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Adapt to survive – Success through change


That's the message at the Recruitment Industry Conference 2000. Attracting recruiters from a wide range of specialisms as well as professionals and business leaders connected with the £18 billion UK recruitment industry, this key Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) event will take place on October 6th at the London Hilton, Park Lane. The conference will broadly focus on recent significant changes in the industry and their impact on the market.

Tim Nicholson, chief executive of the REC will lead delegates through the programme which is built around three zones: commercial, political and industry specific. The event has attracted a portfolio of high-profile speakers, who will explore and explain how recruiters need to take their business forward in this changing climate:


  • Professor Richard Scase, world-renowned business futurist, Scase will focus on 'Competing for the future', looking at what will be required to develop successful business strategies over the coming decade.
  • Paul Ginnochio, business services analyst at Deutsche Bank, will look at the influence of the Internet on the recruitment industry and how it is likely to develop.
  • City editor at the London Evening Standard, Anthony Hilton, will look at how global markets developments are impacting on business.


  • Ken Livingstone has drawn much coverage in the media for his recruitment policies, which aim to accurately reflect demographics across London. Livingstone will deliver his keynote address about recruitment and the direction of the London economy.
  • With the Employment Agencies Act Regulations high on the industry agenda, Alan Johnson, Minister for Competitiveness will discuss the Government's employment relations' agenda.


  • Today's fast-changing recruitment environment affects high street agencies and specialists alike. Fintan O'Toole, managing director of Securicor Recruitment Services will present his vision for the industry and looks at the drivers for change affecting the industry.
  • What's coming our way from the West? Via a live link to the US, Richard Wahlquist, CEO of the American Staffing Association, will update delegates on labour trends stateside. REC Chief Executive, Tim Nicholson, will host this unique insight into US business practice with his American counterpart.
  • Jeff Grout will interview Kelly Services' HR Director, Sandra Hitching, about the changing role of the consultant.
  • Anthony Goodwin, founder of Antal International, will be sharing the secret to his company's success - and particularly Antal's move into emerging markets.

In addition to the keynote speakers, each session will include a question time and throughout the day delegates will be able to feedback on issues raised via an audience response system, offering a unique insight into the view of other delegates.

Later in the evening, the prestigious Recruitment Industry Awards Dinner 2000 takes place (although due to high demand tickets for this event this are sold out). A champagne reception and gala dinner will lead to the highlight of the evening - the Recruitment Industry Awards, followed by an evening of dancing.


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