23 September 2013
Midlands Family Businesses Benefit from Ask the Adviser Event
September saw the inaugural Ask the Adviser (ATA) event take place at Newhall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. ATA is a new concept launched by Families in Business Ltd. to bring together family businesses, professional advisers and service providers in a fun and relaxed environment.
Dani Saveker FIB’s founder and CEO said:
“I first thought of the ATA concept a couple of years ago based on my own experience and frustration when trying to access good advisers to help me take our family business forward. Time is a limited resource and so having a room of assorted advisers on hand for confidential discussions is very powerful. Whilst it’s a little like speed dating for businesses, we’re delighted with the reaction and value it gives to family businesses and also the advisers.
It’s important that family businesses are protected from being sold at whilst being open to thought provoking advice and can take away tools, tips and actions to implement within their businesses.
All of the family business representatives came away with advice, tips, thoughts, new contacts and shared stories – as well as knowing they aren’t alone when facing their every day challenges”
The family business guests stated that they thoroughly enjoyed the event and that the format was refreshing – as well as acknowledging the quality and approach of the advisers available to them. Guests also benefited from hearing from Trevor Herbert, MD of Hobbs House Bakery
Krystine Strama-Rolfe, one of the family business guests commented:
"From the picturesque venue to the amazing family businesses present. The morning was relaxed, fun and different. Great event, great organisers"
Another guest said of the event, "I really enjoyed Friday and must say that your advisers were all excellent. They were all very friendly and helpful and I spoke to a few that I didn’t have appointments with as well."
ATA is now scheduled to roll out across the UK with the next events taking place in the West Country and then in the East Midlands region. Advisers included Blue Box CFG, Vistage, Growth Accelerator, Smith Cooper, Higgs and Sons, Vistage, Yorkshire Bank, Leonard Curtis, AON, Sandler Training, Barnett Ravenscroft Wealth Management, Expense Reduction Analysists and Key Parker.
The ATA event also raised £176 in support of Help Harry Help Others thanks to a raffle which was drawn by Trevor Herbert.
Click to view some of the photos taken at the event