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IoD Hampshire and Isle of Wight - Newsletter - Winter2013

  1. 1. Hampshire Winter 2013 & the Isle of Wight 2 Hampshire Director wins national award 3 New IoD South Regional Director sought New events for 2014 - see enclosed A message from our new Chairman Dear fellow Member, It is a privilege to have been appointed by the Board of the IoD as the Chairman of your branch. Over the past year the IoD, and your branch, have been facing challenging times; an uncertain business environment contributed significantly to focus the interests of company directors away from effective networking and continuing professional development, towards the more urgent issues of reconsolidating their business models, shaping them around a positive, yet hesitant, economic recovery in the pursuit of the continuing prosperity of their companies. Your committee reflected in full such uncertainties and suffered from the loss of valuable members, vacant chairmanship and uncertain direction. The committee is an essential link in the delivery chain of local membership’s value; from providing engagement opportunities between members to representing their interests with public and private stakeholders, contributing to their professional development and to sharing information relevant to the business communities. My Vision for the committee is to be a credible representation of the membership base and an effective contributor to business and entrepreneurship. The Mission of the committee is quite simply to provide our members with as many opportunities of high quality engagement as possible and to collect and represent their interest in all relevant forums. Our Values are few and clearly spelt: the Institute of Directors is about leadership and governance. We believe that better directors lead better companies and contribute to a better economy. The committee is not an abstract entity. It is solely and entirely made up of members, volunteering some of their time, efforts and professional skills to contribute to the practical management of our activities. The rewards are a greater sense of purpose of their membership, satisfaction from having contributed to delivering value to a like-minded group of peers, greater opportunities to engage with and benefit from the variety and livelihood of our business community. It is my intention for the committee to represent, and engage with, as many segments of our membership base as possible. To achieve this, the committee is looking for additional members with a view to benefit from extensive diversity and variety of interests and backgrounds. Firstly, there are skills that we miss and we would like to meet colleagues with current professional expertise and experience in Public Relations Management, Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorship, Events Organisation and Management. Secondly, our region has a significant geographical reach and we would like to meet colleagues who would like to play an active role but perhaps limited to a specific area, including, but not limited to: Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke, Fleet/Farnborough, New Forest and Isle of Wight. Thirdly, our serial events require specific ownership to guarantee quality and consistency of delivery and engagement with the attendees. The management of our activities would benefit from the appointment of one or more Events Officers willing to take ownership of a series of events either topic or location based (or both): Sales and Marketing, People, CEO, Chartered Directors, to mention a few. We would like to meet enthusiastic colleagues from any background, to enrich and enhance the collective intellectual and experiential capital of the committee: small, medium and large companies, not-for-profit, academia and education, Giorgio Bendoni manufacturing and services. If you wish to propose yourself, or would like to learn more about the role of committee member, or indeed for any other issue, please contact me or the Branch Administrator at any of our contact details below. I look forward to engaging with all of you in the not too distant future. Giorgio Bendoni Chairman, IoD Hampshire and the IoW Make the most of the opportunities presented by IoD Hampshire & the Isle of Wight - join us at our next event, or at a neighbouring branch event? Visit
  2. 2. Stephen Blatchford wins IoD National Family Business Director Award 2013 After winning the Institute of Directors Family Business Award for London and the South East in May this year, Hampshire IoD member, Stephen Blatchford, Chief Executive, followed up this success by being presented with the National Family Business Director of the Year award 2013 at the IoD awards dinner held on the 11th October. The IoD Director of the Year Awards celebrate the very best of UK business and these awards recognise how the business has grown worldwide, developed sustainable customer partnerships and pushed boundaries through the development of innovative products and services. As the fourth generation head of the Blatchford family business Stephen leads a business that has won technology, business, customer service and management awards going back to its inception in 1890. The prosthetic products and rehabilitation services provided by Blatchford have constantly won merit for their innovation, delivery and impact on society, On receiving the award Stephen paid tribute to his ‘talented workforce’ within Blatchford. “I am delighted to receive this Award, it represents a culmination of several years of hard work and is testament to the contribution all Blatchford employees have made. I am pleased to be able to accept these awards on behalf of the entire workforce.” Stephen also went on to achieve Highly Commended in the Overall Director of the Year category. Young Enterprise is helping over 400 Hampshire Students to unleash their potential Around 400 students from over 20 schools and colleges across Hampshire will be battling it out to win a Young Enterprise competition – Company of the Year, whilst developing key employability skills. The students, aged 15-19, are participating in the programme during which they set up and run their own real company for a year. They elect a Board of Directors, raise share capital and market a product or service of their own choice. At the end of the year they liquidate the company and present a report and accounts. Each company has the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who works with the company for approximately one hour each week. The companies are encouraged to participate in events organised by the local Young Enterprise volunteers. Teams from Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh and Churcher’s College, Petersfield have just been awarded investment from a Dragon’s Den event and the students will have the opportunity to sell their products to members of the public at Trade Fairs. Area Finals for North Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Central and South Hampshire will take place at the end of March 2014 and the showcase Hampshire County Final is being held on 6th May 2014, hosted by Ordnance Survey in Southampton. These finals are only made possible by the support provided by local companies and we are currently seeking supporters for the 2014 activity. Kingston University Small Business Research Centre have recently analysed the impact that Young 2 Enterprise has on people’s lives. Their findings showed ‘clear evidence’ that taking part in a Young Enterprise programme had a big impact on their ‘entrepreneurial potential’ but stressed that the impact is far wider and the experience develops the whole person and helps them unleash their hidden talents and creativity. To find out more about how you can support Young Enterprise contact: Tina Braithwaite – Central & South Hampshire Alison Collington – North Hampshire
  3. 3. Could you be our next Regional Chairman? At a time of change the role of a Regional Chairman has never been more important – even more so in the south east where he or she will head up one of the most vibrant Regions in the UK and represent some 1/3 of the total IoD’s membership. We are looking for someone who can represent the region and the IoD at the highest level as well as guide its future direction during a time of possible change. Previous knowledge and involement with the IoD in this Region will be seen as a distinct advantage. If you wish to know more about this enthralling and challenging opportunity, please contact Rodger Broad, Director IoD South at: Expressions of interest should be received by 31st January 2014 with interviews taking place, during February 2014 in London. The initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months with the person taking up their appointment in March 2014. Workplace wellbeing programmes - a worthwhile investment Health and wellbeing of employees is becoming an important factor for business success, impacting on productivity, recruitment, retention and ultimately the bottom line. The evidence of return on investment for companies of all sizes investing in the health and wellbeing of staff is growing, with companies seeing reductions of over 60% in sickness absence rates following the introduction of workplace wellbeing programmes. Evaluation of the programmes has demonstrated greater organisational commitment, job satisfaction and job competence in staff. Workplace wellbeing in the UK has evolved rapidly over the last few years and there are a range of national and local schemes now in place to support businesses. At a national level, over 560 businesses are signed up to at least one of the work and health public health responsibility deal pledges. These are national public pledges to take action on work and health issues promoted by the Department of Health. The ten pledges cover a range of topics from supporting staff with long term conditions to tackling domestic violence in the workplace. A new pledge, launched in October, on mental health, wellbeing and resilience provides an opportunity for businesses to publically commit to address mental wellbeing in the workplace. It reflects the growing understanding that mental health is now the highest cost for sickness absence and evidence suggests that one in six working adults (aged 18 to 64 years) is affected by anxiety, depression or unmanageable stress. In the spring of 2014, Public Health England will launch a new national framework for the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. The Charter provides an audit and award process to support businesses looking to improve workplace wellbeing. Liverpool City Council and the Health and Work Centre are to establish a new national framework with a standardised accreditation process, incorporating corporate & social responsibility and a parallel process to excellence for SME and larger business. Evaluation of the original schemes found that companies investing in workplace wellbeing charter programmes saw a reduction of up to 2 sickness absence days per employee and an overall return of up to 1.1 days of sickness absence for every pound invested in staff wellbeing. The Charter schemes are delivered by local government and provide a connection for business with local support services for smoking cessation, mental wellbeing and physical activity. At an individual level there is a growing cadre of businesses who are taking a leadership role in innovation in workplace health. The water industry has now implemented a sector wide health and wellbeing week, sharing across providers best practice and learning from companies such as Thames Water and Southern Water. Public Health England is looking to build on this model and develop more industry specific learning and sharing through its health and compassionate places toolkit launching in 2014. The economic downturn means many of us are trying to maintain or grow activity with smaller workforces. The business continuity argument for workplace wellbeing is more important than ever. Workplace health is an investment that pays back in real time. Further information on the Workplace Wellbeing Charter: Further information on the Public Health Responsibility Deal: For further information on Public Health England: 3
  4. 4. Could you be the UK’s Director of the Year 2013? Do you have what it takes to be named the UK’s Director of the Year? Business leaders across the region are being invited to try and follow in the footsteps of Peter Digby of Xtrac of Thatcham, Berkshire, one of last year’s London and the South Director of the Year award winners who went on to take the UK Director of the Year title. Awards categories To do so, they need to enter the 2013 London and South East Director of the Year awards run by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and sponsored once again by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This awards category is open to directors of companies with 250 or fewer employees. Open to members and non-members of the IoD, the awards will be welcoming entries from business leaders from the whole of London and the South East of England, bringing together company directors from a variety of backgrounds and recognising their qualities as business leaders. Global Director of the Year Rodger Broad, Director of IoD South, said: “The regional award winners go on to the compete in the UK Director of the Year Finals. “October saw London and the South East directors win no less than five of the eight national categories.” They were: • Peter Digby of Xtrac of Thatcham, Berkshire, who won Director of the Year, Global Company; and the UK’s overall Director of the Year award; • Dr Rami Ranger of Sun Mark Ltd, of Greenford, who won Director of the Year, Large Company; • Paul Lindley of Ella’s Kitchen, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, who won Director of the Year, SME Company; • Stephen Blatchford of Chas A Blatchford & Sons of Basingstoke, Hampshire, who won Director of the Year, Family Business. Director of the Year (large company) This category is open to directors from FTSE and other large listed companies. Director of the Year (small and medium company) Young Director of the Year To enter this award, directors must be under the age of 42 and must be able to point to outstanding achievements during the past 12 months This award is open to all directors in UK-based companies with overseas sales. The entrant must be able to show that a minimum of 25% of the company’s turnover comes from overseas sales and must be successful in exporting, and committed to continued growth in the international business arena. Public/Third Sector Director of the Year This award is open to all directors in the public sector as well as those working in the third sector and other charitable or not-for-profit organisations. Family Business Director of the Year Entrants for this award will be directors in second generation or more family businesses and will have responded to the specific challenges that face directors in such well established firms. Chairman’s Award for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility This award is to recognise those directors who are able to demonstrate that, through their direct actions and leadership, their business has made a positive impact on the local community, wider society and/or the environment. Last year’s regional competition attracted a high number of quality entries from across the region and culminated in the Gala Awards Dinner in London at which the finalists’ achievements were publicly celebrated. It is easy to submit your online nomination now. Go to: for full details and to open up the nomination form. Self-nominations from both members and nonmembers are encouraged. Rodger Broad added: “These awards are a wonderful way to raise the profile of your organisation and boost the morale of your staff, as success really does breed success. The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2014 “The fact that so many of our local winners went on to win UK Awards is sure testament to the quality of business leadership in London and the south east. The awards ceremony “Encouragingly, many previous entrants who were not lucky enough to win have said entering was still worthwhile as it helped them to take a step back and take a fresh look at their operations. “The Gala awards dinner is also a great event at which to network with other high quality businesses from across London and the South, as well as rewarding staff with a fantastic night out.” Headline Sponsor 4 The Gala awards dinner will take place in June next year in the prestigious surroundings of the Nash Room at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London. Beginning with a drinks reception and a three-course meal, guests are then introduced to each of the finalists before the awards commence.
  5. 5. Are you planning to sell your business now or perhaps in the future? Dont miss this opportunity to ensure you understand the facts to maximise your sale value A must attend FREE seminar to learn how to seell your business for its maximum value and take away a substantial and exclusive exit planning pack. This event is designed to give you all the advice you need to sell your business for maximum value, whether you are looking to sell now, or at some point of time in the future. You may simply wish to explore all the available options - and this seminar is ideal for the first step. BCMS is the UK market leader, by deal volume, in the sa,e of privately owned businesses. The seminar draws on experience from over 500 completed deals in the last decade, and covers the following key topics: • • • • • • • • Eight critical factors to achieving teh best price Why most companies undersell Why traditional valuation is fundermentally flawed The essential 2.5X rule How to find overseas buyers Competition; How to identify a choice of buyers and use that choice to maximise value Getting ready to sell 5 essential steps to selling. About the speakers David Rebbettes FRSA David is a founding Director of BCMS Corporate, a UK market leader in its chosen area of expertise. BCMS now sells more companies than any other comparable advisor in the UK, and has offices across five continents. Over the past two decades, David’s company has challenged – and changed – traditional assumptions about the sale of privately owned businesses. Drawing on his vast commercial experience, David’s thinking has inspired business owners and shareholders at industry events across the globe. David Oliver MCIM A renowned author and speaker, David has written 11 acclaimed books, including The Sunday Times publication How To Negotiate Effectively. His most recent work, I Sold Up, examines the issues that face business owners and shareholders during the sale process. David has personal experience of selling a business, having undergone two company sales of his own. For confidentiality there will be no name badges aor delegate lists on the day. Places are limited so book online now; Date: Tuesday, 08 April Venue: Sofitel, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, RH6 0PH 
 Time: 07:30 - 10:30
 Price: Free to Members & guests How can local events help me?? IoD membership is unique in that it is only available to individual Directors. Our interest is therefore in supporting our members’ careers by offering them the most up-to-date business knowledge and information. It is therefore no surprise that CPD (continuous personal development) is at the heart of everything we do and is, in fact, at the heart of most of the events and activities you will find at a local level. Local breakfast and evening seminars are a great way to do this and delegates have the added benefit of networking with like minded people. Being a Director can be a lonely place and it is good to share learning and experiences with others who find themselves in similar position. good governance, achieving growth (at home and around the world) and creating employment. There are many reasons to belong to the IoD and derive value for your membership money but, if you have not yet been to a local event it is well worth engaging. They all operate to a high standard and all offer the opportunity for members to have some personal time for reflection. Even if you think you will learn nothing, it is still an opportunity to bring matters to the front of your mind and when back at your place of work, question more intensely if there is indeed room for improvement. So, from January 2014, you will start to see CPD Hours allocated to all qualifying events. You will be made most welcome and there will always be the opportunity to learn and to meet new and interesting people. Over the coming months more and more of our events will focus on leadership, 5
  6. 6. Challenge Sailing Regatta – Fun competitive racing for teams or individuals Join us for an exhilarating day of sailing on the Solent with Sunsail & their matched fleet of Sunsail F40 yachts. Challenge your customers, colleagues or just yourselves! This is our 13th successive year. 

The day starts with coffee and bacon rolls. You will then be briefed by the boat skipper prior to setting sail. We will spend the morning sailing and getting acquainted with the boat and then drop anchor for lunch on board. After a discussion of race rules and tactics, we have a challenging afternoon ahead with the return leg in the form of a race around the buoys. Boat against boat, just like the real thing! Finally back to the club house for prize giving and afternoon tea! This is a great ‘team building’ exercise whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete novice. The day is also an opportunity for individuals to join us when we are more than happy to put you together as a team. Price includes: Professional skipper & 1st mate, wet weather gear including lifejackets, all briefings, lunch onboard the boats and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Prices held from 2013 Tickets can be booked individually or get a special deal on booking a boat – pay for 8 people get the 9th place FOC. Date: Friday, June 6 2014 Venue: Sunsail, The Port House, Port Solent, Portsmouth, PO6 4TH 
 Time: 08:45 – 17:30
 Price: £170 + VAT Members & guests £1,360 + VAT per boat, up to 9 people TO BOOK ONLINE GO TO or email: or call: 0118 9429608 Do you really make the most out of your membership? Your IoD membership brings many benefits that we know some of our members are not making the most of. Introducing the Information Advisory Service: We offer IoD members extensive and exclusive support that saves them time, money and effort, whilst gaining them a competitive advantage: Business Information Service - valuable and tailored information on topics ranging from market forecasts and industry trends to trading abroad and employee salaries from our professional researchers Directors’ Law Express - prompt answers to your questions on employment, company, commercial and personal legal issues from specialist solicitors Business Library - a comprehensive collection of online databases as well as books, directories, journals and newspapers Directors’ Tax Line - prompt answsers to your questions on business and personal tax, NIC and VAT from tax experts Directors’ Advisory Service - unbiased and confidential advice on legal, financial, human resources or marketing aspects of running your business, as well as career advice from our business and legal expert advisors Company formation and company secretarial support packages - ensure that you have the right corporate structure with a constitution that works for your business Sign-up for e-communications As a business organisation supporting and developing leadership and leadership skills ‘e’ communications has to be the way forward as we seek to improve levels of communication with our members. Please take the time to ensure you are signed-up to receive email communications: 6
  7. 7. Dates for your diary Third Thursday Networking Sales and Marketing Forum, University of Southampton Science Park NatWest, Chandlers Ford 16th January, 20th February, 20th March, 17th April, 15th May, 19th June, 17th July, 18th September, 16th October and 20th November A great start to the day - informal networking. There is no speaker and no agenda, just an excellent opportunity to maximise exposure, swap business cards, meet and network – a must for your diary. Come along, meet friends and make new ones – you never know what may come out of it. People Forum, 25th February – Pitch Perfect Every Time with the UK Business Speaker of the Year The most commonly asked question at business events is ‘and so what do you do?’. Learn how to craft and deliver an engaging and creative elevator pitch for your business with Rich Watts, UK Business Speaker of the Year. Rich, former marketing Account Director and keen networker, will take us through the key steps in developing, delivering and making an impression with our elevator pitch. 20th May, 9th September and 25th November – topics to be confirmed. Clarke Willmott, Botley 28th January - Huge Unbelievably Great Goals (HUGGs) Joint Pub Hub with IoD Berkshire Bin your New Year Resolutions. You want HUGGs because they shape your life and future. They are long-term, compelling, and connect to your identity and core values. They are one of the ways individuals, teams and organisations transform from Good to Great. Sometimes the biggest leverage comes not from doing things to achieve them, but from surfacing your hidden competing HUGG and going for both! 1st April – The Wellington Arms Hotel, Stratfield Turgis No need to book, just come along for some informal networking with members from Hampshire and Berkshire. 29th April - Succeeding by growing talent Leaders who seek to win the war for talent by conceiving of capability as a fixed resource to be found ‘out there’ put themselves and their organisations at a serious disadvantage. By contrast leaders who make their organisations the most fertile ground in the world for the growth of talent, put themselves in the best possible position to succeed. We have a LinkedIn group - ‘Hampshire and Isle of Wight Business Leaders’ - and invite you to join us. 22nd July and 21st October – topics to be confirmed. NEW FOR 2014 New Members and Networking Networking for Success, Warbrook House, Hook 24th February Some of the most interesting conversations and contacts are made at IoD networking events. The Director’s Breakfasts are held jointly with IoD Berkshire and will start with a short presentation on the topic and then the main content comes from attendees. Table discussions over a fine breakfast continue to develop the topic and bring together various opinions and views on the subject for the morning. At the end of each meeting you will have met several IoD members, gained some more knowledge on the topic and helped members with your thoughts and ideas. The Director’s Breakfast The Directors’ Breakfast Join us to hear from a very experienced and successful networker who will share their ideas and tips for successful networking. Tylney Hall – What is a Vision and does my company need one anyway? Tylney Hall – What is a Technology Strategy and do we need one? 10th October This event is being held jointly with IoD Berkshire so you will have the opportunity to meet other IoD members from across the border! For many business leaders the concept of vision is challenging. How is one created and then what do you do with it? Starting with a short presentation on the topic, the table discussions over a fine breakfast at this exclusive venue are bound to be thoughtprovoking. 27th June Most leaders know that technology is a business enabler and resource multiplier. But what is the technology we are thinking of? Is it really a multiplier of resources or an unavoidable choice? Which technology to investigate, adopt and embed in our business models? How do we assess its impact, costs and return? How much should we chase the developments of technology? For further information and to book these events, and others across the South Region, see the enclosed Events Programme or visit 7
  8. 8. Fine dining at its best - the IoD Restaurant IoD Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch Committee Branch Chairman Giorgio Bendoni e Secretary Geoffrey Sturgess e Finance Officer Le Roux Cilliers e The IoD Restaurant is one of London’s hidden gems. Located minutes from the theatre district and the West End, its décor is elegant and regal making it an ideal setting for business lunches and an even better evening destination. 20% Discount 116 Pall Mall Policy & YDF Officer Hendry Taylor t 07788 970755 e Membership Officer Nicola Proudlock t 01730 829342 e Committee member Liz Buckle e Committee member Jeff Callander e Branch & Bookings Administrator Claire Fisher t 02380 266548 e IoD South Regional Office When you book Dinner in the IoD Restaurant, 116 Pall Mall, and dine between Monday 6th January and Friday 31 January 2014, this voucher entitles you to a 20% discount on the final bill. To book your table please call the IoD Restaurant on: 0207 451 3337 Please quote Voucher Code: “IoD South” when making your reservation. Terms and Conditions: This voucher is valid on any weekday evening (Monday - Friday) from 06 Jan to 31 Jan 2014. You MUST present this original voucher on arrival to claim your discount on the night. Director - IoD South: Rodger Broad Davidson House, Forbury Square, Reading RG1 3EU e t 0118 900 0532 Regional Administrator - IoD South: 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 4AE t 0207 7668805 f 0207 7668832 e The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the IoD, neither is it the intention of the branch to endorse or appear to endorse any company or product referred to. It accepts no responsibility for goods and services provided by the organisations in this publication. Users of the goods/ services do so at their own risk and are advised to take up references in the normal way.