Business scene: Institute of Directors Greater Lincolnshire Annual Lunch

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in Greater Lincolnshire gathered for their Annual Lunch at the Bentley Hotel on 6th December.  Branch Chairman Gary Headland gave a warm welcome and said it had been an interesting year for the IoD.

The keynote Speaker was Ursula Lidbetter, MBE, BSc, FCIS, DL and a prominent figure in the retail sector for manty years.  Chair of the Lincolnshire LEP until the end of the year, Ursula is also Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Co-operative Group.

Ursula struck a festive note by opening and closing her presentation with Christmas cracker jokes but the messages she shared were full of sound advice and included: Amaze people, Push your boundaries (you’ll find there aren’t any), Be Kind, Add to your skills and knowledge, Be curious, Seek feedback and be prepared to change your mind, Make time for your family, Be yourself.

Ursula also explained the ways that the Co-operative Group supports the local community through its 280,000 members and by involvement with libraries, buildings and health walks.  All most people will see is the shops.

Through involvement with the LEP Ursula has come across many turnaround companies and explained that she had applies a common rule…“if this business didn’t exist, would you start it?”

A charity raffle resulted in a grand total donation of £1,092.15 towards the Lincoln Imps Education Trail

The event was attended by nearly 150 people and was sponsored by jch:wealth management.

See the event in the gallery of photos below taken by Richard Picksley.