RecFest 2022



"The BIG event for TA professionals. Big ideas, big inspiration, big opportunities"
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Why RecFest?

Get ready to celebrate a decade of talent transformation at RecFest UK 2024 – the most electrifying festival for Talent Acquisition! Tailor-made for TA and HR specialists, Resourcing Leaders, and Hiring Managers this is not just your run-of-the-mill conference; it’s a fantastic fusion of conference-worthy content, incredible networking opportunities, cutting-edge tech showcases and solutions to supercharge the future of talent acquisition in your organisation!… and did we mention it’s a festival?

2024 is set to be bigger and better than before!
With a staggering 11 stages, 130 captivating talks, and inspirational keynotes from industry leaders, RecFest UK 2024 cannot be missed!

Join us at RecFest UK 2024 celebrating the best people, strategies, innovations and forward-thinking in TA!

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Exhibitors

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Daringly Different

RecFest’s unique festival setting makes it the ultimate event Talent Acquisition Teams. See what’s on:

Unique Experience

Unique Experience

A festival experience, bringing you the latest in Talent Acquisition - with the freshest vibes.

Leading Suppliers

Leading Suppliers

Access a range of industry leading talent technologies and solutions exhibiting throughout the event.

Inspiring Talks

Inspiring Talks

Over 130 industry speakers, and your favourite industry influencers all in one place

Legendary Afterparty

Legendary Afterparty

Thrilling live entertainment, music concluding with RecFest's legendary afterparty!

Strive towards TA Excellence

Upskill your TA Function 

Learn from the unmissable content programme and takeaway actionable insights from the brightest minds in talent acquisition. This is your annual chance to level-up your TA game.

Connect with industry peers

Network with your tribe, both old and new! RecFest is the ultimate destination to connect with thousands of TA peers.

Meet world-class suppliers

Meet and learn from leading technology and service providers as they delve into their groundbreaking innovations that will inspire your TA objectives.

Celebrate our community

RecFest will ignite your pride in belonging to this talented industry. Once you’ve absorbed the abundance of inspiring content, celebrate with your community at the industry’s favourite afterparty.

The Big Tops are back!

RecFest 2024 features

Bigger and better than ever, as we bring a massive 11 stages to RecFest 24, in order to tackle all the themes and topics that you’ve been clamouring for! From returning favourites such as the Inspire Stage, the RL100 Stage, and EVP Stage, to brand new additions, focusing on everything from AI to Talent Intelligence. Gain insights, get actionable takeaways, and find your people.

Previous Speakers

Hear from the voices who are inspiring real change. Here’s a small sample of past RecFest speakers, from the inspirational to the industry’s leading voices.

Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan

Presenter, Paralympic Medallist & Journalist

Torin Ellis

Torin Ellis

Principal @ Torin Ellis Brand

Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington

Multiple Olympic, European, World & Commonwealth Medallist

Will Dempsey

Will Dempsey

Global Talent Acquisition Director @ AstraZeneca

Milly Pickles

Milly Pickles

Content Creator & Disability Advocate

Bill Boorman

Bill Boorman

Founder @ TRU

Celinda Appleby

Celinda Appleby

Director, Global Talent Attraction @ Visa

Dr. Michaela Schütt

Dr. Michaela Schütt

Head of Global TA Ecosystem @ Siemens

Hung Lee

Hung Lee

Founder @ Recruiting Brainfood

Lars Schmidt

Lars Schmidt

Founder @ Amplify

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What they said...

The highlight of the summer for some of the UK team was attending RecFest, and the opportunity to catch-up and network with fellow TA folks from across the UK, in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Being inspired by an amazing lineup of speakers is an annual opportunity not to be missed but after the last few years of covid restrictions, the experience for the team to again share, learn, interact and chat in real life with friends and peers on all things TA was an important moment.”

– Karl Teasdale (RL100 Member), Talent Acquisition Director @ Ubisoft

What they said...

“Reflecting back on my summer, and so many post-covid get-togethers, I’d pull out #Recfest as the industry highlight of the year. Many of our UK-based team managed to attend so was obviously great to catch up with them, but was also good to see so many industry colleagues and visit so many potential suppliers.
I’d missed in-person events so much! I’ve been going to Recfest since that tiny first one 10 years ago and am a big fan. The chance to have real conversations in a relaxed atmosphere rather than “virtual coffees”, to be in a no-pressure environment so you can explore what works for you and follow up later. It’s a fantastic event and works well for TA. If you’re a TA leader and haven’t been before, check it out, you won’t regret it.

– Andrea Marston, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition at VMware

What they said...

“My brain just exploded with ideas, i’ve been working on events in the excel for nearly 15 years and from what you’ve shown me today I don’t think I’ll ever think about b2b events in the same way again.

– John Webster, Chief Marketing Officer @ Thomas International

What they said...

“RecFest was an inspirational event for both myself + my team. Tons of learning, from great speakers and inspiring leaders. The biggest thing for me personally was speaking to peers who are facing similar challenges, and learning that we are not alone in the challenges we face. What separates RecFest from the rest is the unique conference-type format in an informal setting which really is conducive to networking, collaboration + social interaction. RecFest…team Wagamama will be back for sure. Keep doing what you are doing – it’s brilliant! P.S. Noasis were awesome!”

– Simon Gomez, Head of Talent Acquisition + Employer Brand @ Wagamama

What they said...

“Our entire team were fortunate enough to attend Recfest 22 this year. We travelled from all over the UK and after a few years of missing out on in person events, Recfest22 was a much needed day out. To see so many smiling faces from the team during the day – whether it was the goodies they received from the various stalls, the talks who inspired them and even seeing their faces during my own speaking session was all worth it. The team found great value in learning about what other organisations were focusing on, what technology they were using to support them and what the “next best thing” in the market is going to be. Its still an ongoing source of topic in our team meetings and the team have made really valuable connections from the day.
We look forward to Recfest23. “

– Nerida Rooney, Head of Employer Brand & Strategic Resourcing @ Kier Group

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When is RecFest 2024?

RecFest is on the 11th of July, 2024 from 8 am – 9 pm.

RecFest Stages open at 9am and close at 5pm.

Exhibitor’s are open throughout the entire event.

The RecFest after party is due to start at 5.30, with music and entertainment to cap off the event.

Where is RecFest 2024 and How do I get there?

Knebworth Park,
Old Knebworth Ln,
Stevenage
SG1 2AX

If traveling by train, we recommend arriving at Stevenage Station where there is a Shuttle Service provided with your ticket to take you to the venue, and back throughout the event - including after the evening entertainment.

If driving, RecFest has plenty of secure, free parking when arriving on site.

Find out more here:
https://recfest.com/uk/getting-there/

Accessibility?

Can I come on my own?

Absolutely! RecFest is a great place to meet a lot of like minded people and many people every year attend on their own.

Can I showcase my brand at RecFest 2024?

Who produces RecFest?