Thackray Williams breakfast talk: how family businesses can ‘give back’ to society


A law firm in southeast London will be exploring philanthropy among family businesses. Thackray Williams has invited three speakers to talk about using wealth to support communities and causes important to them.

Like all businesses, family-owned enterprises need to make a profit to survive. While generating an income and protecting the family’s future wealth is of primary concern, many also operate with an ethos of ‘giving back’. Indeed, many entrepreneurs say this is one of the most enriching and perhaps even the most exciting part of running their businesses.

Part of its series of ‘Family Business Breakfast’ events, Thackray Williams is giving a platform to three speakers from local organisations who will explain how philanthropy works, their motivation for philanthropy, advice to other business owners on ways to give back, and finally, the concept of ‘how to run a business with a heart’.

The three speakers are:

David Ward – Ward Security and Abigail Footsteps. David runs Ward Security with his brother Kevin, employing a team of over 700 security personnel. David is also the founder and CEO of children’s charity Abigail’s Footsteps.

William Opie – Bennett Opie Ltd. William runs Sittingborne based food manufacturers Bennett Opie Ltd. In business since 1880, Opies are one of the oldest family-owned food companies in the country.

Bruce Topham – Kent Community Foundation. Kent Community Foundation is part of a network of community foundations committed to improving the lives of local people and communities by connecting people who care with local causes that matter.

Spaces at the venue are limited to 90 seats and experience shows that these will be taken up long before the date of the event, so do sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Talk details

Title: Philanthropy and the Family Business

Date: Monday 26th June 2017

Event times: 8am to 10am

Venue address:  The Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley Hill, Bromley BR1 4JD

Entrance: Tickets are FREE but limited so pre-event registration is required.

For more info: register here