The National Family Business Conference

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The National Family Business Conference 2018-04-12T12:28:09+00:00

The National Family Business Conference 2018, EY, London

Family-owned businesses are some of the most successful companies in the UK and employ over 9 million people. As they grow, it’s important to manage the dynamics between family members and for non-family employees to share the same values and passion for the business. Whether you’re a husband and wife running a small local brewery or a fifth-generation national building firm – we all have to face similar issues including growth, succession to the next generation, hiring and firing staff, negotiating, leadership and much more. Our events bring you together with like-minded entrepreneurs to share and explore plus make fantastic connections.

Headline Speaker

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE is a British Indian entrepreneur and a life peer. He is best known as one of the two founders and chairman of Cobra Beer which started in 1989.

With an idea to produce a beer which could accompany food, particularly Indian curries, plus a £30,000 bank loan, Cobra Beer was formed in a tiny flat in Fulham. It would grow to be sold in over 45 countries around the world and turnover more than £30million. However, Lord Bilimoria is no stranger to challenging times. From starting a business during the 1990 economic recession to watching his company go into administration in 2009, Lord Bilimoria has faced his fair share of adversity.

He will be sharing his story; the highs and lows, and what it takes to carry on through the most difficult times when you truly believe in your business. Cobra Beer is now one of the most awarded beers in the world and in 2004 Lord Bilimoria was awarded a CBE for his services to business and entrepreneurship.

Previous Speakers

John Timpson, Timpsons

Sir Ken Morrison CBE, Morrisons

Charlie Mullins OBE, Pimlico Plumbers

Judy Bell MBE, Shepherds Purse

Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach

David Kerfoot MBE, Dep Lieutenant North Yorks

Penny Power OBE, The Business Cafe

Atul Pathak OBE, Appt Corporation

Helen Thomas, Westons Cider

Ross Warburton, Warburtons

Caroline Notcutt, Notcutts

David Jamilly, Theme Traders

Kate Hobhouse, Fortnum & Mason

Peter Thornton, Thorntons

Victoria Christian, Clive Christian

Sophie Mirman, Trotters

Reena Hammer, Urban Retreat

June Kenton, Rigby & Peller

Nicholas Wainwright, Boodles

Hannah Caan, Hamilton Bradshaw

Chris Bailey, NG Bailey

Jason Wourha, East End Foods

Sanjay Arora, Arora Hotels

Jennifer Kerfoot

Gary Grant, The Entertainer

Barbara Gray, Claritystamp

Dennis Ott, Matthews The Printers

Michael Ziff, Barratts Shoes

Tom Hart-Dyke, Lullingstone Castle

Coby Bull, Joel & Son Fabrics