MON 9TH DEC 2019


Bringing the family business community together

East Anglia Family Business Forum 2019

Date: 13th November 2019 Price: £0

Join us in Newmarket for our regional family business conference that puts the East and East Anglian family business agenda in the spotlight.

Join us in Newmarket for our regional family business conference that seeks not only to bring the family business together but also 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.

As well as some great speakers providing great insights there will be a mini expo during the networking breaks showcasing some fantastic businesses and their products and there is plenty of time for networking too.

The Forum runs from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm inclusive of a networking lunch and full hospitality.


9.30 - Welcome Address - Paul Andrews, Family Business United

9.45 - Opening Keynote 

10.25 - An Audience With...

11.00 - Coffee and Networking

11.30 - The Family Business Sector & The Challenges They Face Today

A panel discussion around some of the challenges facing family firms in the region using the findings from some of the latest research.   Our panel conprises a number of representatives from family businesses including:

  • Jessica Gozzett (Group Financial Controller - Quest Motor Group)  
    Quest Motor Group is the oldest Vauxhall dealership in Essex and one of the oldest privately funded Vauxhall dealers in the UK, it still remains in the private ownership of the Gozzett family with the 5th generation all taking an active role in the day to day running of the business.

    Today they employ a team of staff in excess of 75, and all team members are dedicated to offering an exceptional customer experience which will ensure that the Quest Group remains privately owned and funded by the Gozzett family for future generations.
  • Michelle Jarrold  (Development Director - Jarrold)
    Through the reigns of nine monarchs, massive changes in the world of retail and other businesses, and two World Wars, Jarrold has played a part in the lives of generations of Norfolk families. The roots of the Jarrold business were in shopkeeping, it then developed to become a leading printer and publisher during the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Today the business is concentrated on retail activities in Norwich and its branches in Norfolk, and property development and business services in the city.
  • Adam Jones (Partner - Birketts LLP)
    Adam is the head of family business and a partner at Birketts LLP.

12.30 - Closing Keynote - A.R,  Adrams - A Family Business With Purpose

A.R. Adams Funeral Directors are based in Rayleigh and Southend (Thorpe Bay) serving both locations and the surrounding areas. Established in 1900 and now in its 5th Generation, they are dedicated professionals who provide a personal service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Family values are at the heart of this family firm that was crowned East and East Anglia Family Business of the Year 2019.  Hear from the fifth generation about the values that they uphold as a family firm and how they have survived the generations, becoming an award winning family firm at the heart of the community.

1.00 - Lunch

Furthermore, there are workshops running in the afternoon (2.00-3.30 pm) that can be booked separately focusing on core challenges for the family business sector:

Workshop 1 - Succession Planning Unwrapped

This session is being facilitated by Birketts LLP

Workshop 2 - Health & Wellbeing in The Family Firm

This session is being facilitted by Steve Bays, Managing Director - Century Office Supplies

Workshop 3 - Creating A Family Business Constitution

This session is being facilitated by Birketts LLP

Workshop 4 - Cyber Security & The Family Business

This session is being facilitated by React Computer Partners, a family business

The workshops commence at 2pm so for those just attending the workshops and not the morning Family Business Forum, please do book your ticket to join us for lunch and make the most of the visit.  Lunch is served from 1pm with the workshops commencing at 2pm.

If you have any questions, or I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

This event is being organised by Family Business United and sponsored by Birketts and Scrutton Bland.  

Find out more and book your tickets here


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