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Award-winning BM Catalysts to speak at unique event for family businesses

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14 March 2014

Award-winning BM Catalysts to speak at unique event for family businesses

The Chairman of Award-winning family business BM Catalysts is guest speaker at a free speed dating style event for family businesses and advisers in Nottingham next month. The East Midlands’ inaugural Ask the Adviser event takes place at the family-owned Carriage Hall in Plumtree on the 25th April, and is hosted by Families in Business (FiB), the independent go-to support organisation for family businesses and the creator of the event concept. FiB’s Ask the Adviser is designed to connect family businesses with an array of non competing advisers, from accountants and lawyers to marketing specialists, and presents the unique opportunity for family business representatives to have short one-to-one confidential meetings with up to five advisers, in one place and one morning. Mansfield-based manufacturer BM Catalysts is the reigning Midlands Family Business of the Year. Its Chairman John Massey (pictured) is guest speaker at the event and will share his own personal story of being in the family business. John began work at BM Catalyst in 1966 and today the business is Europe’s largest independent manufacturer of catalytic converters for the after market for light commercial vehicles and cars. It employs between 200 and 300 people, depending on the time of year, and has annual sales in the region of £21.5 million. "We're really pleased to be bringing Ask the Adviser to the East Midlands,” says FiB CEO and Founder, Dani Saveker, “especially as it has been one of our most important regions since we launched in 2012. The East Midlands boasts the highest percentage of family businesses in Britain, being home to 237,000 family businesses, which accounts for 77 percent of all businesses in the region and eight percent nationally.  The region is a great supporter of its family businesses, not least as the birth place of the Midlands Family Business Awards five years ago. “ Dani explains the Ask the Adviser events are specifically designed to create a fun, highly confidential and valuable environment for hard working members of family businesses: “In one morning family business owners and leaders can access the best possible advisers who understand and focus on the issues that can impact them as individuals, businesses and families, without fear of being sold to. It is a fast-paced, networking based concept specifically designed for busy family business owners, leaders and key team members. “Our East Midlands partners PKF Cooper Parry, Nelsons and Cooper Parry Wealth will be on hand at the event, alongside an array of other service providers and insurance, marketing, finance, funding and HR advisers, who will be there simply to listen and help the family-run businesses they meet. “It seems fitting that BM Catalysts, the reigning Midlands Family Business of the Year, will be our guest family business on the day, with its Chairman John Massey sharing his own fascinating story.” The Nottingham Ask the Adviser runs from 8.30am to 1pm on Friday 25th April. It is the latest in FiB’s national series of these events and follows the organisation’s East Midlands launch in Leicester on Monday 17th March at the Bentley Showroom in Syston. The next in the Ask the Adviser series will be at Newhall Hotel in the West Midlands on the 16th May, with the national roll-out continuing in Cheshire, Yorkshire and Leicester, culminating in The Black Country in November. For more information: www.fibcommunity.com/ask-the-adviser-nottingham, or contact Dani Saveker, Tel: 07812 99 27 26, Email: dani@fibcommunity.com.