Dani Saveker, the founder and CEO of Families in Business (FiB) was guest speaker at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni Dinner in Birmingham last night (29th April 2014). More than 100 owners, leaders and founders of SMEs from across the Midlands attended the Dinner at Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios, representing the regions diversity of business and commercial sectors and industries. In her keynote speech, Dani shared her journey as the fourth generation to lead her own family’s manufacturing business, and how this led her to create Families in Business and its portfolio of support, resources, tools and a neutral community for family businesses.
“Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a widely respected programme that supports small businesses and social enterprises across the Midlands and the UK, and I am honoured to have been invited to share my story and the inspiration behind Families in Business, at the Midlands Alumni Dinner,” says Dani.
“These events have a reputation for giving Alumni rare insights through their guest speakers, and I hope the snapshot into my journey in the family business and most recently FiB, will have been an inspirational and interesting insight into my own, sometimes roller coaster journey of being a business leader and entrepreneur, and some of the lessons I have learnt along the way.”
Dani founded Families in Business in 2012, to provide a go-to place of understanding and support for family businesses, and tailored support packages and programmes for members. It has a growing nationwide network that includes professional advisers and supporters of family businesses. In the Midlands this includes Else Solicitors, Smith Cooper, Barnett Ravenscroft Wealth Management, Cooper Parry, Spearing Waite and St James’s Place. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an innovative fully funded programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises from across the Midlands.
The Programme is delivered by AstonBusinessSchool in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and it is targeted at business owners who have clear ambitions to expand their small businesses or social enterprises. In the Midlands, the programme is led by Professor Mark Hart who has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy over the last 30 years. To date, the Midlands programme has had 166 growth businesses that have completed or who are currently going through it. Applications are open for the next cohort of the programme, starting September 2014. The application deadline is 27th June, 2014. For further details visit www.aston.ac.uk/10ksb or call 0121 204 3225. For more information about FiB, visit: www.fibcommunity.com, or contact Dani Saveker, Tel: 07812 99 27 26, Email: email@example.com. FiB is an approved Growth Accelerator Training Provider and its ‘Introduction Workshop: Working with family businesses’ is certified by the CPD certification service.