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Knowledge. Guidance. Support.

Those writing the history books for 2019 will not be short of material. While this provides plenty of room for heated debate, for business there is one thing lacking – certainty.

Be it the outcome of Brexit, fluctuations in global economies or new rules around pensions or digital tax returns - challenges and questions abound. At the IoD we recognise that these are not ‘normal’ times and, if the heart of the UK economy is to keep beating strongly, then support, knowledge and guidance is fundamental. Only businesses that are up to date, have their finger on the pulse and are well connected will thrive.

Over the coming weeks and months we will bring you the latest news on how Brexit may impact your business, resources to help you adapt to changing regulations, opportunities to connect with like-minded business leaders and the tools you and your workforce need to turn uncertainty into opportunity.

While no one can predict the future, we have just what business needs to flourish in times like these because, whatever the circumstances, here at the IoD – We Back Business.

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Business Planning for Brexit guide

The IoD’s Europe and Trade team, led by Allie Renison, has authored Business Planning for Brexit, a guide covering a wide range of areas that are likely to impact you and your company.

As well as exploring the three key business topics of goods, services, and people, the document provides a list of upcoming Brexit milestones to look out for and a checklist of questions your business should investigate.

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Manage Overseas Business Relationships

Whether you are importing or exporting, building relationships helps you make the most of your opportunities.

Good relationships depend on dealing with practical issues and communicating regularly. You may need to adjust the way you do business to suit people used to different languages and business cultures.


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How to become a non-executive director

The non-executive director (NED) provides independent oversight and, when required, constructive challenge to the executive directors.

NEDs are vital to any organisation for a number of reasons, bringing specialist expertise and valuable insights. But of utmost importance is their independence from the management of the company, which makes them ideal for monitoring and evaluating a company’s executive directors.

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IoD Business and Politics Round-Up

The record numbers of fires in the Amazon rainforest has prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to say the issue needs to be at the top of the agenda at the G7 summit this weekend. Macron tweeted “our house is burning”, calling the fires an “international crisis”.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro shot back saying Macron was using the issue for “political gain” and criticised him of having “a misplaced colonialist mindset”.

Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space Research has revealed an 85% increase in fires across Brazil this year, most of them in the Amazon region.

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Learn anytime, anywhere

Access our new cutting-edge digital platform that puts you in control of your learning, offering you an opportunity to learn, benchmark and connect on the go with the IoD Academy app and website.

Learn wherever and whenever you want with the Digital Academy. Create your very own, continuous professional development (CPD) plan using the IoD Academy’s self-assessment tool so you’ll know what you’ll need in order to achieve your goals, focus on the areas important to you and follow your progress on the CPD tracker.

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IoD Open House Roadshow

IoD Open House on the road

The need to innovate through inclusive and unconventional thinking has never been more important. Our showpiece event for business leaders – IoD Open House – is going on the road this year, giving you the chance to learn from, and network with, some of the business world’s greatest thought leaders. With collaborative learning and inspirational presentations to ensure you are well prepared for what’s around the corner, these events are not to be missed.

Choose from events based on three core themes – Global, Connected and Inclusive business – and join the conversation.

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