Family Business Australia appoints WA chair

18/09/2019 - 11:59

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Family Business Australia has appointed a new state chairman in the same month it launches its national event, Family Business Day.

Family Business Australia appoints WA chair
Jeff Ash says he wants to raise the knowledge of the number of multi-generational family business success stories in WA.

Family Business Australia has appointed a new state chairman in the same month it launches its national event, Family Business Day.

The non-profit organisation aims to raise the profile of the family business sector across Australia.

Its annual event will run on September 19, which Family Business Australia says is designed to recognise the contribution family businesses make to the economy, community and culture.

To celebrate the event, Family Business Australia is asking Australians to host a morning tea with their family and colleagues.

The organisation produced a limited number of morning tea packs, which included 'I heart family business' branded products and decorations.

It will award four gold class cinema tickets for the best photo shared on social media using the hashtag ‘nfbd19’.

Jeff Ash – the manager of family-owned filter specialists, Filter Supplies – has taken on the role of state chairman and national board director for Family Business Australia.

Meanwhile, Tom Bromberger has been appointed to the new role of vice-chairman in Western Australia, while Megan Bagworth has also been added to the state board.

"Family Business Australia is about sharing stories and interacting with other people in family businesses," Mr Ash told Business News

“I want to really emphasise the human stories that are at the heart of family businesses.

“I also aim to raise the knowledge of just how many multi-generational family business success stories there are in WA.”

Mr Ash said 50 per cent of Australian employees were employed by family businesses and 70 per cent of Australian businesses were family owned.

There are 44 WA family business dynasties currently listed on BNiQ, including Lionel Samson Sadleirs established in 1829, Bowra & O'Dea (1888) and Betts Group (1982).

Mr Ash is the son of Hugh and Rosemary Ash, who established Filter Supplies in 1967.

The family company supplies a range of filter applications – including air, fuel and oil – to the local mining, agriculture and oil and gas industries.

Mr Ash has served as sales manager for the Welshpool-based company for 26 years and has been on the board for Family Business Australia since February last year.

Family Business Australia is partnering with the University of Adelaide Business School this year to launch a new book, Family Business Success Stories.

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