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February round-up

05 Mar 2019
North West Feb round up

Hello Team North West! Can you believe we’re in March already?

I hope you all had a fabulous February, and enjoyed the glimmer of sunshine, even if it was only short-lived! A huge thank you to all who came to support our events last month, we hope you took something useful away from each of them.  For those who didn’t get a chance to attend any, here’s a bit of an overview of what we’ve been up to.

The month began with session two of our Youth Leadership Passport events, which covered the topic of Politics and why young people should care.  We were delighted to be joined by Mayor Andy Burnham, who listened and engaged with our young leaders regarding their concerns and hopes for the future of our city region. Black and Minority Ethnic leaders are under-represented, and IoD North West is running this programme to help shift this balance, make a difference and reap the rewards for our region. – Here’s an article on it if you’d like to

find out more

Youth Passport

We also hosted our very first webinar last month, it covered the key elements of scenario planning - when you should be using it, why, and how to create success for your business during times of uncertainty. We got some fantastic feedback so will be making these a regular occurrence. 

The next webinar will be on pricing: 'how to price your platypus' which will offer simple but effective ways to increase your price and get to grips with which price point is best for you. The IAS have also created a factsheet on this which you might find helpful, you can read this here

Members also visited Congleton for our manufacturing tour of Siemens Digital Factory which gave them an to opportunity to learn about industry 4.0, to explore best practices and expand their knowledge of how the processes used by Siemens can be implemented in real world.

The end of Feb was a powerful few weeks of events for IoD North West. The first was our Modern day slavery event at The Co-op. IoD member Paul Gerrard touched upon their ‘Bright Future’ programme which strives to break the cycle of exploitation and prevents re-trafficking by offering a pathway to paid employment for survivors of modern slavery. We also heard from Susan Banister of Slave Free Alliance which is a charity dedicated to preventing exploitation, rescuing victims and reforming society. We were inspired to see the work being done to tackle this issue and gained key insights on how to spot modern slavery within your own business and contribute towards a fairer and more ethical business environment.  

In Lancashire, 'Diversity in the boardroom' took place at Burnley College, and covered the topic of diversity and its importance within the business environment. Thanks to our fantastic panel of speakers who each shared their own stories, attendees left with memorable insights on how a diverse and inclusive culture can revolutionise the success of your business. 

Last week, in Manchester we were joined by leaders at Patagonia, Brew Tea Co., Danone and Pentameter for our most recent event ‘Ethical business – an introduction to B Corp’.  The event welcomed a full house of both members and non members to hear about B Corp and the journey in becoming B Certified. B Corps are a new type of business that balance purpose and profit and meet only the highest standards of verified social and environmental, performance, transparency and accountability.  It was fantastic to hear  the vision of B Corps global movement and the work being done to reinvent business as a force for good no matter how big or small the company may be.  Find out more about B Corp here

And to round up our February update, IoD North West were honoured to support the first ever national IoD student Membership team with their annual conference – Inspiring future leaders which took place at Salford University. The event brought together student members from across the country for a day of networking and the opportunity to and meet and hear from some of the most prominent names in business. The day ended with some words of inspiration which I think we can all take something away from: ‘’It’s not about what you know, or who you know, but who knows you. Be better equipped, known and connected’’ – Andy Lopata.


And with that being said, here’s some events we have coming up in the next few weeks:

14 March | Dinner at The Clink | Cheshire

Join us for a brand new dining experience designed to transform the lives of women prisoners through work-based training. You will hear from Sharon Amesu, Darren Burns  and Catrin Aherne and discover the huge impact The Clink Charity  are making.

WEBINAR - 21 March | “How to price your platypus” – simple ways to increase your price Webinar | Online

If you've ever struggled with knowing what to charge, then it's time to get to grips with the science and psychology of pricing through this interactive webinar.

21 March | IoD 99 Social | Manchester

This event is all about you, so we are incorporating the chance for you to give short pitches about you and your start-up to follow guests and to put an ask out to the audience to support you.

26 March | IoD Liverpool | When banter becomes a blunder - tips for ensuring a happy workforce in the post #metoo world

This event welcomes Charles Millett from Morecrofts Solicitors to offer some practical and insightful advice on what constitutes as acceptable practice for ensuring a happy workforce. 

04 April | IoD North West & Isle of Man | Director of the Year Awards 2019 | Manchester

Book you table or ticket for the most prestigious evening of the year! The event will provide you and your team with an exceptional hospitality opportunity at the awards ceremony. Reserve your table. 

8 April | IoD Liverpool | An audience with Peter Moore, CEO of Liverpool FC

Peter will share brand new findings on LFC's economic impact across the city and wider region. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions as Peter discusses his career and the work of the LFC Foundation. 

11 April | IoD Lancashire | A Masterclass in Exporting 

Join us for an exporting masterclass with Barry Leahey MBE, Director of Playdale Playgrounds. Having won IoD North West ‘Global Director of the Year in 2018, Barry will offer his wealth of knowledge to offer key insights for you to take away.

24 April | How to be a climate conscious leader | Manchester

This event is designed to offer you an opportunity for you to come to your own, informed conclusions about how you can respond to climate change in your business and community, whatever size or shape your business.

8 May | IoD Liverpool | Too poor to retire

We are delighted to welcome Ed Smith from Rathbone Investment Management who will explore the disparity between the retirement realities of the current pensioners and the next generation.

13 May | IoD Liverpool | Nisha Katona MBE

Join us for an afternoon with the incredible Nisha Katona MBE. You will discover her road to success, including the challenges she's faced along the way as well as her ambitious plans for the future.

21 May | IoD Lancashire | Leadership test | Burnley

In times of uncertainty and a shifting business environment, the need for great leadership has never been more vital. Stuart Thompson, Lancashire Chair and Managing Director of Reorient, will explore the three main elements of great leadership and share practical guidance to help uncover your leadership gaps


See all our events here  - If you have any questions or would like to book, feel free to drop Lauren an email – lauren.mullan@iod.com


As you all know, our Manchester office is based at All Work and Social in the XYZ building Spinningfields. Aside from our IoD events, All Work and Social run frequent events which you’re all welcome to. I’ve included a list below of some coming up soon:


06/03 |  Free professional headshots

11/03 | Weekly lunchtime Yoga

13/03 | Lunch and learn with Locowise

14/03 | Drinks for 'Sam's Gift'

21/03 | A night in with Bruce Daisley

For more info or to book, please contact millie@allworkandoscial.com


If you have any questions or feedback for us, whether it be about events, membership or just for a chat, please always feel free to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date if you haven't already.

See you soon!

The North West Team x 


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