IoD Hampshire and Isle of Wight - Newsletter - Winter2013
& the Isle of Wight
Hampshire Director wins national award
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
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
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
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
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,
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
I look forward to engaging with all of you in the not
too distant future.
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 www.iod.com/hampshire/events
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
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
Kingston University Small Business Research Centre
have recently analysed the impact that Young
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
Tina Braithwaite – Central & South Hampshire
Alison Collington – North Hampshire
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
If you wish to know more about this enthralling and challenging opportunity,
please contact Rodger Broad, Director IoD South at: email@example.com.
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
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
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:
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.
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
This awards category is open to directors of companies with 250 or fewer
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.”
• 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
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
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
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
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:
www.iod.com/south/awards 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
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.”
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.
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
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; www.iod.com
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 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
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
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
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,
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
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 www.iod.com/berkshire or
email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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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
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.
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
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,
Some of the most interesting conversations
and contacts are made at IoD networking
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
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?
This event is being held jointly with IoD
Berkshire so you will have the opportunity
to meet other IoD members from across the
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.
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 www.iod.com/south/events
Fine dining at its best
- the IoD Restaurant
IoD Hampshire &
Isle of Wight
Le Roux Cilliers
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
Policy & YDF Officer
t 07788 970755
t 01730 829342
Branch & Bookings Administrator
t 02380 266548
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:
Davidson House, Forbury Square,
Reading RG1 3EU
t 0118 900 0532
Regional Administrator - IoD South:
116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 4AE
t 0207 7668805
f 0207 7668832
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