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Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors network

Gary Stringer

Ambassador Place Manager, Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors

30th November 2016

Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors are working in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, Skillsmakers and West Herts College to look at how local businesses can better engage with local students, our area’s future work force.

Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors are our economic champions, a collective of local businesses that bring together their knowledge, networks and influence as a powerful force.

Together Business Ambassadors will influence the place shaping of Hemel Hempstead, in order to compete, attract investment, business and visitors to create a more successful economy for the benefit of everyone.

Having the right work force is seen as crucial to this, the right aptitudes and the right skills are essential to attract the right employers to the area, showcasing Hemel Hempstead as ‘a place you can do business’.  With a low level of unemployment in the Borough our local businesses need to look at growing and nurturing our local youngsters, creating a skills pipeline that is attractive to business and thereby promoting continued economic success.

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What are Business Ambassadors doing about skills?

We have established a skills focus group to identify areas where they can assist and influence, bringing together members, including Dacorum Borough Council, West Herts College, Kings Langley School and Skillsmakers, together with local businesses such as Bourne Leisure, FFEI and Sopra Steria.

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Get involved

A future Ambassadors event is planned for May 2017 at the new Dacorum branch of West Herts College to bring the Ambassadors together to discuss employment in general, and the initial suggestions from the skills focus group. This includes a proposed Skills Breakfast, bringing together local students with key local employers to discuss the expectations of both in a fun and relaxed networking environment.

For more information on the work of the Business Ambassadors and how your company can get involved in promoting our local area, contact Ambassador Place Manager Gary Stringer: gary.stringer@HHBA.work T:01442 228808