Keynote Sessions and workshops announced for HAE EHA Trade Fair & Convention 2017

With just over a month until the Hire Association Europe Event Hire Association’s (HAE EHA) Trade Fair & Convention opens its doors on 11th- 12th October at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, a number of sessions, including two keynotes for the first day, have been announced. With the conference programme’s theme of Connect-Discover-Learn set to shape all content, there will be a strong focus on self-development and best business practice that appeals to everyone involved in the hire industry.

Taking to the floor at 10am on Wednesday 11th October will be former Olympian and World Champion athlete and now group performance director of Thomas International Sport, Derek Redmond. He will deliver an inspirational session entitled: ‘Improving Performance and retaining talent’. Best known for his heroic finish at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He hobbled to complete the 400 metre sprint after tearing a hamstring with his father's arms around him to a standing ovation, saying later, "I don't like to give up at anything". The footage of those heart breaking five minutes is now world-famous and has been used for inspirational videos by Nike, Visa and the International Olympic Committee.

Although his success on the track is now in the past, his pride, passion and sheer determination in the face of disaster have made him one of the world's most popular and most sought-after public and motivational speakers. He has now successfully transitioned between a career in athletics to his second career as a consultant and adviser in business, Redmond knows more than most how important self-knowledge is for success both on and off the track.

The first afternoon keynote on Wednesday 11th will be presented by Lee Coles, head of workplace education for Mercer Marsh Benefits. His session will focus on the importance on the wellbeing of employees. Entitled ‘Financial wellbeing in the workplace – the key employer considerations’, it will explore how themes such as such as stress and absenteeism are linked to financial wellbeing. It will also discuss how employers can hold a microscope to their business to establish areas for concern, whilst delivering practical solutions to help improve the financial wellbeing of workforces.

Following his keynote Lee will conduct a one-hour workshop that will assist individuals at all levels with financial planning for the future. Taking a closer a look at the modern financial world and an environment of pension freedom, and how difficult it is to know what to do for the best. It will assist attendees in the thought process required, highlight the common mistakes made and summarise the key points to consider when making financial decisions; whether you take professional advice or not in the future, you’ll be better prepared.

Ben Crawford, a senior HR consultant from HAE Business Guard will be holding a HR surgery at 12pm on Wednesday 11th October and will answer any employment law questions you may have. In addition, he will be offering timeslots to review any current contractual documentation throughout the day. Ben has vast experience in advising companies of varying sizes on a wide range of HR and Employment Law issues including recruitment, reward, contracts and handbooks, disciplinaries and grievances, redundancies and much more. Anyone who would like to submit HR documentation for review prior to the Convention is encouraged to do so and should forward it to .

“The purpose of the HAE EHA Trade Fair & Convention is that it is inclusive and pulls the entire hire industry together to discover, connect and learn and that shaped this year’s conference programme. We were always mindful of delivering content that appealed to everyone involved in the hire, whether they’re from the construction, plant and machinery or events and irrespective of their job role. I think sessions on self-development, financial planning and good HR practices are relevant to everyone and show a commitment to creating a sustainable industry that cares about its workforce.”

The full conference programme will be announced on the Trade Fair & Convention’s website in due course. To register for a free delegate place at the Convention, which includes refreshments, lunch and car parking, please visit .