Challenging and supportive confidential conversations with fellow business leaders, helping members achieve greater success through (even) smarter strategies, (even) better decisions and (even more) motivated people

2021 - Brave the new world - A report by MD2MD on the 'New normal' for UK business

In May 2020 MD2MD conducted a survey of business leaders to gain insights into the likely medium term impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis on UK business and produced a report exploring how the business world might look in 2021.

MD2MD enables business leaders to respond to the Coronavirus crisis quickly and effectively

The world is changing very quickly.  For business leaders it’s a challenge and sometimes an opportunity as disruption creates winners and losers. But with so much happening time is scarcer than ever.  MD2MD is saving our members time so they can get information fast, make smart decisions and act quickly.  They are now using online meetings to share information and ideas, to debate what’s happening and where we’re heading and to quickly check out the tough decisions they are having to make.

If you are interested in the sort of insights that emerge from our meetings see the following informal notes to members posted

On 10th February – Two weeks before the stock market crash

On 14th April – As we addressed the crisis and the lockdown

On 29th April – As we began to look towards the end of the spring lockdown

Private Meetings Managing Director to Managing Director

Grow your business, develop your thinking and build your team through private challenge and support from others like you.

As the boss, you are in a position of immense power and responsibility. You can do what you want, when you want, and how you want. That is how it’s seen, but rarely is this the reality.

Growing your business by taking opportunities, building your team and overcoming challenges is what makes the role fulfilling and rewarding.

Putting in place the people, structures and systems necessary to scale your business can sometimes be a challenge, whether you’re the entrepreneurial owner manager, the latest generation taking the family business to the next stage or the former corporate business leader used to having structures and systems already in place.

Who do you consult? Who can you trust to provide independent and down-to-earth advice on the critical judgement calls where analysis doesn’t really help?

MD2MD is built upon the view that business leaders value most the ideas of other business leaders. We exist to help you develop your thinking as a business leader through regular confidential discussions with others like you.

Find your group

South Central (Oxford)

Oxford Business Leaders

Managing Directors from Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire. The beautiful Cotswolds, the educational heritage of Oxford, and the global mega-projects of Science Vale.

London and Home Counties Group

London Business Leaders

Managing Directors from Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex. Also serving the global business hub of London and the surrounding counties.

South East Midlands (N’hants)

South East Midlands Business Leaders

Managing Directors from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire, and Lincolnshire. A growing population in the automotive and motorsport corridor, with lots of manufacturing and distribution.

Upper Thames Valley (Swindon)

Swindon Business Leaders

Managing Directors from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Serving the Upper Thames, Cotswolds and the west through a partnership with Village Hotel Club Swindon.

Apply for trial membership now

We invite qualifying operational leaders to attend MD2MD as our guest. An opportunity to start fruitful relationships, enjoy useful conversations, and gain valuable business insights.

Who joins MD2MD?

Our members are operational business leaders responsible for tens or hundreds of staff, and they regularly make decisions worth tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds. Whether their title is Managing Director, Chief Executive, CEO, Chairman or Owner, they can also make critical decisions worth many millions. For example, when dealing with major contracts, investments, acquisitions, exits and other such big-ticket deals.

You can read more about our members here.

What happens at MD2MD meetings?

A typical meeting consists of two main parts:

  • Confidential peer challenge board discussion, where you will debate real business challenges with your fellow business leaders
  • A practical workshop led by a top professional speaker, to develop a specific aspect of leadership best practice

You can read more about the structure of MD2MD meetings here.

MD2MD Speakers

MD2MD meetings typically include a workshop, led by a world-class speaker. These top calibre experts are rarely available to SME business leaders in such small groups.

You can read more about out speakers here.

Forthcoming Events

august 2020

wed19aug8:30 am10:00 amManaging distribution through partners and succeeding as a channel partnerStephen Martin

wed26aug8:30 am10:00 amHelping your team become comfortable with building relationships through networkingCharlie Lawson

september 2020

wed02sep8:30 am10:00 amRecovering in a recessionGrant Leboff

wed09sep8:30 am10:00 amBringing Lessons from the BattlefieldChris Robinson

wed16sep8:30 am10:00 amEconomic UpdateRoger Martin-Fagg

wed23sep8:00 am10:00 amThink again! – The strategic role of creativityDavid Hall