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People Development Summit - What our clients say

Need a second opinion? To learn more about how the Summit works and its benefits, please take a moment to read the participant comments and case studies from the most recent People Development Summit. They tell a story of their experience both at the event itself and also what happens after. We would be more than happy to arrange a referral with any of our clients upon request.

People Development Summit - Delegate Feedback

“This was my first international L&D networking and supplier forum and I did not know what to expect. I have to say the event was very enjoyable and I will definitely be going yearly. The summit was highly organised, professional and the staff from Summit Events were amazingly friendly and patient with the delegates. The balance was right between supplier meetings, seminars and networking events. I have come away with new contacts in the L&D arena that will help my business while massively enjoying the experience! I personally recommend all senior L&D professionals to attend a forum organised by Summit Events.”

Dani Saadu: Group Learning & Development Manager, Furniture Village Limited


“A really organised event - I felt very welcomed and looked after throughout the whole time. Such a good Learning and Development event on many levels - peer to peer discussions, a range of suppliers and approaches, stimulating seminars.”

Gill Preston: Assistant Director Organisation Development, University of Exeter


“An extremely useful opportunity within which to meet potential suppliers and colleagues in a relaxed and stimulating environment. I was delighted to have my thinking challenged and developed and have come away with some very good ideas and potential collaborators to turn them into action.”

Steve Rathborn: Head of Organisational Design & Development, Imperial College London


“What an amazing opportunity to really see what is available in our world of L&D.”

Gillian Thompson: Academy Director, Itsu


“This is an excellent way to meet training providers face to face to decide if they fit with the culture of our company and also a good way to network with other businesses and learn about their training practices, this is a very worthwhile and organised event.”

Jilly Bayford: Senior Training and Development Manager, A J W Aviation Ltd


“Very useful event where you can gather sensible and illuminating information about good quality suppliers over a concentrated period of time. Well worth attending.”

Steve Walker: Head of Learning and Development, Equiniti


“I have never attended such a worthwhile event virtually all we saw heard and networked with will add tremendous value to shaping the strategy of our Performance Development function. Congratulations Summit.”

Richard Stokes: Head of Performance Development, Capita Employee Benefits


“Very insightful presentations, great networking and a fantastic organisation that helped saved time and money in meeting relevant suppliers.”

Gil Mulders: Director Learning & Training Delivery Europe, IHG


“Fabulous way of having quality conversations with your peers and suppliers that you have already decided are a possible match. Logistics are worked out to perfection which means all you have to think about his having quality conversations and learning from others which is invaluable. Thank you to all the organisers this is a great format.”

Gill Hunt: Learning and Development Director, Johnston Press


“The summit was incredibly well organised and offered the valuable opportunity not only to meet with suppliers but also to connect with and network with peers in my industry. I met some incredibly inspiring people and found everyone so generous in sharing experiences and ideas. I came away from the event incredibly energised. Thank you to the summit team for your fabulous organisation of this event. I know the amount of planning it takes to run these kinds of events and every little detail was covered which made it so easy as a delegate - all we had to do was turn up and participate!”

Carol Bull: Learning and Development Manager, IG Group


“Fantastic opportunity to meet new suppliers and network with peers from other organisations. Very friendly and welcoming - no hard sell! Seminars are informative and thought provoking.”

Heather Somers: Learning and Development Manager, RAC


“Extremely useful two days. Excellent networking opportunities and a number of very useful contacts made. The strategy sessions were informative and very topical. Great selection of suppliers on offer which really helped one get insight to what the latest trends are in L&D and who the front runners are that are leading innovation in their field.”

Stevan Cloete: Head of Operations, Sky


“I really recommend the People Development Summit for anyone looking to learn more about potential new L&D suppliers. Once again, it was impeccably organised so that it ran extremely smoothly. Yet it never felt that there was any hard sell. Instead, it really was a chance to meet up with potential suppliers in a very relaxed environment. I also really appreciated the chance to meet peers from other L&D teams in other organisations - and came away from conversations with them full of ideas and recommendations for approaches, tools and yet more suppliers. I'm very happy to talk to anyone who is thinking of attending a Summit Event but is unsure of the benefits.”

Anne Williams: EMEA Learning Manager, Customer Administration Academy – Thomsen Reuters


“A very well organised and structured event. An event like this allows me to meet with a number of suppliers in a short time frame, something my diary wouldn't normally allow. There were suppliers that I specifically wanted to meet for specific pieces of work I want to take forward, but I also came across new suppliers who I would be keen to work with in the future. The event is also an excellent opportunity to meet other senior development professionals”

Dan Whiteman: Talent and Development Manager, Medical Protection Society


“The People Development Summit exceeded my expectations. I met so many like-minded people and the suppliers opened up avenues that I had not even thought of exploring. I was expecting it to be a very sales based two days, I couldn't have been more wrong. Instead it was two days of great conversations and understanding how different businesses could enhance business performance. It was extremely well organised and the team worked tirelessly throughout the event, which made the event so amazing! I would certainly recommend this to other people!”

Becky Harding: People Manager, Byron Burgers


People Development Summit - Supplier Feedback

“The People Development Summit continues to be an important component of Impact's marketing strategy. Summit events do a great job of bringing the right people to the table and we have made some great friends and formed positive professional relationships with some brilliant people as a result.”

David Williams: Founder and Managing Director, Impact International


“The summit in Barcelona was one of the best yet. Great atmosphere, with an open and relaxed approach. Excellent delegates with decision making ability and super organisation from the Summit team makes this the event of choice as far as I am concerned. Would recommend to both delegates and suppliers alike!”

James Farrell: Managing Director, Instep UK


“This is an excellent event that I would highly recommend to any potential supplier to the target market. A superbly designed and organised two days with high quality delegates with budget responsibility. An incredibly cost and time efficient way of reaching my target market!”

Stephen Peak: Associate Dean, Coventry University


“Although a regular supplier at other similar events, this was my first experience of the People Development Summit. I was hugely impressed throughout. From the delegate/supplier selection process, the pre-event support, the on-site organisation through to incredibly focussed meetings with real decision makers, the Summit Events team showed that they really understood what suppliers wanted from the event and they delivered exactly that.”

Helen Howard: Director, FST&C: The Complete Financial Training Company Ltd


“As ever, we have had some great meetings with some top calibre delegates. The Summit team were as professional and supportive as ever, yet relaxed, friendly and fun. Since last year's Summit, we have developed some really strong client relationships and have seen a ten-fold return on our investment, and we expect this to grow.”

Daniel Ross: Sales Director, Dove Nest Group


“An intensive, well organised, relevant and relaxed event. Suppliers and Delegates were actively open with introductions and discussions, and it did not feel too salesy. L&D people are "people people" and this type of social/networking/professional event is perfect for L&D. Much better opportunities for establishing and building relationships across the 2 1/2 days Brilliant event - very impressed and I am sure we will be back!”

Wendy Stanley: Business Development Manager, Learning Pool


“Really good quality investment of time and money. If you have a learning product which you believe in and you need to get it in front of the key L&D decision makers within large organisations, this event will not disappoint.”

Eric Gresswell: Director, Popcorn Learning


“In terms of pre-event organisation and on-site delegate support, I cannot think of any way the service could have been better. The quality of delegates was extremely good.”

Morgan Wilson: Sales and Marketing Director, Juice Learning


People Development Summit - Case Studies

People Development Summit – to go or not to go?

Like many of my L&D industry colleagues, I often get invited to networking events sometimes in very grand venues, locations, or with a hot topic speaker or experience which usually piques my interest; sometimes I go and sometimes I don’t depending on what’s in my diary or what’s on at work...Read more


Great return on investment each year

Having attended many networking events and conferences over the years, I arrived at Summit fully expecting the same sort of behaviour, where delegates don’t turn up and they’re only interested in what goodies you have bought them...Read more


These guys deliver!

In a marketplace where you could attend a ‘Strategic HR Event’ or a ‘Meet the Supplier Event’ or a ‘Topical Networking Event’ every day of the week it is hard to know which organisations you can trust, which provide a great experience and which deliver on their promises...Read more


Fifteen meetings in two days and still standing

A dessert comprising meringue, yoghurt, cucumber and dill wasn’t the only highlight of David and Lucy’s recent visit to Copenhagen. Find out why Rambutan keep returning to the People Development Summit...Read more


Would highly recommend to anyone wishing to sell or procure People Development services

Up until I received a contact request I have to confess that I knew nothing of Summit Events or what they did. What I picked up straight away though was how persistent, yet professional and polite the team were. The positioning was to the point with a strong win/win scenario painted and so what possible reason could I have to not attend? None to be honest, so much so that a colleague also joined me for the second event and must say it is a decision I have never regretted...Read more


You can’t afford not to attend as it’s such a massive time saver!

I have worked in learning and development for over 15 years now and, as you can imagine, have been invited to and attended more events than I care to remember! However, from the start, there was that certain something that was a little bit different about the initial contact from Summit Events. They were friendly, professional, approachable and most definitely organised...Read more


I was concerned about the ‘hard sell’ but nothing could have been further from the truth!

I have been fortunate enough to attend two People Development Summits – the first in Brussels in 2013 and the second in Amsterdam in 2014. I have found the whole experience to be extremely positive and I have subsequently gone on to engage more formally with one or two of the suppliers I met whilst at the event; suppliers I probably would never have met had it not been for the Summit! ...Read more


Slick organisation and proven methodology

Amsterdam in the spring time and another Summit event. Our 8th event since Budapest in 2008. Since then we have been to Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels and now Amsterdam. The Summit experience is quite special. You feel part of the event as opposed to just a supplier or a delegate. We have been to other events and they lack the integrity and style of Summit. We only went to one other event and quickly realised why we liked Summit so much ...Read more


Getting to the top together

Many years ago I climbed a mountain called Toubkal for charity. I took on this adventure after some persuasion from the organiser and leader of the gang, a friend and then colleague of mine called David Schofield. He explained that completing such an adventure is not only rewarding as an individual but also as one of a team who are all focussed on one thing, getting to the top together. Turned out that the experience and rewards were far greater than he could have described ...Read more


Cut to the heart of matter by only meeting senior personnel

Wyboston Lakes has long been known as one of the country’s favourite award winning conference and training destinations. Wyboston Lakes took its fledgling Academy to the PD Summit Brussels in spring 2013. Only six months later we have developed an international Academy ...Read more


...totally worth the three days out!

I had never attended a Summit before and was really unsure of what to expect. I thought that it would be very 'salesy' with suppliers pushing their services on to you. I can honestly say that the experience was NOTHING like this. I had the best 3 days possible ...Read more

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