Business South welcomed Champions, HR Professionals and Business Leaders from across the Central South Region to their annual HR Conference entitled: Our People, Our Economy: Leading the Way in Central South.

The Conference was organised by the Business South Action Group, Workforce South and included a top line up of speakers plus a range of innovative virtual breakout rooms for delegates to explore relevant and business critical issues.

The Conference was Chaired by Paul Cox, Chief Executive and Principal at Eastleigh College. Paul introduced speakers including Rachel Bell, Director of Strategy at Stride Treglown and Jo Phillips, Chief of People at Carnival UK.

Zoe Huggins, Head of Saints Learning at Southampton Football Club, and the current Chair of Workforce South, addressed the conference on her plans and ambitions for Workforce South recognising that we continue to operate in turbulent times.

Zoe was later joined by Becky Lawton, Senior Associate at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, to facilitate virtual breakout rooms to consider themes including social mobility, levelling up, skills training, reskilling, building back better, returning from Furlough, staff well-being, flexible working and equality.

Commenting on the conference Andy Swift, Champion Director at Business South said “It was fantastic to bring together the business community at our annual HR Conference to explore our respective roles with People, the Economy and Leadership. I’m grateful to our conference Chair, speakers, sponsors and delegates who participated so enthusiastically in the breakout room conversations “

Zoe Huggins Chair of Workforce South added “Our conference confirmed that our People are the heartbeat of business success and that the good leadership skills of our HR Professionals and Business Leaders is essential to the speedy recovery of the economy in the Central South Region.

“My particular thanks go to our speakers for the rich and valuable insights shared with us today that ultimately continue to make our conference one of the not to be missed events in the Central South calendar “