Institute of Directors chooses MK College for new local hub

Mon 26 May 2014

The Institute of Directors has chosen Milton Keynes College’s ultra-modern Silbury Campus as the base for its new local hub.  Members from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes ( ) will be able to use a host of facilities at the campus following the launch event held there last night (Thursday 22nd May).

The region’s thousand plus IoD members will be able to take advantage of an impressive range of benefits at Silbury Campus ( ) including access to a comprehensive selection of professional training courses at discounted rates.  They will also be able to use the building’s state-of-the-art facilities including meeting and conference rooms, office support services and workshops for new businesses.

Director of Business Engagement at the College, Jane Horridge, says, “Everyone at Milton Keynes College is delighted and really excited to have the opportunity to host the Institute of Directors here at Silbury Campus.  For such a high powered and important business organisation to choose us is testament to the marvellous facilities and staff we have here.  This will give IoD members a place to work where they can access not just the courses and facilities but our students who are themselves a terrific potential resource.  The College is all about building partnerships with business and this is precisely the kind of relationship we want and need to help us support the city’s economy.  We have a lot to offer companies of all kinds and sizes and this will raise our profile not only in the city but across Buckinghamshire as well.”

A packed launch event was addressed by Dr Ann Limb who chairs the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP - ).  Dr Limb told the audience she joined the IoD while serving as Principal at MK College and warmly welcomed the new relationship.  Branch Administrator for the IoD, Terri Stubbings, said, “I am so thrilled with the turnout and it’s going to be such a fabulous venue for the members to use.  It’s wonderful to have a hub in MK at last; it’s something we really need.  It will help us engage with the membership more and join in with College events.”

IoD branch Vice-Chairman, Peter Parkes added, “Many of us travel to London to the IoD in Pall Mall for networking and I’ve long thought wouldn’t it be great if we had somewhere like that in Milton Keynes?  I already knew the College though my own work and it struck me as a perfect fit.  We can help them and they will help our members.”

College Principal, Dr Julie Mills said she was delighted to host such a prestigious organisation as the Iod.  “This symbolises the way we’re supporting the needs of business, not by telling them what we think they should have but by sharing a location like this and learning from them what they need to grow and become more successful.  It’s a terrific opportunity for the College but it also has huge potential to benefit business in Milton Keynes.  It just shows that the College is an education institute but it’s an institute for growth as well.”

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