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What do family businesses think about when they are looking to hand over the business? How are they going to achieve growth? What are their attitudes towards the government?

We interviewed 1,952 family business managers and owners in over 30 countries to find out.

The interviews were conducted in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico, the Middle East (several countries), Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Explore the data to see trends by country, across sectors and company size for each of the Survey's key themes:

How to read these charts: Select a view of the data using the module on the left. Hover over the data segments in each chart to reveal specific percentages.

Contacts
Eric Andrew
Global Network Middle Market Leader
Tel: +1 604 806 7500
Oriana Pound
Global Middle Market Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 8611
Jillian Murphy
Global Family Business Survey Project Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 0774
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Scale

Exports

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Broadening horizons: Family businesses cautiously seek international growth opportunities

Country view

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Discover how family business export trends vary by country

Next 5 years

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Are international sales on the rise over the next five years?

Challenges

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Family businesses share their biggest challenges for operating in an increasingly international environment

The next 5 years

  • 0%
  • 1 - 10%
  • 11 - 20%
  • 21 - 30%
  • 31 - 40%
  • 41% - 50%
  • 50%+
  • Don't know
  • Singapore
  • China/HK
  • Taiwan
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Turkey
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • India
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • France
  • Romania
  • Middle East
  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • UK
  • Russia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • USA
  • Australia
  • Understanding culture/ways to do business
  • Competition
  • Understanding/complying with local regs
  • Exchange rate fluctuations
  • Economic situation in other countries
  • Staffing issues
  • Understanding customers in local markets
  • Containing costs
  • Finding good local suppliers/partners
  • Political situation in local markets
  • Logistic/location issues
  • Delivering high-quality production/service
  • Language issues
  • Impact of internet/technology
 

Succession

Passing on

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Fewer than half of all family businesses plan to pass business ownership and management on to next generation

Why not pass on?

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Among the key concerns of owners are the skills, aptitude and/or appetite of the next generation

New management

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Family businesses' reasons and concerns for bringing in external professional management when passing business on to next generation

Sell or float

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Family businesses discuss their reasons for keeping the business in the family, or selling it outright

 

Skills

Polarized views

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How do family businesses in different parts of the world differ in their approach to the talent challenge?

  • Taiwan
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • China/HK
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • Denmark
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • USA
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Austria
  • Middle East
  • South Korea
  • France
  • Italy
  • Brazil
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • UK
  • South Africa
 

Family business and their attitude towards government

Country variation

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Views on government and the value it places on family businesses varies hugely by country

Help

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Many family businesses feel that the government could do more to help them in the current climate.

  • Middle East
  • Malta
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore
  • Mexico
  • Turkey
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • India
  • China/HK
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Taiwan
  • Brazil
  • South Korea
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • USA
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • UK
  • Russia
  • France
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • Singapore
  • Malta
  • Turkey
  • Middle East
  • Canada
  • Switzerland
  • South Korea
  • China/HK
  • Mexico
  • Austria
  • India
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Taiwan
  • Belgium
  • UK
  • Brazil
  • Finland
  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Romania
  • USA
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Russia
  • Greece