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Blayze Group Hosts RTPI Breakfast Round Table Event
Posted on Feb 19, 2016

Blayze Group Hosts RTPI Breakfast Round Table Event

Blayze Group was delighted to host the RTPI's first in a series of breakfast round table events for members in the North West.

The theme for this event was 'Retain your Talent - Recruit to Grow' and the focus was on staff retention and reducing costly attrition rates to promote business growth. These are issues that are becoming increasingly common across Planning and related markets and clearly struck a chord with the RTPI members.

Blayze Group is a specialist recruiting consultancy in the Property and Construction sectors working with clients to help attract and retain the best talent. In addition to a traditional recruiting service, Blayze Group also offers a range of Talent Management programmes including Competency Frameworks, Personality Tests, Leadership Programmes, Coaching and Mentoring - so it is well placed to help HR departments to identify and implement the key elements of a successful staff retention strategy.

Vicky Hughes, Head of Planning at Blayze Group and Laura Padgett, Associate Director at Blayze Group's Manchester office, highlighted the latest data on the primary reasons for people leaving organisations. While the compensation package is a factor in decisions to move on, many other reasons were cited - for example, poor management, lack of training and development, perceived lack of support, work/life balance and a lack of challenging work.

In today's competitive hiring environment, it is vital that organisations nurture and develop their top talent. These are the people who are key to the development and growth of the business and they will always have career options elsewhere.

In what was a lively and well-informed discussion, all the attendees made valuable contributions. It was clear that communication with employees is vital to a successful retention strategy. Having a deeper understanding of the trigger points for people leaving organisations provided food for thought on how to address these issues. Suggestions of catch up meetings with staff outside of the formal appraisal process, improved employee engagement and the clear visibility of career progression opportunities were all high on the list of many ways organisations can create an environment that improves attrition rates and helps build teams for business growth.

Thanks to the RTPI for organising the event and to Stockport Council, Trafford Council, IBI Group and Compedence for their support and attendance.  

For more information about services that Blayze Group can offer to help improve attrition rates as well as recruitment services in Planning, call Vicky Hughes on 07983515104. 

For more information about the Royal Town Planning Institute and its activities in the North West, contact Bev Watson at

About Blayze Group
Blayze Group, established in 2002, is now the pre-eminent recruitment consultancy in the private sector property and construction market. Blayze Group helps transform organisations to gain a competitive advantage by sourcing, securing and developing the people that businesses need to grow and prosper. Across their UK offices based in London and Manchester, they offer a range of specialist recruitment and talent management services to the leading businesses in the sector.

Blayze Group’s unrivalled sector knowledge and unique consultative approach mean that they can deliver the highest quality talent – quickly and cost effectively. When partnering with Blayze Group, clients gain access to a unique talent pool and a range of services that goes well beyond those offered by traditional recruiting consultancies.

Blayze Group uses the latest technologies to supplement the expertise of their consultants in offering value added services like psychometric testing, skills gap analysis, mentoring and talent management programmes. Clients consistently achieve better quality hires, industry-leading retention rates and high levels of employee satisfaction. 

For more information about Blayze Group and the latest career opportunities in Property and Construction, visit the web site or view our corporate brochure.

Our Manchester office has dedicated consultants in several specialist sectors including Construction, Consultancy, Land and Town Planning and Design and Technical. Call 0161 359 4325

About the Royal Town Planning Institute
The RTPI is the only body in the UK responsible for the professional certification of planners. The RTPI leads the way in promoting planning, developing and shaping policy and setting standards for education and professional development.

Being a member of the RTPI makes you part of a community at the forefront of planning. Members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debates, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research.

In the North West, the RTPI organises affordable seminars and events for professional development, social events, and keeps you up to date through newsletters and providing local information and networking opportunities. 

For more details about membership of the RTPI in the North West, please contact Bev Watson

You can find details of upcoming RTPI events in the North West on the RTPI web site.

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I was taken back how consultative Blayze Group’s approach was; their focus on the details of my skills and experience was meticulous. They carry a lot of weight within their sector and employers seemed to recognise that Blayze work with a different echelon of candidates.
Ben Jones, Senior Quantity Surveyor