The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, today announces a major new international event: the Festival of Work - produced in partnership with international specialist media company Haymarket Media Group.

Running between 12-13 June 2019 at Olympia London, the Festival of Work will be the world's greatest celebration of people at work - and the largest UK-based event serving the entire work-based community.

The Festival of Work will be a game-changer: a multi-platform, multi-day experience that will be a landmark event for both people professionals and business leaders - at a time where people and the workplace are at the centre of the international political, technological and organisational conversation.

The experience will see over 7,000 people professionals attending over two days, including 1,200 conference delegates, and over 130 speakers across nine stages.

CIPD Chief Executive Peter Cheese says: “New business models and ways of working are drastically changing organisations and what makes them successful. The Festival of Work will be the ultimate celebration of people in the workplace, focussing on what makes us unique and the vital components that will drive a future of work that is truly human. We will be bringing together pioneers of innovative business strategies, people management, technology and learning, and showcasing how they contribute to good work that is sustainable and adds value to businesses, individuals, the economy and society.”

The Festival of Work will see the co-location of two of the CIPD’s most successful annual events (the Learning & Development Show and the HR Software and Recruitment Show) to become central elements of the new festival.

The event has been designed to harness all the benefits of these existing shows with inspiring new content and exhibitor zones to meet the needs of the larger audience, including the Learning and Development zone, the HR Software zone, and the brand new Festival of Work zone.

Kevin Costello, CEO of Haymarket Media Group, adds: “While technology is creating major step changes in many sectors, talent remains the most precious commodity in any workplace. Haymarket has a heritage in driving thought leadership around better business and organisational practice across a raft of professional sectors internationally.

“We’ve been working in close partnership with the CIPD since 2012 to ensure their comms strategy keeps pace with their innovation, and I’m delighted and excited that we’re creating this game changing experience with them at such an important period in the evolution of work.”

Haymarket is an international company with a global audience of almost 20 million engaged consumers and professionals. Over 16,000 companies around the globe turn to Haymarket to help their businesses grow. It’s home to over 60 market-leading brands and over 120 events each year, including the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition.


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