Keep It in the Family: How successful succession planning has ensured sustainability for Robinson’s

The Courthouse - Club - Athol Street Douglas, IM1 - View Map Isle of Man
Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 5:30 PM (GMT)

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Robinson’s is one of the oldest family businesses on the island. The Horsthuis and Newson families entrepreneurial spirit was sparked in the nineteenth century with a market stall set up by Mary Robinson. Fast forward five generations and 130 years later, Robinson’s now occupies the enviable position of the Isle of Man’s largest wholesaler, supplying food stocks to the islands hospitality industry, schools, hospitals and publics.

Today, managing partners Janna, Ross and Matty have built on their ancestors’ legacy with an agenda championing small scale producers, providing individuals with a passion for local produce with a platform to launch independent brands alongside household names on the Isle of Man’s supermarket shelves.

But Robinson’s story far surpasses dinner table talk. On Tuesday 28th January, Startup Grind Isle of Man will be joined by Janna Horsthuis for an intimate interview that unwraps:

  • How Robinson’s have adapted and readapted in line with the changing face of the food industry and consumer trends;
  • How membership of a sales consortium has bolstered the brands buying power;
  • How Robinson’s people agenda has provided a safe environment for succession planning; and
  • How a diversification strategy has been the lifeblood behind forging their evolving and ever-growing empire.

Keep It in the Family: How successful succession planning has ensured sustainability for Robinson’s is brought to you by Startup Grind Isle of Man, hosted by founded and sponsored by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) in co-operation with founded’s anchor sponsor Continent 8

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. founded will be hosting bi-monthly events designed to #inspireyourgrind; helping founders overcome challenges, share a network and collectively nurture our startup ecosystem.

With thanks to our event sponsors……..

DEFA works to protect and enhance the Island’s natural assets within the core principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability; whilst optimising quality of life, international reputation, food production energy security and outdoor amenity.

Continent 8 seamlessly integrates global internet hubs with offshore and regulated jurisdictions, creating a unique footprint for data and communications excellence.

Tickets: £10.00 (plus booking fee) includes bar snacks and arrival drink


From 5:30PM Networking and nosh

6:00PM Warm welcome from Startup Grind

6:05PM Introduction from sponsor DEFA

6:10PM How successful succession planning has ensured sustainability for Robinson’s – fireside chat presented by founded Co-Founder Katie Nicholson

6:55PM Audience Q&A

7:10PM Close

With a limited number of seats, we expect this event to sell out and would encourage interested parties to register early to avoid disappointment.

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Tuesday, Jan 28
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (GMT)


The Courthouse - Club
Athol Street DouglasIM1

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  • Katie Nicholson

    Katie Nicholson

    Petra Consulting


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  • Alexandra Wilson

    Alexandra Wilson


    Chapter Co-Director

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  • Katie Nicholson

    Katie Nicholson

    Startup Grind / founded

    Chapter Co-Director

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  • Sophie van Hooven