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28 February 2015

North West Ask the Adviser event

Families in Business held it's first North West event for family businesses on Friday 27th February at Hillbark Hotel. The event, which featured guest speaker Ian Meadows OBE of R S Clare and the FIB Ask the Adviser format, was received exceptionally well by all that attended. [image L - R John Spofforth - O'Connors LLP, Ian Meadows OBE - R S Clare, Dani Saveker - FIB, Gareth Hitcmough - Mazars LLP] Ian Meadows gave an inspirational, amusing and focused summary of his experience of being part of Liverpool's oldest family business, R S Clare with his key message being that family businesses should never stand still - innovation and reinventing themselves, people and talent development and communication being stated as contributors to the business' longevity. As the morning concluded a prize draw was held in support of Alder Hey Children's Charity raising £133. Guests said that 82% are definitely or very likely to follow up with advisers they met. Just prior to the event's start, FIB founder and CEO Dani Saveker was interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside's morning show to highlight the need for support for the region's family owned businesses.

The event was supported by:

Griffiths and Armour Insurance Brokers We’re a leading independent corporate and professional insurance broker and risk management adviser with a singular focus on serving our clients' best interests at all times.

GrowthAccelerator Where ambitious businesses go to grow.

Liverpool LEP The Local Enterprise Partnership is the economic development body of the Liverpool City Region Lloyds Bank Helping Uk Business Prosper  

Mason Media A full service agency offering PR and marketing, branding, creative, digital and web design.

Mazars LLP Accountancy Specialising in providing solutions to family and owner managed businesses including the delivery of the accounting, audit, payroll and tax services and supporting a business all the way through its life cycle to succession or exit.

Mazars - Wealth Management Mazars Wealth provides an independent holistic approach to an individuals own personal financial goals.

Medhurst IT Medhurst are focused on delivering high quality, reliable IT solutions that help our clients grow.

O’Connors LLP The Family Business Lawyers

The FD Centre The UK’s Highest Calibre Finance Directors At A Fraction Of The Cost Of A Full-Time FD During the morning family businesses were asked to identify their biggest business challenge and also their family or personal challenge.

Business Challenge:

  • 50% - R &D, innovation and development
  • 25% - sales growth
  • 25% - skills and talent

Family Challenge and Focus:

  • 40% - relationship dynamics
  • 40% - vision, focus and strategy
  • 20% - succession

To view the event images please visit FLICKR HERE