Skills strategy

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Last week, Economy Minister Diane Dodds launched a new skills strategy designed to create better jobs and more of them. Part of her 10X Economic Vision for Northern Ireland, the Minister set out her plans to make the region “one of the world’s elite…

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Corporate Governance

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland “Good business, well done, is a force for good in society”. Those are the words of Sir James Wates as he reflected on his set of corporate governance principles that he said would ultimately help companies improve the way they do business. Known as…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It’s often said that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Each one of us, no matter our background or circumstances has had to deal with some level of adversity at some point in our lives. This is especially true at the present time…

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Iconic environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich has been revealed as a guest speaker at this year’s IoD Women’s Leadership Conference. Known for “fighting hard and winning big”, Erin will join the leading business organisation for its virtual Women’s Leadership Conference sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, taking place in March. Erin, whose story became…

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Leader

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland A common misconception is that the only people to find success are those born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I take a look at the business leaders around me, in Northern Ireland and further…

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines for months, and rightly so, and as thoughts turn to how we will recover, a swell of opinion is building around the notion that this will be boosted by focusing on building a ‘green economy’.…

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The Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed the finalists for the Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards in partnership with AIB, with a list that comprises some of the best performing leaders in the region. The awards, this year marking their 10th anniversary, celebrate excellence across the public, third, and private sectors with judges…

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Government should consider introducing a scheme that subsidises the salaries of workers under threat of redundancy due to the COVID-19 crisis, the leaders of four leading business membership organisations in Northern Ireland have said. The call was made by the NI Business Alliance, a partnership between the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland (CBI NI),…

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