Pre-summit company visits

Date : Pre-Summit, Wednesday 3 October 2012

Pre-Summit visits to some of the UK’s most iconic family companies.

Key highlights of the company program include:

- Visits will be within easy reach of the Summit venue.
- Delegates will meet the owners at the company they visit.
- Each visit will include the opportunity for interaction and debate between delegates and their hosts.
- Delegates will learn about the host company’s unique challenges and opportunities.
- Each visit will be supported by a facilitator to help to capture the key learnings.
- The programme will offer unique insights into UK based business families- members of the Institute for Family Business (FBN- UK).

Founded 55 years ago, Haymarket Media Group is an international specialised media company, producing over 80 magazine brands, 140 websites and over 100 live events, operating out of eight countries.

This visit will be conducted by Haymarket Chairman Rupert Heseltine and CEO Kevin Costello, and will include insights into the transition from first to second generation as well as offer perspectives on their leading brands as they transition from print to digital.


Pentland is a third generation, family owned, global brand management group, operating in sports, outdoor and fashion. The Group owns global brands such as Speedo, ellesse and Berghaus and licenses Lacoste and Ted Baker. It sells its products in 195 countries.

This visit will be hosted by Andy Rubin, CEO, Pentland Brands. Pentland’s HQ which delegates will visit is home to many of the Group’s brands and brings to life its values with a state of the art campus, including a restaurant, coffee shop, gym, soccer pitch, swimming pool and nursery.


Established in 1897, Wates is one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction services and development companies, employing over 2600 people, with a turnover of £1,117 million in 2011.

This visit will be hosted by Tim Wates, Chairman of the Wates Family Council and a Director of Wates Group. The Wates team will give insights into the company history, governance and philanthropy and present a business overview, followed by a tour of one of their flagship Central London construction sites.


Fortnum & Mason is a luxury retail store based in Piccadilly, London with a number of branches internationally. It was established in 1707 by William Fortnum & Hugh Mason and was bought by Garfield Weston in 1951. Fortnum & Mason is most famous for its tea and hampers and holds two Royal Warrants.

This visit will be hosted by Kate Hobhouse, Chairman of Fortnum & Mason – granddaughter of Garfield Weston. Delegates will be given an insight into the brand’s 300 year history as well as treated to lunch, all hosted in the newly refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened by HM The Queen on 1st March 2012.


Day Lewis plc is the largest independent pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1975 by brothers Kirit and JC Patel, the business has grown from two pharmacies in Kent to 186 pharmacies across the south of England, with a fully automated 68,000 sq ft warehouse and head office in Croydon.

The visit will be hosted by Kirit Patel MBE and family members at the Day Lewis head office in Croydon. As well as a tour of their state-of-the-art warehouse, delegates will hear from Kirit Patel talking about entrepreneurialism and his journey over the last 37 years. Next generation family members will also be present to discuss the benefits and constraints of working within a family business.


Fenwick is one of the UK’s premier department stores and has been a beacon of style since their first outlet opened in 1882 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Fenwick Bond Street in London opened in 1891, offering bespoke fashion for ladies. Although the selection of goods now includes menswear, beauty and home accessories, it remains a key destination for the fashion cognoscenti with quirky, fledgling labels alongside international designers.

This visit hosted by Adam Fenwick, Group Managing Director will include insights into the company history with an overview of the family business and will be followed by a tour of Fenwick Bond Street.


City Cruises plc is the leading operator of passenger services on the River Thames, carrying in excess of 2 million passengers annually on their extensive sightseeing, entertainment and charter services.

This visit will be hosted by Gary Beckwith, Chairman, City Cruises plc. Delegates will have the opportunity to cruise on board one of their fleet along the River Thames and gain an insight into the family business and in particular their succession planning.


Founded in 1860, Nelsons is a family-owned business and the UK’s largest manufacturer of high quality, natural healthcare products. Nelsons is run by brothers Robert and Patrick Wilson, leading a team of 200 employees worldwide with brands, such as Rescue Remedy, sold in over 70 countries. The siblings took over the running of the company from their father Dick Wilson and are extremely proud of Nelsons long heritage and traditional values, combining these with a modern global outlook.

This visit will be hosted by Robert and Patrick Wilson and delegates will be given an insight into the company’s 150 year history and business including a tour of the recently renovated manufacturing plant. There will then be a lunch hosted nearby at Nelsons headquarters, based in Wimbledon.


Established in 1970, Wing Yip is the UK’s leading Oriental grocer with superstores in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood and Croydon, stocking over 3,500 authentic Chinese and pan-Asian products and ingredients.

The visit to the Cricklewood store will be hosted by founder and chairman, Mr Wing Yip, who in 2010 was awarded an OBE for services to the Oriental food industry. There will also be opportunities to meet with the current generation of family directors. Delegates will be given an insight into the brand’s success, see the diverse product range for trade and retail customers, as well as understand how to build and develop links with China.