Business leaders from Kent are being invited to enter the 2014 London and South East Director of the Year awards run by the Institute of Directors (IoD).
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.
Rodger Broad, Director of IoD South, said: “An exciting prospect is that of the regional award winners going on to compete in the UK Director of the Year Finals, where last year’s London and the South East winners went on to take no fewer than five of the UK awards.”
The 2013 regional competition attracted a high number of quality entries and culminated in the Gala Awards Dinner in London at which the finalists’ achievements were publicly celebrated.
Among the winners was David Byk, CEO of Swan Mill Paper Company, Swanley, who was named Director of the Year of a company with a turnover of £10m-£59.99m.
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.”
This year’s award categories are:
Director of the Year (large company)
This category is open to directors of companies with an annual turnover of over £100m.
Director of the Year (medium company)
This category is open to directors of companies with an annual turnover of between £10m and £99.9m.
Director of the Year (small company)
This category is open to directors of companies with an annual turnover of up to £9.99m.
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.
International Director of the Year
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 business arena.
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 organisations.
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 environment.
It is easy to submit your online nomination now. Go to: www.iod-awards.co.uk for full details and to open up the nomination form. Self-nominations from both members and non-members are encouraged.
The Gala awards dinner will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 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.