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Human Resource Summit - What our clients say

Is the HR Summit a time effective way of sourcing new partners? Will it produce an ROI? For answers to all these questions and more please review these comments and case studies from our most recent HR Summit, sharing insight from both a delegate's and supplier's perspective. We would be pleased to arrange a referral with any of our clients upon request.

Human Resource Summit - Delegate Feedback

“I attended the Summit for the first time, with great apprehension. After having taken part, I would highly recommend the event to any HRD or HR Manager. The sheer amount of information and tools which can be obtained within a very short space of time is impressive, and certainly something that we do not all have the privilege of doing in our busy day-to-day working schedules. Taking the time out to join the Summit has given me the opportunity to meet with key companies whom can provide my business with opportunities, whilst also allowing me the time to grow and develop within the HR network. The inspirational opening by the keynote speaker was also a great introduction.”

Lisa Skelton: HR Manager - Zuma


“Well thought-out and organised, I met some key folks and WILL be taking up some key relationships - Thanks.”

Joanne Godley: Head of Learning, Thomson Reuters


“The consensus view from the suppliers and delegates that I've spoken to is that this is not only the best organised of all similar events but the one where the atmosphere is most relaxed, business-like and most likely to create the relationships that will generate future advantage for all concerned. The events team are professional, enthusiastic and tireless. Thank you all for a great event.”

Kevin Ball: VP HR – CDK


“That was my third Summit without facing a single problem. The organisation is completed to the highest possible level. The concept itself is practical and useful. Meeting a remarkable number of high level suppliers in a short period saves a lot of time. The networking that the event allows is of a great value. We easily exchange and acquire new experiences and insights. The hotel and the entire environment make us enjoy the time we spend and return to work with positive energy. I thank all the Summit Events team members for the professionalism and for the wonderful spirit they spread.”

Emad Ayoub: HR Director – Lecico


“This was my first HR Summit and I have left very impressed by the whole event. The environment is just right and conducive to quality networking and gaining the latest insights. I was impressed by the quality of the suppliers who attended and the style in which they conducted themselves. Everyone who I met was exceptionally well prepared and well researched. This led to some great discussions about key business challenges and possible opportunities for maintaining contact and/or possibly working together in the future. The Summit team made me feel exceptionally welcome and couldn't have done more to help make this a great experience - thank you.”

Thomas Heier: Head of HR – Travelodge


“My third Summit event - the best yet. Phenomenal organisation, great networking and relevant suppliers. Thanks!”

Nick Allsopp: Head of OD - Housing and Care 21


“It was great to meet up with key suppliers and similar minded colleagues in a relaxed and informal (but very well organised) setting.”

Nicola Fuschillo: Head of HR - Diabetes UK


“A really well organised and insightful few days. The suppliers were really good and I'm walking away with a number of new people I am likely to work with.”

Craig de Sousa: HR Director - The Tavistock and Portman NHS FT


“Overall, the event was better than I expected. It was a great opportunity to meet potential suppliers and HR peers. Admittedly, I was slightly sceptical about how suppliers would treat a 30 minute meeting and how quickly they'd want to focus in on budgeted spend. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not a hard sell and only one of the meetings I attended felt like I was being talked at with otherwise very little interaction. All others felt like grown-up discussions. The lunch/dinner arrangements worked well and all my "neighbours" were pleasant at each meal. The venue/logistics were excellent - thankfully it was raining which meant there wasn't any temptation to step outside. The keynote speaker at night one dinner was excellent.”

Andy Ferguson: HR Director – Greenvale


“Purposeful and professional event. The pace and structure felt about right: enough time to meet lots of different people without feeling rushed or being sold to. The organisation was spotless!”

John Rogers: Head of Talent & Organisation - First Quantum


““It was a very well organised event and although our timetable was quite packed, there was time to rest and network.”

Zahra Khan: International HR Manager - Chime Communications


“I thought the HR Summit was excellent this year, it is the best Summit type of event I have attended. Very good suppliers and delegates. I have come away with some really good follow ups!”

Darren Cross: VP HR - Bridge International Academies


“Extremely well organised event allowing like-minded professionals to share good practice and learn from each other, whilst being introduced to new offerings in the market.”

Nicola Wild: HR Business Partner - Romax Technology Ltd


“Well run format. Really professional team.”

Kannan Ganga: Group HR Director - ESI Media


“A thoroughly efficient way to learn, network and keep up to date with the market. The event runs effortlessly which enables all of your time and energy to be spent on getting the most out of the sessions.”

Matt Dale: Head of HR - Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd


“I cannot fault the organisation, communication and execution of a jam packed event. It is really invigorating being in the company of other HR professionals in a relaxed, yet focused environment.”

Will Guy: Head of HR – Bupa


“Got a huge amount out of the Summit - the sessions, the meetings and the potential collaborations with other attendees. Brilliantly organised and hugely enjoyable.”

Jo Sullivan: Head of People & Deputy Director of People Business Services - Guide Dogs


“I was very impressed with the organisation of the event and support of Summit Events staff - nothing was too much trouble. The quality of suppliers and the calibre of delegates were very good indeed. A good balance in terms of the agenda and time to network, meet suppliers and a bit of thinking time was useful. I would recommend the event to future delegates.”

Louise McCarthy: Teague, HR Director - BLM Law


“An interesting mix of presentations and meetings with suppliers. Helpful in keeping up to date with what is happening in the profession.”

Bonnie Hopkins: Senior HR Manager – IG


“Enjoyable event that I got a lot from, now there is no need to meet with any suppliers all year and will use the event going forward. Extremely well organised, great suppliers, no hard sell and good group of delegates.”

Lisa Davidson: HR Director - Connect Health


“Great atmosphere and people, interesting and productive conversations and an opportunity to really focus on my priorities for the next year, and at the same time talk to suppliers who can help me deliver on those priorities.”

Julie Brown: HR Director - Cambridge Judge Business School


“This was my first time attending the Human Resource Summit. It was impressively organised, and having all the types of suppliers that I wanted/needed to talk to in one room over an intensive two days was exhausting but well worth the time out from my hectic working diary. The seminar's were excellent and thought provoking and delivered by people who were passionate about their subjects. I came away feeling that it had all been well worth the effort and I have already booked myself onto the next one.”

Catrin Gaston-Penny: Head of HR - Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult


“Excellent event! I met great people, was inspired & stimulated. Now I have to action the thinking & plans from the Summit.”

Juliet Harris: Group HR Director for Europe - Publicis Health


“A fantastic opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and spend time interacting with a variety of people to spark new ideas and relationships. I've come away brimming with energy and fired up to attack some of the strategic issues that had fallen on to the back-burner. I also really appreciated that suppliers were just open to quality conversations and bouncing ideas around, there was no hard sell.”

Sara Wragg: HR Manager - Hotel Chocolat


“I thought the two days were really productive and beneficial. The chance to step away from the working environment, have some 'head space' to consider what to focus on for the future, to talk to key suppliers that are in line with the organisation's needs (rather than the cold call approach!) and to network with a wide range of peers - all in a beautiful setting - was excellent. The organisation of the event was seamless, very slick and professional - many thanks!”

Sam Anthony: Head of HR & OD - Fenland District Council


“Over the two days I made some fantastic contacts and had some very useful and though provoking conversations for which I can consider for current and/or future needs. Dare I say that some may also become friends! It was a packed agenda but lots of fantastic opportunities to network with like-minded HR professionals. The event was also organised and ran with such precision that it made it very easy to be a delegate. Thank you.”

Claire Bond: Head of Business HR and L&D - The NEC group

“I loved the event – passionate people, fabulous knowledge sharing and I have to say the best run event I have had the pleasure to attend. Thank you!”

Sarah Summers: Head of HR – Servest

“The event is well organised with a good range of suppliers and interesting delegates. It is both stimulating and intensive. A successful format that is refreshing and effective at connecting suppliers with particular organisational needs.”

Richard Atienza-Hawkes: Executive HR & OD Director - Provide CIC

Human Resource Summit - Supplier Feedback

“Another great, well organised and effective professional HR networking forum.”

Sarah Hopkins: Director - Hopkins Longworth Executive Search


“This year’s Summit was a great event. It was delivered to its normal 1st class standards and I met lots of interesting delegates and suppliers who I hope to reconnect with at some point in the future. Although it is a big investment it feels like a good investment rather than a cost. As always the organisation of the event was fantastic. It's great to let someone take control and to know that you can trust them.”

Sally Rixon: Director of Collaborative Learning, The Talent Pool


“The HR Summit is one of the best organised and enjoyable events I have ever attended. I had high expectations but they were very quickly exceeded by the Summit team. A perfect location, engaging guest speakers and an opportunity to spend time with influential HR leaders in a super relaxed setting. We have generated a number of high quality leads, as well as relationships with a number of influential HR leaders. All of the delegates we met were extremely engaging and open to hearing what we were all about. All were relevant stakeholders for us (HR, IntComms, OD). Without a doubt this was the best organised and managed event I have ever attended. 10/10.”

Theo Fitzharris: Enterprise Sales Manager – Hive


“Superb team - you get it just right for us :)”

Jamie Rowland: Partner – Catseye


“The Summit Events Team provided a great service at the HR Directors Summit in Sitges in October 2016. The Summit Team worked tirelessly to ensure all suppliers and clients had a productive experience and the opportunity to meet and network with the suppliers or clients that meet their needs. They combine this excellent service with a very professional and personable approach that makes the experience, while intense, extremely rewarding. The keynote speakers were thought-provoking and it was clear that the HR Directors present were valuing the opportunity to discuss and share insights into current marketplace trends and challenges. I'm optimistic that several of the relationships that began at the Summit will bear fruit in due course. Some good, senior, strategic level leaders - all meetings felt they had some potential. An army of stars - love how you do your stuff. I can switch off the admin & logistics knowing I'll be gently & kindly organised by anyone in the team so I can focus on meetings. Love the teams's great mix of professionalism & fun.”

Andy Harmer: Head of Leadership Development - VA Consultants


“The whole event was extremely well-organised and meticulously planned. The organisers went out of their way to ensure that all my meetings ran to time. The conference facilities at the hotel were excellent and we never went hungry or thirsty as there was always a vast array of food and drinks available all day. Thank you Summit Events for your help and support. Chris was great. He always had enough time to talk to me, ask how it was going, find out if delegates were late and where they were. Excellent organisation.”

Sally Haywood: Business Development Manager - Capita Translation and Interpreting


“We had some really good meetings so we are happy campers. We did run out of possible buyers of our services because are seeking HRDs with a business focus who will use leadership consulting to deliver strategy. The Summit team is totally awesome. You manage to create a climate where the delegates are relaxed but do commit to meetings and the suppliers don’t sell hard so everything is very congenial. Already signed up for 2017, enough said!”

Dan Hammond: Director - LIW


“As an early stage start up with big plans, the event was a fantastic way for us to get face time with larger organisations that can sometimes be difficult to get in front of. Not only am I confident that we'll do business off the back of the event; it was also a great opportunity to validate our thinking with regards to development plans for our product and proposition. The Summit team are fantastic!”

John Ryder: Founder – Hive

“As always this event was professionally run, with all aspects being smooth and easy. They delegates at this event were some of the best we have met in terms of level of decision maker and clear objectives for the event. All the delegates we met had clear needs and were looking for new suppliers.”

Jenny Jones: Business Development Director, Dove Nest Group

“A great mix of business meetings and informal socialising opportunities which creates a relaxed atmosphere conducive to building long term relations based on trust and friendship.”

Sheila Robbie: Corporate Business Manager, Key Group

“Thanks for a fantastic Summit - it was my first time at such an event and I found it a really positive experience as a supplier. You guys did a great job - we had some really positive discussions.”

Caroline Duffy: Associate Director - TOWARD Ltd

“We were very sceptical about attending the HR Summit in Barcelona, as we had already spent over GBP 50,000 on marketing events this year, without a lot of success. We had also heard of bad experiences from people attending similar 1:1 events -organised by other companies. However, we decided to give it a go and I am very pleased that we did! We should, hopefully, get a return on our investment from the HR Summit in Barcelona which will cover all the losses from all the other 6 events which we have attended in 2016. The organisation was excellent and the team could not have tried harder to make sure that we were happy, from beginning to the end. Even when one of our delegates failed to attend the Summit, a suitable replacement was found very quickly - whom we hope to do business with too! We run own business, Glover Daniels Research Solutions, with a Total Excellence Environment model and are therefore usually unimpressed and disappointed by others' shortcomings. We have to honestly say that the Summit Events team actually exceeded our very high expectations. A thoroughly professional and satisfying experience from beginning to end -and I am very hard to impress! A very good mix of senior level HR people - we have already booked for Lisbon next year!”

Michael Moonesinghe: CEO - Glover Daniels Research Solutions

“Excellently organised event by the amazing Summit Events team. Fantastic atmosphere allows for good relationship building. Highly recommended for both delegates and suppliers.”

Gemma Christison: Director – Rambutan

“The event was everything you expect from the Summit team. Well organised, great environment, excellent delegates and a good mix of suppliers. I really value the fact that you are sat across from true decision makers who are prepared to state what they are looking for and who have real requirements. Unlike other events there are no false promises and a directness of feedback on whether there is value in following up after the event. This is down to the Summit team getting the right people at the event and the selection process being transparent and effective.”

James Farrell: Managing Director - Instep UK Ltd

“It was a brilliantly organised event and created a lot of opportunities for us - thank you.”

Paul Leandro: Partner, workplace Health and Wealth - Barnett Waddingham

“Barcelona was one of the most professionally organised events I've ever attended. Not only did it deliver on every promise, but it was delivered with effortless ease. I don't doubt there were a whole host of challenges for your team along the way - but that certainly didn't touch the attendees! I have to confess that I was sceptical in advance - would the environment feel forced, would the conversations be cursory and would the calibre of attendees really deliver on the promises made to us in advance. The conversation at ALL points in the three days was relevant and inclusive. Everyone was open to sharing and understood the value from networking. There was a sense of this being a 'membership' - in a trusted space. Great job!”

Kirstie Kelly: Strategic Partnerships Director - Launchpad Recruits Ltd

Human Resource Summit - Case Studies

Loved the PD Summit so much we went to the HR Summit

The Summit Events team provided us with a great answer to a question we hadn’t got round to asking ourselves. As a relatively small consultancy we are lucky enough to be kept very busy by our clients and work has always come in through some well-fed organic methods.

However we’d always had an itch to look outside of our usual pool of referrals, but were low on time and lacking the sales people to slog through hours of cold-calling. ...Read more


Isn’t it just a jolly?

I must say, we were sceptical about the event at first. Isn’t it just a jolly? Aren’t the conversations going to be forced? Are we going to be expected to do the hard sell? None of this sounded at all appealing!

We needn’t have worried. We started by taking a reference from a past attendee on the client side who assured us that the event is fun and focused and a great way to meet people and start new business relationships. ...Read more


A standout event

HR Summit stands out in our yearly calendar as an event that brings together suppliers and purchaser in an informal formal environment which strikes a unique balance not achieved in other events. The choice of venues, attention to detail and superb organisation creates an atmosphere enabling all attendees to relax and achieve focussed and meaningful conversations with all members of the HR community... Read more


Simply the best

2015 marked my five year anniversary of attending the Human Resource and People Development Summits having first experienced the event in Barcelona in 2010 – I remember it so distinctly because Sebastian Coe was the key note speaker and he had just been put in charge of the London Olympics!... Read more


Why I decided to invest in attending The HR Summit

I am fully aware that our current sales are based on past activities and that business growth is attained when we maintain a consistent and focused effort on new business generation. Sales are generated from many different channels so over the years I have devoted time researching which sales channels produce the best results. Consequently I have embarked upon telemarketing, exhibitions, email campaigns and social media strategies. I have been aware of the HR Summit for a number of years but had seen this event as a ‘would be nice to test’ activity once I had evaluated other avenues... Read more


I would highly recommend this to other HR Directors

I was recommended the HR Summit by a respected colleague who said it was the best of all the conferences she attends. She certainly wasn't wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed the event from start to finish and got some real value from it... Read more


This is a great investment of any HR Director’s time...

My first reflection on the HR Summit?... This is a great investment of any HR Director’s time! I admit that I was ap-prehensive before signing up to the summit in 2014. I needed to explore the offerings from a range of suppliers on various HR- and OD-related services, but I was concerned that this event would be hard-sell... Read more


Fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded HR professionals

I am regularly invited to events like this, but the HR Summit approach was a refreshing one, and I decided to go along. I was apprehensive at the thought of committing to lots of face to face meetings with potential suppliers, but I needn’t have been. In fact, these meetings were all extremely useful, and gave me a really good insight into what is available, and what is happening in the world of HR...Read more


Five reflections on the HR Summit 2015 - Bringing our values to life!

We’ve recently returned from two days at the HR Summit in Berlin, hosted by Summit Events. The HR Summit is an engaging, inten-sive and stimulating 2 days spent with senior managers from the HR World. Two days spent building relationships, sharing stories and having the opportunity to create some shared experiences and ultimately find some resonance for future working relationships!...Read more


We have secured business directly from this event – supplier perspective

GTI have not traditionally attended many HR events, sticking more to our niche area of early careers recruitment. We decided to widen this to target more senior HR professionals and budget holders. After a lot of consideration on how best to spend our budget, we decided on the HR Summit. While it was a large investment, other suppliers we had spoken with were very complimentary and we knew we would be able to showcase our business to the right audience...Read more


Supplier perspective

Emailogic have attended the HR Summit as a supplier in Berlin, Copenhagen, Brussels and Barcelona. As a result we have many customers who have also attended the HR Summit as delegates.

Ultimately this is why we commit the money and time to attend. The HR Summit team provide the same excellent level of service that we know our customers expect from us. They know what we want and – vitally - what we need from an investment and event like this and they make it their business to provide it every step of the way. This includes before, during and after the event...Read more


Without doubt this is the best conference of its kind - delegate perspective

Without doubt this is the best conference of its kind, mainly due to the care and attention that is put into selecting the right mix of delegates and suppliers and then matching them to each other in the well timed sessions...Read more


Opportunity to meet with quality providers – delegate perspective

I first attended the HR Summit event in October 2012. From first contact with the team I was impressed with the professionalism, excellent communication and quality of the suppliers. Pre event information was truly exceptional and enabled me to make good choices of suppliers to meet....Read more


We do the HR Summit because it works!

Aon Employee Benefits, and formerly Lorica Employee Benefits, has selected the HR Summit as a key marketing and business development tool since 2009. We do this because it works. Frankly, the event makes for great business networking...Read more

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