Resilient & Ready - Leading & Motivating Great People in Family Businesses

Resilient & Ready - Leading & Motivating Great People in Family Businesses

Europa Hotel, Tuesday 24th April 2018

It is often said that family owned businesses show more resilience than most! When things get tough they have an ability to roll up their sleeves and get on with things in a way that is different from other firms.

This event will focus on internal resilience, looking at one of the most important resources in any business – its people. Register now   

Event Programme

3.00pm          Refreshments and Registration

3.30pm          Welcome from the Forum Chair

                       Darren McDowell, Harbinson Mulholland

3.45pm          Family Business Story

                       Gareth Loye, CEO, M&M Contractors

The current UK Family Business Director of the Year, Gareth will share his experiences of joining the family business straight from university to taking over the reins from his father in 2011 and how he helps lead and motivate great people.


4.15pm          Meet The Family – The Chairmen of the Board!

                      Chris Martin and Ricky Martin, The Skunkworks Surf Company

Chris and Ricky represent a new generation of family businesses, making a new generation of surfboards. The brothers who started their business in 2014, will talk to Richard Buckley, Business Eye Magazine about their entrepreneurial journey, the dynamics of working together, their approach to creating a happy and productive workplace and how they protect the culture and values of their business as it grows.

4.45pm          Case Study – Employee Engagement in a Family Business

                       Mairead Mackle, Founder of ICARE Charity and CEO, Homecare Independent Living

As a winner of many accolades including Employer of the Year and Commitment to Community Awards, Mairead will share the story of ICARE, which is run entirely by Staff volunteers of HCIL, a business formed by Mairead and her husband Gerald in 1995 and how the charity aims to deliver acts of kindness in communities across Ireland.

5.15pm          Panel Discussion - The People Problem

Led by Michael McQuillan, UUBS, our panel will discuss 5 key areas of concern for family businesses in NI.

  • What are the current challenges for family businesses in attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent?

  • Are family businesses who invest in their people more sustainable?

  • Is access to talent going to be increasingly scarce post Brexit?

  • How do family enterprises engage and encourage the next generation to remain in the business?

  • Is there a glass ceiling for non-family business employees?

6.00pm          Q&A and Close

6.15pm           Networking Drinks Reception

7.00pm          Dinner

8.30pm          Ends

Register now 

Event cost: £65  + VAT                 

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