Conference Line-up Announced! | Wilson Organisation


June 19, 2019

Conference Line-up Announced!

Conference Line-up Announced!

An exciting and varied line-up of guest speakers are set to take centre stage at the inaugural Lincolnshire Family Business Conference on Thursday 4th July.

Held at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, the conference has been organised by The Family Business Network, in partnership with Streets Chartered Accountants, sponsors of the People’s Choice category in the Midlands Family Business Awards, alongside Langleys Solicitors.

Forming the guest speaker line-up are family business owners and next generation successors, who have agreed to share their unique stories and experiences of running a family firm and lessons learnt along the way.

Alongside Cal Bailey, former Director at NG Bailey and Phoebe Bagnall, the sixth generation to join Bagnalls Painting and Decorating contractors is Guy Schanschieff of Northampton-based Bambino Mio, the largest reusable nappy company in the world. Speaking about his involvement in the upcoming conference, Guy Schanschieff said, “The conference will be a great event for companies looking to network with and learn from established family businesses of different shapes and sizes. With our recent successes, I hope that the insights I share will contribute to these learnings and inspire other family businesses.”

Another member of the speaker line-up is Lincolnshire-based Melanie Tillett of Tillett’s Clothing, a business established by Melanie in 2006 to provide quality ladies clothing at affordable prices.  Melanie has two daughters, Grace and Nancy who work within the business and who together have ambitious plans for the future of Tillett’s.

Speaking about the conference, Melanie said “I am so excited to be involved in the first Family Business Conference to take place in Lincolnshire. As the Managing Director of a family owned business myself, I know how vital these events are to encourage development and share knowledge with one another. Running a business, you will encounter many challenges along the way and attending a conference like this alongside people who are facing those same challenges can be truly inspiring and rewarding.”

The latest additions to the speaker line-up include family business owners, Jon Perkins and Jason Freezer.  Jason is the co-founder of Bright Side Vets, a forward-thinking veterinary practise based in Swadlincote which he set up with his wife Kelly, a qualified Vet.

Jon Perkins is the Managing Director of hospitality businesses Perkins Family and Baresca Tapas Limited.  Responsible for finance, creative design and project managing their new site openings, Jon has a hands-on approach to the business. Working alongside his brother, David Perkins and Sarah Newham, they have opened three venues in Nottingham and West Bridgford since taking over the reins of their parents’ business, Perkins Bar Bistro in 2002.  

Sue Howorth, founder of The Family Business Network explains, “We have found from running these conferences in the past, that one of the most beneficial aspects are the ideas and lessons that family businesses take away with them.  Peer to peer learning is at the heart of what we do at the Network and this includes creating a safe environment for businesses to share experiences”.

The conference agenda will include live interviews with family businesses, topical discussions, networking with like-minded family businesses and of course the guest speaker talks.

James Pinchbeck of event partner, Streets Chartered Accountants will host one of the panel sessions alongside guests Christopher Oughtred – former fifth-generation chairman at the UK’s William Jackson Food Group, Professor Ted Fuller the UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development at Lincoln International Business School,  Peter Denby of Denby Transport, Sam Kirk of J-Flex and David Williams of 3W Growth. The session will explore the role of non-family members holding senior positions in family businesses.

The Conference will run from 9:30am – 4pm on Thursday 4th July 2019 at the International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Avenue, Lincoln LN4, 2HQ and tickets can be booked online costing just £45 each including lunch.

The conference is being run in partnership with Streets Accountants and Langleys Solicitors and is supported by The Wilson Organisation, Western Pensions Solutions (part of the family owned Vestey Group), Wrapped Agency, Family Business United and Camilla Carlbom of Immingham based Carlbom Shipping Ltd.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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