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Top 100 Global FB Influencers

Family Business United champions the family business sector identifying the people/organisations that are making the most family business noise on soc... Full Article

Bagnalls Triumphant At #FBOTY2016

Bagnalls ‘painting the town’ after national triumph as Supreme Champions at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2016. Full Article

American Family Business Day 2016

Family Business United unveils plans to bring together the US family business community in a day of recognition!  Find out how to get involved...... Full Article

Thriving As A Family Business Leader

Are you a thriving leader?  Do you know of others who are? As a test, ask yourself, “How many of these four leadership behaviours are shown... Full Article

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Will I get taxed on the money I give away?

You can give away up to £3,000, in total, per tax year which will be automatically exempt from inheritance tax, known as your ‘annual...

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Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do?

Many of you will have of heard of Malcolm Gladwell's '10,000-hour rule' in his book Outliers. He wrote that if you practised whatever,...

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Surviving Modern Divorce

The below article addresses a number of interesting and important topics that the majority of people encounter when going through a...

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Wine Industry Needs To Address Succession

Australia is home to many family owned vineyards but with an ageing generation of owners the challenges around succession need to be...

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Managing Your Own Transition

Next generation members in family businesses need to make the right decisions for them and their future, and this may take them on a...

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A Timely Reminder

Life is short and for many of us it always seems as though we are 'living in the fast lane' with 'too much to do' and 'too little time to...

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Choice and the Value of Change

“There is nothing permanent except change”

Why are some people more successful and content in life than others? The answer is their...

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Chinese mainland bank invests in a multi-family office

This press release caught my eye. 

A bank is investing in, but not acquiring, a privately owned multi-family office. Interesting!

We do not...

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Nepal's First Billion Dollar Business Empire

An inspiring read and great to see the fulfilment of an entrepreneurial journey, and  the creation of a great legacy after stepping into...

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Risks Associated With The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Family businesses are innovative in their nature but running a business can be time consuming and some things get put on the back burner.

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Embracing The 'I' In Philanthropy

Many family businesses the world over are philanthropic and in giving are doing so for a myriad of reasons.

In my opinion, the word...

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Putting Australian Family Firms Into Context

We know that family firms are the bedrock of nations around the world contributing above and beyond financial measures by providing jobs,...

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Shares Of A Recently Deceased Owner

Latest research issues a word of caution to family business owners who, like others, may not have prepared themselves properly for the...

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CEO's Need To Learn Too

It is a myth to think that making it to the top job means that you need to stop learning.  CEO's and leaders of family businesses need to...

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A Rather Rare Pedigree

Giulio Cappellini entered the family firm when it had only 14 employees and it has now grown into a global brand, synonymous with quality...

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Inheritance Tax Changes On UK Residential Property

Since the 2015 budget announcement there has been concern for those with structures potentially affected by the proposed changes.

Here is...

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Taking On The Family Firm At 19

A really great insight into the way that this entrepreneurial next generation member took to the helm and has guided O'Donovan Waste to...

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Start Your Family Business On The Right Path

Family and business is a powerful  mix and there are lots of great family business dynasties around the world.  Successful family firms...

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Investing in technology to win over Generation Y

Millennials are the largest emerging market globally and the largest source of wealth ever. It is estimated that by 2018 they will have...

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Beating The Curse Of The Second Generation

Only 30 percent of family-owned businesses make it through the second generation according to research undertaken back in 1987, but...

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Australian Family Firms Take Note

The global challenge that is succession is just as prevalent in Australia where it is estimated 1.5 million business owners will be...

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GB success at the Olympics - a lesson in goal-based planning

Hardly anyone in the UK can have escaped the frenzy of the Rio Olympics. Even those who aren't sports fans have been captivated by the...

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The Family Firm Helping Us Dot The 'i's' & Cross The 't's'

This is a great piece of family business history with 255 years behind the manufacturing of pens and watercolours at Faber-Castell,...

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Returning To The Family Estate

A good insight into the thought process of the next generation, giving up an expatriate lifestyle working with an international bank to...

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A Good Handover Is Essential

When it comes to succession planning and the family firm, however difficult the situation is, and for the exiting generation coming to...

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Boosting The Family Firm At Rocket Speed!

Family business owners often think that they are alone and don't always know where to turn to for ideas and inspiration.  This piece is a...

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Common Leadership Mistakes

A good insight from someone reflecting on their past performances and recognition that leaders can make mistakes - food for thought and...

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Family Businesses Do Embrace Technology

We all know that family firms that are successful review their business model regularly, innovate and reflect on the need to meet the...

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Happy Families - Taking Over Your Parents' Business

We see a lot of next generation family members who find themselves in the difficult position of wanting to step up and take the helm,...

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Daughter Grows Family Business To $150 Million

Another great example of next generation leadership, developing and significantly growing a family business.  Following the sudden death...

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Empathy Leads To Stronger Family Firms

Empathy in leaders of family firms helps to engender success, as putting other people first over checking emails or taking calls clearly...

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Brushing Teeth Leads To Global Family Business Success

This is a great story of second generation entrepreneurially innovation that has taken an Australian family business on to the global stage.

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Attachment Theory & The Family Business

This is a really thought provoking piece relating to the attachment that is formed over time when working in a family firm and clearly...

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Leaders Afraid To Show Ill-Health

Latest research from BUPA shows that in many firms, at a leadership level, the quintessentially British traits of maintaining a 'stiff...

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The Family Business Force...

Family firms are the backbone of most countries around the world, have been for generations and will undoubtedly be so for generations to...

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Pension freedoms and the 'Goldilocks approach'

This report from the Association of British Insurers is reassuring, showing that the vast majority of people seem to be acting sensibly...

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Family Businesses Thriving In Mexico

Mexico is a great example of a country where the family business model is flourishing.  

This insight into the family business model...

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Family Cohesion & Family Business Profitability

This article goes a long way to demonstrate the benefits that families with aligned values, common vision and a professional approach to...

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The Father-Son Relationship In Family Business

The relationship between generations can be immensely powerful, in either a good or a bad way, but when you add the father-son dynamic it...

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Family Business Is In The Blood

Another blast to the past but this article still remains relevant today.  Family firms the world over are significant contributors to the...

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To Have And To Hold...

This is piece from 2015 that resonates well with where family businesses are today and we strongly believe that they will retain their...

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Family Business Keeps Things CLEAN!

Acquiring another company can create all sorts of challenges in terms of integration and consolidation but this is not something that has...

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Spain's Oldest Family Business

There is something remarkable about uncovering the oldest family business in a country and Cordoniu is the oldest family business in...

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Energy Boost For Family Businesses

The changing energy landscape in the UK is affecting the way that businesses are buying their energy and providing opportunities to...

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Setting Up A Family Office

I write with the experience of setting up a single family office and note the comments made in the article below.

A family office is...

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Rich Kid-Itis Can Blight The Family Firm

In the modern world it is easy for images to be shared on social networks, but how do you ensure the integrity of the brand when it is...

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How your leadership has to change as your startup scales

Managing personal change is something that I struggled with and had to work very hard at getting right.  I've written about this in my...

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Family Businesses Need To Take Control Of 'Dark Data'

In the digital world in which family businesses operate it is easy to store more and more data, information and records.  Whilst keeping...

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Farmers Facing Succession Dilemma

Succession is a difficult topic for any business but latest research from farmers in Ireland show that it is a clear and current problem...

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Selling The Family Business

A difficult challenge for many agenda's in family business boardrooms around the world, especially if the business has successfully...

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At last the evidence that the concept of work/life balance is flawed

For a long time I have believed that the whole idea of work life balance was fundamentally flawed because it demonises work and creates...

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Passing On A Family Business Can Be Complicated

A good insight with advice and suggestions to make succession as easy as possible,  It can be complicated but deferring discussions and...

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Putting Family Differences Aside

Sometimes enough is enough and that is certainly the case for the fourth generation at Mondavi and they are harnessing their strength as...

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Family Business Leaders Of Fashion

There are some great family firms at the fore of the UK fashion industry and this article focuses on three of them including River Island...

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Following In Dad's Footsteps

We talk about succession a lot but the US family business referred to in the article below bucks the trend of negativity, speaking openly...

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Sibling Partnerships Can Be Model For Success

Family businesses are all about family,  relationships and the dynamics that result.  The two schools of thought around this are either...

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Heirs And New Faces

A good insight into the challenges associated with succession planning and reiteration of the need to have conversations as soon as is...

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Dealing With Ageing Or Signs Of Mental Illness

Listening is a key skill for any adviser to a family or an individual but the time will come when the conversations turn to sensitive...

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Family Firms Need To Take Action

The latest survey shows that firms are not doing enough to prevent fraud and with the levels of cyber crime also increasing, steps need...

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Effective talent management is one of the keys to success in retail

We are seeing time and time again retailers not having the right people in the right positions and profits suffering as a result. It is...

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Family Business Succession Secrets

Succession is a key challenge for family firms undoubtedly but it can be made more of an issue by failure to openly talk about it. 

If you...

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Financial support from grandparents

We have all heard of the Bank of Mum and Dad, but research has recently shown that more and more grandparents are supporting the next...

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Family Business Owners Need Feedback Too

Nowadays it is impossible to speak to anyone in business without the topic of HR and staffing challenges.  Pay reviews, promotions and...

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Family Business Owners Need To Switch Off Too

Nobody is indispensable and that goes for family business owners too.  

Many may feel as though things will fall apart when they are not...

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Surviving In A Family Business

Really good overview of the successful role that a non-family member can play in a family firm it they take notice of some of the winning...

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The Wine Producer From Piemont

A great insight into a fifth generation wine maker in from the Piemont region of Italy.

For them, the family business is like an...

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4 Forces Driving Family Business Success

Once you get past the statistics, there are some great points in this piece and as always, it makes a lot of sense and the suggestions...

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Leadership Lessons From Great Family Businesses

There are lots of people keen to stress that the majority of family firms do not make it past the third generation but there are still...

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Are You A Family Business Boss Addicted To Work

Really interesting piece here on being a workaholic and whether or not we are addicted to work.

For family business leaders where there is...

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Employee Ownership In The Mix For Family Firms

The trend identified in this piece from Canada resonates well as the move towards Employee Ownership as a consideration for family...

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Succession Doesn't Have To Be This Way

After 50 years of family infighting, bloodshed and tears this Bangkok based family firm called a truce and began working on a way...

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A Family Business Code Of Conduct

This article resonates well with me as there is a lot written about Family Charters and Family Constitutions but these can become...

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Family succession… standing the test of time

Recognising the trends in family-run businesses is an interesting one. While they do not always have the best reputations due to the...

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A Multi-Generational Family Ensconced In Chocolate

Great to see an entrepreneurial spark in the next generation and as is often the case, time passes on, yet the next generation migrate...

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The Bank of Mum & Dad and 100% mortgages

Recently, Barclays announced that it will provide 100% mortgages but a family member must provide a cash contribution of 10%.

This made me...

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Talking of death...

Death is one of the eventualities for us all and something that in  many cultures around the world is taboo - something that is clearly...

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What type of Leader are you?

As a leader, it's important to understand your leadership style.

Why?

Because the more you understand about what drives you, what you care...

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Philanthropic family businesses

The news that the Tyson Family and Tyson Foods Inc are gifting $15 million for the construction of a new children's welfare facility in...

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Valuing valuables

Bonhams, it seems were offering free valuations last week as part of their ‘What’s in the box’ campaign and Barbara Taylor has benefitted...

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8 top tips on how to retire

David Newman, our Head of Pensions, recently gave his advice for those approaching retirement in the Daily Mirror. He took into account...

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Avoiding a future pensioner crisis

The talk about engaging staff with their pensions generally tends to focus on the young; those joining the workforce and in their twenties.

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Are you considering retiring abroad?

After working in The City for 30 years, the attraction of retiring on a beach somewhere tropical is almost unavoidable. I can imagine few...

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Entrepreneurs relief on goodwill...

Changes to the law in an attempt to combat the abuse of the Entrepreneurs Relief rules may have a detrimental impact on the family...

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Is that what they really meant?

Family dynamics and relationships can be a major challenge for family firms, and non-family members working within them!  What is often...

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The Entitlement of Generation Y

I agree with many of things mentioned in the article below about Generation Y (Gen Y) and the sense of entitlement that is appearing with...

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