Events for HR professionals working in and around South Wales – with real-life case studies, discussion and advice provided by recognised, independent experts.

A high-profile HR network has been re-launched in South Wales, providing interactive seminars to keep HR professionals up to date on their ever-changing and demanding field.

Leading financial advisors Seer Green has temed up with Wales’ foremost recruitment and training specialist Acorn and specialist team of business solicitors and advisors Greenaway Scott to revive the South Wales HR Network, a support system for HR Directors, Managers, Consultants and Advisors.

The South Wales HR Network was originally launched in 2005 and ran five successful events a year, for up to 85 delegates at a time over a three-year period.

The Network, which is being launched with a new seminar in April on the undeniably challenging subject of pensions and auto-enrolment, will allow its members to discuss new regulations, meet other managers who are facing the same issues and share best practice – providing a voice for HR specialists in South Wales.

Seminar subjects and speakers are carefully selected to ensure attendees benefit from current, non-biased, expert advice, and previous events included building employee commitment presented by Deloitte, dealing with poor performance presented by EADS, reducing absenteeism by the Royal Mail, and leadership and motivation from Mike Ruddock, former Wales rugby coach.

Siobhan Mail, Director and corporate pensions expert at Seer Green, commented: “There is a clear requirement in the SME sector for a forum of this nature; far too many businesses are failing to utilise the value of human resources.

“Managing and administering day-to-day HR operations, as well as providing training to keep up with the latest statutory regulations, all consumes valuable time but is vital to a firm’s success.”

Sarah Jones, Marketing Manager at Acorn, said: “We’re delighted to have re-established the South Wales HR Network with new and exciting partners.

“When we originally created the forum in 2005, it was Cardiff-based, but the network expanded into Swansea and Newport areas so quickly that the need for HR guidance among South Wales businesses was all too apparent.

“The refreshed South Wales HR Network will give members a place to learn, to discuss technical and legislative issues, and seek out the opinions and advice of leading HR professionals, which should give companies across South Wales a real boost.”

Kate Matthews, HR Consultant at Greenaway Scott, added: “Members of the South Wales HR Network will have the opportunity to explore the latest laws and regulations, and topical HR issues which will help them to avoid the pitfalls that a lack of understanding can potentially bring.

“We are aiming to create a friendly and open forum with participative events that add real value to attendees. Getting HR right is not always easy, but the South Wales HR Network will endeavour to help shape best practice.”

Kate Matthews and Siobhan Mail will both be speaking at the next free-to-attend South Wales HR Network event, covering the topical HR subject of pensions and auto-enrolment, on Thursday 10th April at Cardiff’s Park Plaza Hotel and details can be found at

You can follow the South Wales HR Network on twitter @sw_hr_network for regular updates on forthcoming events.

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