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Family Businesses

Keeping a successful family business on track requires a balance of strategic business thinking, personal skills and family cohesion so with only 10% of family businesses successfully surviving to the third generation it is evident that it’s not always an easy task.

At Princecroft Willis our family business team provide support and advice to help overcome these challenges and create not only a more successful business but also a stronger family.

The process is not easy and there is certainly no blueprint or “ten point plan” for success – Why? Because every family business is different so understanding the family's needs and aspirations is key. As one family member told us “Dad could be the richest man in the world but what we want most is for him to spend more time with us.”

So whether it’s creating a better business, early retirement, or simply more time with the family our team are passionate about helping family businesses succeed.

We realise we can’t do it all ourselves so we have built strategic alliances to help us work more closely with family businesses and provide them with the specialist support and advice they require.

It is great to celebrate those Family Businesses who have succeeded so we are delighted to be able to sponsor the Family Business of the Year Award in both the Blackmore Vale Business Awards and Dorset Business Awards. We have had some terrific winners and look forward with eager anticipation to this year's entries.

We also host, in association with Frettens Solicitors and NatWest, our Family Business Club, a forum specifically for family owned businesses in Hampshire and Dorset.

The objective of our club is to create a confidential forum for family businesses, to hear from other successful family business leaders and to discuss issues and challenges specific to the family business. All of the club’s hosts are passionate about family businesses and our role is to organise meetings and act as a sounding board for attendees, providing support and guidance at every step of the development of a family business.

As one member said “It’s not a just another networking event, it’s a forum where we can discuss some key issues that affect our family business in the knowledge that we are with people who understand and who can help.”

Our aim, that’s simple: “To keep the family in business and the business in the family".


For more information please contact:
Nick Love