Focus on strength and resilience for Scottish Family Business Week

Adam Clark, Group Business Sales and Development Director at Arnold Clark, is a headline speaker at Scottish Family Business Week

A FREE event dedicated to Scottish family businesses, hosted by Royal Bank of Scotland, has kicked off this week, exploring how a strong and resilient business can be built in the current climate.

With a mix of live panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and a variety of supporting thought leadership materials and podcasts being shared virtually, the Scottish Family Business Week: Strength and Resilience in an Ever-Changing World are set to welcome over 250 businesses. 

Together with Institute of Family Business (IFB) and KPMG, Royal Bank of Scotland moved the annual conference online, giving local family firms the opportunity to explore together fresh insights, strategies, and solutions to current business questions.

With speakers including Arnold Clark Automobiles’ Adam Clark, and Iain Anderson of GAP Group, the event will cover key themes, such as: next generation and succession; diversity and female leadership; purpose and culture; innovation and entrepreneurship, and more.

The conference, which runs until 30th October, is free to attend and will allow family businesses to connect with peers to share experiences and knowledge through a series of daily online events.

Charlie Serafini, Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “This year, we have worked closely with many families to understand their needs and, where required, provide financial support to help them trade through these exceptional times.

“Whilst the pandemic has thrown many curveballs, we have found family businesses to be more resilient, adaptable, and agile. With an acute awareness of the role they play as employers within local communities, many have pivoted and diversified to create new revenue streams as a result of the pandemic.

“With family businesses representing 85% of privately owned Scottish companies, we feel it’s essential for these businesses to come together to connect, listen, learn and discuss the issues which matter to them most, to ensure a strong recovery.”

Events will be recorded tor businesses which are keen to attend, but unable to join on the day.

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