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The Family Business Road Trip Gets Off To A ‘Roaring Start

Family Business United (‘FBU’) are delighted to be back on the road again visiting family firms and getting behind the scenes of some of the nation’s favourite firms on the #FamilyBizRoadTrip.  Together with representatives from the sponsors, Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of FBU is travelling for five weeks in the official car provided by Sturgess Motor Group, interviewing family business leaders and getting real insight into their story, their journey as a family business and their plans for the future.

As Paul explains, “This is one of my favourite events as family business owners are never happier when they are in the business showing what it can do – the pride and passion is palpable at every visit but probably even more so this year after the pandemic.  Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy delivering so much in terms of jobs, income and opportunities, not to mention careers and the creation of wealth too.”

The 2022 Road Trip got off to a ‘roaring start’ with headline sponsors Mattioli Woods launching the trip at the Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stand at Leicester Tigers where mascot Welford was on hand to get things started.

The first week saw some great visits to the likes of G Seller, Colton Packaging, Jake & Nayns, Palmers Garden Centre, Accxel, Rumseys Chocolates, Everards Brewery and J-Flex.  Seeking to be as authentic as possible when on the road, the team also try to stay in family owned hotels such as Kilworth House and Morley Hayes this week.

As Paul adds, “It is a real pleasure to champion the family business sector and to showcase the innovative, resilient and adaptable businesses that we always meet when out on the road.  As well as the scheduled visits it is also great to be able to pop in to other businesses too., all of which helps us to amplify the family business voice and celebrate the significant contribution that family businesses make in all corners of the UK.”

Doug Ryan, Wealth Management Director at Mattioli Woods said, “At Mattioli Woods we have always been proud of the relationships we have built with family businesses across the UK. Whether that business is just starting up or has been in the family for generations, we are here to ensure we provide the best service to you.”

“Like FBU, we entirely support the ongoing importance and dynamism of family business and so it is only right that we partner with a body with the same ideals as ourselves and the Family Business Road Trip is a great way to engage with the sector.”

The road trip continues through until the end of May with plenty more stops planned.

Keep up to date with the latest news and insights on social media, in particular twitter, using the hashtag #FamilyBizRoadTrip too.

As Paul concludes, “The journey continues and we are looking forward to sharing the stories of plenty more family firms over the course of the trip too.”

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