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East Midlands

Online Annual Lunch Hailed a Huge Success

Tasha MacGilbert 15 Dec 2020

“I’m so proud of what we are doing around the country and the Lincolnshire & Rutland branch is an exemplar of all that is good about the institute at a branch level.”

Those were the comments of the IoD Director General Jon Geldart following the recent IoD Greater Lincolnshire & Rutland Annual lunch which, for the first time ever, was held online.

The Director General was one of the guest speakers at the event along with Air Marshall Andrew Turner, Hollywood actor Colin McFarlane and gadget aficionado Jason Bradbury who each gave their own unique perspective on 2020 and their predictions for 2021 and beyond.

Solo vocalists from Lincoln Minister School provided some seasonal entertainment with renditions of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Always Finds me’ by Ingrid Andress.

Over 50 people attended the event which was held via Zoom on 4th December and included opportunities to network in separate breakout rooms.

Despite the challenges of holding a virtual lunch Branch Chair Michelle Allison said bringing like-minded businesspeople together to share their experiences has never been more crucial.

“In a year when so many organisations have struggled to keep going and have supported their local communities with true spirit and determination, that there has never been a more important time to celebrate that resilience and sense of community,” explained Michelle.

“The lunch was an excellent opportunity for members, and non-members, to network, share their experiences and reflect on what has undoubtedly been a challenging year for all of us but also a year in which we have seen the very best that our communities and local business leaders have to offer.

“I would also like to thank everyone who helped organise the event or supported it in some way, especially JCH Investment Management Limited whose generous sponsorship made the event possible.”

The food was provided by Dine Delivered which prepared a delicious three-course meal using locally sourced ingredients for guests to cook at home.

Chair of the IoD East Midlands Gary Headland said it was well worth taking the risk to go ahead with the event online this year as it really paid off. 

“It was hugely gratifying to see so many leaders from Greater Lincolnshire & Rutland enjoying time with one another,” said Gary, “and the first-rate line up of speakers provided superb insights into their diverse worlds.

“I feel very lucky to be part of such a vibrant and caring business community.  If you didn’t attend this year, you missed out and I strongly encourage you to put a placeholder in your diary for 3rd December 2021; I really hope to see you in person at that event!

“In the meantime, if I or any of the IoD director volunteers across the Midlands can be of assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to us.”

Every year the IoD Greater Lincolnshire & Rutland branch invites guests at the annual lunch to donate towards a chosen charity. This year it was the Lincolnshire Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Appeal which has supported over 77,000 people during the pandemic so far. To donate please visit their website here

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