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#TheLab18: Unleashing 'The Power Of You'

By Ashfield Meetings & Events


Today (on Thursday 23 August) we're running our annual conference - The Lab - at East Midlands Conference Centre, a De Vere venue, based at The University of Nottingham.

The Lab, now in its sixth year, is an interactive event for UK staff, dedicated to delivering continued professional development, building supplier partnerships and driving creativity. It is designed to complement our award-winning learning and development programme.

This year the theme ‘The Power of You’ will focus on the individual strengths of employees and how collectively they help to create solutions for clients. The Lab will have 200 attendees (including a number of preferred suppliers) and provide staff with the opportunity to share their own stories through a combination of ice-breakers, facilitated workshops, AV demonstrations, external speakers and an exhibition environment.

Penny Callaghan (Director, Operations and Business Services) said: “The Lab is a valuable and an important date in our calendar – and as a business we’re serious about developing and investing in our people. It is an opportunity for us to share insight and understanding, develop more collaborative relationships and build strategic partnerships. We have asked a number of our suppliers and partners to be involved during the event and interact with our staff throughout a series of engaging activities. Our suppliers are an extension of our business and are a key asset in supporting us when delivering our clients’ events with certainty and impact.”

Janina Monaghan (Head of Global Sales Support) commented: “The Lab is growing from strength to strength and this year, the stage is set to allow our staff the opportunity to discover more about their colleagues through interactive workshops and discover the benefits of storytelling as a communications tool. Our strapline of: Share, Connect, Create has been designed to encourage our people to share stories with one another to help them connect on an emotional level and ultimately, lead to the creation of impactful SPARK moments and collaborations.”

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