Peter N Thornton
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A New Style of Business?
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Why don't we try to set up a new style of 'good' business. Many Family Businesses are in the 'good' business group by my standards but there is no reason why any business might not be.We could give…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jamie Lewis Oct 12, 2016.

The more members, the more use we will be to the whole sector.

There are tens of thousands of stake holders in family business in the UK, we need them all to join. Please send out invitations to all those you can think of to whom the UKFBA will be of interest.

Started Jul 17, 2011

We need more Member Engagement

Claire and I are going to take actions to increase activity on this site, but what do you think is needed? Your suggestions please. Continue

Started Jul 17, 2011


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Joint Managing Director at DERMATUff Ltd.
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Chairman/MD at Sherriffs of Kingsbridge Ltd
Dip Co Dir IOD
Business Strategy Consultancy
Family Business
Speaker on Family Business Topics
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Future of UKFBA

I have just sent this message to all members:

Dear All

I have always believed that this concept could have a great future. Claire Seaman who has also been very active in trying to get it going has the same belief.

This Ning site which was to be the basis of UKFBA with other activity developing from it is currently too inactive.

There is very little interchange on the site, which is due mostly I think to having too few members and too little…


Posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:32 — 16 Comments

Why I am applying again to be Chairman of Thorntons Plc

I have published my reasons for wanting again to be Chairman of Thorntons and my Vision for the company on my website:

It is our old Family Business which was started in 1911 by my grandfather and father who was the manager of the first shop. It has been declining for quite a few years now and I want to help it recover and fulfill its potential.

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 17:51 — 2 Comments

Great Family Business Story in the Independent on Sunday 10 Jul 2011

This story indicates well why Family Business is usually much more successful than the large corporates.


Posted on July 10, 2011 at 17:47

Peter Thornton's Agenda for Discussion with Government

A business environment that is more supportive of family businesses would improve, stabilise, and support the British economy - and importantly, be a cornerstone to the coalition’s ambitions for the future economic strength of the UK.

Peter Thornton and Bruce Sachs’ proposals for the steps that government should take based on their report prepared for Vince Cable in August 2010. The purpose is to achieve economic stability by creating the right milieu for family business to…


Posted on July 10, 2011 at 17:13

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At 9:50 on February 27, 2017, FRANK KWABENA said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless

Mr frank.

At 13:21 on April 14, 2012, Ed Gonsalves said…

Hi Peter, For sure, although at this early stage I'll probably be one the quieter contributors given that I am still trying to work out what ambitions the alliance has at this stage of its evolution. My email addy for doodle=

Enjoy and speak soon


At 9:54 on April 13, 2012, Dr Louise Humphries said…

Thanks Peter - good idea about Skype.

my email address is


At 12:48 on November 30, 2011, Mike Pretious said…

Dear Peter:

No sooner said than done.

Comment duly made on that discussion!


At 12:07 on November 30, 2011, Mike Pretious said…

Dear Peter,

I have finally added a fuller Profile as requested! I'm a colleague of Claire Seaman's at QMU - we met briefly when you gave a talk there. I'm enjoying seeing this site develop and hope to contribute to the discussion going forward.


At 21:52 on July 26, 2011, Art Stewart said…

Dear Peter,

Thanks for your feedback. I am addressing the leadership styles and other related dynamics as you describe in my current book projects. Indeed, here in the U.S., we are witnessing the decay of old, worn, out-of-date leadership "techniques" and management models that, in large part, played a pivotal role in many of the meltdown scandals and leadership crises in corporate America. Unfortunately family businesses, like any other entity, are not immune. I am greatly encouraged by the new consciousness characteristic of the next-gen leaders in many business families who are refusing to inherent these status quo behavioral norms - not just because they recognize how irresponsible they are but because they understand the inherent risk and liability they carry in negatively impacting success in a competitive landscape that has dramatically changed. In many ways, once we are through this period of painful but necessary transition, the future for next-gen family enterprises as models of the 'New Responsibility Paradigm' is quite promising.

I've attached one of my pieces from our E-Letter series that speaks to the dangerous behaviors we witnessed in the corporate sector that are lessons for all of us going forward.

I applaud your efforts to build a new body of knowledge.

Article: "A Theme Runs Through It"

At 19:25 on July 18, 2011, Art Stewart said…

Here is a link to where a number of my writings are posted - Policy Commons. I'd be interested in exploring collaborative content opportunities with you as you grow the site and its members. Policy Commons - Art Stewart

At 14:20 on July 18, 2011, Stephen Hicks said…


I am interested in helping with that running of the site if that is where you need the help.  I have responded via linked in with my contact number so we can arrange to meet face-to-face.

I would agree that my role is more of a service advisor rather than family business.  My experience is in IT and software development so that is where I am best placed to advise family businesses.


At 13:58 on July 18, 2011, Art Stewart said…
Peter: I fit several "categories" so I'm resistant to being labeled as a service provider. I'm also an educator and we produce a significant amount of original content via publications and speeches, etc. We look forward to adding to the conversation here!
At 0:46 on July 18, 2011, Art Stewart said…
Hi Peter, thanks for your comment in response to my family branding post. I'm a management consultant that has headed his own Boston-based firm for the past 18 years. We work with a wide array of organization types, including family businesses, family business consultants, and others. In this sector, clients have included the Family Firm Institute, Campden Wealth, Paul Karofsky's Transition Consulting Group and presently Continuity Family Business Consulting - headed by Doug Baumoel. While our portfolio of services/expertise is diverse, in the family enterprise sector we are particularly focused on offering NextGen strategic branding and corporate responsibility platforms. I also teach a custom curriculum I designed in corporate and social responsibility - presently at Emerson College in Boston. Here's a link to our web site. I look forward to seeing this site grow as your plans progress. Stewart Strategies Group, LLC

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