The new issue of Director magazine is out now. Editor Chris Maxwell previews what’s inside the September/October edition, which is ready to download now to Android, iPad and mobile, and sent in print to IoD members
In early September, as this issue of Director was being readied for press, the government announced the first stage of a £200m investment in “full fibre” broadband. Aberdeenshire, Bristol and West Yorkshire are among the areas where businesses, hospitals and schools will see connection speeds of 1Gbps.
Matt Hancock, the minister of state for digital and culture, said: “To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, we need the right infrastructure in place to allow us to keep up with the rapid advances in technology.”
The ability of firms to “keep up” with tech opportunities and harness these to thrive in turbulent times forms a theme of this edition. Former British Army “psy-ops” expert Sven Hughes urges SME leaders to “believe in the emerging concept” and use new “listening” techniques on social media to better understand their customers and target their communications more profitably.
Our cover star Will Dean, who founded thriving endurance event business Tough Mudder, discusses the challenges of Brexit (“the foreign exchange hit is real”) and explains why appointing a senior executive to converse with the brand’s followers online 24/7 is key to future-proofing the venture. IoD 99 member Tara Mei, meanwhile, explains how she is taking inspiration from the tech sector’s ecosystem for fast growth and applying it to the food and drink industry, where she has already helped more than 500 companies.
And Gemma Godfrey, founder of investment platform Moola, talks about the world-leading UK fintech industry and her quest to use digital to demystify finance and “bring money matters into the mainstream”. A host of other tech leading lights will be sharing their insights at 116 Pall Mall on 17 October at the IoD digital strategy summit – there are more details about this event inside the magazine.
Elsewhere, corporate governance is in focus, as the IoD launches its 2017 Good Governance Report on 10 October. The institute’s director general, Stephen Martin, responds to proposals by the Financial Conduct Authority to relax stock market listing rules for sovereign-owned firms, while its corporate governance analyst, James Jarvis, takes an in-depth look at the landscape. We hope to see you at the launch event. Have a brilliant autumn.
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