Unwrapping the magic of family businesses

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Our MD Liz, and her daughter Leila, Business & Account Manager at Liz Lean PR, host our own podcast, ‘It Runs In The Family’.

Featuring a different family business in each episode, we explore the history and share the learnings from our guest’s experiences over the years. From breweries to garden centres, drink brands to crematoriums, family organisations come in all shapes and sizes and this podcast reveals the stories and lessons from within them.

We discover where human relationship migrates into business; the ups, downs, twists, turns and landmark moments that seal the fate of these fascinating organisations. We discuss how they’ve developed through the generations and the unique advantages they’ve had over their competitors. You’ll get to hear some brilliant life stories too; some to make you laugh and others that’ll warm your heart.

While LLPR has managed numerous corporate client accounts for many years, we also attract a number of family owned and operated businesses, due to our values-led approach. In early 2020, before the pandemic hit, we hosted a lunch event for our family business clients to meet. The discussion around challenges, learnings, plans, thoughts and stories proved valuable and we were pleased to be able to provide clients with an opportunity to hear from likeminded people.

Our ambition is that our new podcast will be a place where listeners can learn from family businesses, either as a family organisation themselves or as individuals interested in this unique way of operating.

As we begin our own journey into the delicate world of the family business, we’ve loved hearing the stories of those who have been there and done it and we hope you’ll enjoy listening these as much as we have.

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If you work in or run a family business and would like to record your family’s story, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to discuss welcoming you as a guest.

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...

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...

Episode 81: Tailor Made

Episode show notes Despite the world of estate agency evolving dramatically the Tailor Made approach remains true 25 years on from its inception. Now led primarily by 2nd generation siblings Robert and Adrian, it’s a business bleeding true family values throughout as...

Episode 80: Valley and Peak

Episode show notes Jim De’Ath grew up with the great outdoors central to his childhood. Now it’s at the heart of his entire family and its business: Valley and Peak. Becoming the 2nd generation to work within the business, Jim’s sights are set on carrying a torch...

Episode 79: Liz and Leila

Episode show notes From our family business to yours: Happy Valentine’s Day! What better day for us to celebrate all that we love about the people behind the show’s family business guests, and beyond. This week, the Willingham family takes centre stage as we look back...

Episode 78: Pagazzi

Episode show notes Since its inception in 1980, the humble Glaswegian beginnings of Pagazzi Lighting have bloomed into a leading lighting retailer, with the delightful Pagan family at the helm. Founded by Alan and Laura Pagan, they’re now joined in the business by...

Episode 77: U Drive

Episode show notes When Mark Hamblin’s parents rented a single van out throughout the weekdays, little did they know they were laying the simple groundwork for a thriving vehicle hire business. U-Drive’s fleet might be strong, with over four thousand vehicles, but...

Episode 76: Coastal Cottages

Episode show notes Pembrokeshire is a stunning stretch of Welsh coastline whose beauty should sell itself, but it’s Coastal Cottages’ community-building that builds the experience around it. Join us on It Runs In The Family to hear how Matthew and Sophie Evans channel...

Episode 75: Joe and Seph’s popcorn

Episode show notes The story behind Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn begins with a penchant for holiday gifts from the USA, and its latest chapter sees an iconic brand sharing natural flavours like no other. Among 4 family Co-Founders is Adam Sopher, whose role now as...

Episode 74: Catipilla

Episode show notes Catipilla just celebrated their 6th birthday, and the business’ adorable inception draws upon NASA experience and an unbeatable father-son combination. Designing furniture fit for our feline family is a job purrfectly suited to this week’s special...

Episode 73: New Forest Ice Cream

Episode show notes A 5 year old Christina Veal wanted ice cream, a simple request that set the wheels in motion on a 40 year legacy in the form of New Forest Ice Cream. Christina and her sister, Niki Jenman, now head up the business whose charm is tangible in every...

Episode 72: Alitex

Episode show notes Greenhouses may not be an essential product, but that makes the charm and connection of family values a non-negotiable for the marvellous Alitex. With celebrity clients from Sheeran to Sting and an indomitable presence at Chelsea Flower Show, it’s...

Episode 71: Lyfeguard

Episode show notes Some businesses’ products you simply can’t, or shouldn’t, live without - Lyfeguard sets out to make everyone’s lives simpler in a way that few other businesses ever can… In the aftermath of a torrid experience handling two late friends’ estates,...

Episode 70: Teals

Episode show notes Forget all you know of a farm shop - Nick and Ash Sinfield have created an iconic location in the business they’ve Co-Founded together: Teals. The couple have created a remarkable blend of commerce and hospitality with a food market, restaurant, and...

Episode 69: The Coconut Tree

Episode show notes Sri Lankan food culture brings people together and always lays a space at the table, and that family feel channels into The Coconut Tree’s 9 fantastic locations. Rashintha Rodrigo’s emotional connection with the business has evolved over its 9 years...

Episode 68: Glenmuir

Episode show notes   Glenmuir’s 130 year legacy stands it in great stead, but Managing Director Mikhel Ruia’s constant innovation and tempered approach keeps them moving ever-forwards. We have the rare opportunity to speak with another business within the same...

Episode 67: Sockshop

Episode show notes ‘Feel good from the feet up’ - one simple phrase underpins the decades-long history of the Sockshop brand, and its direction is guided by the keen intuition of Alok Ruia. As Director of the brand, which lies within the Ruia Group, there’s a...

Episode 66: Care of the Skin

Episode show notes Audrey Githa Goldberg was a health and skincare pioneer, writing two books heralded as ‘bibles’ in their field. That legacy lives on and flourishes through Care of the Skin. The mother & daughter-run business takes its name from one of these...

Episode 65: Maisons Pariente

Episode show notes There’s no shortage of hotels offering 5-star experiences, but without the familial touch that’s present in Maisons Pariente’s resorts, they pail in comparison. Launching all three hotels in the same year is challenging enough, let alone having one...

Episode 63: Phillip Kingsley

Episode show notes Creating a world-first product is already an admirable feat, but to do so with Audrey Hepburn as your collaborator is almost unimaginable. Philip Kingsley created the ‘Elasticizer’ for his eponymous brand, and his passion for haircare &...

Episode 62: Boxbollen

Episode show notes A universally loved product for all generations is a remarkable starting point for a business to go global, and an exciting reality for the Eriksson brothers behind Boxbollen. Jacob & Victor have developed a ‘PlayTech’ product earning celebrity...

Episode 61: iampro

Episode show notes As one of three Co-Founders, Emma Brooks deals not only with a sibling in business, but a spouse too - a unique blueprint to say the least! Emma is Managing Director of iampro alongside husband Ben, Head of Production, and sister Charlie, whose face...

Episode 60: Teemill

Episode show notes Sustainability is the seed at the heart of Teemill, and it’s only grown to such an extravagant extent through the shared vision and values of Mart and Rob Drake-Knight. The siblings behind the brand have leveraged ‘Isle of Wight mentality’ to go...

Episode 59: Celebrating 25 years of LLPR and Our Series Highlights So Far with Liz and Leila Willingham

Episode show notes It’s been 58 episodes of family business revelations so far on It Runs In The Family, and it’s time we take an exploded view on our marvellous guests, with a forensic look into our very own family business DNA too… As we celebrate an incredible 25...

Episode 58: COOK

Episode show notes Few kitchens in the UK will be unfamiliar with COOK, a business whose youthful ambitions fuelled the success of their award-winning brand. There’s a delightful culture and commitment to quality shared by Co-CEOs Edward Perry and Rosie Brown, who...

Episode 57: Yester Home

Episode show notes When it comes to home decor, one should seldom skim on quality, and that passion seeps through every facet of Yester Home and its 2nd generation Managing Director, Edward Styles. Sharing a glimpse into an entrepreneurial family in which he...

Episode 56: Open Study College

Episode show notes Open Study College began life in a garage 16 years ago, long before remote learning was rife, which makes their multi-million pound growth that much more staggering. Co-Founder Samantha Rutter-Bryant now bears the torch, working closely with sister...

Episode 55: Choc on Choc

Episode show notes Chocolate: a medium in which 99% of products look near-enough identical. Choc on Choc are proud producers of that dazzling, awe-inspiring 1%. From edible dumbbells and banquets to 6ft chocolate tables and faces of royals, the creative spark behind...

Episode 54: Henley Distillery

Episode show notes Sometimes it’s adversity that can most effectively generate the determination and drive to really succeed. Such is the case with award-winning Henley Distillery. Jacob and Alan Wilson are a formidable father-son duo who have Co-Founded and grown...

Episode 53: Bundle Beds

Episode show notes Siblings can be incredibly brutal with each other, but the thick skin that comes from brother-sister banter can be the perfect foundation for business partners… Bundle Beds is the brainchild of Lucy Bartlett, and while she may have begun with a...

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