What do the world's most successful entrepreneurs and most inspirational business leaders have in common? They all have a par­tic­u­lar mind­-set, an un­waver­ing focus on pro­gress and a bold and pi­on­eer­ing out­look.
If we were researching what it takes to deliver success, even when faced with adversity, Peter Roper is the man you want on your contacts list. Now in his sixth decade, Peter spent over forty years pinpointing the growth drivers that help prosperous businesses across the globe to grow.
Following a major and highly successful corporate career (where he was responsible for a business that turned over no less than £38 million), Peter threw caution to the wind and set up his own consultancy business in 1996.
Although a talented negotiator, it’s Peter’s ability to adapt to a variety of business challenges, consistently building rapport through demonstrating patience, empathy and versatility that really stand out. All admirable but essential qualities, since business consultants almost never use the word ‘problem’, rather, they talk about opportunities to enhance value.
Peter prided himself on the success of his consultancy business, which he hoped would thrive to nurture the next generation of his family. Which is then why his world shattered, when Peter lost everything, due to two poor business investments in 2007.
The one good thing about failure is that it allows you to learn from your mistakes, and Peter took full advantage of this opportunity. “It would have been easy to give up”, Peter reports “but I knew I really had to reset my goals and say ‘where do we go from here?’”.
Starting again is never easy, but through surrounding yourself with the right support it is possible to rebuild. Peter knew from his career as a business developer that the best leaders are those who strive for trust and loyalty and create an environment in which everyone is empowered to achieve, shares honest opinions and works together toward success. With this in mind it is clear that family make the best team - when the skill sets of different family members are coordinated as a complementary cache of knowledge, with a clear division of labour, the likelihood of success improves significantly.
Now a published bestselling author of five books, a multi award winning speaker, Peter has spoken to over 500,000 delegates across several countries. As the Past National President, Fellow and past board member of the Professional Speaking Association, Peter was given the Professional Speaking Award for Excellence in 2018 – only a handful of people hold this prestigious accolade.
Challenging situations can be uncomfortable, particularly if they involve stepping out of your comfort zone to learn a new skill or kick-start a new venture. But those are the times that will carry you through future difficulties, as Peter has learnt from previous experience. “If I could go back and tell myself then that losing everything would be worth it, it may have made it easier at the time”, Peter says. “But I also think that the situation gave me the drive to succeed. I grew from the pressure and discomfort – it motivated me to keep going”.

In 2015 Peter formed the Family Business Practice, wanting a place of comfort for family businesses. It’s true that if you own a family business, you probably worry even more than the average entrepreneur about ensuring that your company not only survives but thrives for the following three tenets: to keep your fridge full, the bills paid, a rest easy night and the knowledge you work with good people. It’s these three beliefs that are the foundation to the Family Business Practice, we know today.
Peter Roper explains “When we formed the practice we never envisaged what it would become, and to think it has just grown essentially through word of mouth!
We asked all the initial members what they wanted from such a practice and they were very clear, particularly about what they did not want! Hence our very different and highly flexible stance when it comes to membership compared with traditional networking organisations.”

Peter’s wife Anny is the backbone of the organisation ensuring all things operationally are smooth, elder daughter Sara Beth (whilst running the family business My Management Company) keeps an eye on events, youngest daughter Hazel is responsible for the weekly Newsletter Spotlight and son Chris provides some much needed critical analysis– it really is a family affair!

“We are honoured to have found so many members who are like-minded and it’s our role to give everyone the best opportunities within the practice – a role we really enjoy!”
Peter and Anny Roper 2020