Workspace are delighted to be hosting a Business Insight Breakfast: Got Talent? Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy at Fleet Street in Blackfriars, London on Thursday 31st January from 9:00am to 11:00am.

The fastest growing businesses have a thirst for the most talented people – but top talent has never found it easier to “move on”. The digital economy feeds this fluidity. Business leaders have long argued that their talent strategy is a key driver of their growth and success.

Recently there has been a positive shift towards seeing diversity and inclusion as a critical component of their “put the talent first” strategy. An approach that’s found at some of the most successful and fastest growing businesses. The morning will hear from leaders in talent management and business case studies from across the Workspace community who have done amazing things in terms of developing the talent they attract.

This Workspace Business Insight Breakfast brings together leading authorities in strategic talent management for a morning of thought-provoking discussion that has deep relevance to leaders of all types of businesses. Our panel will look at just some of these key questions:

  • How do business leaders build a game-changing talent strategy at multiple stages of growth?
  • How can you retain your star performers and attract new talent?
  • How can you leverage your teams to drive performance through your organisation?
  • How does diversity and inclusion become a key component of your talent strategy?

The Panel

Ade Akin-Aina, CHRP – Global Director of Talent Acquisition at HOSTMAKER based at The Biscuit Factory @HOSTMAKERCo

Ade Akin-Aina currently leads a team of 8 at HOSTMAKER, ranked the 3rd fastest growing start-up in the UK in 2018 by Deloitte on their fast 50 list. Prior to HOSTMAKER, Ade gained about 10 years of recruitment experience at notable start-ups such as LightSpeed HQ (Canada), Bridge International Academies (Kenya & USA) and a Fortune 32 company (Target Corporation). With start-up recruitment experience in North America, Europe, Africa and South Asia, Ade specializes in scaling technology and operational teams and executive recruitment during rapid growth, expansion and/or new market launches in emerging markets and in particular, sub-Saharan Africa. Bilingual, Ade’s scope also extends to French North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ade obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto and a Post-graduate diploma in Human Resources from McGill University.

Jane Bright – Director of People and Talent at Bloom & Wild based at Vox Studios @BloomandWild

Bloom & Wild are using technology to create the UK's fastest growing flower and gifting company. They’ve created a flower experience unlike any other by innovating at every stage of the journey. Bloom & Wild launched to the public in September 2013. They have closed 4 rounds of funding and were recently named one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK by Deloitte, having grown by over 13,000% in just 4 years. They won the Good Web Guide ‘Website of the Year 2016’ award, have been listed as one of Apple's Top 25 apps of the year, and are part of the Tech City Future Fifty programme.

Ryan Adams – Founder of Signify Technology based at The Frames @Signify_Tech

Ryan is the Founder of Signify Technology, a Global technology recruitment company focused on helping some of the best tech companies grow their software engineering teams. Signify specialise in helping Software Engineers to find their dream jobs in the functional programming space. Some of the clients who trust Signify include Twitter, ITV, Sky, Shazam, Expedia & OVO Energy. Signify have grown to 17 employees & have big plans to expand into the USA. Ryan looks forward to sharing some ideas on the initiatives Signify have run around women in tech, diversity & many other topics.

Leanne Spencer – Founder of Bodyshot Performance based at Parkhall Business Centre @BodyshotPT

Leanne is an author, founder and speaker. She is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing consultancy that creates total solutions to optimise your health, fitness and wellbeing. Leanne’s expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on: sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness (the Six Signals®). Leanne works with private individuals and forward-thinking corporates who see wellbeing as a competitive advantage.


9:00am to 9:30am | Networking Breakfast
9:30am to 10:30am | Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A
10:30am to 11:00am | Q&A & Networking until end

We’re proud to welcome all our customers to this #WBIBreakfast including HOSTMAKER and Bloom & Wild, The Deloitte Technology Fast 50’s 2018 winners.

Click here to download the full Fast 50 2018 report.

“The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is one of the UK's foremost technology award programmes. It is a ranking of the country's 50 fastest growing technology companies, based on revenue growth over the last four years. In their 21st edition of the programme, they explored the relationship between fast-paced growth, diversity and inclusion. Talent is consistently identified by the Fast 50 as a key driver of success, but increasingly companies are recognising the importance of diversity of thought and perspectives, and how this helps them succeed where other young organisations fail.”

What to expect?

The insight events provide a platform for senior directors to discuss the most relevant challenges facing growing businesses today. Sharing their insights, advice and best practice together with an open Q&A with fellow industry leaders.

Our insight events focus on what you can learn and how it might impact you or your business. We don’t spend that much time talking at attendees and we build in plenty of opportunities for attendees to question the panellists.

We leave ample time for attendees to network with the other senior leaders and of course enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Where do I sign up?

Register for a complimentary spot at our #WBIBreakfast, Got Talent? Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy on 31st January at Workspace’s Fleet Street from 9:00am to 11:00am.

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This #WBIBreakfast is open to Directors and Senior Leaders from current Workspace customers and Club Workspace members and selected guests.

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