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Collaborating with Cumbrian businesses to help retain local talent

March 2018

Our Talent and Development Manager, Shelley Hayward, was invited to speak at the Cumbria Business Owners and Leaders Forum, which was hosted by accountancy firm Armstrong Watson.

Shelley played a key role in the event alongside other local businesses, sharing her knowledge and experience on the topic of recruiting and retaining talent in Cumbria.

Following the event, Shelley said: “The events held by Armstrong Watson are to help SMEs and family-run businesses in the county tap in to bigger organisations for hints and tips – this session was on talent and development. The audience was really diverse and included everyone from Walby Farm Park to Thomas Graham.

“I think people really valued the opportunity to talk informally about how to attract and retain talent, and it was great to provide some really practical things that have worked for us at Story Homes that could work in any organisation, such as work experience and apprenticeships. Events like this are critical – we need to work together more and think more creatively about the challenge we face as a county.  It’s our responsibility to create action and to share what’s worked for us.”