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A Vision For Family Businesses in Scotland by Martin Stepek; CEO of the Scottish Family Business Association

 A Scottish Family Business Vision

 The Importance of Family Businesses to Scotland


1. The Economy

 According to recent Scottish government data 63% of SMEs consider themselves family businesses. Extrapolation from other data suggests 41 of Scotland's 100 largest indigenous businesses are family-owned. Examples include Wm Grant & Sons, D.C. Thomson, Arnold Clark and Baxters. An estimated 50% of all private sector employees work…


Added by Claire Seaman on January 6, 2014 at 13:22 — No Comments

Family Business Conference

We are holding a one day free event for Family Businesses.

The event will be held in Norwich on the 21st May 2012.

During the day you'll have the opportunity to;

  • Hear the key findings and implications of recent research undertaken by the Norwich…

Added by Fiona Costello on May 1, 2012 at 15:56 — 1 Comment

Family Business on the Radio

Alliance members may find the following radio programme interesting:

Your World - A Family Business

It was originally broadcast on the World Service, at around 2 a.m. on 20th February.

As a certified insomniac, I can confirm that some of the most interesting business and arts radio…


Added by Mike Pretious on February 20, 2012 at 19:39 — 1 Comment

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: http://thorntonsthebook.com/?cat=3.

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.

Added by Peter N Thornton on November 12, 2011 at 17:51 — 2 Comments

Leadership in Family Business: Invitation to Participate in Research

James Cunningham is a PhD candidate at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh who is currently carrying out research which looks at the impact of leadership styleson knowledge sharing culture in Scottish family businesses.



Help to complete the survey would be much appreciated.

Added by Claire Seaman on September 12, 2011 at 14:35 — No Comments

Husband and wife teams - Invitation to participate in research

I recently posted a link to an article on the Family Business Alliance talking about my research on husband and wife teams. Since I started doing this research, the reactions from husband and wife teams has been fantastic. It is a topic that really lies at the heart of the family business phenomenon, since it deals in a very direct way with the overlap of family and business. In addition, it touches on the fascinating phenomenon of co-leadership - something which many family firms are…


Added by Asa Bjornberg on September 8, 2011 at 17:56 — No Comments

BBC East Midlands: Inside Out

For those members of the UK Family Business Alliance in the East Midlands area - Peter Thornton is featured on the show this evening at 7.30pm. The link to the show is:





Added by Claire Seaman on January 24, 2011 at 18:52 — No Comments

Family Business Growth Conference - 16th September 2010, Bristol Business School

**Apologies for cross-posting**

**Please circulate to colleagues and clients**…


Added by Dr Lorna Collins (Bristol) on August 13, 2010 at 14:44 — No Comments

ESRC Seminar - Bristol - David Storey presentation - Do entrepreneurs really learn?

Prof David

Storey OBE, Sussex Business School

Do entrepreneurs really learn?

David Storey.… Continue

Added by Dr Lorna Collins (Bristol) on June 21, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

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