Competiton: A chance to win £3,000 from your big ideas

HR Hornets' Nest in association with PricewaterhouseCoopersGot an idea to improve retention figures? A suggestion that will save your business thousands of pounds? Or a scheme that will inject some oomph into your organisation? If that’s the case, we want to hear from you.

Personnel Today has teamed up with professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to launch a competition that rewards innovation and progressive thinking in the HR arena. All you need to do is send us your idea, in no more than 500 words, by 7 January.

Up to 10 finalists (shortlisted by PwC and Personnel Today) will then be asked to present to a mock ‘board’ – comprised of a finance director, HR director, sales and marketing director, and Personnel Today’s editor – headed by PwC’s HR services leader Michael Rendell as the ‘CEO’.

In other words, you’ll be asked to pitch to the HR Hornets’ Nest at the final, held early in 2008 in Birmingham. Finalists will have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas, plus 10 minutes of questions from the panel.

First prize is £3,000 second is £2,000 and third £1,000. So it is well worth sharing your most innovative ideas with us.

E-mail your submissions to by 7 January. Good luck!

A word from our sponsor

Michael Rendell, HR services leader, PricewaterhouseCoopersThrough innovation and creativity, HR management is continually developing to meet the needs of the changing workplace and wider world – now more than ever. At PricewaterhouseCoopers we are working to transform new ideas into tomorrow’s HR policies and products. But we know we are not the only ones.

This competition aims to encourage, celebrate and reward forward thinking and innovation. It is open to all HR practitioners and departments in the UK.

It is an opportunity to challenge your HR team creatively. Are there any brilliant ideas that have been knocking around for some time but have never seen the light of day for one reason or another? If so, the HR Hornets’ Nest could be a route to recognition, and could even be a lever to help the idea get implemented in your own organisation.

Also, you may want to engage your employees in suggesting ideas to submit – a kind of multimedia version of a suggestion box. They may be more enthusiastic about this than you think, especially as they are the ultimate end users and customers.

Engage your chief executive. Convince him or her that this will help the organisation appear as an enlightened, forward-thinking employer. It might help you move HR issues up their agenda.

Remember, it is innovation that will be rewarded, and no idea is too big or too small. For instance, you may have a new take on pension contributions, or a smart twist on running a bike-to-work scheme.

Either way, this is a great opportunity to share best practiceIn association with PricewaterhouseCoopers and a fun forum for learning. So come and pitch to the hornets.

The floor is yours.

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