Enabling success: Challenges and opportunities of a family-owned distributor business

Enabling success: Challenges and opportunities of a family-owned distributor business

Challenges and opportunities of a family-owned distributer business with Tom Burdick, CEO of BPES

Welcome to the fifth episode of our latest podcast series: Enabling Success for Founders and Entrepreneurial Businesses. 

In this episode, we speak with Tom Burdick, CEO of Bioprocess Equipment Specialists (BPES). We explore the challenges and opportunities of family-owned distributor businesses, including obstacles when attracting talent and the common stereotypes and misconceptions that come with being a family-owned business. On top of this, Tom discusses the disturbance that Covid-19 caused for distributors and how they were able to manoeuvre through the pandemic.

You can listen on various streaming platforms, such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music here or alternatively you can watch on YouTube below.  

We are expanding and I'm very keen to attract the right people. Some people are attracted to a family business and a lot of people aren't. I didn't want that to be a barrier. I want people to think they can join and one day possibly end up running the business. That's my goal.

About the author 

Tom Burdick has an engineering background and joined BPES in 2000, and although he is now CEO, he's never happier than when talking to customers and partners, discovering the challenges they face and helping to solve their problems.

BioProcess Engineering Services Ltd was established in 1996 as a specialist provider of capital equipment including fermenters, centrifuges and bioreactors to the BioTechnology Industry, and is a 1SO 9001:2000 accredited organisation.

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