NI Family Business Forum, Tuesday 14th November, Europa Hotel Belfast

NI Family Business Forum, Tuesday 14th November, Europa Hotel Belfast

Resilient and Ready: Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times

£65 +VAT

It is often said that family owned businesses show more resilience than most! When things get tough they have an ability roll up their sleeves and get on with things in a way that is different from other firms. But it always pays to be prepared. So our programme examines both internal and external resilience for family businesses - making sure they continue to survive and thrive in uncertain times.

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3.00 pm Registration and Refreshments

3.30 pm Welcome Address

Darren McDowell, Harbinson Mulholland

3.45pm Keynote: A Story of Resilience & Succession

Vicki O’ Toole, Managing Director, JJ O’Toole Ltd

JJ O’Toole, based in Limerick is a 103 year old business now in its 4th generation. Vicki will share her story of resilience and how she helped turn the business around in times of crisis to now being Ireland’s leading packaging supplier.

4.15pm Researching Resilience & Successful Succession

Facilitated by Michael McQuillan, this session will give insights into the research on family businesses conducted by Ulster University and Fingal County Council

Ian Smyth will share details of his work into “successful succession” looking at issues including communication, trust and the various “hats” that family business members wear.

Ed Hearne will give insights into lessons of resilience and success from 12 multigenerational family businesses based in Fingal, Co. Dublin.

Followed by a brief comfort break

5.00pm Table Talk: Dealing with the impact of an uncertain business environment

Live panel session, chaired by Richard Buckley, Editor Business Eye Magazine

With the help of our panel and contributions from the room we will seek to take the pulse of how family businesses are both interpreting and responding a challenging business environment.

5.45pm Networking and Drinks Reception

6.30pm How to improve communication and leadership: A guide to better communication in the workplace Una McSorley, Managing Director, Marcomm

In this humorous presentation perfect for leaders of all levels, Una shares her guide to better communication in family businesses, explaining how to become a more effective communicator and leader.

7.00pm Dinner

8.30pm Ends

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