Families in business have a self, some say a more enlightened, interest in the enterprise they own and infuse it with a controlling set of values. By their nature they think longer term and act and invest accordingly. Shaky and speculative financial structures are not for them and they know that they are as dependent on the community as the community is on them.
The contribution and stability that family businesses bring to our society is now being recognised and there is a positive curiosity about the features which make it a successful form of organisation. It is European Family Business’s mission to convince Governments and policy makers in general to maintain a healthy environment in which family businesses’ can thrive by removing discriminatory measures against it promoting its best practices.
Of course family business is not a perfect model and some of its flaws are evident but it is the most durable of those developed to date.
I regard it as a worthy task to put it forward as a beneficial alternative to the divisive nature of unbridled capitalism.
Roger Pedder, President