The Family Business Road Trip: Putting great British family businesses on the map

18 April 2016

The Family Business Road Trip: Putting great British family businesses on the map

Road tripApril 19 sees the start of our tour of some of the UK’s most successful family businesses with the launch of The Family Business Road Trip in Hull.

This is an innovative event that celebrates the essential contribution family firms make to national GDP and regional economies.

In the UK, the family business sector accounts for three million firms, £1.3 trillion in turnover (almost a quarter of UK GDP) and employs more than nine million people. In addition, the top 20 family owned firms in the UK generate turnover in excess of £49 billion.

Family firm Sturgess Jaguar are providing the car for the trip and the event is being sponsored by PwC, Farrer & Co and Close Brothers Asset Management., The Family Business Road Trip 2016 runs for six weeks covering Yorkshire to the Lake District and the Midlands to London and East.

Over six weeks, the tour will meet with families behind some of the UK’s most noteworthy businesses, including Rix Petroleum, Aspalls Cyder, World Transport Agency, JW Lees Brewery, Shepcote, HMG Paints, Bagnalls and English Lakes Hotels.

In addition, there will be a Family Business Question Time event in Manchester (April 27), Meet the Owner Visits at JW Lees Brewery (April 28), Aspall Cyder (May 10) and WTA Logistics (May 25), plus Family Business Dinners in Cambridge (May 12) and Horsham (May 17).

As Penny Lovell, Head of Private Client Services at Close Brothers Asset Management said:

“The importance of family businesses to the UK’s economy cannot be understated, and The Family Business Road Trip is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the essential contribution they make.”

Sian Steele, Head of Family Business at PwC in the UK added

"Events such as this enable us to see first-hand the real diversity of the family business sector and the great contribution they make to the local, national and international economy."

Richard Lane, Head of Family Business at Farrer & Co adds,

"It is a real pleasure to meet Family business owners in their own environments, to see the passion they have for what they do, and in many cases, have been doing for generations. It reinforces our understanding of the sector and is a real insight into the family business world."

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing director of Family Business United concludes:

“Family firms are the very backbone of the UK economy, and we are excited to be meeting with some of the best known family businesses in the UK, as well as some lesser-known hidden gems. We want to celebrate the businesses that do so much for the country, by helping them to link up and share the knowledge and experience of other family businesses, as well as having access to advice from who are committed to helping family businesses shine. The Family Business Road Trip is a great way for us to champion the sector and to help put some great British family businesses on the map.”

The Family Business Road trip can be followed on twitter using the hashtag #FBRoadTrip2016

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