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Young Directors to learn new 'Out There' way of thinking

09 November 2016

The Institute of Directors (NI) is offering young directors the opportunity to learn from a local director whose business has enjoyed considerable growth over the past few years as well as undergoing a significant rebrand, at the Young Directors Forum: In Conversation on 16th November.

Sponsored by Willis Insurance and Risk Management, the event will take place at Grant Thornton’s Clarence Street West offices at 8am on the 16th November and is free of charge for all members. Bookings can be made on the IoD website.

Steven Thompson, Managing Director of Out There (formerly the Landscape Centre) will be interviewed by Mark Simpson, BBC, on the rapid growth and recent rebrand of his business whilst sharing the challenges faced and the lessons learned throughout the process which fellow young directors can benefit from.

Adrian Allen, Chair of the of the IoD NI’s Young Directors Forum, said:

Steven has been Managing Director of Out There since 2004 when he took over the business which at the time operating as a high-end garden centre with a small commercial landscaping business turning over circa £1.5m annually.

“The company has grown significantly over the last twelve years with Out There now Northern Ireland’s largest grounds maintenance provider with an annual turnover in excess of £8.5m. The company has recently managed to break into the UK market with projects now starting on the ground in London.

“We’re delighted to offer this event free of charge to our members, and encourage all Young Directors to attend. Delegates on the day will be inspired by Steven’s business success and to hear about the company’s exciting new rebrand.”

Steven Thompson, Managing Director of Out There, said:

“It’s a pleasure to be asked to take part in this event. Building and growing a business comes with great pressures and it’s fantastic that the IoD facilitates events aimed specifically at young directors allowing us to share experiences and to learn from each other.

“At Out There, we take a slightly different approach to business growth and challenges, as our new name would suggest, which I think will be really interesting for attendees to hear about.

“With the new name and a number of big contract wins under our belts, we’re well positioned for further growth in the coming years and I look forward to sharing this with delegates.

Richard Willis, Managing Director at Willis Insurance and Risk Management, which sponsors the Forum, said:

“This is our second year sponsoring the IoD Young Directors Forum programme and we are delighted to finish the year with such a relevant event as business leaders look towards a new year and consider what challenges and changes may lie ahead.

“As a specialist in the areas of risk and insurance, we know that with change comes risk for all sizes of business no matter what the sector. It is therefore important that young directors in Northern Ireland have an acute awareness of the impacts change can have on their business and what steps can be taken to lessen risk.

“Steven has guided his company through significant change and will no doubt inspire the young directors in attendance.

“On the day, our Director of Business Development, Andrew Galway, will discuss insuring company growth for both established SMEs and start-up companies outlining what happens when a business outgrows its current insurance programme and what risk management practices should be put in place.”

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