North West

News from your Region- The NW is looking for a New Regional Chair

Could you be the next IoD NW Regional Chair?  An exciting opportunity has arisen to take on one of the most challenging and rewarding roles within the IoD. NW regional chair.  Click here for more details or email Rachel Smith for more information

Goodbye Andrea

After 6 years as regional Administrator at the IoD Andrea Lowe has left her post to take up a fantastic new position with the Manchester International Festival. Her commitment to the IoD and support she has shown to our members over the years will be missed by many.   We wish her all the best in her new role and we are already planning some exciting joint events during the festival in July 2015.  

New Team

It’s all change in October for the IoD NW team.  We have already welcomed our new Events and administration Assistant, Karl Seed to the team last month.  Karl is on a years’ work’s placement form Chester University where he’s studying event management.  We will also be welcoming a new Events manager and head of business development for the NW soon.  More details to follow.

Welcome to the IoD NW

The IoD NW has approximately 1800 members covering Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.  Our members are business leaders, entrepreneurs and company directors from across all sectors in the region representing the best in NW business. 

Our offices and Members' Lounge are base in city centre Manchester not far from Piccadilly train station. 

Our small team, headed up by Regional Director Rachel Smith, is there to support all our members here in the region, through regular communication, connecting you to other members in the NW, delivering a high quality and diverse events and training programme and linking you to the right team in the IoD to help you maximise your membership. 

We also here to help anyone thinking of joining the IoD get a better understanding of all we have to offer you as a member.  Get in touch today on or call us on +44 (0)161 247 7634

Visiting the IoD NW Office and Members’ Lounge Manchester

Our members’ lounge, brought to you in conjunction with Bruntwood, is based on the ground floor at Lowry House in Manchester.  This informal, open plan lounge offers free refreshments and wifi for all members and up to 3 guests.  It includes individual workstations, small informal meeting tables for 2 and limited number of meeting tables for up to 4 people.  A printing and photocopying service is provided by reception.  

IoD Team at Lowry house- Our offices are on the 14th floor so if you need to speak with someone from the IoD please use the dedicated phone on reception.

Meeting space- Members requiring meeting space for more people, or who require either more privacy or presentation equipment may book one of the Bruntwood Red Rooms, either in Lowry house or at another Bruntwood location.  Members will receive 10% off all their bookings.  To find out more call 0161 638 9200.

Parking- Members are recommended to use the NCP Car park on Chorlton Street (see map below) as they will receive discounting parking when they have their tickets validated by reception at Lowry House.

This months's spotlight event:

Global Business Leaders Event

Opportunities in Canada -Investment opportunities in the financial services, information and communications technology, and life sciences sectors.  This event is open to both IoD members and non-members and is specifically targeting companies with over £5 million turnover.
Monday, 3rd November 2014.  12.00-15.15 include lunch and networking
CityLabs, Oxford Road, Manchester, Cost: FOC
For more details and to register click here

Other Events Coming Up

Classic Cars with the Stars
Join us on Sunday, 27th September, in Spinningfields in Manchester for our Carole Nash Classic Car Event.  As well as viewing a selection of classic and performance cars, we will hear from cherished car enthusiast TV presenter Fuzz Townshend as well as our other Classic car fan NW Chair, Tony Attard.  The event starts at 10 and includes refreshments.  It’s free of charge.  To register, click here.

 NW Director of the Year – Nominations are now Open
Nominations for the 2015 Director of the Year Awards in the NW are now open.  The region’s most prestigious awards for business leaders and entrepreneurs will take place on the 25th February 2015 at the midland Hotel.  We will be Launching the Awards at a drinks evening on the 2nd October at our sponsors Baker Tilly’s office in Spinningfields.  To register to attend click here or to find out how to enter or book you tickets go to

 How do you build your Network?
Business leaders understand the power of a strong network but are you an advocate of building new relationships face to face or is you little black book more virtual through linked in and twitter.  One the 8th October, we have assembled some of Liverpool and the NW’s most prolific networkers at Brabners LLP, Liverpool to discuss the pros (and cons) of both.  The event includes drinks and nibbles and is FOC.  To find out more and book you place click here

IoD Live Series 2014
Following on from the very lively Scottish Referendum Debate last week we want to remind you of the next three in the series of our expert panel debates hosted by journalise Andy Johnson. 17th September- Future of Transport, 15th October- Britain in Europe and the 12th November - Great Skills Debate.  The IoD NW want to you have your say on the three key issues which are affecting your businesses.  To find out more including location and timings and to book you place click here.

North West Region Reset

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IoD North West Regional Office
Floor 14,
Lowry House,
17 Marble Street,
M2 3AW

Meeting room bookings:
T: +44 (0)161 638 9200
E: Meeting room bookings