Message from IoD Scotland's National Director Malcolm Cannon
The IoD in Scotland remains resolute in its efforts to support both its members and the broader Scottish economy through these strange and challenging times. The coronavirus has struck the entire economy and no sector or geographical region is, or will be, unaffected. Thus, our continued joint efforts both alongside our members and alongside the other Business membership and lobbying groups, will become ever more important. We will act together to share important updates and communicate key policy changes to the business community. But likewise, and even more importantly in some ways, we will act as a rapid and streamlined conduit for information from the frontline to governments’ decisions makers both in Holyrood and in Westminster. We are in daily contact with policy makers and those with influence, shaping the very solutions that will help see our businesses through this time of crisis.
We are so much stronger when we come together so please do get in touch, let us know what issues you are facing and what you want to see from government and others to help. What we want to say to everyone, company owners, business leaders, directors – whether you are a member of the IoD or not – you are most definitely not alone.
Stay safe, stay well and please follow government guidelines to reduce the impact on our NHS.
“We all want to succeed in our organisations and learning to be more effective leaders, promoting good governance, transparency and trust is at the heart of what IoD Scotland represents. By engaging across our communities, and helping to influence policy and practice, we can ensure Scotland is a great place to work, live and thrive”.
Aidan O’Carroll, Chair, IoD Scotland
As such, The Institute of Director’s aims are clear, to support, represent and set standards for business, encourage entrepreneurial activity and promote responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.
Better Directors, better business and a better economy are all key aspects of The Institute of Directors Royal Charter.
With a full programme of professional development courses, a calendar of key events including the annual Scottish Conference, The Director of the Year Awards, and a comprehensive package of Scotland specific benefits, there is much to offer and much more to gain from membership with The Institute of Directors.
With a membership base of over 1600 in Scotland (and 30,000 across the UK) Scotland is well supported by eight branches of volunteer committee members and an Edinburgh based Executive team.
We would be delighted to meet you and discuss how membership could bring real value to you and your business.
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IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards Postponed
The Institute of Directors and IoD Scotland have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual Director of the Year Awards which was scheduled to take place on 21st May 2020.
This decision was not taken lightly, however, given the severity of COVID-19 and its impact on the health of the many in the UK and beyond, we have a responsibility to not only our award finalists, but also our team, sponsors and suppliers.
We are working hard to secure a new date for the Awards Ceremony at which the winners will be revealed and will share this date at the earliest opportunity.
The shortlist for each category, including the Regional categories, will still be announced as scheduled mid-April.
The IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards programme has grown over the past 16 years to represent the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence, highlighting the significant contribution business leaders can make to society and the economic prosperity in Scotland.