To build a successful multi-generational family business or family office is to beat the odds; few businesses survive in family hands to the second generation and of these, under one-in-ten reach the third generation.
The Family Business Forum is designed exclusively for family members with major family firms or family offices. At it, you will discover the solutions to your unresolved issues, by hearing from and working with business families from every continent.
What makes the Forum different is its emphasis on live family cases in table-sized groups. Firstly, you hear from a family about a real-life challenge they faced; next, in groups, you discuss what you might have done in their place; finally, you learn directly from the family about what they actually did.
World-class family business teachers, writers and consultants help facilitate discussions, draw broader lessons and contribute their own presentations.
The Family Business Forum
This intensive, dynamic and highly-enjoyable conference is led by top family business expert Peter Leach of Imperial College London. It is built around in-depth, live cases during which leading business families agree to share their hard earned experience in live family cases.
The final part of the Forum is devoted exclusively to a peer-to-peer advice workshop. This is the opportunity for you to seek advice on whatever questions are on your mind, by learning from the other families in a table-sized discussion group, together with practical advice from the facilitator.
Maintaining Family-to-Family connections
After the Forum, families are encouraged to stay in contact to share experiences and so make their different family business journeys all the easier.
The next Family Business Forum will be in 2024, the 25th Anniversary year since the founding of Loedstar. It will take place over two full days on Tuesday-Wednesday, May 14-15, 2024, in London (provisionally in the George V Hall at The Bloomsbury Hotel).
The full programme is being finalised, however we already know that it will be centred around live family case discussions, presentations by family business experts and peer-to-peer advice workshops. Please see below for an example of an earlier Forum to show the range of topics and formats that will typically be covered during a day.
In the second part of the case, Peter Leach will ask each table to share its findings and will add his own
comments. Next, Paddy will use the “co-creation” of the Slowe family’s constitution to illustrate how
the end result is inevitably unique, reflecting an individual family’s own process, culture and history.
He will explain some of the key policies that his family decided upon, the rationale behind them and
how family engagement has increased since.
In the closing discussion with Peter Leach, Paddy will be joined by his son, Harry Walker, bringing the viewpoint of a fifth generation family member who does not work in the business.