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11 November 2020
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20 April 2020
Juggling a family and a thriving business is hard. But family business owners face a unique dilemma: should they bring their children up to someday run the company, or should they look elsewhere for their successors and encourage their children to find their own ways in life?
6 min read
16 October 2019
Inheritance, generational change, and no arguments about Brexit: this wasn’t your average family lunch discussion. Investec brought together some of the most successful UK family business leaders to discuss the unique set of issues they face.
of all UK businesses are family-owned
employees hired by family firms
of the UK's GDP generated by family businesses
of UK employment accounted by SMEs
Source: Institute for Family Business
'The statistics really demonstrate the strength of the Founder and Family Business market at the moment. While geo-political risk continues to strangle the global economy, succesful businesses, like these, are continually proving to be the bedrock of the UK economy'
Tangwena Nelson, Investment Banking Private Companies Group
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Founder-led Carmel Clothing, is a UK-based clothing manufacturer that supplies some of the biggest names on the high street, including Primark, Topshop and Next. It’s a fashion-focused manufacturer which produces more than 12 million garments a year in its facilities in Vietnam, Romania and Sri Lanka. Carmel needed a funding partner who could understand its business, its plans for growth and be creative with how it supported these ambitions.
Pacific Lifestyle is family business with family values. The UK based B2B company is a designer and importer of furniture, decorative lighting and home accessories. The company has been around for nearly 200 years, providing homeware solutions to retailers in the UK and overseas. Pacific Lifestyle had a significant currency exposure of which it hedges via foreign exchange option products - they needed a new approach to currency hedging after a sharp fall in the pound.
Downton is one of the UK’s leading logistics firms, with a strong reputation for quality and delivery – providing the flexibility of a local business but with national reach. The Downton family successfully built and developed the business from a single truck to now over 600 trucks and 1,000 trailers over the course of several decades. However, they wanted to sell the business and leave it in the hands that valued the same culture. Private equity firm, EmergeVest stepped in.
2M Holdings was founded by Mottie Kessler, the current CEO and chairman, and a business partner in 2003. It provides chemicals and application know-how to a number of industries across many sectors from cosmetics, personal care and pharmaceuticals to automotive, water treatment and emissions reduction. Other chemicals companies cover some areas – but there are few that have such a broad range as 2M. Kessler wanted to enact a management buyout to continue to scale via organic and acquisitive growth.
RH Amar is a 3rd generation family business based in the UK. It is a full service importer and distributor of branded and private label fine foods for the retail, food service, impulse, cashand carry and independent sectors. The company also offers brand partners a full suite of complementary services, including sales support across trade channels, brand management, marketing and public relations, research, logistics, food technology and IT solutions. RH Amar required a fresh FX strategy and needed a partner that had a unique outlook on the markets.
Bury Hill Landscape Supplies Limited is a family run business selling a wide range of high quality topsoils, landscape materials, lawn turf and seasoned hardwood logs and coal, in addition to its exclusive trademarked loam, ‘Bury Hill Black’. Bury Hill recently had gone through a period expansion, and a requirement had surfaced for working capital.