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Succession planning is often cited as one of the key challenges facing family firms. In many cases it is the elephant in the room and simply not a topic that is discussed. In this session we will take a look at the issues around succession planning, consider some of the options available and explore ways to bring the topic of conversation to the table.

Succession may be associated with difficult conversations but it doesn’t have to be like that. This session is being presented by Darryl Bates-Brownsword who is a UK Partner of Succession Plus, specialists in providing proactive, focused and strategic advice for SME owners to manage strategic Business Succession and Exit Planning. It provides a fresh perspective on succession and exit planning with a framework for engaging in the right conversations.

Darryl is a dynamic, driven Business Mentor and Coach with over 20 years of experience and passion for creating successful outcomes for founder-led businesses. He is a great connector, team builder, problem solver, and inspirer — showing the way through complexity to simplicity.

He has built 2 international multi-million turnover businesses; one now operating in 16 countries. His quick and analytical approach cuts through to the core issues quickly and identifying the context. He challenges the status quo and gets consistent, repeatable and reliable business results.

Originating in Australia, Darryl’s first career was as an Engineer in the Power Industry. Building businesses bought him to the UK in 2005 where he quickly developed a reputation for combining systems thinking with great creativity to get results in challenging situations.

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