IFB Director General Addresses German British Forum
13th February 2015
IFB Director General Mark Hastings last month addressed leading businesses from across Europe at the German British Forum Conference in Manchester. Highlighting the enormous contribution which family firms make to the UK economy, Mark spoke about the particular importance of promoting the work of the UK's own Mittelstand.
Speaking after the event he said: "We often hear people talking about the great success of the German Mittelstand and the central role that it has in the Germany economy. All too often our own Mittelstand - the thousands of mid-sized family businesses - are overlooked. This conference provided a fantastic opportunity to promote the work that these family firms are doing to German companies, and their positive response to the innovation and world leading products on offer from our home grown talent was great to see.
"At the IFB we work closely with our international colleagues to share learning between family firms regardless of their country of origin. This is an area we continue to develop, and look forward to more opportunities to work with international partners in this."
Find out more about the German British Forum at www.gbf.com.