Family businesses

Articles, guides and case studies on the challenges of running a family-owned business.

Accounts & Tax

Top tax tips for family businesses 

Managing your company’s tax affairs to optimise the amount of tax that is paid is an entirely legitimate activity. There are a number of simple, legal benefits afforded to business owners

Business management

Family business wealth and protecting it on divorce

When a couple divorce and there is family business wealth in common, protecting that wealth requires special consideration. Charmaine Hast of lawyers Wedlake Bell offers some analysis


The most important aspects of running a family business

In this piece, we look at the key ingredients required for a successful family business and give first hand advice on managing one successfully.


How to create a succession planning strategy for your family business

Peter Jenner explains how owners of family businesses can create a robust succession planning strategy.

Employing & managing staff

The challenges SMEs face when sending employees abroad

Sending employees abroad can be challenging, but the benefits well outweigh the risks. Kevin Melton of AXA Global Healthcare takes us through the biggest potential hurdles.

Business management

The challenges of running a business with family members

Here, 'Rajal Patni, CFO and co-founder of WeMa Life, explores the concept of running a business with a family member, and all the challenges that brings.


Are Britain’s family businesses at risk?

Just 42 per cent of UK family businesses had any form of succession planning in place, with only 30 per cent surviving the transition to the second generation and 10 per cent to the third.

Business management

Five ways to work well with family members

Working with family members really doesn’t deserve the bad press it receives, here are some tips to help you make it work.

Employing & managing staff

Three reasons why working with family can make your job easier

The thought of working with a family member may make you nervous, but surprisingly it can actually benefit businesses and make your job much easier!

Buying and selling a company

How to succeed as a family business

A 2013 study by auditors KPMG discovered that as much as 40-50 per cent of European employment is created via family-owned businesses. Amounting to more than five million workers, this demonstrates the economic benefits family-run businesses bring.


Starting a family business: the dos and don’ts

Family businesses still need robust HR policies – perhaps even more than other businesses – while succession planning requires clear thinking.


Smallest businesses benefiting from family support

Nearly two thirds of Britain's micro-businesses rely on support from friends and family to run their business, research finds.

Partner content

4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience