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IoD Lancashire | Fun in the workplace

01 Oct 2019
East Lancs Chamber of Commerce , Clayton-le-Moors
Studies have proven fun in the workplace increases employee engagement, increases productivity, reduces absences and sickness. Generally speaking, most people would rather spend time with their family and friends than be at work, however, there’s no need for work days to be all doom and gloom. Investing time and effort into making your workplace a more enjoyable place to be can have tangible positive benefits for employees, client base, and your wider organisation. 

Six key reasons why fun is the future of work:

1. Happy employees are healthier
2. Having fun improves communication and collaboration
3. Fun breeds creativity
4. Promoting fun attracts an audience
5. Having fun makes employees more productive
6. Having fun encourages advocacy

Come and listen to our 3 experts share their experiences on the impact a fun working environment can have on your bottom line and why fun should be part of your business strategy.

Key details

Date & time: 01 Oct 2019 08:30 - 11:00
Location: East Lancs Chamber of Commerce , Clayton-le-Moors
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
Contact email:


08:30 Registration and networking with breakfast 

09:00 Welcome introduction with Laura Hartley, Founder and Director of LH Recruitment and IoD Lancashire Ambassador

09:10 Steve Smith, Managing Director at Anthem and Chief Executive Officer of NWEEG

09:30 Sunny Sandwell, Managing Director at Sunshine Events

09:50 Refreshment break 

10:05 Rachel Haslam, Director at Team Academy Ltd

10:25 Q&A with panel session 

11:00 Event closes 


Laura Hartley
Founder and Director of LH Recruitment
& IoD Lancashire Ambassador

Laura started LHR in April 2009 after just 8 years in the industry. Her experience has been across commercial, technical and management sectors on both temp and permanent desks. As the business has grown, Laura now looks after the team and continues to build relationships. She has recently launched a second business Hartley People Retention Consultancy, supporting SME’s with recruitment auditing, onboarding, interview support and psychometric profiling, she has also qualified as a Business Coach, is an ambassador of NWEEG and on the IoD Lancashire Committee. When she isn’t doing all of this you will find her winding down at her caravan with Henry the pooch, a bottle of pink fizz and quality time with her friends.  

Steve Smith
Managing Director of Anthem
& Chief Executive Officer of NWEEG

For 17 years, Steve Smith has spearheaded developments in survey and data collection techniques to produce measurable systems that change how businesses connect with their employees. 

As an engagement pioneer, in 2012 he was selected to be at the heart of the UK government’s flagship ‘Engage for Success’ initiative. As a key expert, Steve’s vast experience and portfolio of studies has made him a leading authority on how engagement can improve productivity, performance and profitability. 

Since 2002, he has been managing director of Anthem Engagement and as CEO of the North West Employee Engagement Group Steve creates amazing events for hundreds of business leaders from the North West’s leading businesses.

Steve’s vision is to make the North West the best place to work in the world and is keen to work with organisations who understand that people are the key to business success. 

Sunny Sandwell
Managing Director at Sunshine Events

Sunny is the Director of Fun as she leads her national team of Fun Experts in delivering the vision of ‘having fun makes good business sense’.
She has created a niche business with the highest recorded number of happy customers and five star feedback in the industry.
Sunny shares her vast knowledge to business owners and HR mangers through her website, talks and vlogs.

Rachel Haslam
Director at Team Academy Ltd

Rachel the Director from Team Academy is your perfect training partner. Fun, energetic, inspiring and above all genuine. She possesses a wonderful skill of encouraging people to want to remove their masks. Working with organisations, she has helped increase turnover, improve productivity, motivate and boost morale, in turn reducing absenteeism. A qualified performance coach, a practitioner of NLP and team profiling She specialises in team and individual enhancement through increasing morale, improving business relationships and breaking down barriers between work colleagues. With international experience, training over 27,000 people to date, working with some of the UK largest brands. Rachel’s programmes are delivered in an experiential way to get the best-desired outcome, doesn’t matter what your learning, she’ll create, a creative fun and engaging way to do it!



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  • East Lancs Chamber of Commerce
  • Red Rose Court
  • Clayton Business Park
  • Clayton-le-Moors
  • BB5 5JR

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