Ahh… spring has definitely sprung – and we continue with our programme of diverse events, having had a busy few months in the run up to Easter.
We had our New & Renew Member Lunch which is a fantastic way to ‘get to know the IoD’ and to meet fellow members. In partnership with Pinsent Masons, we host member lunches every second month to discuss member benefits, upcoming events and business opportunities. Existing members are more than welcome to come as a ‘refresher’. The next one is 23 May in Pinsent Masons office – it would be great to see you there!
On 17th April we had a full room for the Director Bootcamp, sponsored and delivered by Arthur Cox. A highlight of the event was the opportunity to hear from two experienced NI directors, Clare Guinness, Warrenpoint Port and Paul Rothwell, Sliderobes. Clare and Paul, openly shared their experience, the good, the bad and the ugly - of being a company director. The big take aways from the session where: be informed, talk to other directors and develop and grow your team to enable trust. Being a director does not mean doing all the work yourself - but you do need to be fully informed to take responsibility for the major decisions. We had great interaction from the attendees with lots of pertinent questions for our panellists. The role of the director continues to come with increased governance and responsibility - please ensure you are maximising the services of IoD to ensure you are fully informed and prepared.
Also in April we joined with InterTradeIreland, NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses and Invest Northern Ireland to host an event which focused on pragmatic steps businesses can take to prepare for Brexit. This was a unique event, organised to bring a host of information on Brexit support and funding under one roof. There was an impressive line up of speakers and more importantly an opportunity for attendees to benefit from one-to-one clinics with a range of experts drawn from subject areas such as customs, logistics, tax, supply chain, data and employment. A practical voucher scheme is available from InterTradeIreland for cross-border traders to assist with Brexit preparations. The Planning Voucher and Brexit Implementation Voucher can be used to access support – more info on InterTradeIreland’s website.
As we all know the Prime Minister and the EU agreed to another Article 50 extension – this time until October 31, 2019, or earlier than that if the Withdrawal Agreement passes the Commons. With Brexit still continuing to dominate most business conversations and to an extent decisions, IoD continues to inform and support our members through the We Back Business campaign. This is a fluid campaign, aimed at keeping you informed in a timely manner and providing help to adapt to changing regulations. I really advise you to log on and use the resources available. The information provided is a result of feedback and polling from our members – so it’s relevant to you and your business needs!
An additional member benefit now available is discounted parking and fast track security at Belfast City Airport. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this.
We have a bumper programme of events planned, including a Young Directors event at Ormeau Baths, looking at how disruptive technologies are shaping our future, an In Conversation with Brendan McGurgan from CDE Global and Summer Drinks in Glandore’s impressive outside space - to name just a few! We are especially looking forward to celebrating the best of NI at the Director of the Year Awards on 17th May. Winners will be announced on the day – so follow us for up to date news on the winners.
I would love to hear from you on any of the areas above or to talk about IoD membership. Please do get in touch at email@example.com or 028 90 683224.
Looking forward to seeing you all at an IoD event soon.