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Family businesses

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

Featured article

Shattered trust: Fraud in the family
To keep your family business safe, ensure you have proper internal controls, including a written statement on handling fraud. 

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Featured book

Tax planning for family and owner-managed companies, 2018/19
(Bloomsbury Professional, 2018)
Examines a wide variety of tax planning matters from the viewpoint of the company, its shareholders and employees.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

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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.

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.

Who owns the business?

From PLCs and private equity to crowdfunding and co-operatives, there are now so many ways to run a company it's hard to know which way to turn. Jeremy Hazlehurst and Jack Torrance navigate the ownership maze, assessing the pros and cons of 10 different business structures.

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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.

Family Business Yearbook 2017
The EY Global Family Business Yearbook features key data and trends highlighting the vital contribution that family businesses make to local economies.

Global Family Business Survey 2018 
PWC talked to nearly 3,000 family business owners and managers in 53 territories for their latest global survey. The survey highlights the significant contribution family businesses make to economies and communities around the world.


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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