide a climate to create and safeguard jobs and the success of this event will help to continue those partnerships." The seminars were part of Project IMPRESS, funded by the Wiltshire Assembly’s Action for Wiltshire programme and the European Union's Interreg IVA Channel Programme, led by Wiltshire Council. Project IMPRESS is an initiative that supports individuals who are new (or returning after a spell of unemployment) to the workforce. The initiative also works with businesses across the county offering a free service to help Wiltshire's employers develop their HR capabilities, improve staff retention, attract quality recruits and develop and up-skill their workforce in line with their business goals. IHR are hosting a selection of workshops, including Capability and Employing Young People, and another IHR event on 18 February 2015 at City Hall, Salisbury. For more details and to book tickets visit

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