Posts Tagged ‘Kirsty McManus’

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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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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Brain drain statistics provide long overdue wake up call for Northern Ireland

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Recently published statistics showed that only a third of Northern Ireland graduates who studied in England, Scotland or Wales returned home to work last year. It means that more than 3,000 remained in Britain and will likely settle there for the foreseeable future and…

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IoD NI gathers Brexit experts for post-EU summit panel

Some of the UK and Ireland’s foremost voices on Brexit will gather in Belfast this autumn to address business leaders at an event hosted by the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI). Taking place in the wake of next month’s crucial EU Summit, the lunch time event on 8th November at The Merchant Hotel, entitled Connect and Influence: Focus on Brexit is sponsored by BDO NI and Carson McDowell.

Some of the UK and Ireland’s foremost voices on Brexit will gather in Belfast this autumn to address business leaders at an event hosted by the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI).  Taking place in the wake of next month’s crucial EU Summit, the lunch time event on 8th November at The Merchant Hotel,…

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IoD’s Leadership Lunch to focus on improving Northern Ireland productivity

Investing in people and technology could hold the key to improving local productivity levels, the head of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Northern Ireland has said. Kirsty McManus was speaking ahead of the organisation’s Leadership Lunch where the issue will be placed under the spotlight. Taking place on 2nd November at Belfast City Hall,…

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How non-executive directors are helping boards in increasingly complex business world

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 Today’s business leaders are faced with an ever-growing list of challenges, each adding to the complexity of operating their company. Traditional issues such as dealing with competition, recruitment and staff development have been joined by more complex contemporary matters such as cyber security and,…

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