Surviving a recession is focus for CIPD’s annual conference in Harrogate

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has announced its annual conference in Harrogate will focus on what HR professionals can do to survive a recession.

The final CIPD conference to be held in the Yorkshire spa town will have an economic downturn theme.

A panel session on the global economy and its impact on the UK labour market will be chaired by Sunday Times economics editor David Smith.

David Robinson, chairman of stereo and television manufacturer Richer Sounds, will speak about the need for strong leadership during turbulent times.

And Stephen Moir, director of people and policy at Cambridgeshire County Council, will talk about how his performance management strategies have helped him through times of economic uncertainty.

A full programme for the event, which will run from 16 to 18 September, is available here.

John Philpott, chief economist at the CIPD, said: “This year’s CIPD conference falls just at the moment when the full impact of the credit crunch, and the fuel and food price squeezes, will start to emerge.

“With the fall-out for organisations and jobs at the forefront of everyone’s attention, managers will be offered the latest expert assessment of what lies ahead, and learn how best to manage people in tougher times.”

Next year’s annual conference will be held in Manchester.

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