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Radisson Blu hosts first IoD young directors' convention

Some of the region’s leading business entrepreneurs will be speakers at the first Institute of Directors (IoD) East Midlands Young Directors’ Convention next week.

Being a Young Entrepreneur, an inspirational and celebratory event, will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, on Friday 10 May.

Ian Dormer, the IoD’s UK Chairman and himself a successful businessman, will provide the opening address. Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport will be guest speaker.

An Entrepreneur Panel will comprise John Folwell, of The Football Association, National Game Regional Manager and former CEO of Leicestershire FA; Ian Beasant, Managing Director of GIANT bicycles; Richard Merrills, Managing Director of SigAssure UK; and Sheridan Chilvers, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at New College Nottingham.

The event and Q&A will be compered by Adam Harris, the IoD East Midlands First Young Director of the Year and Managing Director of his own business Transmentum.

Steve Walker, Chairman of IoD East Midlands Young Directors’ Forum (YDF), which regularly holds business-focused and social networking events across the region for current young business entrepreneurs, is one of the organisers.

He said: “The main aim of the convention is to bring together some of the region’s leading young directors with an entrepreneurial theme.

"We have speakers from both large, SME and public sector organisations, in order to provide a comprehensive overview of how people can deliver entrepreneurship within different settings and backgrounds.”

The IoD East Midlands hosts one of the UK’s main forums for Young Directors and leads the UK with its 400 student membership who are the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The half day convention, which includes lunch, runs from 12.30-16.15.

Bookings can be made via the IoD’s East Midlands office: secalsot@o.ou.hrewrhidcm or amneisidcmdi.md@o.o or Tel: 0115 848 6190.