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Bringing the family business community together

Putting Great British Family Firms On The Map

15th March 2019 Paul Andrews

Family Business United’s 6th Family Business Road Trip will start off in Scotland this month before embarking across England over the course of the next couple of months.

The tour will meet with families behind some of the UK’s most noteworthy businesses, including Johnstons of Elgin, Shearer Candles, Macsween, James Donaldson & Sons, Fracino and Tim’s Dairy and many more. During the visits the team will be doing the most to dispel some of the myths surrounding the family business sector, promoting family firms as the engine room of the UK economy and celebrating the diversity of sectors that they represent. Interviews and soundbites will be shared along the route.

The campaign’s aim is to give family firms the recognition they truly deserve, with a tour of some of the UK’s most successful family businesses. This innovative event, now in its sixth year, celebrates the significant contribution family firms make to the national and regional economies and really does seek to put the sector on the map. 

Sponsors include PwC, Seven Investment Management, and Western Pension Solutions with the Scotland leg being supported by The University of Strathclyde Business School and regional partners in England including Gorvins, Birketts and the Family Business Network.

Lookers Audi provide the car for Scotland whilst the England legs are in a car provided by Sturgess Jaguar, themselves a family firm for over 120 years and also holders of a Royal Warrant.

In the UK, the family business sector accounts for more than 5 million firms, £1.4 trillion in turnover (almost a quarter of UK GDP) and employs more than twelve million people. In addition, the top 20 family owned firms in the UK generate turnover in excess of £49 billion.

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United said, "It is a real pleasure to meet family business owners in their own environments, to see the passion they have for what they do, and in many cases, have been doing for generations.  It reinforces our understanding of the sector and is a real insight into the family business world."

"We spend our days championing the family business sector and the Road Trip really does help us to put UK family businesses on the map and over the course of the trip we will be meeting with some of the best known family businesses in the UK, as well as some lesser-known hidden gems. We want to celebrate the businesses that do so much for the country, by helping them to link up and share the knowledge and experience of other family businesses, as well as having access to advice from who are committed to helping family businesses shine.  The Family Business Road Trip is a great way for us to champion the sector and to help put some great British family businesses on the map.”

Hannah Harris, Family Business Leader at PwC in the UK, added: "PwC is delighted to be the main sponsor of the annual road trip. Events such as this, enable us to see first-hand the real diversity of the family business sector and the great contribution they make to the local, national and international economy.  The passion that families have for their business is second to none and is apparent for all to see. It is a real privilege to get to see the businesses in action too."

Ben Fowler, Managing Director of Western Pension Solutions continues, “We have been working with Paul and Family Business United on the Road Trip for a number of years now and it is fantastic to listen to the stories behind the businesses, to appreciate the history and heritage that is behind many of these businesses, and above all, to see the pride, investment and innovation that is taking place in all corners of the country.”

Some of the visits are open to the public to join and get a behind the scenes tour of the businesses and to meet the owners with all of the visits will be covered with pictures and quotes throughout the trip on social media. 

As Paul concludes, "This is the sixth year that we are undertaking the trip around the UK and it has become a real fixture in our family business calendar.  We are undoubtedly going to meet some inspirational family businesses and their leaders and we are really looking forward to putting the family business sector on the map.”

“If you’d like us to visit your family business, please do get in touch"


Get involved

Follow the Family Business Road Trip on twitter by following @familybizpaul and the hashtag #FamilyBizRoadTrip

Join us at one of the public events:

Scottish Family Business Insights
19 March – Glasgow - SOLD OUT

Behind The Scenes Of The Pizza Factory
20 March – Glasgow.  
An Insight An Tour Of The Victor Pizza Company.  Find out more and book a ticket here

Macsween Meet The Owner, Tour & Tasting
28 March - Loanhead
Behind The Scenes At The Guardians Of Scotland’s National Dish.  Find out more and book a ticket here

The National Family Business Show
9 May – York
Join Us At The Show.  Find out more and book a ticket here

Insight Into Classic & Heritage Cars
16 May – Great Dunmow, Colchester
Behind The Scenes At P & A Wood.  Find out more and book here




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