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Flintshire firms invited to family business event

SISTERS and businesswomen Ruth and Helen Jones will speak about the benefits and challenges of running a family firm during an event organised by the Institute of Directors (IoD) next week.

The pair, who represent the third generation of family to join Ruthin-based civil engineering firm Jones Bros, will be guest speakers at the First Thursday Club event run by the North Wales branch of the IoD.

The theme is ‘how family values drive success’ and the event, at Village St David’s Hotel in Ewloe next Thursday, October 6, will also provide an opportunity for informal networking.

Ruth and Helen will also consider the issues around running a national firm from North Wales and guests will hear how Jones Bros has become one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, with a turnover of £43m.

The company was named one of the 50 fastest-growing firms in Wales in the newly released 2011 Wales Fast Growth 50.

Tracy North, vice-chairwoman of the Institute of Directors in North Wales and managing director of Mold-based Outwrite PR, said: “We have revamped our events programme for autumn and winter with lots of opportunities for members and non-members alike to hear some fascinating guest speakers during the coming months.

“We’re sure there will be lots of interest in our event next week with its family theme, as lots of our members run family firms.”

The IoD is the longest standing organisation to serve and support business leaders, with more than 100 years of service in raising professional standards.

Members benefit from a range of services including free business advice, a full training programme, research facilities and networking events.

The organisation welcomes members at manager level upwards.

To find out more about joining the IoD, or to attend the event on October 6 between 5.30pm and 7.15pm, contact Debbie Trotman by emailing [email protected]. Tickets cost £8 for members and £12 for non-members, plus VAT.