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Welsh business leaders invited to enter the IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards 2019

Business leaders across Wales are being invited to enter the ninth IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards 2019.

The awards have a reputation for celebrating the achievements of motivational leaders across Wales while bringing all sectors of the business community together, irrespective of size, geography and longevity.

Those who enter or who are nominated have a choice of eleven categories to enter and will benefit from the invaluable and profile-raising positive press coverage opportunities and recognition from peers of business achievement, which comes with entry.

Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE, Director IoD Wales, said:

“The profile of these awards continues to exceed expectations as they attract entries from the very best in Wales. We live in a world where there is much uncertainty and where challenges arise on a daily basis, but I am always impressed by the tenacity, enthusiasm and sheer dogged determination of Directors and senior executives in organisation’s of all sizes and in all sectors; these awards offer a terrific way of highlighting and acknowledging talent, best practice and achievement across Wales.”

Being shortlisted for a Director of the Year Award also influences potential investors and stakeholders, increases business growth and boosts staff morale while attracting new, high-quality staff.

Welsh winners have gone on to be awarded the UK-wide awards in categories they won at last year’s IoD Wales awards. Eight Welsh winners were included in the national shortlists after organisers recognised the calibre of Wales’ winners.

Daniel O’Toole, CEO of Newport-based Retail Merchandising Services (RMS) was named New Director of the year while Bridgend College’s Principal and CEO Simon Pirotte, was named winner in the Public / Third Sector category, which focuses on leaders of charity or non-profit organisations serving the good of the community.

Both had won the same titles at the IoD Wales awards in May.

Categories this year include Director of the Year: Innovation; Director of the Year; Public/Third Sector Director of the Year; Non-Exec Director of the Year; Young Director of the Year; Start-Up Director of the Year; International Director of the Year; Inclusivity Director of the Year Small to Medium Business (up to £50m); Director of the Year Large Business (£50M plus); Director of the Year; Corporate SocialResponsibilityDirector of the Year and Director of the Year in a Family Business.

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Attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs, government and media representatives, the awards at Sophia Gardens Cricket Stadium on Friday, May 17th, are an opportunity to network with fellow business leaders. Previous awards have recognised directors from diverse regional businesses including: Acorn Executive Search, Cardiff Airport, DevOpGuys, Pobl Group, Principality Building Society, Drugaid Cymru, Contract Services Group, Tiny Rebel, Gofal Enterprises, RockIT Ltd, Connect Assist, RMS, Sony UK Technologies, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and GoCompare.

Sponsors of this year’s awards include Qatar Airways; ACCA Cymru; Effective Communication; ITV Wales, Development Bank Wales; Academi Wales; SONY; Retail Merchandising Services (RMS); Welsh Government; Darwin Gray and Legal & General.

Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean, Cardiff Business School, said:

“These awards offer a terrific way ofhighlighting and acknowledging talent, best practice. Cardiff Business School is proud to participate in this annual celebration of excellence. We continue to be inspired by the innovation, creativity and ambition of the nominees and look forward to the awards lunch where we recognise the achievements of Welsh businesses and the significant contribution they make tothe wider economy and society in Wales and the world.”

  • Closing date for nominations is Friday 25th January 2019
  • Closing date for entries is Friday 8th March 2019
  • For further details visit www.iodawards.com/wales
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