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The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and within three years we were awarded a Royal Charter to support, represent and set standards for business leaders nationwide. We remain deeply proud of our Royal Charter and it stays at the forefront of everything we do as an organisation.

You will find us in the heart of all major cities and we continue to represent your point of view as a business leader both locally and nationally. Our objective is to ensure your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the opinions of the wider business community.

Membership will equip you with a range of resources - including access to business information, training, professional expertise, networking opportunities and 3,000+ global flexible working spaces - all of which are designed to help you strengthen and build on your own success. Our renowned Chartered Director qualification and training portfolio will provide you with the platform to hone your skill set and reach your full potential as a business leader.

There is little telling what the coming years will hold for UK business. However there is one certainty - the IoD will maintain an unwavering commitment to support our members, encourage entrepreneurial activity and promote responsible business practice for the benefit of our 30,000+ members and the business community as a whole.


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Membership

Giving you all the tools and resources you need to be the best director you can be.

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The IoD's Royal Charter

Royal Charter

Awarded with our Royal Charter in 1906 to promote four key responsibilities.

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Training courses

Achieve your full potential with our renowned professional development portfolio.

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Leadership team

Influencing national debate and shaping the agenda for the British business community.

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Events

From Edinburgh to Exeter, the IoD offers a wide range of events across the country.

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Our history

Representing the best interests of British business without fear or favour since 1903.

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