Family Business Community Events

Our programme of tailored events include our flagship family business conferences, regional family business awards, exclusive family business insight events, live ‘An Audience With…’ events, educational workshops, topical debates and many more.

Held in various formats, both online and face to face, these events are designed to add value to our family businesses and those that support the sector.

A list of all our upcoming events can be found below, along with further details on each event and how to book.

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When you run a family business don’t be afraid to make decisions

16 November @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Run in collaboration with the IOD and The Family Business Community and sponsored by LCF Law. Hear from established North Yorkshire family businesses, their journeys, highlights, challenges, and the theme of the evening being ‘the art of decision making’. Rudding Park: the Mackaness family have run a luxury hotel, Rudding Park for just over 50 years with 90 bedrooms and suites, destination spa, two restaurants, a kitchen garden, private cinema, two golf courses, and conference and events space set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. Director and second generation, Matthew Mackaness will share his family’s journey and some of the decisions that had to be made to sustain the growth and ambition of the business.

Whitakers Chocolates: the Whitaker family have shared a passion for chocolate for over 135 years. From humble beginnings, they have developed their business from a small greengrocer’s shop to a fully operational chocolate factory making over 10 million chocolates per week! In recent years Managing Director William Whitaker had a key decision to make. William will play back his scenario to a team of business owners on the night and gain their perspectives before revealing the true decision he made. Listen in, and be honest – what decision would you have made?


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Rudding Lane, Follifoot, Harrogate, HG31JH
Rudding Lane
Harrogate HG31JH
United Kingdom
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