35 episodes

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/

It Runs In The Family Liz & Leila Willingham

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

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/

    Upholding a Rich Heritage & Caring for the Community with Arighi Bianchi’s Sarah Bianchi, Nick Bianchi & Lucy Mather #33

    Upholding a Rich Heritage & Caring for the Community with Arighi Bianchi’s Sarah Bianchi, Nick Bianchi & Lucy Mather #33

    Harking from Lake Como, the Bianchi family behind Arighi Bianchi began their journey way back in 1854. Carrying that heritage forward, this 5th generation business is headed up by a thriving family with strong bonds all round.
    Managing Director Sarah, Director Nick and Head of Comms Lucy, all share tales of a business proud of their legacy. The luxury home furniture & decor brand continues to excel on firm foundations, and we hear how those foundations of trust with customers, togetherness in tough times & encouragement without pressure were built.
    This episode covers:
    The extraordinary story behind Arighi Bianchi’s 168 year legacySarah taking the reins as Managing Director during the pandemicThe pride in their legacy and inherent trust between them and customersHow each family member found their own natural route into the businessLinks and references at: https://lizleanpr.co.uk/podcast-runs-in-the-family/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Shot Tackling the Health Supplement Industry with The Turmeric Co.’s Thomas Robson-Kanu & Rechi Kanu #32

    The Shot Tackling the Health Supplement Industry with The Turmeric Co.’s Thomas Robson-Kanu & Rechi Kanu #32

    Thomas Robson-Kanu’s professional football career nearly met an insurmountable hurdle through injury, but he and his father, Rechi Kanu, created a product worthy of the world’s top athletes.
    What started as a solution to the Welsh international’s injury became The Turmeric Co., a business brimming with passion and commitment as it’s grown immensely.
    Thomas & Rechi join us to break down the similarities between the entrepreneurial mindset and that of elite footballers, the commitment to an honest, quality product, and how this family business collaborates so well.
    This episode covers:
    The parallels between Thomas’ professional footballing mindset and their approach to running The Turmeric Co.Rechi’s tireless research in creating the finest quality product, and maintaining that quality at scaleHow the difference in opinion often helps to filter down to the most well thought out ideasLinks and references at: https://lizleanpr.co.uk/podcast-runs-in-the-family/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Rum That’s Saving The World with Co-Founders of Two Drifters Distillery, Russ and Gemma Wakeham #31

    The Rum That’s Saving The World with Co-Founders of Two Drifters Distillery, Russ and Gemma Wakeham #31

    Chemical reactions form the basis for a few key aspects of Two Drifters Distillery: their carbon negative operations, deliciously crafted rum, and the love shared between its Co-Founders.
    Gemma and Russ Wakeham are the husband-wife duo whose belief that the world shouldn’t suffer as a result of their business has been central since before day one.
    The pair join us on It Runs In The Family to share their heartwarming story, how they’ve overcome challenges together, and why it’s paramount to set your end goal.
    This episode covers:
    Russ & Gemma’s passion for sustainability, demonstrated by their carbon-negative B Corp businessMoments of pride between married business partnersHow Two Drifters has found its path through CovidThe importance of defining your end goal above allLinks and references at: https://lizleanpr.co.uk/podcast-runs-in-the-family/

    • 52 min
    Putting the Family Feeling First with Hippychick’s Julia & Jeremy Minchin #30

    Putting the Family Feeling First with Hippychick’s Julia & Jeremy Minchin #30

    There’s nothing more quintessentially ‘family business’ than married Managing Directors providing products to fellow families. Such a brief is marvellously fulfilled by baby & toddler brand Hippychick.
    Jeremy Minchin’s jump from the police to becoming Joint MD of the brand with his wife & Founder, Julia, signals the duo’s commitment to helping families, working with local businesses, and providing an award-winning service.
    Hear more from them on balancing business with parenthood, creating the family feel with staff and customers alike, and the joys of seeing your partner in their element.
    This episode covers:
    Taking the opportunity to see your partner flourishHow Jeremy’s paragliding accident put the Hippychick team to the testChanging sectors and undergoing a cultural shift to join the family businessHow Julia and Jeremy pushed through uncertainty and built their brand in the early daysJuggling parenthood with the business, and how it can feel like an extra child of your ownLinks and references at: https://lizleanpr.co.uk/podcast-runs-in-the-family/

    • 1 hr
    The Family Tailoring for The World’s Biggest Stars with Timothy, Carina & Alyssia #29

    The Family Tailoring for The World’s Biggest Stars with Timothy, Carina & Alyssia #29

    Since 1989, Timothy Everest has been fusing traditional bespoke tailoring with a contemporary eye for creative design, dressing some of the biggest names on the planet.
    The creative minds within this family cover a breadth of skills together, with Carina’s PR expertise and Alyssia’s extensive background in graphic design.
    Timothy and the daughters leading the next generation of the business join us on It Runs In The Family, sharing the ‘shorthand’ dynamic unique to family businesses, how they combatted the negative perception of British tailoring, and a more-than-healthy handful of remarkable namedrops - from Tom Holland to Tom Cruise, J-Lo to Tilda Swinton, and so many more… 
    This episode covers:
    The design ethos behind Timothy Everest’s tailoring for some of the world’s biggest namesTimothy Everest’s push against the negative, elitist perception of British tailoring at the timeCombining the qualities of creativity with business acumenA look into the genderless future of fashion collectionsThe respect and lack of hierarchy that comes from working with familyLinks and references at: https://lizleanpr.co.uk/podcast-runs-in-the-family/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Meat-Free Pizza, Meteoric Growth with Co-Founders of One Planet Pizza #28

    Meat-Free Pizza, Meteoric Growth with Co-Founders of One Planet Pizza #28

    For so many current or potential vegans, cheese is a vital factor that holds back the joys of plant-based pizza. The father-son team of Mike & Joe Hill, Co-Founders of One Planet Pizza, are making that their challenge to solve.
    We’ll soon be seeing One Planet Pizza in some of the country’s biggest supermarkets, so it’s a perfect opportunity to discover the story behind Mike & Joe’s journey. 
    We learn about how they integrate non-family into strategic roles, their family dynamic at work, and how they’re encouraging the small changes that’ll make a big difference to our planet.
    This episode covers:
    Broadening the scope of integrating non-family members into strategic rolesMethods of managing creative differences, and how they keep work and home life apartOne Planet Pizza’s encouragement for the growing awareness of vegan lifestylesHow Mike and Joe have conquered the biggest challenge in vegan pizzas - the cheeseLinks and references at: https://lizleanpr.co.uk/podcast-runs-in-the-family/

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

papsam01 ,

Love love love!

This podcast is so good! My favourite episodes have been Squirrel Sisters, Scrumbles, Finnmark Sauna and Haskins. So many great stories and tips that every entrepreneur can learn from. Can’t wait for the next one!

TracieBB ,

Loving Liz and Leila double act

Great concept for a podcast series. Love your relaxed approach too. Running a business can be tough. Add family to that equation and you have such interesting dynamics to explore. Well done ladies!

Amj2112 ,

Really interesting listen not just from the family business side but business in general

As someone who has experience working in a few different ventures involving family, some successful, some not so much, this is a really interesting listen and from the episodes so far, a good balance of startup and long established stories.

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