SAT 20TH OCT 2018


Bringing the family business community together

John Harvey Jones Troubleshooter Revisited

16th July 2018 Paul Andrews

The BBC featured the Peake family business in the first of 3 “Troubleshooter” TV documentaries in which Sir John Harvey Jones, the ex chairman of ICI, advised 6 companies.  What happened next?  

Family Business United is delighted to invite you to join us for a truly unique event at the Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa which is part of the family–owned Boxford Group, which also includes the Boxford (Suffolk) Farms fruit growing enterprise and Peake Fruit, a fruit packhouse, storage and marketing business.

The business has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a 120 acre apple farm in 1938, in a beautiful corner of the Suffolk countryside. Much of this success is down to the entrepreneurial skills of Bill and Devora Peake who gradually expanded the original apple farm into a thriving, diverse enterprise which included the now famous Copella fruit juice brand (sold to Tropicana in 1997), Stoke by Nayland Golf Club with two championship courses, and a successful fruit farming business. They went through some very tough times along the way but never wavered from their passion and dedication for providing healthy, top quality products for their customers to enjoy.

Now in its second and third generation of family owners and directors, the Boxford Group has been substantially expanded, and continues to thrive with the help of their team of up to 600 staff across the three businesses.

The BBC featured the Peake family business in the first of 3 “Troubleshooter” TV documentaries in which Sir John Harvey Jones, the ex chairman of ICI, advised 6 companies. This one hour programme focused on the Boxford fruit farm, golf club and the success of the Copella business which the family then sold to Taunton Cider – featured at the end of the programme.

A lot of 'difficult conversations' were raised during the programme and the Peake family continued to develop the business to the one that remains today.

FBU have teamed up with the current generation of the family to provide a unique family business experience. Join us to watch the original show at the hotel and then hear from the family how the business has changed, the lessons they learned, what they took on board from the show and what they ignored. This event is one of the 'Meet the Owner' series and we are delighted to be able to host such a unique event too.


4.15 - Registration and tea/coffee

4.45 - Welcome and introduction

5.00 - The programme commences with an insight and update from the current generation with questions

6.30 - Close

This event is being put on to coincide with East Anglia Family Business Day 2019.  

Book your tickets and find out more here


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