Episode 86: Ridgeview Wine Estate

Episode 86: Ridgeview Wine Estate

Episode show notes

When you take charge of your parents’ business, validation comes in many forms – few are quite as strong as winning ‘International Winemaker of the Year’, the first English wine to do so…

Despite the heartfelt challenges of the mid-2010s, Ridgeview Wine Estate’s Simon & Tamara Roberts took the helm of a product that’s been served to royalty… literally!

Discover their story, and the unique challenges of 2nd generation ownership in this week’s episode of It Runs In The Family!

This episode covers:

  • Tamara and Simon’s tips for taking on a 2nd generation business successfully
  • How the Roberts family, and subsequently the business, overcame a tough period of medical challenges & grief
  • The value of industry validation in celebrating your achievements
  • Highlights from the journey so far, from international award wins to selection for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
      A graphic with Robin, Judy and Ollie.

      Episode highlights

      “As we’ve gotten older, we understand each other’s skill sets. We wanted it to be a family business, and Tamara’s key skill sets are so much what dad needed to support him in growing the business.” – 6:15 – Simon Roberts

      “I don’t know of any relationship where you don’t have to put in work and effort to make it work in the right way.” – 17:30 – Tamara Roberts

       “2014-16 was the most traumatic three years, and it took a long time to bring the culture of the business back to where we wanted it.” – 29:50 – Simon Roberts

      “Always take time out to talk to each other, face to face. Have that time every now and then to check in with each other, because things move on so quickly.” – 45:40 – Tamara Roberts

      Listen to this podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, or Amazon

      Episode 85: Pow Food

      Episode 85: Pow Food

      Episode show notes

      2020 put the events space in jeopardy; One pivot, and Pow Food found its feet in style.

      Ali & Emily Warburton’s business story starts with a mission to revolutionise workplace food, and has evolved into a home range that embodies the duo’s relentless progression!

      Join Ali & Emily on It Runs In The Family as the mother-daughter pair shares how their alignment is a blessing and a curse, the blueprint to pivoting swiftly, and how they balance their polar opposite skill sets.

      This episode covers:

      • The catalyst for Emily’s involvement in Pow Foods, and the pivot from the events space
      • The perfect combination of polar opposite skill sets
      • Why having a joint mission and alignment is both a blessing and a curse
      • The family roots of Ali and Emily’s ambitious values
          A graphic with Robin, Judy and Ollie.

          Episode highlights

          “Food was always a complete focal point of the family growing up, being around chefs and events, and all our friends used to work as waitresses on events. Then we saw this shift towards healthier food.” – 4:30 – Emily Warburton

          “It’s a case of just having to be very lateral and understand, ‘Okay, that hasn’t worked. So what are we going to do with what we’ve got?’” – 15:00 – Ali Warburton

          “We have incredibly different skill sets, I’d say they’re opposite – but we do complement each other really well.” – 30:00 – Ali & Emily Warburton

          “I always wanted a company to work on, and I’m a late starter on that. I’ve got loads of drive, and I’m loving it on a daily basis!” – 39:20 – Ali Warburton

          “I became a health coach, and I’ve always been very into nutrition. We use nutritionists for everything, and it’s an absolute passion of mine that I wish I had the credentials to actually be that person within the business myself.” – 44:30 – Emily Warburton

          Listen to this podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, or Amazon

          Episode 84: Banhoek Chilli Oil

          Episode 84: Banhoek Chilli Oil

          Episode show notes

          Around 70% of businesses start off at home, and from humble beginnings in Adi Meintjes’ kitchen, the deliciously captivating Banhoek Chilli Oil was born.

          He and his brother-in-law, Ken Kinsey-Quick, have global aspirations for a brand that’s survived early pandemic setbacks in bringing a family recipe to life!

          The duo join us on It Runs In The Family to share their unique dynamic, how business bonds them as if they were brothers by blood, and what makes Adi the ‘Walter White’ of chilli oil…

          This episode covers:

          • The family dinners that sparked a stunning original recipe
          • How the brothers-in-law have worked together, combining strengths and aligning to solve challenges
          • Banhoek’s tough start in early-2020, and how they thrived in the wake of Covid
          • Why their celebrations of success are muted until they reach their ‘ultimate goal’
            A graphic with Robin, Judy and Ollie.

            Episode highlights

            “Adi is a real foodie, we nickname him ‘Walter White’ – he’s got an amazing palette, and that’s really the key as you’ve got to have a good product first and foremost.” – 8:00 – Ken Kinsey-Quick

            “We’ve literally got the carrier oil, and we’ve got the pure dried chilies. So to be consistent, it means that we have to grow the same variety actually, year in and year out and process it the same way.” – 10:05 – Adi Meintjes

            “I trust Adi implicitly, we probably wouldn’t be working together if we didn’t have that level of trust.” – 20:00 – Ken Kinsey-Quick

            “We have to make sure we do everything properly. So if we’re going to make mistakes (and we’ve made a lot of mistakes over the last four years), at least we’ve made them in South African Rand first, where it’s so much cheaper.” – 28:30 – Ken Kinsey-Quick 

            “We often discuss business over a barbecue, or walking in the mountains with the dogs, so it’s not imperative that you separate business totally from pleasure, but everyone’s different.” – 34:50 – Adi Meintjes

            Listen to this podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, Google or Amazon

            Episode 83: 3 Quickfire Questions

            Episode 83: 3 Quickfire Questions

            Episode show notes

            Every episode of our podcast has posed the same three questions, hoping to track trends across businesses – after 82 episodes, it’s about time we took a look back…

            In a very special episode of It Runs In The Family, join us for a journey through some of our favourite answers from the likes of Cook, Thatcher’s and Cornishware among many others, with hilarity, practical advice and heartfelt emotions in equal measure.

            This episode covers:

            • The very first memories that tend to implant themselves into family business owners at an early age
            • What, if anything, people would do differently – and whether any regrets linger
            • Invaluable advice for any business leader from those who have worked with family 
            A graphic with Robin, Judy and Ollie.

            Episode highlights

            “I guess my first memory is when the builders came in and were changing it all to be a pottery. The first kiln was installed and that was a huge deal.” – 6:45 – Rebecca Rickards, Cornishware

            “I think I would have asked my father more questions when he was alive. I guess that’s not really an answer in terms of business. It’s just an answer in terms of appreciating your loved ones and not taking for granted that they could be gone at any second.” – 8:30 – Anabel Kingsley, Phillip Kingsley

            “The last 10 years have felt very lucky, and I could have reduced the amount that we relied on luck, if I’d just been sort of better at it and gone out and learned more.” – 12:25 – Anthony Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse

            “if you don’t trust the people you’re working with right at the top, and I mean, really trust, then you need to do something about that, because it’s unlikely to work out” – 19:50 – Edward Perry, Cook

            “If you love the business as you love your family, almost in the sense of a family member, then I think you’ll be on to something very special. ” – 27:15 – Simon Topman, ACME Whistles

            Listen to this podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, Google or Amazon

            Episode 82: Q New Homes

            Episode 82: Q New Homes

            Episode show notes

            In an industry that builds for the present, it takes the care of kinship to build for the future – such is the strategy for Michael and Damien Wynne.

            These brothers have always been destined to work together, and as Co-Founders of property development company Q New Homes, they’re not afraid to pass up on profit for the benefit of the planet.

            Learn more about these siblings and how they bring their climate-first homes to life in this week’s It Runs In The Family!

            This episode covers:

            • The early dreams of working together as kids
            • Why Q New Homes do things differently from the rest of their industry
            • The roster of trusted support that Michael and Damien can call upon
            • How the brothers deal with disagreements
            • Supporting each other without question during their times of need
                                    A graphic with Robin, Judy and Ollie.

                                    Episode highlights

                                    “We’re easy to work with and transparent, and we treat everyone that works for us the way we like to be treated” – 9:00 – Damien Wynne

                                    “We’re doing these houses as if we’re moving in there, we’re making it the best we possibly can. The passion that drives us is the change that we’re trying to make – everything we’re doing, we want it to be the best.” – 21:05 – Michael Wynne

                                    “One of my main roles is reigning Damien in. At the end of the day, we all know that if you’ve got an endless pot of money you can build whatever you want, and Damien will come up with some absolutely amazing ideas, but they’re just not always practical.” – 34:25 – Michael Wynne

                                    “I’ve had lots of health issues with my children, but Damien has never once questioned whether I can come in.” – 46:35 – Michael Wynne

                                    “We’ve had multiple moments, scary moments where you get something come up and you’re frightened. So I’ll call Mike and tell him – I wouldn’t call anyone else.” – 50:20 – Michael Wynne

                                    Listen to this podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, Google or Amazon