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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About this event

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

Timings:

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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Speaker

  • Janna Horsthuis

    Janna Horsthuis

    Robinson's

    Managing Director

    Janna Horsthuis is the Managing Director of Robinson’s established in 1886 and has evolved, over five generations, into one of the Isle of Man’s best-known companies. Appointed Managing Director in September 2017. Janna has worked in the business since 2002 and has been involved in all areas over the years but focused on foodservice for the past 10 years.

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  • When

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

    Where

    The Courthouse - Club
    Athol Street DouglasIM1

    Brought to you by

    • Katie Nicholson

      Katie Nicholson

      founded

      Co-Founder

    Brought to you by

    • Alexandra Wilson

      Alexandra Wilson

      founded

      Chapter Co-Director

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    • Katie Nicholson

      Katie Nicholson

      Startup Grind / founded

      Chapter Co-Director

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