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Institute of Directors, Director of the Year awards

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Mike in Leeds

Mike Beckett on his way to the Director of the Year awards

Yesterday was a great day, attending the Institute of Directors, Director of the Year awards at the beautiful Aspire venue in Leeds on Thursday 8th of  September 2011.

It was back in 2010 that I joined the Institute of Directors, having decided to embark on their Continuing Professional Development by studying at Leeds Business School, which is part of Leeds Metropolitan University. In July 2011 the Institute of Directors notification arrived, which said that Mike Beckett was to be awarded a Certificate in Company Direction, with Distinction.

So it was a real honour for me when yesterday Barbara Colledge, the Dean of the Faculty of Business & Law presented me with the certificate. The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Director of the IoD, Kenton Robbins, introduced me to receive the award with some very kind words, saying “Cllr Michael Beckett from Caring for Business Ltd is a promising young entrepreneur of whom we are expecting great things”. On a personal note the best part for me was that my wife and parents were able to be present to witness this.

Mike and Cal at Aspire York with certificate of Company Direction just recieved

Mike Beckett's delight at receiving the Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction, with Distinction.

Nick Beech, the Principle Lecturer, from Leeds Business School at the Lunch told me that over the last 10 years of running the course, they have had just 7 students achieve a Distinction on this course. This reminded me of the economic principle that rarity enhances value! The IoD programme has a strategic focus on the development of high performance boards. As a cross sector leader I have found the course beneficial in improving  standards and practise in achieving KPI outcomes  and this has demonstrated to me its value as an investment of time and money.
 

The awards winners were Hayley Erner of High Flyers Business Coaching Ltd was awarded the Business Advisor of the year (sponsored by ABDN), for impressive achievements in increasing the size of client businesses.  Gareth Barker from Sheffield Forgemasters was awarded the Young Director of the Year (sponsored by Totally Exec) for leading an efficiency drive in making the business profitable. James Lambert from R&R Ice Cream received a Lifetime Achievement award  (sponsored by Grant Thornton). Kenton had earlier said that as an austerity measure there was no desert today, so James raised smiles from everyone by agreeing to provide ice cream for next years event. Peter Roberts of Pure Gym, providing no-nonsense budget gyms, received the Judges Special Award (sponsored by The Insurance Partnership). Christopher Hopkins of Ploughcroft was awarded Small & Medium Size Enterprise Director of the Year award (sponsored by The Alternative Board) for growing his business and for innovation in solar roofing technology. Christopher has also receiving support from an encounter with the Dragons Theo and Deborah from Dragon’s Den.

The finale was the award to Lawrence Tomlinson of the LNT Group which is ranked 28th in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Companies. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and followed this us with the award for overall Director of the Year 2011 (awards sponsored by Leeds Business School and Welcome to Yorkshire). Congratulations Lawrence, well done. I hope he goes on to have a Yorkshire win for us all in the National Director of the Year competition, happening later this year in London!
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Taking care of business for good in 2011

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Dear reader ,

Today’s announcement by the Bank of England is that base rates remains at 0.5% is welcomed news for those with a mortgage. With the European Central Bank warning of increasing inflationary pressures how long can this last? Higher interest rates may increase the number of business failing as historically more businesses fail coming out of recession than going into it, so what is coming next?

What businesses needs to thrive normally, is stability however in times of volatility there are opportunities  for the brave and with the potencies of governments looking less robust and with less wiggle room to cope with crisis as Stephen Foley suggests in the Independent with increasing risks, it does seem that we are living in more ‘interesting times’ where fortune will as usual favour the brave but what to actually do?

Having asked on Linkedin ‘2011 Economic Predictions – What do you predict will happen? with lots of interesting answers some i hope for and some I fear but they are interesting projections of current trends. I have reflected on what is the best route to ‘competitive advantage’ for UK-based businesses and I am concluding innovation as the most logically answer…

Taxis are really useful to get from A to B and the idea of small taxis in the air is s a logical next step and a potentially lucrative business which Richard Farleigh (of Dragons Den fame) is promoting in his blog well worth a peak!

Is social networking or social media placement to enable individualised discovery of what you do the answer to innovation or conversely could private social networking be the answer as so often counter trend investment of time, money and energy has the biggest potential rewards. As always investment advice remains dont risk what you can’t afford to lose and with every opportunity, it’s possible the value will fluctuate possibly going down as well as up…

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Written by Mike Beckett

2011/01/13 at 19:55