I’m very pleased and honoured to have been appointed Regional Chairman at IoD responsible for the South East.
It is a great privilege to have been chosen for this role and I am looking forward to working with colleagues across the region to promote the work of the IoD and represent the thousands of business leaders who choose to be members of the IoD in the region.
I’m looking forward to working with Rodger Broad and the team and slightly nervous of filling the big shoes of Chris Dodson! We will do our best to promote great leadership, provide informative and quality events to members locally and take our rightful place in influencing policy and the business agenda.
The result of this appointment is that I will be standing down from my role as Chairman of Surrey branch at the AMM in May.
I will miss working with the team at IoD Surrey immensely and I would like to record my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the support they have given me, not to mention the incredible amount of hard work the Committee and supporters do on behalf of the branch and members.None of our activities would happen without their energy and commitment.
It’s also been a very enjoyable role too and hopefully we have had some fun on the way. Personally I have learned an enormous amount about how the local business economy works and how innovative, talented and hard working local businesses are in such a competitive environment.
My latest article in South East Business magazine. In the run up to the Budget, The IoD has been seeking long lasting reform of the taxation system. A particular frustration is National Insurance.
The full magazine can be found here
This is a blog resulting from a very enjoyable visit to a fantastic company.
The original article can be found here http://businessbeanstalk.net/2014/02/10/a-different-view-of-what-engineers-do-for-us/
the latest article can be found in this edition http://www.southeastbusiness.com/section/features
For those that are not aware I post blogs regularly about manufacturing in the South East on the DMH Stallard “Business Beanstalk” site
This is an article about how medical equipment manufacturer Eschmann stays competitive in a global marketplace http://businessbeanstalk.net/2013/12/19/re-aligning-the-operational-side-of-your-business-and-responding-to-the-changing-demands-of-your-customer/
Another article discussed how Brighton Sheet Metal had won work back from China http://businessbeanstalk.net/2013/11/29/turning-the-tide/
This article is about how Welland Medical had grown their business despite cutbacks in UK health expenditure http://businessbeanstalk.net/2013/10/18/winning-in-times-of-adversity-welland-medical/
More articles are to follow.
My recent piece in South East business urging business leaders to support the organisations that represent them and promulgate their views and needs.
The article can be found here http://www.southeastbusiness.com/print-edition/february-2014
My latest article in SE Business magazine. Full magazine can be found here http://www.southeastbusiness.com/print-edition/january-2014
A Charitable donation has been made to the Salvation Army
My recent article on a South East manufacturers successfully “re-shoring” work from China – published on the DMH Stallard “Business Beanstalk”
Recently I wrote my monthly article for South East Business http://www.southeastbusiness.com/print-edition/december-2013 in which I expressed my and indeed the IoD team’s concerns over whether the government was creating the conditions for another potentially damaging housing bubble in an attempt to gain a quick dash for growth.
Well I expect that I wasn’t a lone voice on this because shortly afterwards there was an interesting development from the Bank of England http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25135805
Hopefully we will see some measures in the forthcoming statement from the Chancellor to further assist real growth in the economy that’s sustainable.
More useful information can be found here
Richard Rogers’ proposals on increasing the population of London by 2 million without building on the green belt make interesting reading