The National Family Business Conference

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The National Family Business Conference 2018-08-16T10:39:04+00:00

The National Family Business Conference 2018, EY, London

Just what does it take to run a successful family business? It takes energy, passion, and determination to never give up. No matter what. Family Life and Family business need TLC in equal measure, and true grit to take on the challenges that both throws at you are what beats at the heart of all family-run enterprises.

Whether its getting funding for a startup idea; having to deal with the death of an inspiring family leader; starting from scratch after losing a business; facing an unfathomable pension pot deficit; picking yourself up from an acrimonious divorce; having to put one foot in front of the other whilst suffering from a short term or long term illness; facing the fact that the next generation don’t want to continue in your footsteps; having to spin on a sixpence to meet every changing market demands; running out of money; or simply having the mental strength to carry on in spite of huge personal and mental health challenges. These issues and many more we will be discussing. Come along and share the experiences of amazing family businesses who have done that seen that and wear the T-shirt with pride. You will be inspired!

Meet our speakers

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

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.

Dame Stephanie Shirley

In 1939 Dame Stephanie Shirley (85) came to England as an unaccompanied child refugee on the Kindertransport. She became a serial entrepreneur and founded an early software company that eventually employed 8,500 staff.

It started with just £6 as a crusade for women. Her female-friendly company broke new ground in its flexibility, its holistic approach to human resources and in its co-ownership, which peaked at 62% staff control.

Post-retirement Dame Stephanie served on the boards of Tandem Computers in the US, the Atomic Energy Authority (including as it privatised into AEA Technology plc) and was the first ever non-executive director of the John Lewis Partnership. After her company was acquired by a French Group, it was valued at some $3bn and had made 70 of her staff into millionaires.

Dame Stephanie then turned herself into an ardent philanthropist. To-date she has made gifts of £68m as social investments in IT (her professional discipline) and autism (her late son’s disorder).

Penny Power OBE

Penny Power OBE calls herself ‘a very normal business owner” – full of the emotional and mental concerns around running a business. Having created 2 trailblazing companies in the digital market, she was awarded her OBE for “Contribution to Entrepreneurship in the Social Digital Economy”.

Penny has spent over 20 year supporting small businesses with community, skills and a very open approach to coaching, Penny has become aware that the gap between “exceptional entrepreneurs and the rest of us is enormous” yet we should learn to be on our own journey. Her latest book “Business is Personal” examines and shares the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing we all need to create strong business, in doing this, she encourages the reader to define their own success, ambition, happiness and path in life and not get caught up in the ‘compare and despair’ world that we now live in.

Penny speaks from the heart and with huge honesty and openness and seeks to bridge the gap between what we think we should be and what we actually are as individuals.

Geraldine Allinson

Geraldine was born and educated in Kent and has worked in the local media industry since 1986.  She started at the Midland News Association (Wolverhampton) and moved on to Northcliffe Newspapers after obtaining her degree – BA (Hons) Business Studies.  She came back to Kent in 1993 to start at Kent Messenger Ltd, (now KM Media Group Ltd) which had been in her family since 1890. At the time her father Edwin Boorman was Chairman and she joined her cousin representing the fourth generation of her family to work at KM.

Since 1993 Geraldine has held a number of positions within KM and in January 2006 she was promoted to Chairman.  In her role as Executive Chairman she supports and encourages KM’s work “to help make Kent a better place to live and work” and has helped the company to adapt and change through its transition from a traditional newspaper company into a multimedia business which includes, radio, newspapers, websites and local TV.

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