Recipe for Success – The Story of How a Successful Family Business Transitioned Between Generations
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by Gavin Howarth, Natalie Wright
7M ago
A lack of succession planning is the number one reason family-owned businesses fail to survive. But for those who intend to pass on the business to the next generation, assumptions about how the transition will work without clear communication and an agreed structure can have a devastating effect on the business continuity and personal relationships. In 2010, Gavin Howarth started working at his family business, Howarths, an HR and employment law firm. In 2013, Gavin became the Managing Director, following many open discussions and careful planning. His parents subsequently implemented the tra ..read more
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The Great Transition – 2022 and the Acceleration of Succession
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by Neil Davy, Fiona Graham, Natalie Wright
7M ago
Family businesses go beyond numbers. Most act according to family values and ethical principles, embrace responsible capitalism and positively impact their local communities. This means they are generally better positioned for long-term success when compared to non-family-owned enterprises.   But recent challenges, such as the pandemic, and high inflation are leading family businesses to reconsider priorities and the future. Should we expect to see an acceleration of the transition from NowGen to NextGen? To answer this question, we invite Neil Davy and Fiona Graham of the Institute for F ..read more
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Family Business Funding in a Post-Pandemic World
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by David Baggott, Natalie Wright
7M ago
In March 2022, the Bank of England raised interest rates by a quarter of a percent. This was quickly followed by an identical raise in May and June, bringing the base rate to 1.25%, the highest rate we’ve seen in over thirteen years. At the same time, the UK recorded inflation of nine percent, reaching a forty-year high. Considering all these macroeconomic challenges, we want to understand how they will impact family business funding in a post-pandemic economy. David Baggott, a Director in the Mazars Deal Advisory team, joins the conversation today to explain the changes in the M&A market ..read more
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Helping Next-Gen Family Entrepreneurs Forge Their Own Paths
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by Cara Macklin, Natalie Wright
7M ago
Taking over the family business can be a real turning point, with many variables and questions. Should you follow in the footsteps of those who led before you? Do you maintain the status quo? Is now the time to leave your own mark? Is this opportunity right for you at this stage in your career? To answer these questions, we speak with Cara Macklin, Founder and Chief Disruption Officer of Caram. Cara is a Next-Gen Entrepreneur who grew up in a second-generation family business in Northern Ireland.   In 2019, having contributed to a sizable increase in revenue, with staff numbers more than ..read more
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Succession: a personal story
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by Josie Morris, Natalie Wright
8M ago
Taking over a family business brings with it many responsibilities. That shift in decision-making and autonomy can affect the dynamics of the company and the family. But some families have transitioned successfully. So what made the difference for a successful transition? How difficult is it to balance personal ambitions and family legacy? And how is NextGen driving their new ideas into action?   Josie Morris, Managing Director at Woolcool, an award-winning business that now supplies products to some of the most recognized brands around the globe, answers all the questions.   Josie i ..read more
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How to prepare NextGen to run your family business
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by Alan Frost, Natalie Wright
8M ago
In season 3 of Exploring Family Business, we address the topic of the NowGen to NextGen transitions. We will explore both the personal and practical aspects of handing over ownership and the management of a family business and the challenges and opportunities that change can bring. Today, we’re joined by Alan Frost, Partner at Mazars UK. Alan advises family-owned businesses ranging from the 2nd to 4th generation. He also benefits from speaking from personal experience, as he was the 3rd and final generation in his own family’s business. In family businesses, usually, the owners select and put ..read more
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The economic landscape and how it’s affecting family businesses
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by George Lagarias, Natalie Wright
1y ago
The final episode sees George Lagarias (Chief Economist at Mazars in the UK), join Natalie Wright to discuss the economic landscape and how its affecting family businesses in the UK. We touch on various sectors including manufacturing, retail, and wholesale as well as property and construction. Although still in the midst of a global pandemic, we are moving away from lockdowns, resulting in more demand for products; the result being a demand for employees, rising business volumes, and a more optimistic future for businesses. However, against this backdrop, concerns around inflation, pivot ..read more
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Employee owned trusts: an alternative route to succession
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by Paul Joyce, Natalie Wright
1y ago
In the penultimate episode, Natalie is joined by Paul Joyce, a partner in Mazars’ Mergers and Acquisitions team. They discuss employee-owned trusts as an alternative route to succession. Trusts come in many different structures that can be incredibly flexible and tax-efficient, but ultimately whether they are appropriate or not often depends on specific business objectives. An Employee Owned Trust provides a structure to purchase a controlling interest in a company at market value without any capital gains tax. As well as the obvious tax advantages, it provides a framework resulting in less di ..read more
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Season 2 Episode 4 - preserving personal and family wealth
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by Zoe Peck, Natalie Wright
1y ago
In the 4th episode of season 2,  Natalie is joined by Zoe Peck, a Tax Advisory Partner for Mazars, to discuss how different tax structures can be used pre, post, and during the transition of succession. They consider different options available for family businesses to structure their planning in a way that allows them to limit tax leakage and maximise profit extraction without putting the integrity of the business at risk, and whilst also allowing them to protect their long-term legacies. Special Guest Zoe Peck Zoe.Peck@mazars.co.uk Related Links Mazars Family Business Services Expl ..read more
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Season 2 Episode 3 - Practical planning for succession
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by Andrea Jones, Natalie Wright
1y ago
In the 3rd episode of season 2, Natalie is joined by Andrea Jones, a Partner in the Private Business Wealth Team at Irwin Mitchell. Both discuss the legal framework that business owners and leaders should consider as ‘must haves’ to ensure that the long-term succession, control, decision making and ownership of the business are aligned with the intentions of the family, be that current or future generations. This includes shareholders agreements, Wills, gifting, pre and post nuptial agreements, lasting Powers of Attorney, and trusts. Guest Andrea Jones, Private Business Wealth Team Partner at ..read more
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