The National Family Business Conference 2017, EY, London
Understanding the different characteristics of the generations is fundamental in ensuring the business is founded on values which will be sustained across the generations for a healthy, profitable, sustainable family enterprise. In addition, these differences affect the individual’s decision making process and approach to business, family, wealth, community, ethics, work, risk, entrepreneurship and indeed all facets of the family and business.
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.
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Our Guest Speakers
Pentland is a UK based, private family owned company operating in sports, outdoor and fashion. Andy is the third generation to lead the family’s brand management business. Pentland owns global brands Speedo, Canterbury, Berghaus, Ellesse and Mitre and is the global footwear licensee for Lacoste and Ted Baker. The Group is the majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashion plc, an international multichannel retailer in sports, outdoor and fashion operating over 1,200 stores and numerous online businesses.
Young Philip Sidney will be the 16th generation of Sidneys to take on the Penshurst Place estate. He shares with us the history of the family and its stewardship of the estate, and how the links between past and present influence the family’s decisions about the future of the business in the 21st century.
Penshurst Place has been owned by the Sidney family since 1552; after passing through the hands of two of Henry IV’s sons, followed by Henry VIII who used it as a hunting lodge. Given to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII, it was then briefly in the hands of Sir Ralph Fane and was finally gifted by Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI, to his loyal steward and tutor, Sir William Sidney.
In 1987, with just £2 capital, Rami founded shipping company Sea, Air & Land Forwarding and in 1995 founded Sun Mark, which exports British supermarket products to over 100 countries worldwide. Sea, Air & Land Forwarding received The Queen’s Award for Export in 1999, and Sun Mark won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Today, he heads up two of the UK’s fastest-growing companies.
This includes offering particular expertise in:
- Research and Evaluation
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Strategy / Policy Development
- Organisational Development
In 2016, Edward’s sister Rosie became the Managing Director of COOK, bringing her passion for workplace culture to their thriving team. Rosie has actively created and supported various campaigns and schemes to encourage staff to get more involved with the business and ethos in which they thrive from.
Scott Mullins is the operations director of Pimlico Plumbers, the UK’s largest independent Plumbing and home services company. Scott is the eldest son of the Mullins plumbing dynasty, founded by his father, Charlie Mullins, in 1979, and has himself been part of the company for more than 20 years.
He is a keen sailor and recently became a beekeeper.