Family firms across Yorkshire are the very heart of the nation and as a family firm ourselves we are delighted to be taking part in Yorkshire Family Business Day 2022.
Family firms come in all sizes and sectors, and many have been around for hundreds of years, successfully passing from generation to generation. Family firms can be found the length and breadth of the county and they are the fabric of the communities in which they operate; providing jobs, income, creating wealth and supporting communities.
As a sector, family firms really are the engine room of the Yorkshire economy with around 400,000 family firms providing around 1 million jobs making the family business sector a force to be reckoned with and one that deserves to be recognised. We are proud to be a family business and to have been in operation since 1965.
Organised annually by Family Business United, the award-winning magazine and resource centre for family firms, the event is now in its eighth year and continues to grow year on year. As Paul Andrews, founder of Family Business United explains, “This is a real day to celebrate the family business sector, businesses at the very heart of the county and across all sectors of the economy too. Every part of life on a daily business is supported by family firms from the food and drink we consume, to the places we visit, the hotels we stay in, the homes we live in and the products and services that we use such as cars, hospitals and gyms. This diverse sector deserves to be recognised and Yorkshire Family Business Day is a great way to put the sector on the map.”
“The past couple of years has been far from easy but family firms across Yorkshire have shown their strength and resilience, adapting to the changing circumstances in which they found new ways of working. Many have developed new routes to markets, new strategies and continued to invest in their businesses, be it through technology, people or processes. Family firms have responded well and demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit, and desire and passion to succeed.”
Jason Rockett, managing director of Potter Space said, “We’re incredibly proud of our journey as a family firm and are delighted to join a day that helps to celebrate organisations like ours that have family values at heart.”
As Paul concludes, “FBU is all about the family business sector and it is a real privilege to champion family firms each and every day. Family firms are special, they are the backbone of the Yorkshire economy and will be for generations to come, and we look forward to showcasing the diversity of the sector on Yorkshire Family Business Day this year. They will also form an integral part of the recovery of the nation post pandemic and deserve all the support and recognition that a day like Yorkshire Family Business Day brings.”