IoD East Midlands October News Update
Stephen Martin visits the East Midlands
Director General, Stephen Martin said...
It was a real pleasure to be up in Nottingham last week to speak with IoD members from across the East Midlands region – thanks to all who attended, and to those who organised the event.
Being able to travel across the country to meet our members is one of the most enjoyable – and most important – aspects of my role. Having been a member myself up in Scunthorpe for over a decade, I know how crucial it is that the IoD provides value for business leaders, wherever you are based.
And as we look to ready the IoD for the future with our current review, this is one of the key issues we are looking into. We need to ensure we strike the right balance between providing central services, but also ensuring that regionally and locally we are in a position to respond to the needs of directors where they are, and reflect the aspirations and challenges of their area’s business community.
There’s no better way to understand what IoD members want for their region than going out and asking them in person – and that’s what our senior leadership team and I have been doing. We’ve held events across the country, and our East Midlands engagement day was a particularly productive leg of this journey.
We have also been listening to your views on some proposals we have, to enable our Institute to thrive in the modern world of business.
I’d like to thank once again all our members who took the time to attend the event – your insight has proven extremely valuable.
An Insight into British Steel
A group of IoD members were pleased to visit British Steel in Scunthorpe as part of the annual programme of events that the branch committee put on for members. British Steel was created when Greybull Capital bought the long products Europe business of Tata Steel. British Steel is a world leader in the production of long steel products with facilities across the UK and France, supplying premium products around the world. British Steel work closely with their customers and suppliers to create an agile, effective and competitive supply chain.
We were really grateful to Ruth Henstock at British Steel for hosting the visit and to Paul Banton, Managing Director of Ruddocks and IoD Committee Member, for arranging the event. Members have told us that they find the opportunity to visit other businesses really useful to stimulate capacity for thought and innovation as an idea that works in one context (for example at British Steel) is often capable of being deployed in another.
We are planning next year’s programme and it will include more visits to local and regional businesses. Mick Lorkins, an IoD Member, said of the visit, “A real insight into the current day steel making business and ongoing pressures to produce in a competing global market. Great views of the steel making process and well worth the round trip driving from Northampton.”
Business Commitment at Members’ Evening
There was an air of positivity and business commitment at the latest Members’ evening on 2nd October held at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.
Many existing and new IoD Members attended, along with a range of business people from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
IoD East Midlands Regional Director Ron Lynch, Sue Charlesworth and Cari Grice explained the new opportunities available to Members and future events they could participate in. This included looking for mentors for the IoD £10 Challenge.
Over the next few months we have a variety of upcoming events. Below is a small selection:
Leicester Lounge Launch
We would like to invite you to come along to see the new IoD Member space which is being launched at Castle Business school on 23rd October from 5.30pm-7.30pm . Alongside finding more about the benefits IoD membership gives you. We will be providing some wine and canapés so would appreciate your confirmation if you plan to attend but there will be no cost.
Designed for those who are new to exporting or considering new markets, our event will introduce you to a number of IoD Members who are Export Experts, who will share their own experiences of trading internationally on the 12th November from 9.30am-5.00pm at Drayton Manor Hotel.
Annual Lincolnshire Lunch
We invite you to join us for our annual lunch in Lincoln on the 7th December, from 12pm-3pm at the Bentley Hotel, Lincoln. This year’s guest speaker is Dawn Barron, Founder of Human Alchemy. This popular annual lunch promises to be a lively and informative afternoon, offering members and the wider business community an opportunity to enjoy relaxed networking and an excellent 3-course meal.
Look out for our Autumn Magazine
In the next few weeks look out for our Autumn Magazine which will feature our new Leicester lounge facilities for members, opportunities for members and upcoming events.