National Family Business Day is the annual celebration of family businesses and the contribution they make to the UK economy, organised by Family Business United.
Taking place on September 23 annually, it brings the family business community together in a day of celebration and social media activity. #GBFamilyBizDay is a day for all family businesses irrespective of size or sector and new for 2021 is the creation of a group of Ambassadors to help raise awareness and support the day too.
Walters, the award-winning family business and one of the oldest in East Anglia based in Sudbury are the latest ambassadors supporting National Family Business Day 2021.
Walters is a family owned company founded in 1720. They specialise in the Jacquard weaving of innovative fabrics for Men’s and Ladies’ apparel and neckwear. They combine artisan skills with the latest technology to custom design, bespoke woven fabrics from noble fibres, including silk, cashmere and linen.
Sarah Thornley is an Account Manager at Walters with many years experience with the company, starting her journey in design and moving in to sales, part of the team who are proud to be supporting the day.
As Sarah explains, “At Walters, family values, quality service and teamwork is a shared ethos, which gives everyone within the group an extra sense of purpose and contribution. For 10 generations these strong bonds means we pull together in hard times and show the determination needed for business sustainability and evolution. After 37yrs, I am still very proud to work for a company that has a strong respect for each other, our customers and our craft.”
As Paul Andrews, founder and CEO of Family Business United adds, “We are delighted to have the support of Walters for National Family Business Day. Each year the celebrations get bigger and it is an honour to champion the community and to celebrate the contribution they make, be it through the provision of jobs, income generation or wealth creation, not forgetting the positive impact family firms have on communities the length and breadth of the UK.”