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GLA conference to take place in March

Following on from the inaugural 2015 event, the GLA is returning to Derby on 8th March for another national conference.


The GLA will aim to break down barriers that may exist between the organisation and its industry, partners, licence-holders and other stakeholders.


The GLA say the conference will provide an exclusive insight into how it operates and works with its licence holders to help them be compliant and successful. They will also look at current trends employed by unscrupulous and criminal operators and explain how they work to stamp them out and tackle those who break the law.


Delegates will have the opportunity to speak to the chair, chief executive and board members of the GLA as well as other people working to stamp out labour exploitation and modern slavery in the UK.


Delegates will be able to network with some of the major players in the GLA-regulated sector, as well as hear from the UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the Home Office on the current thinking on how labour exploitation should be tackled. 


Through the use of interactive surveys, case studies, short videos and presentations the GLA also intend to dispel the myths and misconceptions around how the GLA performs its role. This will cover their licensing process - from applications through to compliance inspections and revocations, as well as enforcement activity and operations.


Concerns of the industry, including Government proposals and developments, will be discussed at the conference, as well as the current risks and pressures facing the UK labour markets.


The GLA will explain enforcement, covering everything from receiving intelligence to court successes. It will also cover compliance, focussing on everything from what the GLA look for to the current trends being uncovered in non-compliance. The GLA will also demonstrate how they work with licence-holders to overcome minor compliance issues.


Speakers at the event include Kevin Hyland, UK independent anti-slavery commissioner; Offer Stern-Weiner, Head of the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit; a victim of labour exploitation; a recently inspected licence holder, who will explain they worked with the GLA to overcome compliance issues, and a convicted human trafficker. GLA chief executive Paul Broadbent, chair Margaret Beels and other board members will also be speaking.


The conference, which takes place on Tuesday 8th March 2016, will be held in the Pedigree Suite at Derby County FC’s iPro Stadium (Pride Park).


It will be a full-day event, with registration and coffee from 9.30am ahead of a 10am start. The conference is scheduled to finish at 4pm. 


The event is priced at £95 per person. This includes refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch. Spaces are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Once sold out, any additional requests will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.


The GLA recommend that GLA licence holders and applicants attend, as well as labour users, retailers, trade unions, other law enforcement agencies plus anyone else who works within or in partnership with the GLA's regulated sector. 

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