The United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) Annual Dinner was once again a sellout event with over 300 guests joining the major networking event, not only from the UK lubricants and chemicals industries but also from Europe and further afield.
The setting for the formal affair was the wonderful Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Kensington and this year’s guest speaker was multi award-winning broadcaster John Sergeant.
Eleven Recruitment is a long-standing member of the UKLA and has worked closely with the lubricants sector for many years. We were proud to sponsor the President’s drinks again this year.
The drinks reception was a great opportunity for a bit of down time before the dinner and formal proceedings.
As well as catching up with old friends there was a lot of debate around current hot topics, from uncertainty over the implications of Brexit, to the challenge of attracting new talent into the industry and how to manage the impending skills crisis.
According to Keeley Robinson, Eleven Recruitment’s Sector Lead for Lubricants & Chemicals, “This really is a key event in the lubricants industry calendar and as sponsors it was fantastic to be involved. Great to see so many experts getting the chance to share ideas, news and even a bit of gossip!
On a serious note, the skills gap is on the verge of becoming a real problem for the industry, so it was good to see it being highlighted and discussed during the evening. As recruiters we are keen to help address the issue”
It wasn’t all serious stuff however, and the James Bond-themed casino was the ideal setting for some more relaxed networking and well-earned fun at the end of the night.
If you would like to attend the 2019 event, make sure you order your tickets early - this year’s event sold out in a matter of weeks!