It Runs In The Family

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Helen And Phil E1656424714775, Helen Dimmick

Century old jewellery firm adds a touch of ‘bling’ to family business podcast

A 150 year old jewellery business, which has been run by the same family for five generations, is the latest firm to be welcomed on to the chart-topping family business podcast It Runs In The Family  to share its behind the scenes story.

Lancashire-based Ainsworth Jewellers is headed by the founder’s great, great grandson, Phil Ainsworth, and his wife Helen Dimmick. On episode 35 of It Runs In The Family Helen and Phil reveal how they are set to carry forward the 150-year history of Blackburn’s oldest jewellers.

Podcast host Liz Willingham says: “Established in 1870, Ainsworth Jewellers is still a family-run jewellery business in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn town centre. Founded by Joseph Ainsworth and passed through the generations, we hear from Phil and his wife, Helen, who is now operational in the business too. The mix of the generational responsibility and that inherited by marriage makes for an interesting conversation about all things family business.

“In this episode we hear this couple’s unique approach to succession. With no sixth generation obviously ready and waiting, but with a passion to ensure the business continues, Phil and Helen are creating the next generation future of Ainsworth in an interesting way.”

This episode delves into how the couple balance Phil’s family business approach with Helen’s more conventional corporate background, the Ainsworth Jewellers’ staggering 150-plus year history, and how they are writing the future of the business without a blood-relative succession plan.

Podcast co-host Leila adds: “The mix of family inheritance and responsibility through partnership is an interesting mix and is the perfect combination to bring external thinking and gentle steering to a family legacy. Plus, what a brilliant business to be in too; creating special moments for people and marking their love and legend as your trade simply sounds awesome.”

It Runs In The Family is currently ranking at number 12 in the top international family business podcasts and number 3 in the UK *. Outside the UK, the It Runs In The Family podcast is attracting listeners in 42 countries including United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, France, and Australia.

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