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Jamie Gray, IoD member

Jamie Gray

Founder, Buddy Burst

“When I found the IoD99, I found a support network willing to help!”



What was the main challenge you experienced as a business leader before joining the IoD?

"My main challenge was support and guidance. I didn’t know where to turn to with problems, questions etc. But when I found the IoD99, I found a support network willing to help!"

What have you found as a result of being an IoD 99 member?

"That you aren’t alone. There are lots of people just starting out who are feeling the same frustrations."

How long have you been a member of the IoD 99 network?

"I’m now into my second year and will be joining for a third. I’ve also persuaded others to join too!"

What is your favourite thing about being part of the IoD Advance community?

"The events and community feel. For example, the Facebook group is a real plus! Everyone is so keen to help, no matter how small the problem."


“For less than £10 per month, there really is no other membership that compares. It really is brilliant.”


What are three other benefits you’ve enjoyed as a result of being a member?

"As a 99 member I’ve had a Director magazine feature, become a Director of the Year finalist and secured a new client win!"

How has being a member of the IoD 99 network helped you succeed in your career?

"By meeting like-minded individuals. For example, I met my mentor at an event who has helped me to scale, provide strategy and marketing recommendations."


“I met my mentor at an event who has helped me to scale, provide strategy and marketing recommendations.”


How has the IoD changed for the better?

"The IoD has changed for the better by opening its doors to us - the millennials and of course, young business women."

What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?

"Everything. It gives you freedom, excitement and confidence. No day is ever the same. I wouldn’t change it for the world."

What would you say to anyone considering becoming a 99 member and would you recommend it?

"Give up considering and join! For less than £10 per month, there really is no other membership that compares. It really is brilliant."

If you could give one piece of advice to fellow entrepreneurs, what would it be and why?

“Roll the dice and take a chance. It’s the best piece of advice I was ever given and wouldn’t be where I was today without it!"