Celebrating Britain's Family Business Sector
12th May 2019 Paul Andrews
The family business community came together in York at The National Family Business Show.
More than 240 delegates descended on York Racecourse Conference Centre for the inaugural National Family Business Show that sought to provide a showcase for family firms with plenty of time for networking and learning too. This was the latest innovative event for the sector organised by Family Business United.
Paul Andrews, founder of Family Business United and organiser of The National Family Business Show is delighted with how the event went and is already making plans for 2020. He adds, "It was a pleasure to bring the inaugural event to Yorkshire and to continue to build the profile for family firms across the UK, raising the bar and celebrating everything they do that contributes significantly each and every day to communities the length and breadth of the country."
The show saw a number of family businesses take to the main stage such as JW Lees Brewery, Story Contracting, Millers Fish and Chips and Potter Space with topics covered including successful succession, the skills required of a successful family business leader, the integration of the next generation and the creation of a brand that includes relevant reference to history and heritage.
Furthermore there were over 50 exhibitors and a packed programme of workshops and masterclasses throughout the day.
Family business representatives came from all over the UK to learn, network and do business. As Paul adds, "The National Family Business Show was born out of a desire to provide a real platform to showcase the sector, provide a forum to lean and network and enable family business owners to come together to share insights, stories and how to address certain challenges too. With the keynote sessions on the main stage, the diverse nature of the topics covered in the workshops and masterclasses and enough time to wander around the exhibition, there really was something for everyone. There really was a palpable buzz to the room throughout the day and we are looking to build on this for future years."
The show was formally opened by Julian Sturdy MP, the member of Parliament for York Outer. As he confirmed, "Family businesses play a vital role in our economy, and in the everyday life of communities up and down the country. From my own experience in a family farming business, I well know the unique benefits and challenges they involve, and am delighted to support Family Business United and the National Family Business Show taking place here in Yorkshire."
"In a modern economy that can often feel impersonal and complex, family enterprises provide a human focus and attention to quality which other businesses struggle to match, benefiting both consumers and employees. Family-run enterprises are rooted in their areas, and serve customers with pride and care. It is in everyone’s interests to see them thrive in Yorkshire and across the country," concluded Julian.