Ben Berry, Director or Sales and Purchasing at English Lakes Hotels, describes the intriguing history behind the business and how each generation has revolutionised its operations – from when his father took the Board to Disney World to learn the ‘Disney approach to customer service’ to when his uncle launched the first and only Windermere Ski School. Family politics and succession have played a huge part in influencing the journey of this business and Ben talks candidly about how family relationships are handled within the business and where the he hopes to take the business in the future.
In this interview, we are joined by Coffee Culture Director of Illycaffè, Daria Illy. She tells us about the history of the 100 year old family business, how they have diversified and the role each family member has played. Daria also discusses the importance of the next generation, and how they are giving back through their foundation.
A short video to introduce network partners Marsh Commercial as Matt Hodgson tells us about the insurance business, as well as a story of how they went above and beyond for a client to help them in a challenging situation.
Watch the recording of ‘The Family Business Network in partnership with Wakefield BID present An Audience with… John Donner, Graham Howarth and Barbara Paterson’.
This exclusive online interview will uncover the histories and stories behind each business and the lessons learnt along the way in two very different Yorkshire businesses. The event also hears about an innovative Entrepreneurs Funds which support the ‘Wakefield Businesses of Tomorrow’.
Central Group explain what it’s like to part in the Be the Business advisory boards and how it has helped the business.
Family-owned Dodgson Wood explain what it was like to get involved with our advisory board programmes, which are run in partnership with Be the Business.
Mantle Packaging’s Laura Sieczkowski and Stan Sherlock Associates’ Bobby Sherlock explain what it’s like to take part in the advisory boards and how it’s helped their family business.
Be the Business Advisory Boards provide free support from business leaders to family businesses around the UK.
Our advisory boards in partnership with Be the Business help small businesses support from experienced business people, made up of leaders, and senior managers from larger businesses.
The Family Business Network joined Yorkshire family business Packetts in their centenary year. Speaking to Directors, Andrew Packett and Wayne Cowley, we found out about their history, their people and the family values behind a business that has been protecting its clients for 100 years.
Christian Mancier of Gorvins Solicitors in conversation with next generation successors, Tom Mathew and Hannah Barlow of Dunsters Farm, discussing their journey as the next generation – succession planning, external support & generational learnings.
David Howorth interviews Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of the Family Business Network in a discussion around the creation of the organisation, its work to date, ethos and future plans.
Our FamBiz Stories are a series of short films that offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of our fascinating family businesses, through real-life accounts told by family members. Part 2 tells the stories of three family businesses in the UK; Dodgson Wood & Nibthwaite Farm, Stan Sherlock Associates and Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses.
Produced by Sheenah Alcock for FamBiz Media (part of The Family Business Network) Approximate length of film: 35 minutes
In conversation with Pippa Franklin of AGMA and Joanne Stronach of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors.
In this 40 minute conversation, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson of The Family Business Network uncover the family business story behind a rural Northumberland manufacturing firm, AGMA. Pippa Franklin, Director and next gen successor talks about her role and Joanne Stronach of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors adds her professional insight into the business.
Our FamBiz Stories are a series of short films that offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of our fascinating family businesses, through real-life accounts told by family members. Part 1 tells the stories of three family businesses in the UK; J-Flex, JJ Smith and Whitakers Chocolates.
Produced by Sheenah Alcock for FamBiz Media (part of The Family Business Network) Approximate length of film: 25 minutes
Video: Sheenah Alcock
The Family Business Network Ltd
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