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Cultivating a fun and productive workplace through organisational innovation

  • From: Wednesday 27 June 2018, 9 am
  • To: Wednesday 27 June 2018, 4 pm
  • Registration: 9:00 am
  • Location: Lecture Theatres 8, Newton Building, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 26 June 2018, 5.00 pm

Event details

The Empower Your Talent Showcase 

Nottingham Trent University invites small and medium-sized businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to a conference exploring workplace innovation through management and leadership.

Are you looking for ways to engage and empower your workforce?

Does your workplace culture reflect your brand’s personality?

Does your business want to explore new ways to get the best from your team?

This engaging and interactive showcase invites businesses to investigate innovative processes and activities that can be brought into the SME workplace. The day’s events will include:

Culture Trumps Strategy
April Bembridge will explain how her company, PKF Cooper Parry, have developed an innovative culture leading to an award winning reputation for the accountancy firm.

Nurturing and fun: Young people in the workplace
Exploring and connecting the notions of ‘nurturing’ and ‘fun’ through research conducted with a D2N2 based SME.

Building Resilience
Suzanne Ross will discuss how to improve employee resilience, understand the pressures on staff, warning signs, responsibilities and what you can do to avoid problems.

Employee Engagement
Led by Gradconsult, this workshop will discuss techniques to select and keep talent in your organisation, to better engage your employees.

The Culture Club 
During the showcase, guests will be invited to interact with a variety of innovative displays and activities including:

  • Yoga
  • Wellbeing Dog
  • NTU Occupational Health stands
  • NTU EI stand(s)
  • Deskercise
  • Head and Neck massage


  • April Bembridge - HR Director, PKF Cooper Parry

Culture Trumps StrategyHow does a 150-year old, traditional business, transform itself to become the fastest growing accountancy firm in the country, the  Sunday Times 12th Best Company to work for and the British Accountancy Awards Most Innovative firm of the year?Come and hear how PKF Cooper Parry have challenged every stereotype of accountants, ripped up the rule book and created the ‘Google’ of its profession with a mission to 'disrupt, lead and make life count'

  • Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan was the man behind the customer centric culture that made John Lewis the envy of the retail world. Under his guidance, staff consistently delivered the service that ensures John Lewis customers remain intensely loyal. Andrew will talk about developing a distinct and differentiated customer experience delivered through employees to define a brand. Fun at work is often seen as frivolous and rarely finds itself on the strategic agenda. However, when appropriate, it can create an environment that reduces staff turnover and improves productivity. When employees are really happy at work it has a very positive effect on the quality of customer service too which in turn enhances turnover and profits.


9:30 am - Intro
9:45 am - Culture Trumps Strategy, April Bembridge, PKF Cooper Parry
10:30 am - Finders Keepers, Grad Consult
11:30 am - Break
11:45 am - Aligning Culture with Brand, Andrew McMillan, John Lewis
12:45 pm - Well Being – Athalie Redwood
1 pm - Lunch
2 pm - Building Resilience, Suzanne Ross
3 pm - Happiness & Growth, Sarah Smith
3:45 pm - Round Up of support available

Booking information

This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance. In order to attend this event you must be eligible for support from the Enabling Innovation Programme, which supports SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Enabling Innovation is a three-year collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Derby to support SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to innovate. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

To find out more about this event, and others planned. Please contact the Enabling Innovation team:

Liz Morley

Nottingham Business School Administrator


+44 115 84 85612

Location details


Lecture Theatres 8
Newton Building
Burton Street

Still need help?

Liz Morley
+44 115 84 85612