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August round-up

30 Aug 2019

Hello Team North West,

Summer is officially over and what an incredible few weeks we had here in the North West! We’re not quite ready to give up on the sunshine yet, so here’s a quick re-cap on some of things we’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

Golf day 

August kicked off with our Annual Golf Day, this time held at one of Cheshire best courses – The Tytherington Club. Our teams enjoyed 18 holes of golf in the sun, followed by a delicious two-course dinner. A great day to relax, stimulate fresh thinking and to make some great new connections. A huge congratulations to our winning team!  

If you didn’t get to come, our 2020 event is already live, so make sure you bet booked in early so you don’t miss out. 

Summer BBQ

In true Manchester style, we had to take it indoors for this year’s ‘summer’ BBQ. We had an incredible time nevertheless thank you to MediaCom who provided us with a fantastic indoor space. After the food, Manchester Chair, Sharon Amesu shared some of the exciting plans for IoD Manchester, including our brand new Members’ Voice Series taking place on 24th September where we invite both members and non-members to come along, meet with the committee and share your ideas for the region. We’d love to see you there. 

Cheshire Netwalking

Over 50 members and non-members joined our 3-mile netwalk on 22nd August, hosted at the fantastic Successfactory in Cheshire.  After a warm welcome from Cheshire Chair, Rob McKay, we heard from Founder, Graham who shared the story of the Successfactory and how they have helped hundreds of teams to maximise their potential through ‘out of the box’ thinking. We then headed into the hills for a walk in the gorgeous Cheshire countryside before heading back to enjoy a BBQ, beers and further networking. 

Brexit Guide

With potentially just weeks to go until we leave the European Union, there are steps you can take now to prepare your business.

If you haven’t already seen it, we have published a fully updated version of the highly popular Brexit Planning Guide. This document provides a baseline for understanding how Brexit could affect your organisation, setting out key questions and areas you should be considering to ensure you are as prepared as possible.

Read the guide here.

Digital academy

If you didn’t already know, the IoD Digital Academy is a free online learning platform for members that provides you with access to high-quality bite-sized CPD content every week.  

The content focuses on a different standard of our IoD competency framework including articles, video interviews, webinars and insights from business leaders and academics that promote an understanding and the application of the standard.   

Last month, North West Double Award winner, Donald Moore appeared on the IoD Academy to talk about Organisational Culture and how the ‘people before profit’ mindset has reshaped his organisation. If you’re a member and don’t use it enough, make sure you check it out here.

A quick reminder to book on to our brand new CPD 'Professional Director Series' on 25th October, we only have 10 places remaining so make sure you don’t miss out! You can read about it or book on here.

Here’s a few things we’ve got coming up over the next few months…

26 September | Graffiti workshop at Keith Haring Exhibition | Liverpool

IoD Liverpool invites you to join us for the first, major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring. Attendees can enjoy over 85 artworks including vibrant paintings, posters, photographs, and videos that conjure the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture that Haring embraced and reflected. After the exhibition tour we invite all attendees to take part in the Graffiti Workshop designed to bring out your inner Haring!

01 October | Fun in the Workplace | Lancashire

Investing time and effort into making your workplace a more enjoyable place to be can have numerous positive benefits on employee engagement, productivity and sickness rates. Our three experts will share their own experiences and we'll discuss how fun can be implemented as a key part of your business strategy.

04 October | Manufacturing Tour at Seven Bro7hers Brewery | Manchester

Hear how the Salford-based Seven Brothers have grown their family business from a home cellar to opening their very own Beerhouse in Ancoats, selling their hand-crafted beer all over country. Attendees will get to enjoy a manufacturing tour of the brewery, followed by tutored beer tasting and networking.

10 October | Entrepreneurial Social | Manchester

Join our 2nd IoD Entrepreneurial Social of 2019. Aimed at Founders/Co-Founders, the event gives you the chance to network and offer a short pitch about you and your start-up in a relaxed and informal setting. Just think beer, bites and micro pitches!

17 October | Enterprising Women Conference | Manchester

We already have 180 bookings for our 9th Annual (and biggest ever!) Enterprising Women Conference. The conference brings together inspirational speakers and discussion sessions, providing unique insights to help you to innovate within your organisation, and grow in your role as a leader. You will also have plenty of time to network with over 200 North West Directors and leaders over breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks, and at our post-conference drinks reception. Book your place here.

That’s all from us, if you have any questions about our events, feel free to drop Lauren an email at Or if you’re not a member but would like to find out how to get more involved please get in touch with

See you soon!
Claire, Becky & Lauren 

For more information, please contact

0161 521 8133

North West
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