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I was really impressed by the event the SFBA organised in Falkirk and by the specialist nature of the support available for family businesses. I'd guess others would be really interested to hear more about the day and perhaps comment on similar events in their local areas. Could you tell us a bit more about the event?
Our ultimate vision is to create a reputation for Scotland to be recognised as the most supportive and progressive place for family businesses in the world. To achieve that we need not only the family businesses`educated and trained to very high levels, but their advisors, bankers, government officials, economic development bodies, and those whose purpose is to create truly sustainable ethical and long-term nurtured communities. We firmly believe that nurturing the family business model of doing business is far and away the best and most realistic way of achieving this as family businesses inherently and organically combine a sense of place, loyalty, stewardship as well as entrepreneurship and long-term thinking. That's not to say it doesn't go pear-shaped, or that individual busienss families can be narrow-minded, autocratic, greedy or brutal; only to say that the research shows that most have the oppostive of these qualities and it is part of our job to make explicit and publicise the potential constructive qualities of the family business sector.
If you are not fed up already you can find more at www.sfba.co.uk
And if that's not enough you can read of the tragic but remarkable and uplifting history of my father's early life in Poland before he came to Scotland and set up the business, at http://martinstepeklegacy.blogspot.com. Seventy years ago last month, aged only 17, my father Jan Stepek was taken from his home and sent by cattle truck to the gulag in the Arctic Circle of Stalin's Soviet Union.
Warm regards to all - Martin Stepek
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I co-founded and run (officially CEO but I do so dislike titles) the Scottish Family Business Association, a charity formed by eight family business leaders in Scotland who had all studied at the ground-breaking Centre for Family Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University under Barbara Dunn / Murray. (The Cnetre is now under the dicrectorship of Renee Reid and has been renamed the Family Business Centre).
We all learned so much that was relevant and revelatory in the centre's executive programmes, from 1995 till 2000 in my family's case, that we decided to create a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing global best practice and learning on governance, relationships, leadership and communication in the family business to all of Scotland's estimated 60,000 such businesses.
Today we now reach around 24,500 organisations, mostly family busiensses, but also professional advisors, academics, government ministers and officials at all levels, and various busienss support and trade organisations. Thus we have reciprocal communications agreements with the likes of the NFU in Scotland and the tourist body Visit Scotland (farms, hotels and guest houses being predominantly family owned).
We work very strategically, doing projects in partnership with the likes of the Law Society in Scotland, ICAS, ACCA (accountancy umbrella groups) so as to reach family businesses in whichever way we can - advisors to family businesses are hugely influential and thus should know how to best work withb the family. We do events, workshops and focus groups through trade associations or local chambers of commerce.
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