WORLD and Paralympic champion cyclist Jody Cundy joined a family business networking lunch where guests gained insights and inspiration from prominent business leaders.

He spoke at the gathering alongside Tim Dewey CEO of Timothy Taylor Brewery, in Knowle Park, and Gordon Black, of Cross Hills-based Black Family Investments.

The event was hosted by Armstrong Watson Accountants, Business and Financial Advisers, Gordons Solicitors and HSBC at Broughton Hall, Skipton.

David Richmond, partner with co-hosts Armstrong Watson said: “The occasion was a great success, allowing local family business owners to share their experiences with others in the relaxed surroundings of Broughton Hall.

"The opportunity to hear three highly knowledgeable speakers, each with their own angle on their challenges and experiences added to the event.

"The overwhelming message was that the issues faced by family businesses are not unique to each business.”

Mr Dewey is the first non-family member to run the long-established brewery Timothy Taylor, having previously worked with some of the world’s best known drinks brands.

He spoke of his experience of family businesses, their uniqueness and diversity.

Mr Black, formerly of Perter Black Holdings and major supplier to the UK’s retail industry, gave a passionate speech lamenting changing ethical shifts in manufacturing.

He highlighted his own belief that good business practice is enlightened self-interest.

Mr Cundy concluded the lunch by providing an inspirational speech on sustained elite performance and re-invention – having competed as both a swimmer and cyclist – and on the power of ambition.