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IFB Forum activities provide members with opportunities to share knowledge and experience and gain a better understanding of best practice, in a trusted and safe environment.
Through workshops, speaker clubs, dinners, panel discussions and company visits IFB Forum offers a unique opportunity for peer networking with family business owners at regional, national and international level. We bring together like-minded individuals in formal and informal settings to learn with and from each other.
Forum events appeal to all family business members – family and non-family, whether you are working in the business or not.
IFB Forum holds over 40 events each year, across the whole of the UK. At that heart of all we do is our commitment to provide a trusted environment in which honest conversations flourish.
Our flagship National Conference takes place in June each year, and is the UK’s largest family business gathering.
My family and I, and in return the business, have benefitted tremendously from the high quality speakers and discussion forums at IFB events. To be able to talk openly in such a trusted environment is invaluable – Rupa Patel, Day Lewis Plc
For those with or without a family council, the forum discusses all issues pertaining to the establishing, running and monitoring the effectiveness of the family council and its impact on the family and the business.
A place for families with investable wealth to come together to discuss relevant issues from the purpose of family offices and investing together, the purpose of investing, investment management strategies, attracting talent and involving the next generation.
This forum deals with business governance, family governance and the intersection and interconnection of the two.
For family, and non-family, this groups meets to discuss issues of relevance from the perspective of women members, including issues such as women on boards, supporting the next generation and Non-Executive Directors.
Family businesses are natural philanthropists, and this forum brings together members with an interest in charitable giving to discuss strategies, lessons learnt, measuring impact and involving the family and engaging the next generation.
For members aged 18-40 regardless of whether they work in the family business, this forum provides great learning opportunities, a chance to meet likeminded people in a friendly and sociable environment. The IFB team work closely with the Next Generation Committee (Chaired by Charlie Field, CPJ Field & Co Ltd) to deliver an educational, engaging and fun events programme for our younger members.
IFB Next Generation Forum includes IFB and FBN members from around the globe. It’s a great way to network with like-minded individuals as they prepare themselves for potentially leading roles in their family businesses. – Anna-Maren Langner, Dimicare
Our regional networks are at the heart of how we operate at IFB, bringing business owners together to look at issues close to their hearts. Each of our eight regional groups have a Regional Chair, a local family businessperson who works closely with the IFB team to ensure that the needs of the members is the driving force behind our events programme. We hold over 40 events of years, with the majority of these being held outside London.
Our Regional Chairs are:
- East - Nicholas Bewes, Howard Group
- Midlands – Nick Linney, W&J Linney
- North West – Mike Roberts, Franks Roberts and Sons
- Scotland – David Murray, Murray Capital
- South East – Andy Wates, Wates Group
- South West – Anthony Woodhouse, Hall and Woodhouse
- Yorkshire – Jonathan Wild, Bettys and Taylors