Finders Keepers Conference

Enabling Innovation - Attract, Select & Keep Talent for SMEs

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Finders Keepers is a 1-day conference supporting local SMEs with their recruitment. Focusing on attracting, selecting and retaining the best Talent in your organisation.

  • From: Wednesday 7 November 2018, 9.30 am
  • To: Wednesday 7 November 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 9.30 am
  • Location: The Albert Hall, N Circus St, Nottingham, NG1 5AA
  • Cost: Free
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 6 November 2018, 5.00 pm

Event details

Nottingham Trent University invites small and medium-sized businesses from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to join them for a day-long conference on attracting, selecting and retention of talent within their organisation.

The event aims to support local SMEs with their recruitment. Guests can expect a conference that consist of three main Attract, Select and Keep workshops aiming to develop the way your business recruits. The conference will also provide a forum for SMEs to discuss their experiences as recruiters and will feature a keynote speaker (tbc) towards the end of the day.

Businesses will leave the conference with an employer toolkit that will include templates, materials, frameworks and practical guidance on how to promote growth, recruit talent and retain staff within your organisation.

This event is open to all hiring managers and HR managers working in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


09:45 - Welcome & Introductions

‘Rise of the Perfectionist’ – Hannah Moger, GradConsult

10:15 - Comfort break/change-over

10:30 - Workshop 1: Attract

A. How to develop a graduate scheme: Top tips for smaller businesses

B. On-Campus Companies: Developing your brand in student territory

11:30 - Refreshment break

11:45 - Introducing co-creation in the workplace (speaker, TBC)

12:45 - Lunch

13:45 - Workshop 2: Select

A. Fantastic final interviews: Techniques for improving your chances of getting the ‘right’ person

B. Work-based tasks: Finding the cream of the crop at final interview

14:45 - Comfort break/change-over

15:00 - Workshop 3: Keep

A. All about on-boarding: getting your new hires off the starting blocks

B. Coaching and mentoring for line managers

16:00 - Refreshment break

16:15 - ‘Happiness in the workplace’ - Charlotte Pearce, CEO, Inkpact

17:00 - Close

Attract sessions

  • How to develop a graduate scheme: Top tips for smaller businesses
    If you consistently hire 5+ graduates each year, you might be considering re-packaging your hiring process as a graduate scheme. This session will share tips and guidance for how to kick start that process, with particular emphasis on advertising methods and tools for engaging with the right kinds of students and graduates.
  • On-Campus Companies: Developing your brand in student territory
    Being a small employer in a sea of corporates can feel futile, particularly when it comes to careers fairs, branding and student engagement. This session explores options for raising your campus profile in both traditional and less conventional ways.

Select sessions

  • Fantastic final interviews: Techniques for improving your chances of getting the ‘right’ person
    This session will walk through different types of interview questions, and what kinds of responses you can expect. Students are savvy to competency based questions (“tell me about a time when…”) so participants can expect to learn about alternative questioning styles and how to score them. Mixing up your question set should elicit more honest responses from candidates.
  • Work-based tasks: Finding the cream of the crop at final interview
    One of the best ways to assess a candidate’s suitability for a role is to test their skills via a real-world task. Whether the vacancy is in marketing, manufacturing or maths; a well-designed work-based task will test candidates’ abilities and give them a flavour for the tasks they could expect in the role. You will have the opportunity to review some work-based tasks.

Keep sessions

  • All about on-boarding: getting your new hires off the starting blocks
    First impressions count, and how you welcome your new employees on their first day, and within their initial weeks, can be critical for retention. We’ll spend time looking at the do’s and don’ts of on-boarding, and how you can set yourself apart from other employers and ensure your new team members get off to a flying start.
  • Coaching and mentoring for line managers
    Graduates consistently rate their line manager as critical to their early career experiences, and as a line manager you will be the most influential person in shaping their performance and attitude – which can be a daunting task! The session centres around using the principles of coaching and mentoring to help line managers to support, develop and challenge someone at the start of their career.


Kylie Cook

Kylie is a talented facilitator and experienced project manager. Kylie project managed the RISE internship programme, working with range of public and private sector stakeholders and hundreds of regional SMEs, and is lead facilitator for NTU’s ‘Innovation Community Lab’, developing early-career line managers to instigate and manage periods of change through innovation. Through these public-sector contracts she has delivered training to hundreds of teams and supported them with various recruitment, resourcing, coaching and learning and development needs. Kylie is also currently studying for her MSc in Human Resource Management, so prides herself on being up to date with the latest academic publications and business case studies.

Gabi Binnie

Gabi has substantial experience of a broad range of University functions including undertaking a seven-month secondment to Kingston University, London, acting firstly as an Employability Consultant and then as a Placement Officer for the faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Previously, she held the position of Welfare Officer for Sheffield Students' Union from 2015 – 2016 where she developed an in-depth knowledge of current issues in Higher Education. In addition to this, Gabi has experience of recruiting and developing graduates across a broad range of businesses, from SMEs to large national corporates. As well as leading the graduate selection process for ARK Teacher Training, she currently manages RISE SCR, a corporate-style graduate recruitment programme for SMEs across the Sheffield City Region, and has screened and assessed graduates across a huge spectrum of disciplines, from Engineering to Fundraising.

Hannah Moger

Hannah has previously worked in Higher Education, holding a senior role at the University of Leicester within their Career Development Service with significant experience of achieving excellent results within this sector. At Leicester, she played a key role in supporting the University to be nominated as one of the Times Top 20 UK Universities. Her primary focus was developing their Career Development Journey, helping students become more employable and brokering relationships with both high-profile employers (such as PwC and Coca-Cola) and SMEs. Part of this work involved developing and managing the university’s placement scheme and designing their employer facing brand. Hannah can share her breadth of experience and knowledge in managing both leadership and technical specialist graduate programmes. Whilst at the Co-operative she was responsible for their leadership programme before moving into a role to manage The Co-operative Pharmacy Pre-registration programme, employing 200 graduates and 600 summer placements per year. Under her leadership the graduate programme was not only one of the highest climbers in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers but also won accolades along the way for Diversity and Inclusion and Employer of Choice.

Charlotte Pearce

Millennial, award-winning entrepreneur, CEO of Inkpact and women-in-tech ambassador. Charlotte is an inspiring and motivational speaker whose mission is to bring delight and connection to the heart of business communications. Using innovative and disruptive tech, Inkpact, successfully transforms digital email campaigns into beautiful, handwritten notes at scale. The letters are written by hand, by a freelance community of scribes - The Scribe Tribe, who make up the heart of the business. The thriving community of over 100 UK and US based creative freelancers leverage the flexible working hours and equal opportunity employment to earn in their spare time whilst doing work they love. Inkpact has recently launched a successful salesforce app allowing businesses to scale thoughtfulness at the touch of a button. Charlotte is a passionate and energetic leader who leads with heart. She has built a flexible and collaborative culture internally, provides work to those who prefer flexibility and has revolutionized the depth of connection companies can experience with their customers, through the power of innovative tech and human heart.

Booking information

To sign up to this event, please click 'Reserve your place' button.

If you would like any further information about this event before booking your place, please email us.

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).

Location details


The Albert Hall
N Circus St

Still need help?

Emmie Studencki
+44 115 84 82569