Conference to help family businesses engage future leaders

Preparing for the future: Event to reveal how family businesses can strengthen endurance through the next generation 

Family businesses from across the UK are set to gather at the Institute for Family Business’ (IFB) annual conference next month to learn how to better engage their future business leaders.
They’ll be privy to insights which focus on one of the biggest challenges facing family firms: how to inspire and engage the next generation at the event in London on 9 and 10 June.
Taking place at the ETC venue at St Pauls, the conference, which is now in its 15th year, is open exclusively to family-run businesses from across the UK and abroad.
According to organisers, the event will provide an open and trusted forum for business leaders and wider family members to come together and share their experiences, learn from each other, engage with expert speakers and build strong networks of like-minded peers.
Leading up to the conference, the IFB ran two collaborative inquiries in London and Yorkshire where members met regularly to discuss the most pressing issues when it comes to next generating engagement.  The insights have informed some of the overarching themes of the conference, addressing live questions and concerns of family businesses.
Guests will hear from leading business experts and business owners including Andrew Keyt, executive director of Loyola University Chicago Family Business Centre; Ross and Jonathan Warburton from the Warburton family; Maria del Mar and Gonzalo Raventos from the Codorniu family; Garvin Brown, chairman of Brown-Forman and Paul Dreschler CBE, chairman of Bibby Line Group and president of the CBI.
Elizabeth Bagger, IFB Programme director, said: “We speak to a wide range of family businesses up and down the country on a daily basis, so we know that planning for the future and engaging the next generation is on the minds of all family business owners. We also know that it is a huge opportunity and we want to encourage current business leaders to start preparing early and thinking about the multitude of ways they can inspire, engage and involve their future generations.
“When we gather in June we’ll be exploring and addressing the real issues and concerns of business owners.  There will be something for everyone, no matter what size your business or your role within it.  This conference is a must for any business owner looking to the future.”