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IoD North West and Isle of Man join forces to help businesses across the region

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(L-R) Jennifer Houghton, Isle of Man Chair, Claire Ebrey, NW regional director and Claire Veale, Isle of Man Executive Officer

The North West and Isle of Man divisions of the Institute of Directors have joined forces today, bringing together their networks and benefitting members from both areas.

The move boosts the IoD’s North West chapter, meaning it now boasts six branches including Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and businesses on the Isle of Man. All six areas will collaborate on pan-regional events and awards as well as opening up introductions across a broader member database for the region.

Incumbent IoD North West regional director Claire Ebrey’s remit will also now extend to cover the Isle of Man; she explained: “I am delighted that we have joined forces with our Manx neighbours.

“This expansion of our North West division will open more doors for members, expanding our impressive network of business leaders and giving us strength in numbers as we voice their opinions on the national stage.”

Added Jennifer Houghton, Chair of the IoD in the Isle of Man: “There’s so much synergy and so little geographical distance between our respective networks, so this seems like a logical next step for us all.

“Our aim is to promote the views of members and give them access to a broad network of like-minded business owners to better help their own operations; a bigger core of members for myself and Claire will help us deliver that and I look forward to our new working relationship.

“We’re hitting the ground running, collaborating on new events and ideas, starting with our annual awards for the entire region early next year.”

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Philip Ghayour
Events, PR, and Marketing Manager at The Samuel James Group, Philip has a degree in Journalism from the University of Salford and holds an MSc in Marketing from Lancaster University, Philip has also worked at BBC Radio Lancashire, Clitheroe Football Club and Accrington Stanley Football Club.