Podcast

  unwrapping the magic of family businesses

 

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.

In early 2020, before the pandemic hit, we hosted a family business 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 Eighteen: Squirrel Sisters

Often the most authentic businesses come from solving problems that you have to face already. Such is the caring foundation from which the siblings behind Squirrel Sisters, Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell, grew their award-winning, no added sugar snack brand. Gracie’s love...

Episode Seventeen: Waterside Holiday Group

Key to any team around a family business is a shared appreciation for the values that are inherent to those raised within the bloodline, which makes the rigorous process of hiring a CEO for a family-run brand exponentially more important. Thankfully, Olivia and...

Episode Sixteen : Finnmark Sauna

The sibling dynamic is one laden with turbulence, care, and connection in equal measure. Developing the level of emotional intelligence and maturity to translate this family partnership into a business one requires remarkable growth and evolution - the ‘Sauna Twins’...

Episode Fifteen: Scrumbles

Our pets feel as much a family member as any of the bonds we’ve been lucky enough to see in this series, so for Aneisha Soobroyen and Jack Walker - partners in wedlock and Co-Founders of natural pet food business Scrumbles - their business is a family affair in more...

Episode Fourteen : Arbikie Distillery

The Arbikie Estate is home to craftsmen of soil and curators of a fine ensemble of drinks from their distillery, now in its 7th year of producing sustainable, field-to-bottle spirits. Iain Stirling, one of three visionary brothers behind their venture, joins us on...

Episode Thirteen : Herringbone Kitchens

For the first time on “It Runs In The Family”, we’re joined by partners in business and wedlock alike - the husband and wife team behind Herringbone Kitchens, William Durrant and Elly Simmons. This episode offers us a unique opportunity to delve into how marriage...

Episode Twelve : Thatchers Cider

One Stanley Thatcher pioneered cider science on his farm and vouched for innovative methods of apple growth and cider production, and as the industry followed suit, so too did several generations of the Thatcher family to grow aniconic brand. As Martin Thatcher,...

Episode Eleven: Marco & Luciano Pierre White

 For most, this week’s guest on It Runs In The Family truly needs no introduction. Marco Pierre White - the first Brit and youngest chef to be awarded the full 3 stars from Michelin - has since exceeded the desire for their praise, focusing his efforts on tailoring...

Episode Ten: Farmer Palmer’s

Anyone growing up in and around the Dorset area will be familiar with the magic of Farmer Palmers Farm Park, which has hosted so many eager families, so it’s a real treat to sit down with the family behind the legendary local landmark.  Evolving from a farm to a farm...

Episode Nine: Stockton Bury

The Treasure family has been at Stockton Bury since 1884, and in the generations that followed it evolved from a family farm into a relaxing space which has ranked among The Times’ Top 20 UK Gardens. By transforming the 4 acres of land into a highly acclaimed haven in...

Episode Eight: Balson Butchers

The world has seen so much since 1515, the Plague, two world wars, an industrial revolution and nearly two dozen changes of monarchy. One constant through allof that, maintaining its service to Bridport’s locals and surviving fires and floods alike, is Britain’s...

Episode Seven: Highlights So Far

The first six episodes of It Runs In The Family have proven to be a treasure trove of family business experience, with companies passed through generations, sibling connections on an almost telepathic level, and an incredible degree of humility from all of our...

Episode Six: The Rick Stein Group

The rise in popularity of culinary TV personalities has promoted some of the most successful chefs into ‘rockstars’ - we all know Nigella, Gordon, Jamie and Gino on a first name basis. What separates Rick Stein’s family brand apart, however, is the attention to detail...

Episode Five: Hendy Group

From facilitating the first Ford dealership in the early 20th century through to its current, extensive roster of manufacturers, Hendy Group has grown immensely since its inception in 1859. Driving the business through some of its most turbulent times in recent...

Episode Four: Jimmy’s Iced Coffee

The story of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee is a 10 year journey of massive wins, starting on the South Coast and earning its place as a household name. A great degree of the success of this family owned business might be explained by an almost-telepathic understanding between...

Episode Three: Hall & Woodhouse

Few family businesses can say they have spanned 7 generations; such is the feat achieved by Hall and Woodhouse, brewers of award-winning Badger Beers and owners of over 250 pubs around the country. Taking the reins of H&W upon the sudden passing of his brother,...

Episode Two: Double Dutch Drinks

Raised in the Netherlands - the birthplace of gin - it’s only natural that twin sisters Joyce and Raissa De Haas have a natural affinity for superlative drinks and excellent blendings. However, their love affair for gin exacerbated their frustration at the bland and...
Warren Haskins podcast

Episode One: Warren Haskins

Kicking off the inaugural episode of It Runs In The Family in fine fashion is Warren Haskins, Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres. Having suddenly been thrust into the driving seat of a business over 100 years and 3 generations old after the sudden passing of his...