THE Pocklington School Foundation Careers and Business Network held an event focusing on family businesses.

The event, held in Leeds in March, featured a talk from Christopher Oughtred, former chairman of the sixth generation family business, William Jackson Food Group (WJFG), which won the Ernst and Young Family Business Award for Excellence in the UK in 2017.

Christopher, a life patron and former chair of governors at Pocklington School, was a founder trustee and director of the Institute for Family Business, and told of the importance of earning and retaining staff loyalty.

Mark Ronan, headmaster, said: "Christopher has had a fascinating career and under his leadership WJFG became a national exemplar of how to run a family business. We are immensely grateful to him for sharing his experience and inspirational story with the Pocklington School community at this event."

The group's next event is in London on April 26, focusing on entrepreneurship and business leadership.