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Friday 11th November

Evolving the Workplace – Panel Discussion

Event Venue and Description:  Electric Works, Sheffield, S1 2BJ

A unique MADE Festival fringe event, Evolving the Workplace will feature insights from leaders of four outstanding businesses and a question and answer session from our audience.

Our panellists are leaders in four high-performing businesses.

They’ll discuss innovation, engaging and empowering their teams, and building resilient companies fit for future opportunities.

Chaired by: Jamie Veitch, business consultant and producer/presenter of the “Business Live” weekly radio programme on Sheffield Live.


Anne Wilson, managing director, Numill Engineering. Awarded the MBE for her services to the engineering industry and in recognition of her commitment to training and developing her employees, Anne Wilson started at Numill as a bookkeeper in 2000, before leading a buyout of the business in 2006, saving it from the recession and developing its overseas exports.

Julie Hawley, managing director, Office Friendly Solutions. “We spend a lot of time creating an enjoyable work culture. In 2015, we won the People Development Award at the Sheffield Business Awards and all that we learn we pass on for others to benefit.”

Marie Cooper, winner of “Business Person of the Year” at the 2015 Sheffield Business Awards. Marie is the former finance director at President Engineering group which was formed after an MBO in 2010. Marie became Plant Manager after the sale of the business to Parker Hanifin last year, the business has won numerous awards including the Queen’s Award for International Trade as well as scooping three Sheffield Business Awards in 2015, with judges particularly praising Marie for her leadership skills.

Dan Cluderay, Approved Food. Dan has grown his business, selling supermarket-surplus food, to over £4m in turnover. Famed for his daily live Facebook appearances, Dan continually invests in innovation to power the business, and pays himself less than he pays some of his 50-strong workforce.

Plus commentary from Evolved Workplace.

Who should attend?

Business leaders, owners, and managers; people-development and HR leads, and anyone interested in learning how four unique businesses foster innovation and enable and culture of employee engagement.

You’ll hear insights from our panellists and have the opportunity to quiz them in an interactive audience Q&A session.

The panel discussion will also be recorded to be broadcast on Sheffield Live’s Business Live radio programme.

Tickets are free but registration is essential – reserve your place now.


09:15 – 09:50 Registration and refreshments

09:50 – 10:00 Welcome from organisers, Evolved Workplace

10:00 -11:00 Panel discussion facilitated by Jamie Veitch, including Q&A. This part of the session will be recorded for radio broadcast

11:00 – 11:30 Opportunity for informal questions and networking

For booking and further information, please visit the website link provided.