South West

IoD South West - About Us

The IoD South West region is one of the most active and vibrant in the UK, representing almost 3000 members spread across 6 local branches - in Bath & WiltshireBristolDevon & Cornwall,DorsetGloucestershire and Somerset.

The South West Region is renowned for its programme of informative, inspirational and valuable business events. These include exclusive company visits and presentations, breakfasts with successful business speakers and dinners with entrepreneurs - all opportunities for you to learn, connect and build your business network.

The South West regional office is located within the stunning Bristol and Bath Science Park and is headed up by Regional Director Simon Face. The regional team aims to provide information, support and guidance for directors, entrepreneurs and other business leaders, helping their businesses to thrive and grow.

IoD members can enjoy unlimited access to the Science Park atrium and café for informal meetings and working, access to the balcony meeting areas, free use of WiFi, in addition to receiving 30% discount on meeting room hire. This discount will revert to 15% on 1st April.
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Key Future Events for 2015

We still have many events planned for the next couple of months and would like to invite you to four of the most exciting events below:

IoD Gloucestershire Student Member Celebration with University of Gloucestershire
Location: Growth Hub, Longlevens  
Date: 18 November 2015
Time: 13:00 - 15:30

Join us to celebrate our first year of a strategic partnership with the University of Gloucestershire to develop the directors of the future through IoD student membership. Superdry Founder Julian Dunkerton has been invited back to check on last year’s students.

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IoD Dorset – Informal networking End of Year Special
Location: Volvo Dealer, Poole
Date: 03 December 2015
Time: 17:00 - 19:00

The IoD in Dorset is delighted to announce that we will be hosting this months, informal networking at the Volvo Dealership in Bournemouth.

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IoD South West End of Year Lunch and Bank of England Economic Review
Location: Ashfords LLP, Exeter  
Date: 09 December 2015
Time: 11:45 - 14:00

Stephen Collins, the Bank of England’s Agent for South West England, will join us once again to give members an economic review and discuss where banking experts feel the economy is heading.

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Wednesday @ 6 Christmas Special

Location: Smith & Williamson, Bristol
Date: 09 December 2015
Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Come and join your IoD Bristol Committee for drinks at the last Wednesday @ 6 of the year. Generously hosted and sponsored by Smith & Williamson, you can hear your Branch Committee’s plans for the coming year and network with members and guests.

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We are extremely grateful to our many South West Committee Members whose ideas, experience and contacts within the South West business community ensures the success of these events. If you are interested in joining your local branch committee, please see the South West Regional Strategy and contact Simon Face at the Regional Office in the first instance for more information.

IoD South West CPD Workshops
We hold a number of continuous professional development courses throughout the year, with the last two of 2015 being held in November. More CPD courses are in the planning for 2016. These 90 minute interactive case-study led CPD workshops open to both members and non-members cover the latest in strategy, leadership and governance best practice with added opportunities for peer-learning and networking. 

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Entrepreneurs Summer Celebration and Awards Dinner

Many congratulations to the winners of the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards 2015, announced on

17th June at the Entrepreneurs' Summer Celebration and Awards Dinner:

Director Development Award
Simon Gould, BMT Hi-Q Sigma, Bath

Third Sector Award
Vashti Seth, DEKI, Bristol

Family Business Director Award
Neil Way, Jeff Way Electrical Services Ltd, Bristol

Young Director Award
Darren Ryemill, Opus Professional Services Ltd, Bristol

Director of the Year Award Small Business
Christopher Smith, Marshfield Bakery Ltd, Bath

Director of the Year Award Medium Business
Julie Moore, Green Gourmet Ltd, Gloucester

Also congratulations to those who were Highly Commended in their category:

Director Development
Stephen Jackson – SA Group, Somerset

Director of the Year Small Business
Paul Mullen, Cubik Innovation Ltd, Bristol

Director of the Year Medium Business
Sandie Foxall - Smith, The Regard Group Ltd, Bristol

This year's winners will now go forward to represent the South West in the IoD national Director of the Year Award finals in the autumn.

Many thanks to the sponsors, HSBC and The Faculty of Business & Law at UWE and also to Bordeaux Quay.

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