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Northern Ireland businesses showing great resilience against uncertain backdrop

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland business community has had a lot to contend with over recent years from the ongoing hiatus at Stormont to the continuing uncertainty that still shrouds Brexit. Rather than allow these (largely political) matters to deter them however, local firms are continuing…

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Politicians must not allow Northern Ireland to ‘sleep walk into no deal Brexit’, IoD NI Chairman tells Annual Dinner

Pictured at the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) Annual Dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, from left: Dale Guest, Director Corporate Banking Northern Ireland at main sponsor Bank of Ireland UK, Gordon Milligan, IoD NI Chairman, guest speaker Martin McCourt, Chairman of Glen Dimplex and Catriona Gibson, Managing Partner of associate sponsor Arthur Cox. The event, which was attended by more than 400 guests heard a warning that Northern Ireland should not be allowed to ‘sleep walk into a no deal Brexit’, as the clock runs down on negotiations.

Politicians risk allowing Northern Ireland to “sleep walk into a no deal Brexit”, by running down the clock on negotiations, the Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the region has said. Speaking at the organisation’s Annual Dinner, Gordon Milligan said Westminster MPs had shown a “dereliction of duty” by failing to find agreement with…

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Young directors vital to ensure businesses thrive well into the future

Kirsty McManus, IoD

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland We often talk about the need to increase diversity on our boards as a means to create improved corporate governance and better businesses. This discussion can be dominated by a call to increase representation from women and those from ethnic minority backgrounds – each…

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Breaking the mould to attract diverse workforce

Kirsty McManus, IoD

Ongoing skills shortages, not just in Northern Ireland, but across the United Kingdom, are consistently among the main issues cited to us by members as their most pressing business challenges. The extent to which these shortages could be addressed by ensuring organisations are equally attractive to both genders is also a major topic of conversation…

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New members elected to IoD NI committee

New members elected to IoD committee

The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) has elected four new members, drawn from across the private and public sectors, to its Northern Ireland committee. Joining the committee are Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, NIE Networks; Barry Byrne, Managing Director, Mount Charles; Natasha Sayee, Senior Lead Public Affairs Specialist, System Operator for Northern Ireland, and…

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Long week ahead as pivotal Brexit vote looms

Non-executives play a crucial role in providing a creative contribution to boards by providing independent oversight and constructive challenges to the executive directors.

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It is said that a week is a long time in politics and that being the case, the next seven days will surely prove to be among the longest on record. With the so-called meaningful vote on the draft withdrawal agreement set to take…

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NI business bodies issue joint statement on withdrawal agreement

Responding to the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement, the national business organisations represented in Northern Ireland CBI NI, FSB NI, IoD NI and NI Chamber of Commerce have made a joint statement:

Responding to the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement, the national business organisations represented in Northern Ireland CBI NI, FSB NI, IoD NI and NI Chamber of Commerce have made a joint statement: “The draft withdrawal agreement is a welcome step forward which provides some much needed clarity that local businesses have been calling for.…

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Search begins for Northern Ireland’s top directors

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched its annual search for Northern Ireland’s most outstanding business leaders. Entries and nominations open this Friday, 16th November for the prestigious IoD NI Director of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by First Trust Bank. The awards seek to honour the best performing directors in the private, public and…

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Invest in leaders to build better businesses and a better economy, IoD NI Leadership Lunch hears

Investing in management and leadership training will build “better leaders, better businesses and a better economy” the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Leadership Lunch has heard. The event held at Belfast City Hall, which brought together business leaders from organisations across Northern Ireland and experts from the fields of productivity and skills, provided the…

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Withdrawal agreement vital to allow real Brexit discussions to begin

Kirsty McManus, IoD

Last week, the latest tranche of government advisory notes on the implications of a ‘no deal’ Brexit were released by HMRC covering a broad range of considerations from the trading of goods to and from the EU to the effects on tour operators and haulage companies. The publication of the guidance, as the government is…

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