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Birmingham HR Firm to Discuss Tech Impact on Employee Engagement at Major UK Festival

The leader of a HR tech company, which has its UK base in Birmingham, will share his knowledge and expertise at this year’s CIPD Festival of Work event.

HR Duo joins a top line-up of speakers at the event at the Olympia London in June, which is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors.

The company’s chief executive, Jerome Forde, will lead a session on how people skills honed over generations must now be successfully mediated through technology to create positive employee engagement.

The stage presentation will cover how the interaction between people in workplaces has become forever connected with technology, including artificial intelligence, and the challenges that brings for the industry.

HR Duo has recently launched in the UK to add to its original headquarters in Ireland as part of multi-million-pound expansion plans.

The new UK office is based in Birmingham’s cultural and creative centre, where 15 new jobs have been created as demand for the business’s innovative HR platform continues to grow.

The team are excited to be supporting and featuring in the Festival of Work as part of their introduction into the UK market.

HR Duo chief executive, Jerome Forde, said: “This is one of the premier HR events in the calendar and we’re delighted to be attending and speaking as we grow our presence in the UK. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘driving people with purpose to thrive’ and embracing technology and the opportunities it offers is such an integral part of that.

“Good HR managers will need to contribute in different ways. The HR manager of the future will need to understand technology, how it impacts the organisation and especially the way it affects relationships with people.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting with HR professionals and some incredibly high calibre speakers, while discussing the opportunities that tech and automation can deliver for businesses.”

Headline speakers at the event include acclaimed documentary presenter Louis Theroux, MOBO Group founder and CEO Kanya King CBE and comic writer, presenter and actor Katherine Ryan.

Now in its fifth year, the free-to-attend CIPD Festival of Work will be held over two days made up of six tents, 70+ hours of content, more than 150 artists, in excess of 200 exhibitors and anticipated visitor numbers of more than 5000.

As well as the stage presentation on tech-enabled employee engagement, HR Duo will be on hand to discuss emerging HR issues with visitors.

Festival-goers will also see the HR Duo platform in action and how it offers intelligent HR solutions for modern workforces.

HR Duo is ideal for SMEs with 50 to 1,000 employees to support existing HR teams, or as an alternative for companies which do not have a dedicated HR function.

The company has experienced significant growth in recent years and has attracted diverse customers, including in the retail, hospitality and medical device sectors.

The UK team is on track to expand to 20 people this year as more SMEs turn to the platform to help automate up to 80% of their HR requirements.

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