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Family businesses

On this page you can find books, articles and online resources on issues specific to family-run businesses.

Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

'Absurd' CAPM, Size impact, 'Sense checks' and family firms highlight the ICAEW conference

A review of the ICAEW Valuation Conference 2021, which included speakers on the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), common valuation adjustments and valuing a small unlisted enterprise such as a family firm.

Dealing with conflicting emotions after selling your family business.

Article discusses the emotional rollercoaster of selling the business you have built up over many years but have received an offer for that you cannot refuse.

Why being family-owned is a competitive advantage

Companies that remain owned and run by families gain a marketing advantage in terms of their reputation and customer trust - as long as they live up to their founding values.

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Articles are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Useful links

Publications and guidance

Family business challenges guides
A series from the Institute for Family Business. The guides covering a wide range of topics, including advisers, family business dynamics, family governance, business performance and succession.

Global Family Business Survey 2021
PWC talked to nearly 3,000 family business owners and managers in 87 territories for their latest global survey. The survey highlights the significant contribution family businesses make to economies and communities around the world.

European family business barometer: Succession top of mind (8th edition, 2019)
This annual joint report, KPMG Enterprise and European Family Businesses (EFB), shows Europe's family businesses remain positive about the future at a time of rising economic and geopolitical uncertainties.

Global family business survey 2019
Deloitte’s fifth annual global family business survey explores how family business leaders can achieve the right balance between the short and the long term, in the context of the unique family, marketplace and sociocultural dynamics that characterize the family enterprise.


International Centre for Families in Business (ICFIB) 
Membership organisation providing resources, news and advice. The website includes a directory of organisations and individuals with experience in family businesses.

Institute for Family Business 
The IFB is a not-for-profit membership organisation. It offers courses, conferences and research publications.

Atom Content Marketing guides

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