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Wed 11 Sept 2019
8.30am – 12 noon
Bedfont Scientific
Station Road
Kent ME17 1JA


FBP Members: FREE
Non-members: £15


Next Event – 11 September 2019

Trailblazers, Innovators & Disruptors

How one Kent family firm has become an extraordinary market leader

Join us for unprecedented access to one of Kent’s most exciting family-owned businesses as we go behind the scenes of their manufacturing operation.

Find out how Jason Smith, Managing Director, and his 42-strong team have grown Bedfont Scientific into a market-leading company, exporting to over 76 countries across the globe. 

Established in 1976, Bedfont Scientific specialises in the design and manufacture of exhaled breath and gas monitoring instruments for medical, scientific and industrial markets worldwide.

In 2016, Bedfont Scientific celebrated 40 years of business and Trevor became Chairman whilst his eldest son, Jason, became Managing Director, making Bedfont a second-generation business.

Jason’s aim for Bedfont is for its family values to be shown through its dedication to customers and the core business of breath analysis, whilst continuing to provide the best service and products to improve healthcare.

What are the Kent Family Business Forums?

A series of quarterly events exclusively for those who own and/or lead family-owned businesses in Kent. Each forum is hosted at one of Kent’s most exciting and innovative family firms (see previous hosts below) and includes a presentation by the owner as well as a personal guided tour. Think ‘through the keyhole’ for family businesses. The Forums are free but on an invitation-only basis.

Who can attend?
The events are ONLY for the leaders of family businesses. Whether you’re a 5th generation manufacturer in Sevenoaks, a 2nd generation construction company in Ashford or a husband and wife start-up in Maidstone. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, or what industry you work in – everyone is welcome. Rest assured the events won’t be flooded with professional advisors apart from our hand-picked sponsors who are committed to supporting entrepreneurs have become trusted advisors to many of our members over the years.

What will I  learn?
We explore both sides of family business –

  • Business: growth, technology, people, leadership, innovation, marketing & more
  • Family: succession planning, how to ‘let go’, governance, trust, managing difficult relationships, believing in the next generation & more

Who will I meet?
Running a family business can be lonely. That’s why it’s so important to get out and meet others who have faced the same challenges. At the Forums you’ll meet fellow leaders of family businesses who all share your passion for business, ambition and family values. What’s more, you’ll get to know people you can do business with and share connections and opportunities. For our regular guests, these forums have become unmissable and a fantastic way to grow their businesses with like-minded entrepreneurs.

2019 Dates
This year we have a fantastic series of quarterly forums for you. You can either book each event individually or book all 4 at once to secure your place.

  • 17 June – Shepherd Neame, Faversham
  • 11 September – Bedfont Scientific, Maidstone
  • 3 December – Macknades, Faversham

Previous Kent Forums

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