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The Top Reasons Every Director Should Join the IoD in 2019

Rachael Taylor 29 Jan 2019
IoD Norfolk Ambassadors

A trustworthy business community which you can rely on

In this difficult period of economic uncertainty, it is hard to tell what the coming years will hold for UK business. However, one thing is certain- the IoD will continue to support its members by encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of all 30,000+ members and the business community as a whole.

Founded in 1903, the IoD represents and sets standards for business leaders across the nation. We also remain deeply proud of our Royal Charter which stays at the forefront of everything we do as an organisation.

You will find us in the heart of all major cities, representing your point of view as a business leader both locally and nationally. Here in the East of England, our mission is to ensure that your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the opinions of the wider business community.

What does IoD membership offer?

Whether you are an established Director of an FTSE company or a young entrepreneur launching a start-up, our IoD memberships will equip you with a range of resources to help your business grow. 

Our memberships include free access to business information, training, professional expertise, networking opportunities and flexible working spaces, all of which are designed to help you strengthen and build on your own success.

Need a place to work on your travels? 

Our memberships give you free access to numerous IoD Hubs up and down the country with flexible working and meeting spaces. The IoD East of England is delighted to have set up a Regional Office at The Bradfield Centre in the heart of the Cambridge Science Park. The building is home to innovative high growth start-up and scale-up businesses and IoD members are welcome to use the modern communal working spaces, book meeting rooms and visit the Lakeside Café.

Do you want to meet other business leaders and share your knowledge? 

IoD members in the East of England can attend exclusive networking events across the region, including company visits, exquisite dinners, informative talks, workshops, conferences, topical debates and business breakfasts with inspirational speakers who are thought-leaders in their fields of industry.

Nicky Lawlor, Co-founder of Cyberfen and IoD Norfolk Cyber Security Ambassador says, 

“The IoD provides a powerful opportunity to network with other business people, locally and nationally.  It is an opportunity to challenge your own thinking and to see new ways of moving your business forward.”

How about learning something new? 

As an IoD member you have exclusive access to the IoD Academy at our head office in 116 Pall Mall, London where you can carry out professional development courses designed to help you boost your career and grow your business. In addition, 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;

"Change is on the horizon and with that will bring challenge and opportunity. As well as Finance, Leadership and Governance, the IoD Chartered Director course and qualification offers practical ways to assess the strategic options and focus on the key opportunities to bring clarity and benefit to your business. By joining the IoD, you can benefit from big discounts on course prices and take advantage of the business support services at the same time”, says Emma Gooderham, Operations Director of Soak Digital Ltd, IoD Norfolk Ambassador and Chartered Director. 

And guess what? We have now gone digital! Members have access to our new cutting-edge digital platform that puts you in control of your learning, offering IoD members, course delegates and the wider business community an opportunity to Learn, Benchmark and Connect on the go with the IoD Academy app and website. Find out more about the IoD Digital Academy here. 

Read to lead:

We even have our own IoD Business Library for you to expand your knowledge with access to business resources and information. Find out what our fabulous IoD Ambassadors from the East of England are reading for top tips on how to be a better director here.

Seeking business information or advice?

Our IoD Business Information Service aims to provide practical, general business information and research to members quickly and for free. We also have a free Director's Advisory Service which provides confidential, independent business advice from our specialists. Our experts can give advice on a broad range of business issues including employment, company, commercial and contract law, HR, finance and marketing.

Need help with legal issues or tax? 

Members can use our free, unbiased and confidential Legal Helpline and Tax Helpline for expert advice on a wide range of employment, company, commercial and personal legal and tax matters. 

James Allison Managing Director of EasyLifeIT and IoD Norfolk IT, Digital & Tech Ambassador says, 

“I love the range of opportunities and services the IoD gives me. It is a great chance to share ideas and experiences with other people facing similar challenges but who can offer you different perspectives and insights. There is support from an information service when I need help such as legal advice or business policies. When I travel there are offices I can drop into around the UK free of charge. I renew my membership every year without hesitation”.

From start-up, to scale-up!

At the IoD, there is something for everyone. In addition to our Full and Advance Memberships, we are proud to offer our IoD 99 Membership, which is the UKs fastest growing network exclusively for Founders and Entrepreneurs wanting to expand their start-up;

“As a new business, I see IoD99 as an essential business partner to support the growth of my business. The key benefits to me are the IoD premises throughout the country, opportunities to attend socials both in Norfolk and nationally, peer to peer support, professional guidance and free access to the incredible Information and Advisory Service”, says Cassandra Andrews, Founder of Cassandra Andrews Ltd and IoD99, Education & Skills Ambassador.  

New Year, New Energy

The IoD is more than just an Institute. It is about connecting, inspiring, learning, growing your business and developing as a business leader.

Chris Cliffe, Director of CJC Procurement Ltd and IoD Norfolk Procurement Ambassadors says,

 “Joining, or re-joining the IoD in 2019 would be a great move as there is new energy across the county, and it is time to get involved. Whilst organisations should be joining and supporting the newly re-energised Chamber of Commerce under Chris Sargisson’s inspirational leadership, IoD Norfolk is here for individual directors and senior leaders of those organisations. You should consider the personal benefits for yourselves in joining an internationally recognised Chartered Institute which supports senior leaders in becoming the best that they can be. Check the eligibility criteria and come along to an event near you this year and find out more, and meet other business leaders. Who knows where intelligent conversations with intelligent people may lead.”

Furthermore, in this time of tremendous change, the IoD is a trustworthy business community which you can rely on.

So if you haven’t already, why not get in touch? We would love to meet you.

Finally, remember to keep an eye out for upcoming events across the East of England which may be of interest to you via our events page here. 

Contact IoD East of England

For more information, please contact.

020 3006 2729

East of England

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


IoD East of England
The Bradfield Centre,
Cambridge Science Park,
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