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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.

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.


Business Planning for Brexit guide

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With potentially just weeks to go until we leave the European Union, there are steps you can take now to prepare your business.

The IoD has published a fully updated version of its highly popular Brexit Planning Guide.

This document provides a baseline for understanding how Brexit could affect your organisation, setting out key questions and areas you should be considering to ensure you are as prepared as possible.

View the guide

IoD Business and Politics Round-Up

The IoD’s Director of the Year Awards took place on Friday, drawing together heat winners from across the UK. The grand final revealed the overall champions in categories such as Public Sector, Start-up, and Non-Executive Director.

Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has been awarded the Neville Bain Memorial Award for Director and Board Practice. IoD Director General Jonathan Geldart said she represented ‘a prime example of the importance of good governance in the public and private sectors alike’.

Jonathan added, “I would like to congratulate all of our Award winners, each of whom have shown dedication, ingenuity, and leadership, inspiring those around them. Better directors make for better businesses, which is to the benefit of the economy and society as a whole”.

IoD Chair Charlotte Valeur delivered a speech at the awards, extracts of which appeared in the Evening Standard.

Commenting on the current political situation, she said “We directors know how tempting it is, when faced with a difficult decision, to push it down the agenda. But repeated delay is not sustainable in the long run”.

She explained “No deal would represent complete failure from politicians on all sides. The majority of our members have said they cannot be ready for this scenario by the end of this month”. The awards were also reported in the Scotland on Sunday and in the Herald Scotland.

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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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