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February 29, 2012

Next-generation members need to realise that it is not just their skills that matter when it comes to joining the family business, according to a British lobby group.

Next-generation members need to realise that it is not just their skills that matter when it comes to joining the family business, according to a British lobby group.

Commenting as the Institute for Family Business launched a new initiative to stimulate growth in the UK’s family business sector, the organisation’s director general, Grant Gordon, said next-gens should seek outside work experience to figure out if they are suited to their family’s company or other businesses.

January 10, 2012

Maintaining an entrepreneurial approach, integrating non-family members and planning succession are the main challenges UK mid-sized family businesses face, but a new initiative promises to unlock growth at these firms and boost the country’s economic development. 

Maintaining an entrepreneurial approach, integrating non-family members and planning succession are the main challenges UK mid-sized family businesses face, but a new initiative promises to unlock growth at these firms and boost the country’s economic development.

That’s what lobby group the Institute for Family Business told CampdenFB.

August 18, 2011

The ability to plan for long-term growth and an emphasis on stewardship is helping the UK’s biggest family businesses, such as Associated British Food, to achieve strong growth, despite the tough economic conditions, according to the Institute for Family Businesses. 

The ability to plan for long-term growth and an emphasis on stewardship is helping the UK’s biggest family businesses, such as Associated British Food, to achieve strong growth, despite the tough economic conditions, according to the Institute for Family Businesses.

New research released by the IFB, a lobby group promoting family businesses in the UK, shows that sales in the top 10 British family-run companies soared by 10.2% last year.

August 13, 2010

A new study by the Institute for Family Business has revealed the UK’s 10 largest family businesses.

A new study by the Institute for Family Business has revealed the UK's 10 largest family businesses.

The list is headed by the Weston family-owned Associated British Foods, which had 2009 sales of £9.26 billion and includes well-known high street brands such as Kingsmill, Pataks, Primark, Ryvita and Twinings.

July 1, 2008

The current economic climate has meant that businesses all over the world are concerned for the future. But family businesses may be able to find a lot more comfort in the shape of a family charter, says Sam Dunn

The current economic climate has meant that businesses all over the world are concerned for the future. But family businesses may be able to find a lot more comfort in the shape of a family charter, says Sam Dunn

As the credit crunch continues to bite, inflation increases and recession looms, family businesses need to be prepared to bend whichever way the wind is blowing in order to prosper. For many, no matter how large they may be, that can be a hard task.

May 30, 2008

UK family businesses are more than twice as likely as their counterparts in France, Germany and Italy to change ownership over time.

UK family businesses are more than twice as likely as their counterparts in France, Germany and Italy to change ownership over time. This is the headline finding from a report entitled Evolution of Family Capitalism, which made a comparative study 4,000 companies in the four countries.

Between 1996 and 2006, only 30% of top UK family firms remained under control of the same family – compared to 53% in Germany, 59% in France and 71% in Italy.

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