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Santander gives SME masterclass on finding the right talent for growth

High street bank Santander will hold an “HR best practice” masterclass in Birmingham tomorrow, sharing insights on how to recruit, reward, retain and build talent.

The event, which will be attended by over a dozen SME delegates, is the first masterclass by the bank to focus exclusively on sourcing and developing the kind of talent that can help SMEs to grow. This includes sessions on how to recruit and retain the right people, as well as building a positive company culture.

This will include practical advice from Santander’s HR department on resourcing strategies, including interviewing and inductions, as well as creating an all-important learning environment that nurtures talent. Employment law experts EMW LLP will also discuss key issues such as flexible working, parental leave, temporary workers and pension rights.

The masterclass is part of Santander’s broader Breakthrough programme, which, the bank says, aims to help small businesses unlock their potential. Santander is offering loans totalling £200m to fast-growing companies, and is providing SMEs with access to international trade missions and other development programmes.

SMEs are the growth engine of the UK economy and currently provide two-thirds of the workforce in the UK. People are the biggest assets for an SME and necessary for growth. SMEs highlight hiring skilled staff as a barrier to growth because of often limited material and financial resources.” said John Williams, Head of Breakthrough at Santander UK.

He added: “This masterclass will help to inform some of the UKs SMEs about creative approaches and best HR practices that they can use to recruit and develop their people. Additionally, the masterclass will give these businesses the opportunity to share experiences with each other in an interactive day of learning.”

The one-day event will run from 10am-4.30pm at Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios, on Wednesday 19th November.