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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Hello! We’re Liz & Leila Willingham and welcome to “It Runs In The Family”. We’re the mother and daughter duo working within the public relations and communications agency, Liz Lean PR. Running a business is hard – really hard. Every business has its challenges and it’s own ups and downs – but in a family business, this is often exaggerated by the willingness to speak your mind. But it also has some huge advantages that the corporate cultures just can’t compete with. In this podcast, featuring a different family business guest in each episode, we’re going to be digging into the stories, values and traditions of other family and multi-generational businesses. We’ll explore their history, learnings and how they’ve developed through the generations and the unique advantages they’ve had over their competitors. We discover where human relationship migrates into business; the ups, downs, twists, turns and landmark moments that seal the fate of these fascinating organisations. You’ll get to hear some brilliant life stories too; some to make you laugh and others that’ll warm your heart. Many of our clients are family businesses who we’ve worked very closely with over a number of years – we’ve heard brilliant stories that reveal true values and fun operating as a family business. We want you to feel inspired by stories of others, find their honesty relatable and reach out to us with your own experiences. If you have any questions for future guests, have a story of your own or have any feedback please do feel free to get in touch on our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrunsinthefamilypodcast/
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 that’ll last for many generations to come…
The way that the family has influenced the business is just as fascinating as the inverse, seeing the family dynamic evolve with the brand – we learn more about the fabulous family behind Valley and Peak on this week’s ‘It Runs In The Family’!
This episode covers:
- How outdoor activity in Jim’s childhood fed into his business journey
- Navigating huge life events alongside business demands
- How working with family alters your dynamics and time together
- The invaluable benefits of having trust in those leading around you
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