Research and analysis

Family businesses: research

Findings from research with 40 family-owned businesses, examining their characteristics and issues that affect them. BIS research paper 172.


Research into family businesses


This paper presents the findings from research with 40 family-owned businesses, employing between 10 and 250 staff, conducted during February 2014.

Adds to the evidence base on family businesses, identifying how they differ from other small to medium enterprises and what particular barriers or challenges they face. Examines whether there is evidence that specifically targeted policy measures for family businesses are justified, over and above support or other measures available for small to medium enterprises generally.

Published 27 May 2014