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Muir Macdonald

Search is on for South West director of the year

Directors in Wiltshire are being urged to enter one of the top awards schemes recognising excellence and enterprise.

The Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards 2021 seek to recognise outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sector.

This year’s competition includes a new category – Agility & Resilience – that recognises individuals who responded proactively and positively to the pandemic.

Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation– they don’t have to be an IoD member. This year the South West region is teaming up with London and the South, meaning there will be even keener competition for the awards.

There are 13 categories including: Large Business, Small to Medium Business (SME), Family Business, Start-Up, Public/Third Sector, International, Innovation, Young, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Non-Executive.

IoD South West chairman Muir Macdonald said: “We didn’t run the awards in the South West last year because of the pandemic, so we are hoping for a really great response to the 2021 awards.

“After such a tough 18 months for many of us, this is a time now to celebrate the hard work and innovation that has gone into keeping afloat during the pandemic and beyond.

“We have seen so many great examples of innovation, agility and resilience in the region that we want it to be recognised and celebrated. I think we all know someone who has risen to the challenge – or perhaps you want to nominate yourself. “

Sponsors of this year’s awards include independent UK law firm Burges Salmon, independent financial services provider Smith and Williamson, and chartered accountants and financial advisers Kreston Reeves.

The deadline for entries is 13 September and the winners will be announced at an event on November 11. For more details and to apply visit