Ross Warburton, Family Owner, Warburtons
"The IFB National Conference is an opportunity to hear from some world class speakers from the family business world, and to share experiences with other families in a relaxed, private environment"
Thomas Martin, Family Owner, ARCO
'Simply the event for any business family wanting to develop, learn and share from the experiences, and mistakes, of others. I attend with non-family members as we professionalise our Board. Preparation for my presentation this year created new contacts and multiple insights: this has already impacted our business'
Julian Winfield, Non-Family Member, Haskins Garden Centres
'The IFB conference gave me the confidence that we are doing things right. If anything, we have been underplaying the importance of the family culture in the business. It helped me understand that the values and journey of the owner are key and how important it is for senior managers to understand how family businesses work, what makes them different. I am now confident that our values do not just help the family and the business, but also our employees and future generations. The conference also opened my eyes to the size of the family business sector in the UK. There was a great mix of different experiences, but all connected by being family businesses, with the same issues and challenges'
Jonathan Wild, Family Owner, Bettys & Taylors
'IFB National Conference is the largest UK family business event of the year, with family and business members coming together from across the country. As a family business owner, it is always useful and inspiring to hear the stories of other families. It helps us learn how others have been managing similar challenges to ours'
Charles Strickland, Non-Family Member, ARCO
‘The IFB conferences have allowed me to learn a particular language that family businesses use and that the families understand, so that I am now better able to have meaningful dialogue about what they want to achieve. The IFB Conferences also bring the big thinkers with something to say to the family business world, people that we would have otherwise never have had the opportunity to know about let alone hear from, these speakers such as Anna Lise Carlson and Randal Carlock have helped me to be better attuned and have a better understanding of family business’