Does your Family Business Have a 100 Year Plan, asks NI Family Business Forum

NI Family Business Forum

Michael McQuillan and Ian Smyth, Ulster University with Darren McDowell, Partner, Harbinson Mulholland.

That’s the question being posed by Ulster University Business School and Harbinson Mulholland when they jointly host “The Generation Game”, the inaugural event of the new NI Family Business Forum on 18th May.

The Forum has been created as a hub for family firms to connect with each other, share experiences, exchange ideas and learn in a friendly and sociable setting.

There will be regular events exclusively for family owned businesses, providing an opportunity to meet other business owners, talk to experts in the sector and hear stories from guest speakers.

This event is focused on future proofing the family business and guests at this event will hear stories of success and succession from 2 of Ireland’s most well-known family businesses  -Vincent Carton of Manor Farm, who represents the eighth generation and William Keeling of Keeling’s, a business now in its third generation.

Guests will also be given the opportunity to join in roundtable sessions and to enjoy a networking dinner to round off the event.

Michael McQuillan from Ulster University Business School commented at the launch of the “Our recent analysis of the Top 100 Local Owner Managed and Family Business in NI showed that 72 of these businesses are family owned. They really are the backbone of our economy and to grow the economy we need to support this group which is why we are delighted to be involved in the NI Family Business Forum”

Commenting on their involvement, Darren McDowell from Harbinson Mulholland stated “Families in business can add a complexity that other firms simply don’t experience. However the advantages that the family unit brings are huge, in matters of culture, integrity and values. In family business, Management Consultants aren’t required to write mission statements because they are written in the hearts of the family members and their wider teams. This must be part of the recipe that leads to their success”

For more information or to register for the event please visit – please reserve your place early as numbers are limited to encourage lively discussion and focused networking in a private and confidential environment

Table Talk – From the Kitchen Table to the Boardroom Table

As part of the NI Family Business Forum, Business First has partnered with Harbinson Mulholland in a new series of podcasts, interviewing family businesses and giving them the opportunity to share their experience and their stories.

Our first podcast is with Tim Kells, Marketing Director of Rich Sauces. In an interview with Gavin Walker Tim offers a very personal insight into his journey to join the company set up by his father.

Tim recalls how his Father took his Grandmothers Mayonnaise recipe from their family fish and chip shop, developed it and starting selling to the trade, the beginning of Rich Sauces.

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