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CIPD chief economist gives HR insight to North Wales business leaders


North Wales business owners and managers gathered in Wrexham to gather an insight into how the changing economy will impact on people management with their organisations.

More than 50 people visited Glyndwr University to hear from Mark Beatson, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

His talk, Megatrends: What does the changing economy mean for managing people in organisations?, discussed how factors such as ageing population, developments in Europe and technology will continue to impact on HR within organisations.

British business leaders are positive but cautious, he said, about the outlook for the UK economy over the next five years.

The labour market will continue to expand, with more people in work, and with a rising migrant workforce and an increase in older workers, unemployment would have to fall below 5% before UK business faces a lack of available workers, he added.

The event was sponsored by Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors and supported by professional bodies the CIPD, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Event organiser Caroline Foster, MA HRM programme leader at Glyndŵr University, said: “The talk was well received, and there were plenty of questions from the floor. We were extremely privileged that Mark came to share his expertise with us, and feel that the delegates have taken away a lot.

“It was an opportunity to take the view of business out of the day-to-day and think about the longer term trends that could affect business going forward.”

Robert Ellis, managing director of Ellis & Co, said: “It was an excellent opportunity for everyone to hear an expert’s view on the outlook for the economy over the next few years, and how the changing economy could affect both employers and employees.

An entrepreneur who went from Chile to pâté as head of one of Wales’ most successful food firms will headline Glyndŵr University’s next free business event.

Margaret Carter, self-proclaimed Chief Excitement Officer at Patchwork Traditional Food Company in Ruthin, will appear at the next GEM (Greet, Eat and Meet) at the university’s OpTIC Centre in St Asaph on Thursday February 5.

Her talk - The truth of my Entrepreneurial journey – is sponsored by Chester-based law firm DTM Legal and describes how she founded the artisan pâté company as a single mum suffering with chronic dyslexia, before taking it to award-winning heights.

The event begins at 8am. Click here to register for your free place.

For more information, email or call 01745 535208.

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