On the Road by 6.30am at Start of a Long Day; Working Day: IN ASSOCIATION WITH Rensburg Sheppards Investment Management in Association with DLIB Downtown Liverpool in Business

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Byline: Darrell Matthews

DARRELL MATTHEWS is regional director for the Institute of Directors in the North West.

Darrell lives in Southport with his partner, Joanne.

5.45am: It's always an early start for me, but I am a morning person, so I am usually on the road for my commute between Southport and Manchester by 6.30am, using the time on the road to plan the day ahead, or just listen to Radio 5 Live.

7.45am: The journey is not too taxing this early in the morning, so I am often at the IoD office on St Peter's Square by 8am. This gives me a chance to catch up with my emails and messages, check the main news stories, and discuss the day's planned events with my PA, Karen and get ready for the first meeting.

9.00am: Each day, I have a number of meetings with the people who keep the IoD's events calendar across the North West ticking over. Today, I am meeting with the organisers of the IoD North West Director of the Year Awards, Out There Events.

This is our "flagship" event, and I am informed that, this year, it will be presented by Gabby Logan. As always, it will be a massive occasion to plan for, as over 750 business leaders from across the North West, including last year's Liverpool finalists Peter Cook, Simon Edwards, and Cy Green, should be attending the event at the City of Manchester Stadium, later in the year.

11.30am: One of the many morning calls I make today is a catch-up call with representatives from ProfessionaLiverpool, to find out any reaction and feedback to the Access to Capital event held at the Partnership for Learning Building in Speke.

This event, organised with the IoD, was a great success, attracting over 100 guests keen on maximising the investment potential of Liverpool's Capital of Culture status.

12.30pm: Lunch doesn't necessarily mean a break. Today I have to meet with the head of a large professional services firm to discuss the possibility of sponsoring some of the popular and informative networking events the IoD organises each month.

Past events have included breakfast seminars on the importance of brand identity, conflict resolution, and how to keep employees motivated and stimulated. These events regularly occur at venues throughout the North West, and are an excellent chance for directors to tap into new business methods and best practise trends. …