Having worked closely with human resources departments of SMEs and corporate businesses since the 1990s, Sharon Ellis, MD of The Recruitment Consultancy, identified a strong need for local HR professionals to be able to come together to learn, network and discuss the latest challenges facing the HR profession.
From this need, The Surrey HR Forum (as the group was originally named) was born.
Having started as a one-off breakfast meeting in 2009, for a small number of local Surrey-based HR professionals, the forum has now developed into a highly-regarded and well-established members-only group that has over 500 members from across Surrey and Sussex.
We knew there was a distinct need for a forum like this, back in 2009. However, as the HR industry is continuously being faced with more than its fair-share of legislative changes, challenges and issues, we now know how essential this service is to HR professionals from all types of businesses.
Our goal with the forum has always been to offer members an annual programme of engaging and informative workshops, training sessions, legal updates, webinars and conferences. Additionally, we want to ensure that any updates on HR issues and legislation can easily be shared, so all Surrey & Sussex HR Forum members will have access to a members-only group on LinkedIn.
We have a strictly ‘non-sales’ environment for all of our events and we have maintained this throughout the eleven years from when we were launched.