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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


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.

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IoD Business and Politics Round-Up

The Conservatives have won an overall majority in the general election, passing the threshold of 326 seats. It gives the party their biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 election win. At the time of writing just two seats are yet to declare.

The Tories have won 363 seats, constituting a majority of 86. Meanwhile, at 201 seats Labour has lost 59 constituencies. It appears the Conservatives have won over the traditional Labour season the north that voted to Leave in 2016.

The results mean Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street as Prime Minister. He said they bestow him a mandate to “get Brexit done” and take Britain out of the EU next month. Johnson himself was re-elected in his Uxbridge constituency with a slightly larger majority than before.

In other news, EU Member States have reached a climate neutrality agreement – without Poland. Three poorer eastern European countries had demanded more cash for economic transition and support for nuclear power.

Hungary and the Czech Republic eventually signed up to the deal after the EU agreed that nuclear energy would be recognised as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Poland remained opposed.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the deal meant the EU could begin drawing up concrete objectives next year based on its plan to go climate neutral by 2050.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, whose country depends on coal for 80% of its energy demands, said the negotiations had been “difficult”, adding “Poland will be reaching climate neutrality at its own pace”.

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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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