Insights and advice to survive the recession
May 19, 2009
More than 2,500 directors – many from the Reading area – were at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 29 for the Institute of Directors’ annual convention.
IoD Berkshire members and their guests were there to hear an impressive line-up of speakers sharing valuable insights and advice on surviving the recession.
The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, took pole position, addressing the directors just a week after the Budget.
He was followed by a host of top business names, entrepreneurs and political figures, including Michael Dell, Sir Stuart Rose, Reid Hoffman, Sebastian Coe and Boris Johnson.
Chris Dodson, the Berkshire-based chairman of IoD South, reports that everyone there gained fresh inspiration and knowledge to guide their business through the current crisis.
He said: “It was at this event last year that one of the speakers was John Madejski, entrepreneur and chairman of Reading Football Club.
“He talked, not about football, but about global warming.
“Madejski revealed his passionate belief that only business people can save the planet.
“He said academics could only come up with theories and politicians were too diverse to do anything about it, but in the business world everyone, from multi-national companies to young innovators, should be pooling their ideas and resources to come up with some workable solutions.”