Upcoming Events

2023 Events Programme





Christmas party & awards


Breakfast event


Friday 13th / q3 Conference / lunch


breakfast event





the 12-step process for growing your sales team


The powermind mental health & well-being webinar

Strategy & Value Driver Webinar



Technology Webinar



Hive H1 event / Conference  at The Dakota Hotel



Maximising your Customer success – Webinar



Powerhive Football Tournement

Date: 21st April

Hosted by Sean in association with Sonovate

12pm to 4pm @ Pro football Arena, Cheadle Hulme stockport

Entrance is subsidised for Hive members at £100 per team, which includes the following –

  • 6 bottles of beer and pizza for all teams
  • PlayCam – filmed matches sent to the team managers and displayed on the big screen
  • Complimentary bottle of water on arrival for all players
  • Full organisation and administration before and on the day of the event
  • FA Qualified Referees
  • Trophy & Medal ceremony



Business Performance Webinar

20th April – Webinar – Business Performance Webinar





Attractive & retaining talent -Webinar

March 23rd, Attractive & retaining talent – Webinar

Hosted by Sean

In association with Systematics Talent talks

Confirmed panel so far  –

Miles Lloyd – Advisor at North Star

Emma Upton – HR Manager at WRS

Discussion points –

  • Attracting & Retaining the right talent for todays market
  • Building an EVP that truly stands out
  • How to avoid the salary spiral in recruitment
  • The importance of purpose



Finding Opportunity in a Volatile Market Part 2 – Event

March 17th, (Finding Opportunity in a Volatile Market Part 2)

9am – 12 (Breakfast event) – Hosted by Natwest – Coutts suite,1 Hardman Blvd, Spinningfields

Speakers confirmed so far –

Andrew Sillitoe  – Former GB Athlete / Headcoach & Leadership Coach –

Mike Smith – Former Sthree PLC MD & Power Hive partner

Will be a panel of agency leaders alongside these



Marketing Webinar

March 9th, Webinar – Marketing

Hosted by Keith Southern


            – Paul Sharpe, Director – Northstar

            – Jessica Klikenny-Roddy –  Cofounder at useBert

            – Kris Holland – Director of Marketing @ Charlton Morris

            – Darren Curtis – Sales Director @ Sourceflow

            – Alex Bennison – Founder at The Scoop

            – Emma Crayfourd – Director at White Label Recruitment



Powerhive roundtable

February 10th, Firefly, Manchester

TIME: 12:30pm

THEME: Finding Opportunity in a volatile market

Join us for our first recruitment networking event of 2023, driven by industry-leading speakers within The Power Hive. Receive advice, insights, and support in growing your business and driving improvements in a challenging market, all whilst socialising with like-minded individuals.




The Power Hive Summer Conference

Friday, September 24th at Peter Street Kitchen, The Edwardian Manchester 1pm to 5pm 


We will be holding a mini-conference at The Edwardian in Manchester for Members of the Power Hive on the following topics:
1). Recruitment – How to compete for talent sustainably
2). Retention –  How to build belonging and create a winning performance culture post-COVID
3). Productisation of your recruitment offering and different models to deliver
4). Marketing strategies and tactics to build your brand and incoming business
5). The Powermind – Creating mental wealth

This will be followed by a networking lunch/drinks. The discussion is driven by trends we are seeing within the Hive currently and the conference will feature insights from key experts within our community.

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Driving Value for Recruitment Businesses – Brabners

Join Brabners, BDO and Natwest for an upcoming webinar on Thursday 16 September. This session will focus on driving value in recruitment businesses and is aimed at recruitment, payroll and outsourced service providers.

Speakers will cover:

Attracting, Retaining and Incentivising your Team – Simon Whitehead, Head of the Recruitment Sector Group and Stephen Hadlow, Partner at Brabners

• The importance of a good contract of employment

• Equity, Share Options or EOT?

New possibilities for funding for growth – Guy Boxall, Relationship Director and Jon Tinsley, Senior Commercial Manager from NatWest

• The Recovery Loan Scheme

• RapidCash

Is it a good time to think about exit? – Jim Fieldhouse, Managing Director from BDO’s M&A team

• Current market appetite and valuations, and deal activity

• Building capital value in a recruitment business

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel, on these and other issues for the sector.

Sign up here.


Avoid the Salary Spiral: Competing for Talent Sustainably – Engagement Multiplier

With Engagement Multiplier – 4pm 25th August

Today’s competitive job market means employers are paying new hires significantly higher starting salaries, and those higher salaries are just the tip of a hidden iceberg of costs that could imperil the business for months – if not years – to come. 

Avoid what we’re calling the “Salary Spiral” and its associated costs with insights and advice from Stefan Wissenbach and Todd Brook of Engagement Multiplier, both of whom are experienced founders and executive leaders. 

  • At the end of this webinar, attendees will:
  • Understand the “Salary Spiral” and the risks it poses to businesses
    ​​​​​​​Be able to recognise and navigate the stages leading to a Salary Spiral (and avoid it!)  

Walk away equipped with ideas for competing for talent sustainably and capturing long-term value for the organisation

Presented By:

Stefan Wissenbach
CEO & Founder

Todd Brook
Chief Solutions Officer


Sign up here.





Hosted by Keith Southern with special guests Simon Whitehead, Partner at Brabners and Ruth Hargreaves, Legal Director at Brabners.

Thursday 17th – 12pm

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With a number of successful MBOs executed in the Hive over the last 12 months, we have invited the legal experts at Brabners to give the inside track on why an MBO is such an effective route to realizing the value and how to make it work for you.


Book your place here.


The power hive breakfast event at dakota hotel – manchester  

Friday 21st – 9-11.30 am

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A Power Hive breakfast special at Dakota Hotel Manchester – We’ll be exclusively harnessing the Power of Community, with our first Physical event of 2021, and we are doing it in style on the terrace of Dakota Hotel.
Limited places for Members of The Power Hive only.


RSVP here.


the powermind: cultivating a growth mindset

Hosted by Sean McCleary & WellMinds At Work

Tuesday 18th – 12pm

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With International Mental Health month in May, Lauren Di Ventura & Dr Aimee McCarthy will be discussing how to reframe your thinking, with tips and tools to help you cultivate a growth mindset personally and within your teams.

Book your place here.



Hosted by Mike Smith with Russell Clements & Steve Middleton

Thursday 13th – 12pm

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On Thursday 13th at 1pm we’ll be joined by Russell Clements, non-executive director of several businesses operating within the recruitment sector and former CEO of the SThree group. Russell will be leading a virtual roundtable on culture – ‘Building a true sense of belonging to your business’, a follow up to our Engagement Multiplier session on the new threats to company culture post-COVID. 
This roundtable tackles the subject of working arrangements within the Recruitment Industry following the comments made by Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon who labelled remote working as an “aberration”. Despite this, a nation-wide study of employees who were working from home during the UK’s third national lockdown found that 64% of workers want to switch to hybrid working when safe to do so. However, only one in ten believed that their bosses will give them that choice, and less than half think their employer will opt for hybrid working.
Do employees want to continue working from home/ is there now an expectation that this type of working will automatically be granted by employers in the future? We’ll tackle questions like this (and more) at the roundtable which, certainly won’t be short of debate!
As this is expected to be a well-attended session, we have just 10 slots available for non-members. 


Book your place here.



Hosted by Sean McCleary with Laura Wood, Co-founder of Loaded Hype

Thursday 29th – 12pm

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We’ve established in previous sessions that having an effective marketing strategy is crucial to your success.However, how can we prove our strategies are working and how can we measure ROI?


If you’ve found yourself in this situation then our latest Recruitment Marketing session is a must-attend, despite how large or small your marketing budget is. This session will also introduce the new Power Hive Recruitment Marketing Division.


Book your place here.



Hosted by Sean McCleary featuring Be The Tribe

Thursday 22nd – 12pm

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According to Mental Health in Recruitment’s recent survey, 9/10 employees and 8.5/10 leaders in Recruitment have suffered from work-related stress, anxiety or depression.

April is stress awareness month, and as a result, we’ve developed a PowerMind session alongside Be the Tribe which highlights how to approach the subject of performance in a mindful manner.


Book your place here.




Hosted by Keith Southern featuring ADVANCE’s Shaun Critchey and Anna Sills 

Thursday 15th – 12pm

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The changes to IR35 have officially been implemented – but that doesn’t mean the subject has been put to bed!

Our new virtual session explores what recruiters should be doing post-deadline in terms of long-term management AND offers practical advice based on case studies that highlight both exemplary implementations and IR35 horror stories!

Book your place here.


THE looming culture crisis – The New Threat to Company Culture Post-COVID

Hosted by Sean McCleary with Steve Middleton from Engagement Multiplier

Thursday 25th – 1pm

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You’ve already had a year of nasty, unexpected surprises.  Do you really want more?

Company cultures are hard-pressed to keep up with the huge changes in employees’ expectations of their employers – and the new trends in employee engagement.

With so much changing so quickly, I’m sure like every business owner and leader, you have questions to which you need straightforward answers and solutions – now.

During the webinar, Steve will focus on the four forces that pose the biggest threat to businesses just like yours in 2021:

  • FATIGUE: Rising burnout and exhaustion, leading to employee fragility, 
  • MISALIGNMENT: Rapidly growing misalignment between employers and employees,
  • RESISTANCE: Disconnect around returning to the workplace,
  • MISUNDERSTANDING: Employee expectations have dramatically changed.

Whether your business is growing, been forced to reduce staff numbers or are preparing for the return of furloughed staff, getting this right is critical.



Hosted by Keith Southern with panellists Steve Beckitt (SourceBreaker), Alex Faiers (Addictivity), Donna Owen (, Sam Cheshire and Nellie Perrin (Hinterview).

Thursday 18th – 12pm

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Data and marketing go hand in hand when nurturing sales. This session provides an overview of the following topics to help you implement an effective Recruitment Marketing strategy…

Market Mapping
Dataset Building
Website Interaction
Email Automation
CRM Database Functionality
Lead Generation



Hosted by Mike Smith with panellists Simon Whitehead – Brabners, Anna Sills – Advance, Shaun Critchley – Advance

Thursday 11th – 12pm

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The changes to IR35 legislation (6th April 2021) have caused large scale disruption. It’s incredibly important for agencies to follow up with their client-base to ensure that a compliant solution is in place both pre and post-change.

This session offers practical advice into the world of IR35, specifically covering what agencies need to watch out for as well as how they can be on hand to offer their support.


the power hive marketing round table

Using the Best Marketing and Automation Techniques to Grow your Business

Hosted by Keith Southern with panellists Laura Wood– Co-founder at Loaded HypeAlex Faiers– Founding Director at Addictivity, and Kris Holland – Director of Marketing at Charlton Morris 

Thursday 18th – 12pm

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Our panel has been chosen to cover a wide variety of Marketing topics, trends, and activities and will be discussing the following:

  • Branding & building authority through content

  • Creating advocates – leveraging your employee’s personal brand to grow your business

  • Building clarity and delivering ROI from a joined-up digital marketing strategy


Members’ Meeting

Introducing The Power Hive start-up incubator – Essential foundations for brand new and smaller recruitment agencies

Keith Southern and Mark Neilan

Thursday 11th – 12pm

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This is both a practical session and an introduction Zoom Session to The Power Hive Start-Incubator. 

In this session, we will be both be discussing and relaying everything a Start-Up Agency needs to consider before they embark on their recruitment agency journey. This session will also be a great reminder for the 1 person to 10 people-sized businesses who would like to refresh their current thinking and also to learn how some of the successful start-ups lay essential, solid foundations from the beginning.

This session is suitable for those starting their own recruitment business or those up to 10 sized teams who are now looking to expand.


Members’ Meeting

Building a Vision for Post-Pandemic Success

Mike Smith and Gary Elden OBE

Thursday 4th – 12pm

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Whilst we’ve all had to adapt to working in lockdown conditions and COVID has more or less become part of everyday life, looking to the future is an essential part of ensuring your success.

Building a vision and instilling a growth mentality during a time where many are focused on the immediate here and now is difficult. This Hive members meeting has been designed with this in mind – to encourage leaders to plan for the future both practically and optimistically.


Members’ Meeting

A Positive and Pragmatic Approach to Combatting the January Blues

Performance Pot: Kate Hayward & Vicky Hughes

Thursday 21st – 12pm

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Blue Monday kicks off the third working week of 2021. To help beat the Blues, we’ve developed a PowerMind session that aims to help you and your team’s restore confidence and energy amidst lockdown, post-Christmas and general winter doom and gloom.


  • How to build resilience and its impact on productivity and performance
  • What is ‘Blue Monday’? How can we remain positive and motivated in January?
  • Looking after your own well-being as a leader
  • Looking after the well-being of your remote team


Members’ Meeting

Bouncing Back: Engaging and Retaining Your Best People

Sean McCleary

Thursday 14th – 12pm

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January is notoriously a crucial time for retention. As we are moving into a market with more options available, keeping hold of your productive billers is more important than ever.


In our exclusive interactive session, we will be sharing some insight on the main drivers behind people looking to move in this market as well as discuss ideas, initiatives and give real, practical advice to ensure your January payday is one without any surprises.

“What really stands out about the Hive is the community”

We were lucky enough to welcome Rebecca Drew into the Hive at our recent networking event – here’s what Rebecca had to say about The Power Hive!




ADVANCE: Shaun Critchley and Anna Sills
Thursday 26th November – 12pm

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If you’re confused about the upcoming changes to the IR35 legislation which come into effect in April then tomorrow’s session is for you!

Shaun Critchley and Anna Sills from Hive Partner ADVANCE | Trust the Experts will be taking the lead and available to answer all your burning questions Q&A style at 1 pm.

If you’ve got a contract division OR are thinking of getting your contract division started, then you NEED TO KNOW what the IR35 updates entail – this is essential learning.


Linkedin special

LinkedIn Lessons for Recruiters: new features and the guide to building a successful profile

LinkedIn: Adam Hawkins, Head of Search & Staffing UK&I, and John McGrath, Global Customer Success Manager
Thursday 19th November – 12pm

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On the agenda…

For Recruiters:
LinkedIn Talent Insights (LTI)
Evolution of Recruiter and jobs
Candidate Experience

For Members:
– Assessments
– Profile intros (including open to work)
– Job push notifications
– Groups
– Re-skilling

It’s set to be a really informative session, helping help you to expand your presence and get ahead of your competitors.

With LinkedIn being an increasingly important part of a recruiter’s day-to-day, we’d even go as far as to say essential.


live webinar

Protecting Your Business: from furlough and covid to expansion

Brabners: Simon Whitehead, Partner
Thursday 12th November – 12pm

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Simon Whitehead, partner at Brabners joins to deliver a LIVE Members session on the all-important topic of how to protect your business amidst the current volatility.

We’ll be discussing:

– Navigating the new Job Retention Scheme/ Furlough
– COVID-19 precautions
– Brexit and GDPR regulations
– Expanding your business
– Preparing for 2021

Simon will also be available for a Q&A after the session, so ready your legal-based business questions!


virtual recruitment conference

the power of a connected community

Joe Thompson, Liz Johnson, Steve Carter, Andrew Sillitoe, Russell Clements, Dr Aimee McCarthy, Lauren Di Ventura, Paul Cheetham Karcz, Alison Humphries, Gary Elden, Natash Clark, Dr Ami Kaur, Richard Prime & more!

Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th October – from 11am each day

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The Power of a connected community

A virtual recruitment conference, where human connections meets digital transformation, powered by the Hive. 

Our *FREE* virtual conference gives you an unprecedented level of access to a mix of content over three days. Our sessions have been specifically developed to help recruitment leaders become drivers of success.

Despite the fact we can’t meet up for a while, networking and community are always at the heart of a Hive event. Connection is arguably more important now than ever which is why we are embracing digital opportunities to support our members and recruitment peers.

Free to Register

Non-members welcome




Dr Ami Kaur
Thursday 8th October – 12pm

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We recognise that building strong customer relationships has never been more important. With that being said, Hive favourite Dr. Ami Kaur will be hosting an interactive discussion with our Hivers, offering practical advice on how to build effective BD strategies in your business!

Due to unprecedented demand, this will now be available to our Hive members in webinar format!

Ami will be drawing on her areas across 20 years of building customer-focused growth strategies and discussing why now is exactly the right time to identify and establish trust-based relationships with customers.

Free to Register


member’s meeting

the power mind

WellMinds At Work: Dr Aimee McCarthy and Lauren Di Ventura
Thursday 17th September – 12pm

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The Wellminds At Work ladies are on hand to provide members with suggestions into both long term and short term management solutions, tips for building resilience, and recommendations for measuring the financial impact of mental health and well being.

Free to Register



International Expansion Best Practices

Kashif Naqshbandi, Nye Bidwell & David Ellis
Friday 3rd July – 12pm

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Our recent Trend Report revealed 57% of agency leaders are considering changing market either by vertical, by sector or internationally.

Joining us to discuss all things international expansion is a fantastic Hive line-up of powerful industry experts.

David Ellis – Director of BD at PGC, workforce management company in the USA and Canada

Nye Bidwell – Strategic Advisor within the Staffing industry helping businesses expand abroad

Kashif Naqshbandi – Chief Marketing Officer at Tenth Revolution Group

We’ll be discussing decisions and considerations around people, market, services and locations when embarking on international expansion.

Free to Register



Future-proofing your recruitment agency

Louise Davey, Brad Lamb, Mark Neilan & Power Hive Co-Founder Sean McCleary
Friday 5th June – 12pm

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We’ve brought together some of the Hive’s most forward-thinking leaders and owners who will be exploring everything from COVID-19’s impact on small start up’s to established global businesses, offering practical steps and advice and imparting their thoughts on the key themes highlighted by our soon to be published market research report!

We’re also looking forward to sharing the results of 150+ agency leaders input and using the key considerations that we’ve identified to drive discussion across markets, services and people in the post-COVID-19 recruitment landscape.

Free to Register




Gary Elden & Mike Smith

Friday 24th April – 12pm

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Gary Elden and Mike Smith will be analysing and assessing 4 market downturns and several booms, to provide you with key lessons and learnings from their lived experience, that will help YOU shape a thriving future!

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Graham Ravenscroft

Thursday 9th April – 12pm

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Gateway HR’s Lead Performance Coach Graham Ravenscroft will be covering how business leaders can support their people appropriately at this difficult time and ensure that they maintain the highest levels of engagement and performance across everyone in the business.

Free to Register




Simon Whitehead

Friday 3rd April – 12pm

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Brabners Partner Simon Whitehead will be covering all things Furlough!

Free to Register




Friday 27th March – 12pm

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Russell Clements will be imparting his knowledge, foresight and lived experience on how to find the opportunity in any market changes or uncertainty and fielding general questions during this unprecedented outbreak.

Free to Register




Natwest HQ
Friday 31st January – 9am

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To kick off the year and decade in style, we’ll be hosting an interactive breakfast event covering a topic within each of our Hive programmes: Business, People, Tools & Technology and Marketing.

If you’re interested in attending, RSVP.

Free to attend for Hive members
£100 for non-members

“It’s brilliant to see so many ambitious and driven people bouncing off one another in a room.”

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