IoD Young Business Forum (Bath/Bristol)
Thursday 20 March 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
at: Waterhouse, Waterhouse Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath BA2 7JB
The IoD Young Business Forum (YBF) has been created to reach out to ambitious directors and create a safe place for them to interact, learn and engage with peers and mentors. The aim of the group is to help develop business leaders and provide them with support and guidance on their business challenges; whilst allowing relationships to be built and developed outside a purely commercial context.
Many business owners starting out in business, particularly those who have left behind a corporate career, can find their formative years in business a lonely and challenging experience stripped of the support and resources they may have taken for granted earlier in their careers.
This group aims to reach out to directors of businesses early in their entrepreneurial careers and create a safe place for them to interact, learn and engage with experienced business professionals from both the Institute of Directors (IoD) and other successful and established organisations.
The event is open to both members and non-members of the Institute of Directors. The format of the event starts with open networking followed by a sit-down 2-course dinner; over which to discuss business issues and challenges with peers in a safe, confidential environment, share common experiences, information, and to seek and provide help and guidance.
The evening will finish with a short talk by David Doughty, on strategies for young businesses to access professional input and strategic advice on business growth & strategy on a limited – or even without! – a budget. David is Chief Executive of excellencia, the corporate governance experts, providing Board effectiveness and Leadership development services to organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in both the private and public sectors and is also a consultant at Board level to multi-national organisations.
The Institute of Directors mentoring team will be on-hand to introduce the mentoring service and match potential interested parties with mentors.