The CIPD Festival of Work is your opportunity to connect, collaborate and take inspiration from fellow people professionals and business leaders across the world.

The Festival is a place to explore the single most important question for any organisation - how can you create an environment which enables your people to work better, and which works better for your people? Our two day conference explores the future of work and how to create action plans to make that a reality for your organisation.

At The Festival of Work you’ll hear insights from industry thought leaders on how business and people strategy need to evolve to adapt to a new working environment. Our Festival floor will bring those ideas to life, allowing you to interact with the people and solutions to help you create a better world of work.


Unparalleled expertise

Attendees were inspired by our stellar speaker line-up of 50+ top practitioners who are at the forefront of business management. Hearing the latest innovations, case studies, advice and research that enhanced their knowledge and helped their organisation to stay agile in today’s ever-evolving world of work.

Cutting-edge research

Festival goers heard from industry leading suppliers who continue to spearhead the latest solutions, research and innovations that reimagine their way of working and inspired new and improved processes. Attendees sharpened their skills and took away invaluable insights that they could apply in their working practice the very next day.

Market trends

The people profession are staying ahead of the curve! At Festival of Work attendees discovered smart ways of working and staying up to date with the latest legislation that shapes and strengthens their business as traditional remits expand.

Global collaboration

Participants from 127+ different countries created connections, shared experiences and tackled the biggest challenges facing the people profession. They drew comparisons, combined different working styles and learnt from one another as to discover their role in championing better work and working lives. 

CIPD Festival of Work 2023 in numbers

6 stages

including: ESG Main stage, L&D,  employee experience, EDI, internal communications and wellbeing.

7 session formats

providing something for everyone from panel discussions to interactive workshops.

100+ sessions of content

curated to showcase the best and brightest from across the industry across 2 days.

100+ artists

of thought leaders and top practitioners guaranteed to leave you inspired.

150+ exhibitors

of leading product and service providers to help you in your world of work.

5,000+ festival-goers

across various industries within the people profession and beyond.

You're in good Company

We welcomed festival-goers from 127+ countries across 22+ Sectors Including:

Age UK Amazon American Express Apple Asda Barclays BBC BMW BP British Airways British Army  BT Bupa Cabinet Office Deloitte GlaxoSmithKline  Hilton Hotels HM Revenue & Customs  HSBC John Lewis Partnership Lloyds Banking Group Macmillan  Cancer Support Marks and Spencer Ministry of Defence National Trust Nestle UK Network Rail NHS Primark PwC Royal Mail RSPCA Samsung Electronics Shell Sport England Starbucks Tesco The Walt Disney Company Transport For London  Virgin Media

Trusted advice on the industry’s biggest questions:

  • Hybrid and remote working
  • Digital learning
  • Upskilling
  • Corporate responsibility

  • Rewards & benefits
  • Organisational resilience
  • Diverse representation
  • Employee wellbeing

Drive your people with purpose to thrive