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Business community must rediscover purpose in wake of CBI affair

July 3, 2023

Sir James Wates, Chair of Family Business UK The events of the past few months have shown clearly that groups representing British industry cannot take their influence and status at the top table for granted. Although the narrative surrounding the CBI’s struggles has focused on safeguarding of staff, I would argue that the cautionary tale […]

Family businesses flock to Glasgow for landmark business event

June 12, 2023

Hundreds of family businesses will gather this week as the annual IFB National Family Business Conference, which kicks off on 14 June, comes to Glasgow for the first time The three-day event will see family firms of all sizes and from every sector within the UK meet up to discuss the future of the family […]

Spring Budget 2023: What Does It Mean For Family Firms?

March 15, 2023

Jeremy Hunt’s announcements focused on “the 4 Es – Enterprise, Employment, Education, Everywhere”. This article includes a summary of the key announcements for family firms, including information on some upcoming reviews and future policies.

Family Business Debated in Parliament

December 20, 2022

To celebrate a second successful Family Business Week, on 20th December MPs from across the House debated the contribution of family businesses to the UK economy and to communities throughout the UK in Westminster Hall. The debate, which was secured by APPG for Family Business Chair John Stevenson MP, saw MPs highlight businesses from their […]

Family businesses remain committed to growth despite challenging operational environment

December 1, 2022

The new IFB Research Foundation ‘The State of the Nation: The UK Family Business Sector’ report, published today (Thursday 1st December), showcases that family businesses are the bedrock of the UK economy but face barriers to growth.

Family Business Week 2022

November 21, 2022

Celebrating and supporting family firms during the cost-of-living crisis A week-long campaign aimed at highlighting the UK Family Business sector during the height of the cost-of-living crisis will take place this week. The Institute for Family Business (IFB) will host its annual Family Business Week (FBW 2022), in partnership with NatWest. As businesses across the […]

Wates Corporate Governance Principles: First Year Reporting

March 15, 2022

The Financial Reporting Council has published an in-depth assessment of uptake and quality of reporting on the Wates Principles.

Inspirational female leaders

March 8, 2022

We talk to some of our members about the amazing women who have inspired them in business.

PM meets family businesses to discuss economic recovery

February 26, 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday applauded the crucial role that family businesses have to play in the economic recovery from COVID-19, and beyond. Hosting an exclusive roundtable for family businesses, representing a variety of  sectors, the Prime Minister and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng heard how family businesses have been responding to the pandemic, and the essential […]