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A regular podcast featuring the leading thinkers from across the recruitment and business world, in conversation with REC Chief Executive Neil Carberry.

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About the host

web_p2_RM_Neil-Carberry-headshot-1.pngNeil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been Managing Director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure. In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a member of the council of the conciliation service Acas and a former member of the Low Pay Commission, which recommends UK minimum wages. A three-time nominee to the SIA Staffing 100 in Europe, he is also on the board of the World Employment Confederation and a primary academy trust in Oxfordshire. Neil is an RFU qualified rugby coach and is one of the 8000 co-owners who made Heart of Midlothian the UK’s biggest fan-owned football club.

*The views expressed by guests on the REC's Talking Recruitment podcast are not those of the REC and reflect the individual's personal opinions.  

Welcome to our 2021 Series

Episode 23: Help to grow: Management programme for SMEs 

Featured speaker: Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and Executive Director of the Small Business Charter


In this episode, our CEO Neil Carberry interviews Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and Executive Director of the Small Business Charter.  They discuss how we can improve business management, how to seek productivity as we bounce back from Covid-19 and adapt to Brexit, and how to solve long-term productivity challenges that we have faced in the UK.

In this episode, tune in to hear:

  • How we can improve the performance of the UK economy for businesses of all sizes
  • More about the Government-backed 12-week programme - Help to grow: Management for SME leaders, which is helping SEMs achieve growth by providing Business Mentors
  • Why sustainability is important to the future of your business and its growth

Key quotes/takeaways: 

  • People build great businesses from being fantastic recruiters - Neil

  • Help to grow: Management is a way to help people think strategically about their business - Neil

  • There are over 40 business schools that are small business chartered and there are more coming onboard regularly. By having Government backing, the reach increases the viability of programmes. This programme is a step change for all SMEs across the UK, to ensure we remain one of best places to set up a new business but also to continue its growth - Anne

Click here to find out more about Anne Kiem.

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