Funding to Support New Family Business Research
2nd March 2020
The IFB Research Foundation has announced the launch of its fundraising campaign to cover the costs of producing its excellent research and reports on family businesses in the UK. The Research Foundation aims to produce new knowledge and evidence to improve our understanding of family businesses to inform policy makers, businesses, family owners and academics across the country. All of its work is for public benefit and its publications are made available online, free of charge. The charity is targeting to raise £200,000 pa for the next 3 years to continue this vital work.
With sufficient funding, the Research Foundation will commission innovative new research on topics such as on family governance, next generation engagement and the benefits of a long-term approach. It will continue to build capacity for family business research in the UK by working with universities, the government and researchers to develop the data and other resources that underpin research in this field.
You can find out more about the Research Foundation’s work and how you can support it here. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Michael Bibby, Chair of the IFB Research Foundation:
“In the volatile and uncertain times in which we are currently living, the importance of decision makers and the wider public better understanding the real value of family businesses to our economy and society is critical. The IFB Research Foundation can assist by producing new knowledge and evidence to underpin family business practice and inform policies that affect family businesses in the UK.”
Elizabeth Bagger, Director General of the Institute for Family Business:
“The Research Foundation plays a vital role by increasing our understanding of UK family businesses. The annual UK Family Business Sector report details and analyses the contribution family firms make to our economy and is the only work of its kind in the UK. Their other projects really highlight the differences between family firms and other types of businesses which helps to ensure the needs of family firms are reflected in policy development.”
About the IFB Research Foundation
The Research Foundation commissions, publishes and disseminates research on the characteristics of family firms and what makes them distinctive. Alongside our annual Family Business Sector Report, our Family Business Challenges Guide series provides practical advice on a wide range of family business issues. We commission new research each year on issues affecting family businesses in the UK, topics such as governance, stewardship, entrepreneurship, and family business branding. A project is currently underway in partnership with a research team at Birmingham University looking at the social impact of family businesses in the UK. We also develop the resources that underpin family business research not only by developing our data-set of UK family firms on the UK’s 200 largest family businesses, but also by stimulating academic interest in the field.