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Wiltshire Council launches free event to build successful businesses

Businesses across Wiltshire are being urged to take advantage of a host of free sessions to improve staff retention and develop their workforce.

Wiltshire Council works with businesses across the county offering a free service to help employers develop their human resources capabilities, improve staff retention, attract quality recruits and develop and up-skill their workforce to help them achieve their business goals.

Now the council is hosting free HR seminars targeting the needs of Wiltshire businesses at the Neeld Hall in Chippenham on October 15, 2014, between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The seminars will cover topics including recruitment, employee engagement, rewards and benefits, employment law updates and health and safety legislation.

Firms attending will also benefit from the opportunity to meet and network with a range of professionals from support and advice organisations covering HR and the broader business support offered in the county.

The seminars are part of Project IMPRESS, funded by the Action for Wiltshire programme, led by Wiltshire Council and the European Union’s Interreg IVA Channel Programme.

They follow the launch of a new ‘one stop shop’ website to help people looking to enter the job market, develop their skills and advance their careers.

The Work Wiltshire website aims to help people in the county aged 16 and over who are looking for work, starting a new job, developing their careers or facing the challenge of losing their job.

It also includes a dedicated section on becoming self-employed.

The IMPRESS team offers human resources support to firms who do not have in-house HR expertise. Other services include staff retention support, staff induction, conflict management, good employment practice and specialist HR start-up advice for the self-employed.

Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, cabinet member for economic development, said: “Wiltshire Council is committed to helping Wiltshire’s businesses achieve success.

“Project IMPRESS is a valuable free service which helps firms tackle day-to-day issues and offers support and expert advice to help the county’s businesses thrive.”

For more details and to reserve your place, contact the IMPRESS team on 01225 716507, or log on to