Family business on the agenda

Members of family based companies across Hambleton will gather in Bedale later this month for the district’s annual spring business conference.

The Hambleton Strategic Forum event on Friday May 29 May will focus on how some of the district’s family businesses have achieved success, what difficulties they have faced and how these lessons can be transposed across all types of organisations and businesses.

The Bedale Hall event – which is the third annual conference from the forum – has attracted around 100 representatives of businesses, town and estate forums and networking clubs in the area.

They will hear keynote speeches from Anita Brightley-Hodges of Family Business Place, John Gatenby, managing director of Vale of Mowbray Foods and Charlie Turner, director of Sam Turners and Sons of Northallerton.

Strategic Forum chair, Lindsay Ross, and Hambleton District councillors Peter Wilkinson and Mark Robson will also address the delegates. The event will be compered by David Kerfoot, MBE, of the Kerfoot Group.

“Family-based businesses form a significant proportion of any business community and they come with their own unique aspects,” said chair of the Forum, Lindsay Ross.

“This year’s convention looks at this sector with the aim to uncover points good and bad and hopefully provide a learning opportunity for all attending – and of course face to face networking.”

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