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 & Wiltshire, Bristol, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire 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.

We are also 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.

IoD South West CPD Workshops
You may be interested to know that a new programme of short IoD Development Seminars is due to launch in the spring.

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.

Please click here for further information.

Entrepreneurs Summer Celebration and Awards Dinner – 17 June 2015

This year, IoD South West is pleased to announce the Entrepreneurs Summer Celebration and Director of the Year Awards at a superb

New venue – Bordeaux Quay on Bristol’s historic waterfront.

The IoD South West Director of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the role of entrepreneurs, company directors and other enterprise leaders in building business success, creating wealth and growing the economy.

This year the judges have selected 10 individuals who have been shortlisted in the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards.

They are:

Vashti Seth – Deki
Tim Stringer – Integral Build
Karl Louden – TRW Digital
Sandie Foxall-Smith – The Regard Group
Darren Ryemill – Opus Recruitment Services
Paul Mullen – Cubik Innovation
Neil Way – Jeff Way
Christopher Smith – Marshfield Bakery
Ben White – Marshfield Bakery
Julie Moore – Green Gourmet.

IoD South West Chairman Richard Ayre said: “The entries this year demonstrate the breadth of enterprise and innovation in the SW region.” 

“These awards showcase some of our most exciting businesses and leaders and I am continually surprised and delighted by the quality of the field”

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner. Limited places are available so do book at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

Entrepreneurs' Summer Barbeque and Awards

Many congratulations to the winners of the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards 2014, announced on 12th June at the Entrepreneurs' Summer Barbeque and Awards:

Director Development Award
Andrew Robinson, ARC Energy, Gloucestershire

Public Sector Award
Nick Sturge, Science Research Foundation, Bristol

Family Business Director Award
Henry Williams, Williams Automobiles Ltd, Bristol

Corporate Responsibility Award
Steve Clark, Budget Pack Environmental, Bristol

Young Director Award
Helen Lacey, Red Berry Recruitment Ltd, Somerset

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

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

Public Sector Director
Julia Clarke CDir, Bristol Community Health CIC, Bristol

Young Director
James Eades, Systemagic Ltd, Bath
Griff Holland & Ed Brown, Friska Ltd, Bristol

Director of the Year
Simon Barbato, Mr B & Friends Creative, Bath

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, Jaguar and UKTI and also to Cherry Picked Catering who supplied the food and the bar facilities.

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The Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with Bristol City Council, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI,CMI, IoD and West of England LEP. It provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.
Photographs of the recent Distinguished Executive Address given by Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive of The British Red Cross on 17 October 2013.

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