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The HEY Business, Growth and Skills Hub (BGSH) Talent Forum (formally, the HEY LEP Talent Forum) is a sub-group of the HEY LEP Employment and Skills Board.

Chaired by Nikki Davies, HR & Talent Acquisition Manager at Ocean Finance and HEY BGSH Employment & Skills Board member, it brings together senior HR professionals from across Hull and East Yorkshire to network, share best practice, hear from expert guest speakers and to advise the HEY Business, Growth and Skills Hub on matters relating to the local economy and workforce.

This page contains the presentation materials from the meetings, all of which stakeholders are free to use to support them in their work.

The Talent Forum is open to anyone in a senior HR role in Hull and East Yorkshire and welcomes new members. Please contact Chris Howell, Employment & Skills Manager at the HEY Business, Growth and Skills Hub for further details. E: M: 07912 299 599

HEY LEP Talent Forum Meeting - Wednesday 7th February 2024

The HEY LEP hosted its last Talent Forum meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2024 from MS Teams. At the meeting guest speakers discussed with delegates members the following topics: Workplace Culture In Practice for (How do businesses grow a positive and engaging work place culture – via a remote, hybrid and office environment). HR Talent Acquisition and the Local Labour Market (As recruiters, when recruiting how are you finding the local labour market? What are the hardest roles to recruit for, and why?). Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) (How companies are addressing climate change, sustainability, biodiversity, energy efficiency, waste reduction and compliance with ethical standards). This was followed by a HEY LEP Employment & Skills Team update with presentations from the HEY Careers Enterprise Company Lead on it’s Enterprise Adviser (EA) Recruitment Campaign.  In addition, the HEY LEP Workforce Development Business Adviser who provided an overview of the role and discussed the importance and benefits of levy transfer for SME’s businesses in the HEY region.

The meeting concluded with Employment and Skills Manager Chris Howell who updated  members on the HEY Devolution Deal and the ongoing Consultation process. Along with how the LEP functions and team will transfer to newly created Combined Authority following the closure of the LEP on 31st March 2024.

Consultation period open. Please support and complete the Consultation. [Consultation closes 27th February 2024].

Consultation narrative available can be view here:

Hull and East Yorkshire devolution deal – GOV.UK (

Complete the consultation here:

Devolution ( or Consultation | Devolution | Hull

You can view or download the meeting agenda, presentation slides and all other associated meeting resources materials via the below links:

To view the full meeting agenda please click on the below link:

Talent Forum-Main Presentation Slide Pack

Talent Forum-Chair of the Group- Discussion Items Presentation 07.02.2024

Talent Forum-HEY Careers Enterprise Company Presentation – 07.02.24

Talent Forum-HEY Workforce Development Business Adviser Presentation – 07.02.24

Talent Forum-HEY Devolution Update Presentation – 07.02.24

HEY Careers Enterprise YouTube Video:

Benefits of Enterprise Advisers to your business video

HEY Cornerstone Group:

The Talent Forum is open to any HR professional working in a Hull and East Yorkshire based business. If you would like to join the group, please contact:

Future meeting dates will be released shortly.

HEY LEP Talent Forum - Tuesday 18th April 2023

The Talent Forum met on Tuesday 18th April at which guest speakers updated delegates on the legal considerations of hybrid working and the employment services offered by the Justice system and the value of employing ex-offenders.

Download the meeting agenda and presentation materials here:

HEY LEP Talent Forum Agenda 18.04.23

Rollits – Hybrid Working Employment Law Considerations

HMP Hull Employment Introduction April 2023 v.1