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Calling all small firm owner-manager/senior managers……

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at Maynooth University, Ulster University (UU), N. Ireland and Anglia Ruskin University, England are undertaking


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PWC Family Business Report 2019

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

PWC Irish Family Business Report 2019 PWC survey of over 100 businesses, conducted in late 2018, reveals that the Irish family business sector is


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The Impact of Family Business in Ireland

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Although this repost is based on findings up to 2005. It is important to know the impact that family business has in Ireland. 


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Case Study 

The solution was there all along

This case study is of a well established Mother and Father owned business of some 100 years trading. The business would be profiled and a product/service business with 30 employees. The current family owners are third generation and have managed the business for close on 35 years. They are a great husband and wife team and run great business. They are well respected and have a number of very long standing loyal employees.


The family consisted of the parents and two grown-up children. It was thought that the eldest child (30+) would take over the business but when approached she declined. As the parents had long held the view that their eldest taking over was their succession plan the news that there was no interest somewhat perturbed them. Who would take over? The second child whilst a hard working and valuable manager was not seen as being able to run the business.


The decision was made to employ a non-family CEO who would ultimately become the MD. There was little real analysis done on this strategy and a person was appointed within months. After a series of issues it began to dawn that the decision was a poor one and the person employed was most certainly the wrong person. Conflict emerged and lots of energy, time and money was spent on solving the problem.  This took about two years and legal actions. 


During all this time the second child worked away as a good manager and it began to dawn on everyone that the steady hand was a good one. A decision was made to increase the skill set and widen the experience of the second child. They blossomed in their own unique way. Whilst not the high flying personality that would be associated with the family and extended family they have quiet and understated strength.


The recession meant that the parents who wished to slow down and take a back seat are now still active and will when circumstances once again allow step out. The difference is now they have a succession plan. They have a defined new leader and a solid management team. The learning from this case study is that nature and nurture can work together. It is important that the emerging generation are educated and skilled and given the space to grow. It is a combination of natural emergence, circumstance and skill. The solution cannot be fully defined however the environmental conditions can be optimised to give the emerging talent the best opportunity to grow.