August is over and summer is creeping to an end. That feeling of a new term approaching never leaves me, even though it’s a long time since I’ve been at school! And although I no longer have to sharpen my pencils and get new shoes - I do think this time of the year is a great opportunity to refresh and start something new.
And it’s all change for the IoD team. We are delighted to welcome back, Lisa Maltman, who will be managing the professional development programmes (via the IoD Academy) These programmes are specifically designed around professional competencies, with the training delivered by directors, for directors. Watch out for more information from Lisa, on LinkedIn on the courses, or get in touch directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat through the options for your professional development journey.
Lisa and I will be continuing our series of regional drop-ins, travelling to Newry, Cookstown and Bangor. These drop-ins will be for members and non-members. If you are in based in these areas and would like to meet up or nominate a colleague then please get in touch.
As momentum around Brexit increases daily we continue to ensure our members are fully represented in the coming months as negotiations intensify. IoD understands that planning for such an outcome is intrinsically difficult. Greater clarity is needed from both the UK and EU on their intentions, and we will continue to press for this, working with government in order to provide as much information to business leaders across the UK as possible. Awareness about how things may change is a crucial first step….. so please read our updated Brexit guide to help you consider what actions need to be taken between now and 31 Oct.
As a counter balance to all things EU, I attended a recent event with Jo Crellin, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean. Jo delivered an update on bilateral trade relations and opportunities between the UK and the countries within Latin America and the Caribbean. It was refreshing to hear from NI companies who are maximising these opportunities and developing into new markets. It was apparent this region is currently open for business. It was an encouraging and positive message!
A reminder to all IoD members who are looking at potential new markets to get in contact with the Information and Advisory Service (IAS) who can provide invaluable support on trading with new countries, their tax and legal requirements and the accepted business culture of the region.
A couple of things to highlight for Sept – our Directors Bootcamp on 12th Sept has a few places left. This bootcamp is for new directors, anyone soon to be appointed to a board or any directors who would like to brush up on their responsibilities. And finally, over one year on from GDPR – is not the time to get complacent. Our Connect & Influence event: All Your GDPR Questions Answered will look at how the regulations have impacted to date and how local firm Pinsent Masons has handled numerous data breaches for clients.
As ever, please do get in touch with myself if you have any queries. I encourage you to reach out and fully use your IoD network as we go into this tumultuous period for business and NI, as a whole.