Posts Tagged ‘Kirsty McManus’

Breaking the mould to attract diverse workforce

Breaking the mould to attract diverse workforce

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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Strong regional economy at the heart of Northern Ireland successs story

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By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland It is often said that ‘all politics is local’ meaning that the success of any politician is dependent on keeping their roots firmly embedded among their constituents – and the same is certainly true for leading businesses. In Northern Ireland, we are fortunate that…

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New mechanism required to keep Northern Ireland economy driving forward

Kirsty McManus, National Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland, comments on Energy from Waste plant Mallusk

By Kirsty McManus, National Director, Institute of Directors (IoD) Northern Ireland Events of recent weeks have further exasperated an already deeply frustrated Northern Ireland business community. Concern has been growing over the ongoing political impasse at Stormont but the impact of the leadership void, now well over a year since the collapse of the Executive,…

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