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We are the UK family business organisation. Our mission is to help family businesses remain successful for generations to come.
We provide a safe space where they share their challenges and successes openly, for the benefit of the entire family business community. We know family businesses are the backbone of our economy and communities, and work closely with them championing their contribution and voicing their needs.
We were founded in 2001 by a group of family business owners to create a safe and non-solicitous environment where they could get together to talk openly about their challenges and share their experiences to help others. Those founding principles are still core to how we operate today.
As a not-for-profit organisation we put the needs of our members at the heart of everything we do.
OPENNESS - We create safe spaces for people to share their challenges and successes openly.
INTEGRITY - We create a community based on honesty, trust and respect.
CARE- We make sure all family members feel safe, respected and cared for.
LEARNING - We help the whole family business community to pursue growth and learning.
We provide a safe space where family businesses can connect, share their stories and learn from each other.
Through our community, for the past 16 years we have been helping family businesses across the UK to achieve their long-term goals.
IFB members are part of a wider, global network of over 3,000 family firms through the Family Business Network (FBN).
We provide insights on key family business questions, through our lively programme of events and knowledge hub. We offer access to family business expertise and best practice from within and outside our community, thanks to our connections with leading family firms and experts from all over the world.
IFB events are designed to support family businesses in building the culture and skills they need for long-term success.
As IFB member, you have also access to a series of international events, across the world, organised by our international network, FBN. Find out what events are coming up at http://www.fbn-i.org/.
Our sister organisation, the IFB Research Foundation, regularly publishes reports that shed new light on the state, needs, challenges and opportunities of UK family business.
Family business is the backbone of the UK economy. Turning over £1.4 trillion, they account for a quarter of GDP and employ over 12 million people.
We are the voice of UK family firms. We raise awareness of their outstanding contribution to our economy and represent family business needs in Government.
Through IFB membership, family firms also have access to European Family Businesses (EFB), the family business voice in Europe.
We provide a trusted space for younger family members to connect, learn, share experiences and develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
Whether they are currently involved in the business or not, younger members of your family (18-40) are part of a dynamic and social group of peers who regularly meet to explore important questions and the challenges they face.
Members of the IFB Next Generation also have exclusive access to the international Next Generation Summit, held annually by FBN.