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IoD NI welcomes ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal

Responding to the publication of the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal, Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) said: “The ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal is to be welcomed, filled with ambition that, if fulfilled, can deliver real improvements for the people and businesses of Northern Ireland. “We would therefore urge…

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Why reserving a seat for HR at boardroom table could prove vital

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Ask any businessperson what their biggest challenge is, and skills will undoubtedly be close to the top of their agenda. In fact, restricted access to skills and labour shortages, are consistently among the most common concerns raised to us by our members. It could…

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No use wishing away ‘no deal’ Brexit

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It is said that a week is a long time in politics – but judging by the relentless daily developments in Brexit, it seems that each day has enough activity to fill even the longest week. In one of several breaking developments yesterday, the…

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Institute of Directors NI responds to appointment of new Secretary of State

IOD NI Director

Responding to the appointment of Julian Smith as new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors Northern Ireland, said:  “We welcome the appointment of Julian Smith as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and look forward to engaging with him over the course of the coming months…

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Invest in yourself and your business reaps the reward

IOD NI Director

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It goes without saying that building a new business or leading an established organisation requires a tremendous amount of skill, much of which comes naturally to those in leadership positions. For that reason, many senior directors fulfil their roles without having ever received any…

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Forget the perfect timing and capatlise on city of opportunity

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland There’s no doubt about it – being in business can be tough. What I mean is, financial success does not come easily – or necessarily at the first attempt – but is the result of countless hours of hard work and a determination by…

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Northern Ireland well placed to capitalise on digital distruption

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland economy has long been synonymous for innovation and being a place to grow world-class businesses, whether it be in manufacturing, engineering or pharmaceuticals. However, the strength of an economy is based, not just on its tradition and heritage, but on its…

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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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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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