The Great British Family Business Conference 2022

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Bringing the family business community together with keynotes, masterclasses, panel discussions and much more.

Save the date and book early for the best prices to attend our 10th flagship family business conference. It might be online as a virtual event but has all the components of a ‘traditional event’ but allowing you to join from the comfort of your own home/office saving time, travel and cost.

Not only does it bring the family business together, it provides a great opportunity to discuss some of the unique challenges facing family firms and to hear insights from other family business people and their advisers who have already dealt with some of these challenges too.

The ongoing challenges around the global pandemic have resulted in us taking the event virtual but working closely with our technology partners at Cameron, we are able to provide all the elements of the normal event too – keynote speakers, panel discussions, exhibition, breakout sessions and networking. Not exactly the same but all from the comfort of your own office/desk and a great programme too. As well as some great speakers providing great insights there are a selection of breakout sessions and there is plenty of time for networking, the option to ask questions via the chat facility and to video call and interact with the other delegates too.

Great speakers. Great insights. Great venue. Great value.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Great British Family Business in March. The full programme of speakers will be announced in due course.

The Programme

8.30 am – Registration and Networking

9.15 am – Introduction and Welcome – Paul Andrews, CEO, Family Business United

9.25 am – Opening Keynote

9.55 am – Family Business Insight

10.25 am – Family Business Journey

11.00 am – Networking Break

Time to grab a coffee, visit the exhibitors and meet people in the virtual networking session.

11.30 am – Family Business Insight

11.55 am – Snap Learning – Using Family Ownership To Drive Competitive Advantage

Josh Baron will share the latest findings from their research into the use of family ownership, history and heritage and how it can be used purposefully to drive competitive advantage. Josh is a partner and one of the co-founders of BanyanGlobal who have helped over 200 family businesses from 20 countries on six continents successfully transition. Their clients’ operating businesses span many industries, including manufacturing, luxury and consumer goods, industrial services, real estate, communications, and more. They generate revenues from hundreds of millions of dollars a year to multiple billions. They are the world’s leading privately-held, family-owned or controlled businesses.

Josh is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, a leading family business adviser and also writes articles regularly on family business topics for the Harvard Business Review.

12.30 pm – Lunch and Networking

Time to grab some lunch, visit the exhibitors and meet people in the virtual networking session.

1.15 pm – Panel Discussion – Sustainability & The Family Business

Join us for an interactive panel discussion where we take a look at the development of the sustainability agenda for family businesses with practical insights from our panellists who will share their approach and the impact that it is having on their businesses today.

Our panellists for this session include:

Ashley Oates – Head of Sustainability at Ward

Ward was established in 1940, specialising in the recycling of ferrous metals in Woodville near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Continued investment and innovation has seen the business continue to grow over the years and today Ward has an annual turnover in excess of £140m, employs over 400 people and operates a fleet of over 100 vehicles. The company is now managed by third and fourth generation family members who continue their commitment to developing waste management and recycling techniques, saving their customers money and helping them to meet and exceed their recycling targets. Ashley will share her insight on sustainability at Ward and The Ward Way.

Simon Cotton – CEO at Johnstons of Elgin

Johnstons of Elgin have a commitment to sustainability which is at the heart of their brand’s values. They have worked with natural, renewable, biodegradable fibres since 1797 and strive to reduce their environmental footprint year after year. Simon will share their insight on the work they are pioneering in the world of sustainability.

2.15 pm – Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 – Family Businesses Giving Back facilitated by Jason Oakley, Recognise Bank

Breakout 2 – Building Family History Into A Brand facilitated by Rob Gray, Partner at Squad

Breakout 3 – Creating A Family Business Legacy facilitated by Zita Nikoletta Verbényi

Breakout 4 – Employee Ownership Uncovered facilitated by the Employee Ownership Association

Breakout 5 – Succession Planning In Action facilitated by Kirsty Ross, KPMG

Breakout 6 – This session will be facilitated by Doug Ryan, Mattioli Woods

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3.15 pm – Networking Break

Time to grab a coffee, visit the exhibitors and meet people in the virtual networking session.

3.30 pm – Closing Keynote – The Journey Of An Incredible Family Firm

Join us as we meet an award-winning family business to hear their story, the challenges they have faced along the way and their plans for the future.

4.30 pm – Close

Thank you as always to our sponsors and partners:

Western Pension Solutions , Mattioli Woods, Vistage, Employee Ownership Association

Feedback from previous delegates:

“What a fantastic, vibrant and informative event. Undoubtedly the best conference that I have been to for many years. Great insights from excellent speakers that really struck a chord with me and I have taken away a lot of actions to consider for my family business. Thank you.”

“You did so well, kept the atmosphere light yet informative and I am sure those who did attend will have gained great insights into other businesses, and I hope managed to speak to lots of others who were there as well.”

“A fantastic event yesterday – you should be proud of what was achieved on the day and the great speakers who shared their stories.”

“We all really enjoyed the diverse range of speakers and look forward to next years’ event!”

“Thanks @FamilyBizPaul for a #fantastic #enjoyable day with #exceptional speakers we came away #infused & #educated #staystrong.”

“Well done on hosting a great event and despite the prevailing circumstances it had all the hallmarks of success.”

“Fascinating day as always with some really interesting speakers, showing the diversity and strength of the #familybusiness sector. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it and for your hard work bringing it all together.”

“A great event!”

“Only one word for it – OUTSTANDING in all regards! Looking forward to returning next year.”

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