Lunch to provide food for thought for family businesses

Family businesses make a significant contribution to the county's economy and to highlight the unique challenges they face the Lincolnshire Family Business Forum is hosting a special lunch at Washingborough Hall Hotel next week.

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The forum, which was set up earlier this year by Andrew & Co Solicitors, Streets Chartered Accountants and Natwest Bank, is organising the event on Friday October 21, as part of Lincolnshire Business Week (October 17 to 21).

Family law specialist and Chairman of Andrew & Co Solicitors Julie Bailey, said: “Family businesses are often seen as the lifeblood of the UK economy. Two thirds of UK businesses are family owned and they generate over a quarter of the country’s GDP.

“However, long-term survival can often be a struggle not least because of the issues surrounding the transfer of the business between generations of the family and the implications of this for the business.

“This is why succession planning is particularly important and the key focus of our Business Family Lunch. Family members often find it difficult or emotive talking about the issue but we hope that our speakers will be able to shed some light on it by sharing their own experiences. And of course our experts will be on hand to provide help and advice.”

Speakers at the event will include Martin Issac from Oldrids & Co Ltd, who will explain how he worked his way up to becoming chairman of one of county’s oldest and most successful family-run retailers and what it’s like to be the only remaining family member on the company’s board.

Following on from Martin’s talk, Maya Prabhu and Stuart May from Coutts Institute, who specialise in looking after the needs of family businesses, will be speaking about planning for the future and the pros and cons of passing on ownership / leadership to other family members compared to bringing in non-family members.

They will explore the different issues to consider in each case using real-life examples.

The lunch will end with a panel discussion between delegates and experts from Andrew & Co Solicitors, Streets Chartered Accountants and Natwest Bank.

For more information or to reserve a place at the Family Business Lunch at Washingborough Hall Hotel on October 21 from 11am till 2pm, contact Laura Butler on 01522 551200 or email [email protected]