Family businesses

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


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.


Majority of family business owners hope their children will follow

The vast majority of family business bosses are keen on their children entering the company, research finds.

Productivity Zone

Family businesses hailed as solution to productivity puzzle

Family businesses are part of the UK's answer to its 'productivity puzzle', the Bank of England's chief economist says.


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.

Business management

Tips for running a successful family business

The family business sector accounts for a quarter of UK GDP. Here, Phil Mitchell gives advice on managing a business that is family-run.


Family business owners unsure about passing the torch

Two thirds of family business owners feel the next generation is not yet ready to take over, research finds.


Small company owners planning to keep the business in the family

Almost half of UK small and medium-sized business owners look to pass the company on to their children, research finds.


Going into business with a family member not a popular idea

The majority of the British population would not go into business with a family member, research finds.


Are family businesses under threat?

The legacy of family businesses could be in danger due to a lack of succession planning.


Growing a family business

The traditional family business has many strengths, but if growth is on the agenda, some tough choices will have to be made. SmallBusiness.co.uk finds out whether families can sustain their ethos while stepping up their ambition.


Family businesses more employee-friendly

Small family-owned firms are seen as more employee-friendly.


A marriage made for business

Spouses have topped the rankings as the most trusted people to go into business with, according to research.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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