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Are you feeling more optimistic?

For the first time in many months, we can sense genuine optimism among friends and colleagues that the UK’s economic recovery from Coronavirus is well underway.

Although it will take many months for the economy to return to pre-pandemic levels, the International Monetary Fund has upgraded both its UK and global forecasts compared with its projection in January.

Directors look to hybrid working for the future

As the vaccination effort continues apace and more people return to shops and workplaces, the latest IoD research makes for fascinating reading.

Our survey of around 600 business leaders found that most organisations plan to adopt hybrid working - even after restrictions ease.

  • 63% intend to shift to one to four days of remote working per week.
  • One in 10 are now looking to work from home entirely.
  • Directors were split on whether working from home was more - or less - productive.

Like many directors, you might still be adjusting to the changing restrictions and working with employees to find the most beneficial working arrangements.

The flexibility of hybrid working is good news for inclusivity, but challenges remain around sustaining employee morale and the use of unreliable and insecure home internet connections.

Read more here.

Join our forthcoming events

As the time when we can return to face-to-face events draws nearer, for now we are continuing with our wide-ranging programme of online events. The upside, of course, is that you can join an IoD event anywhere in the country.

View all national and book here.

Don’t forget our IoD South West ‘Coffee with the Chair’ held the first Tuesday of every month. Great conversations and a fantastic opportunity to engage with your Director Community.

Click here to book.

IoD South West covers one of the most active and vibrant regions in the UK, representing around 1,400 members   

Flyer from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, to businesses about actions they need to take from 1 January 2021

Contact IoD South West

For more information, please contact

South West

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


IoD South West Office
Room 7X224
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

Please note that the IoD member meeting facilities and discounts on room hire at both Engine Shed and Bristol & Bath Science Park remain unchanged and continue as before.


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