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Institute of Directors (South West Region)

IOD South West, the Innovation Centre, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7FR
+44 (0)117 370 7785

About us

At the Institute of Directors, we have been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903. As the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, we are dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.

Our philosophy is to support, represent and set standards for directors

We are your representative and voice in business, no matter what your company size. We support our 34,500 members through 48 regional branches across the UK, allowing us to be influential at a local level, as well as nationally. Our members are some of the most skilled and prominent leaders in the UK, from start-up entrepreneurs to directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organisations.

We represent your point of view

As an independent association of business leaders, our objective is to make sure your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the views of the wider business community.

We promote professionalism in the boardroom

High standards of excellence and professionalism in the boardroom are essential for businesses to succeed. We have been supporting leaders in their professional development for many years and our highly regarded programmes provide creative and flexible training opportunities, including our exclusive and industry-recognised qualification, Chartered Director.

We offer

Our membership base is comprised of approximately 34,000 individual business leaders and is spread across the country. In order to support each individual and promote business excellence in every locale, the IoD local network was created. 

At the local level, each community is operated by a team ready to support and aid you and your business with local advice and all resources available to them. In addition, your local branch hosts over 50 events per month allowing you to meet with other decision makers in your area and to create a genuine business influence in your community.

Located in each region across the UK and worldwide, the IoD local network ensures that wherever your business is based, you will have access to an ever growing network of business leaders in all industry sectors right on your doorstep.

The IoD South West region is one of the most active and vibrant in the UK, representing almost 3000 members spread across 6 local branches - in Bath & WiltshireBristolDevon & CornwallDorsetGloucestershire and Somerset.

The South West Region is renowned for its programme of informative, inspirational and valuable business events. These include exclusive company visits and presentations, breakfasts with successful business speakers and dinners with entrepreneurs - all opportunities for you to learn, connect and build your business network.

The South West regional office is located within the stunning Bristol and Bath Science Park and is headed up by Regional Director Simon Face. The regional team aims to provide information, support and guidance for directors, entrepreneurs and other business leaders, helping their businesses to thrive and grow.

We are also extremely grateful to our many South West Committee Members whose ideas, experience and contacts within the South West business community ensures the success of these events.

We support

  • Avon
  • Business Support
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • People
  • Conference, Meeting Rooms
  • Networks
  • Premises
  • Skills
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


IoD membership aims to offer a real return on investment, improving cost efficiency while increasing long-term productivity. The portfolio of benefits includes tangible, measurable business resources that support both individual and operational performance. 

We provide our members with opportunities to meet and connect, with high-profile occasions such as our Annual Convention, which hosts more than 1,000 business leaders and attracts prestigious business speakers. 

Smaller, more regular events are held regionally, with local breakfast briefings and seminars. 

Members also have free access to workspace in 15 prestigious locations across the UK.

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