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Hear from Michael Stillwell from Stillwell Group, and special guest David Mann on 3AW Australia Overnight with Tony McManus

Family Business Association (FBA) is proud to be promoting Australian Family Businesses through a fortnightly segment on 3AW and 5AA Australia Overnight with Tony McManus. Listen to the second segment from 7 February 2024, featuring Michael Stillwell from Stillwell Group and special guest, David Mann.

Early succession planning can help avoid expensive and draining litigation

The Australian Financial Review explores how family businesses have the potential to become a battleground, when the next generation disputes who gets what. Family Business Association (FBA) CEO, Catherine Sayer, spoke with the Financial Review to shed light on the importance of succession planning for family businesses to avoid disputes over verbal agreements.

Meet Our Member: Tory and Amanda Greer at Stainless Steel Wire & Mesh (SSWM)

We had a chat with Tory and Amanda Greer, from Stainless Steel Wire & Mesh (SSWM), who have been members of FBA since 2019 and are also active members of FBA's Forum Group Program, to learn more about their family business, the Greer family history in the wire industry and the incredible work they do to protect Australians from bushfires.

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Meet Our Member: Steve Plarre from Plarre Food Group

Our VIC/TAS State Representative, Tim Smith, paid a visit to Steve Plarre at the Plarre Food Group to have a chat about their family business growth and being an early adopter of sustainability.

Meet Our Member: Liam and Madeline at Wet Paint Maintenance

We had a chat to new FBA members, Liam and Madeline at Wet Paint Maintenance, to talk about their family business.

10 tips for creating a great family business

FBA Accredited Advisor, John Broons provides a list of key strategies and tips to help family businesses thrive and succeed across generations.

Meet Our Member: Danielle Robertson from DR Care Solutions

We sat down with FBA member Danielle Robertson, Founder and CEO of DR Care Solutions, to learn more about her experience in private care services and what led her to start her own family business.

Hear from Michael Stillwell from Stillwell Group, and special guest David Mann on 3AW Australia Overnight with Tony McManus

Family Business Association (FBA) is proud to be promoting Australian Family Businesses through a fortnightly segment on 3AW and 5AA Australia Overnight with Tony McManus. Listen to the second segment from 7 February 2024, featuring Michael Stillwell from Stillwell Group and special guest, David Mann.

Early succession planning can help avoid expensive and draining litigation

The Australian Financial Review explores how family businesses have the potential to become a battleground, when the next generation disputes who gets what. Family Business Association (FBA) CEO, Catherine Sayer, spoke with the Financial Review to shed light on the importance of succession planning for family businesses to avoid disputes over verbal agreements.

Family Business Association Welcomes WA Leaders as Alliance Partner

Family Business Association (FBA) are thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter in the growth and support of family businesses across Western Australia through our new Alliance Partner, WA Leaders.

Meet Our Member: Tory and Amanda Greer at Stainless Steel Wire & Mesh (SSWM)

We had a chat with Tory and Amanda Greer, from Stainless Steel Wire & Mesh (SSWM), who have been members of FBA since 2019 and are also active members of FBA's Forum Group Program, to learn more about their family business, the Greer family history in the wire industry and the incredible work they do to protect Australians from bushfires.

Family Business Association Strengthens Regional Ties through Partnership with BSW Connect

Family Business Association (FBA) welcomes a new Alliance Partner in Western Australia, BSW Connect, highlighting the commitment of both organisations in ensuring that family businesses in the Southwest of Western Australia grow and thrive.

Hear from Catherine Sayer on 3AW Australia Overnight with Tony McManus

Family Business Association (FBA) is proud to be promoting Australian Family Businesses through a fortnightly segment on 3AW and 5AA Australia Overnight with Tony McManus. Listen to the first segment from 24 January 2024, featuring Catherine Sayer, FBA CEO.

Opinion Piece: Much more is needed to help small businesses

Family Business Association CEO, Catherine Sayer, and Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) CEO, Luke Achterstraat, jointly wrote an opinion piece on the impact the proposed Industrial Relations (IR) changes will have on small and family businesses. Published in The Daily Telegraph.

Family Business Association and Hood Sweeney join forces in inaugural state partnership

Family Business Association (FBA) has signed a partnership agreement with Hood Sweeney, forging its first state-based partnership in South Australia.

Meet Our Member: Jimboomba Turf

We sat down with Lynn Davidson, Managing Director of Jimboomba Turf, an FBA member in Queensland, to talk about his business, family and why he values being a member of FBA.

Vale Richard Owens AM

FBA Chair, Angus Kennard reflects on the life of family business legend, Richard Owens AM.

Get a Global Perspective: The Family Business Conference 2024

We are thrilled to share our line-up of international family business experts presenting at this year's conference. Whether they are travelling from across the world, or across the ditch, these global experts bring a wealth of family business experience and knowledge that transcends borders.

Meet Our Member: Adelaide Direct Stationers

We caught up with our member, Tim Whittaker at Adelaide Direct Stationers to hear how FBA has supported his second-generation family business journey over the years.

A Letter To the Editor: Family businesses – the ‘Silent’ sector

Family Business Association (FBA) advocates for the family business sector in relation to the proposed industrial relations (IR) legislation.

Helping businesses make better insurance decisions

Insurance brokers play a vital role in providing comprehensive insurance guidance, helping businesses to make well-informed decisions about their policies.

Meet Our Member: Heartland Chips

We sat down with Heartland Chips & Fallgate Farm, an FBA member in the food manufacturing and agriculture industry in New Zealand, to talk about their business and family.

Risk in Family Business

Business risk is something we think about, and which keeps us up at night, but we don’t always approach it in a proactive and structured way. A gambler takes risk (and enjoys the ride); an entrepreneur manages risk. Family businesses have certain attributes that lead to additional risks compared to other businesses. Indeed, some of the perceived strengths of family businesses are a double-edged sword that have corresponding risks.

The 2024 Events & Education Calendar – See what’s on for the year!

We’re delighted to release the 2024 Events & Education Calendar. It’s jam packed full of education, networking and social activities that are sure to enrich you and your family business.

Cybersecurity and the supply chain—Are your suppliers your weakest link?

Many companies entrust third parties with access to their data and systems but if they haven’t implemented the right cyber security measures, they could put a company at risk of a serious breach.

Navigating the Impact of Inflation on Commercial Contracts

After decades of low inflation, New Zealand finds itself in a high inflation world where rapid price rises have become the new normal and many businesses are suffering from margin compression. Many longer-term contracts have been negotiated with little thought about the possibility of high inflation returning. Some will become difficult or unprofitable to perform. By being proactive, family businesses can take steps to protect themselves from the negative effects of inflation and margin compression.

Intergenerational Discretionary Trusts

Discretionary trusts, often called family trusts, are important structures frequently used in intergenerational family business. As multiple family members are usually beneficiaries of such trust entities the treatment of the assets of these trusts are often considered in family law proceedings.

To AI or not to AI, this is not the question. Balancing Strategy and Insurance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are revolutionising the business landscape and driving unprecedented changes across industries. Businesses are leveraging these technologies to create scalable solutions, improve production processes, automate tasks, and optimize customer service. However, this digital transformation is not without its challenges. It brings with it a host of reputational, regulatory, and legal risks.

The value in joining FBA's Forum program

Learning through shared perspectives and having a trusted ‘’safe space’’ to workshop challenges are 2 pillars of FBA’s highly successful Forum program. Our Forum Group program helps members become part of a trusted advisory board, leading to improved family business dynamics and personal and professional enrichment.

What do award-winning family businesses do to keep the family & the business happy?

Let’s look at some of the things that world-leading family businesses do to keep things clear & achieve the best results. The best family businesses have clearly defined & separated their family from the family business & ownership of family assets.

Celebrating National Family Business Day

Every September, Australia and New Zealand celebrates National Family Business Day – a day designed to recognise the significant contribution family businesses make to the Australian economy, community and culture. This year, National Family Business Day will take place on Tuesday, 19 September 2023.

Crombie Lockwood’s global insurance expertise for Fix and Fogg's spreading success

Awards from the Wellington business community are a far cry from what started as a ‘weekend hobby’ in 2013. Former lawyers Roman and Andrea Jewell started making jars of their now-famous range of spreads on Friday nights to sell on the weekends at local farmers markets in Wellington...

More zebra, less unicorn: the story of Pronto Software

Chad Gates, Managing Director of Pronto Software, was invited to deliver a welcome address at the recent Family Business Conference 2019. Here are excerpts from his presentation.

ANZ Private Investment Insights

Amidst the volatility that has characterised markets for much of 2022, ANZ Private recently hosted client events across Australia.

Right size, bite size

“There are so many things that can go wrong in a kitchen, and just as quickly as you make money, you can lose it. Having that security blanket in place is super important...

Tribute to Raymond Michell

Raymond together with his wife Rosemary were FBA life members and Raymond was instrumental in the origins of Family Business Australia...

Learn how to improve profit with these basic principles

So you want to improve the profitability of your business but don’t know where to start?

60 seconds with Mimmo Lubrano - CEO of Sandhurst Fine Foods

Here at Brands of Kin we are rather partial to good food, and even more so to a story of a generational family business...

Turning the wheels of our financial systems towards a sustainable future

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and Grant Thornton New Zealand recently released their report into the barriers New Zealand’s current financial system creates for meaningful progress towards a low carbon circular economy.

How inflation could affect your insurance claim

Inflation rates are at record highs in developed economies around the world and are not only devaluing the dollar but also potentially...

Do you know who has ultimate control of the income and assets of your family trust?

A family trust can often be the right vehicle to carry on your family business and manage family wealth...

Shaping your legacy - five mistakes to avoid

Would your assets end up in the right hands if you passed away suddenly?

Navigating the new .AU domain and why it matters

Building and maintaining your brand these days can begin and end with your online presence...

Crombie Lockwood’s expertise helping winemakers conquer the world

Maude Wines owner and winemaker, Dan Dineen, is pragmatic about the various risks commercial winemakers face at every step of the growing, producing and transporting process.

Three Ways to Make Others Feel Good When Giving Feedback

If you’re a leader looking for the best ways to give constructive feedback, you’re in good company...

A Great Culture Needs an IT Operational Backbone to Ensure Success

Leaders are the backbone of a family business...

Protect and Preserve

I recently visited and observed a once vibrant and profitable business that had descended into mediocrity...

Confused about enterprise agreements? Give it the BOOT

Something that sets family businesses apart from others is a focus on family values...

2022 winners of the Family Business Excellence Awards

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 winners of the Family Business Excellence Awards...

The New Matriarchs

The days of male-line primogeniture (where the eldest son inherits the entire estate) are waning, as a result of generational shifts in attitudes...

Selling a house vs selling a family business

The family business is the greatest financial asset owned by the family and starting a divestment process can be quite daunting...

Property and construction forums reveal huge challenges – and a few bright spots

A recent series of property and construction sector forums hosted by Grant Thornton New Zealand provided insights into some of the biggest talking points across the sector.

The Skills Shortage: Attract & Screen Incredible Talent for your Family Business

More than ever we are in a war for great talent, the uncertainty of the last couple of years has left a lasting impact on the job market, with fewer candidates applying across all industries...

Australia’s Summit for Women in Family Businesses is back for 2022

After a three year hiatus, the Women in Family Business Network (WIFBN) National Conference now called “Elevate Summit” is back on...

NZ’s progress on environment & sustainability: A view from the year 2030

The year is 2030. I’m sitting in my home office in an apartment that’s ironically located in what used to be an office building...

Six generations of sparkle - A 200 year old jewellery dynasty

Few businesses in New Zealand can claim to have as prestigious a history as Partridge Jewellers. Family-operated since the 1800s, with the sixth generation now working in the business, it is a veritable dynasty —a fact that isn’t lost on its current leader, Grant Partridge...

How family business have proved their resilience

Family businesses in Australia have outperformed other organisational models in riding out the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to...

It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Can Prove In Court

Small and family business employers may not be aware of stringent record-keeping obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009...

Competitive SA Industry Leaders Fund Scheme Opens 2022 Round!

South Australia’s Industry Leaders Fund has opened its 2022 study grant scheme...

When does the survivor under a mutual will agreement have trustee obligations?

A recent case has provided a detailed analysis of the law on mutual will agreements and its effectiveness as an estate planning tool in modern blended families...

Are You Hindering Your Business Potential Without Knowing IT?

Most owners think they are doing a great job in IT, but in reality, a hidden problem looms silently, until one day it all comes crashing down

Diversifying your investment strategy for changing times

With cash looking set to deliver negative real returns in the years to come, savvy investors are seeking alternative opportunities to achieve diversification and growth within their portfolios...

Sound Governance - It's Not a Choice; It's Essential

Governance in a public company is challenging enough.When Governance is working within your family business, family members and all people working in your business are clear about...

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Letting Go of the Reins

Only about 3% of all family businesses operate into the fourth generation or beyond...

Family Constitutions - Is the Hype Real?

We have all heard the statistics that 70% of wealth transfers to the next generation fail. When this moves past 2nd generation and into the 3rd generation and beyond, this failure rate is above 90%.

Get to know Fellow FBA Member - Dracula's Cabaret

Dracula's Cabaret Operations and Production Manager, Luke Newman, gives his personal insight into the pros and cons of working in a family business in the interview below...

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Mixing Family and Business, or Love and Work: Candy Cane or Dynamite!

Family businesses are also made up of two components: 'family' and 'business'...

Get to know fellow FBA member - Bennetts Steel

Bennetts Steel General Manager, Shiree Bennett, gives her personal insight into the pros and cons of working in a family business in the interview below...

Tips to help family business owners embrace their entrepreneurial spirit

ntrepreneurs are by nature innovative, creative, and risk takers. But, not all entrepreneurs are successful business owners...

What insurance does my small business need?

Insurance is crucial for small businesses as it provides valuable support for many potential negative impacts and can represent the difference between survival or closure in crucial times...

When your attorneys are not enduring

An enduring power of attorney allows a person to appoint someone they trust to make decisions about their personal, health or financial matters at...

Get to know fellow FBA member - Birdsnest

Birdsnest founder, Jane Cay, gives her personal insight into the pros and cons of working in a family business in the interview below...

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