Welcome to Family Business Solutions Ltd.
For over 20 years, Family Business Solutions Ltd (FBS) has been providing support to owner managed and family businesses. These types of business are unique, especially so with family owned ones.
FBS is a specialist consultancy that supports family business owners and members to share aspirations and concerns for their business currently, and looking to the future.
Depending on the situation this work has a dual focus, looking at the business both as a family and as a business, and bringing clarity to priorities and potential and how these affect both family and performance.
Our services include:
- Developing shared purpose among the owners/family and the management team
- Succession planning & support
- Exploring exit options
- Business strategy development
- Management development programmes
- Performance management strategies and projects
- Conflict resolution
What our clients say
"FBS worked with both generations of our family and the board of directors to help us develop a Family Constitution. This now helps guide us in many areas of importance to the family and the business. There’s a lot of work involved in creating a constitution and it was essential for us to have the right information and advice to ensure that ours would last for a long time.
The work FBS did with the next generation of our family was hugely helpful."
Jim Walker – Walkers Shortbread Ltd
" Family Businesses are complex and emotional organisations. It is amazing how many professional advisors try and separate the business from the family and fail to comprehend the many layers of power and control involved. It is refreshing and comforting to know that there is a truly world class expert available in the FBS team who can understand and deal with the complexities of family businesses and also calmly and logically work out solutions . Their knowledge of family business is outstanding and enlightening and their approach is very professional, amiable and ultimately achieves outcomes. They are able to keep the process on track and that is important. I have a great deal to thank the FBS team for and will be back to see them when it is time for the succession planning in the future."
"I have known FBS since their inception and have watched them develop and hone their expertise for over a decade. Aside from their outstanding consulting services, they have an amazing depth of knowledge and experience that they share generously with the family business world through training and publishing.
FBS is a world-class resource."
Martin Stepek, Chief Executive, Scottish Family Business Association
"Our planning for the future had become stuck in lots of technical detail and it felt that we were not making enough progress. The way FBS went about their work guided the family firmly but sensitively through the process of making key decisions; the big picture ones that then make it easier to deal with the detail. Their process for doing this kind of work is markedly different from the way other advisers operate and we can vouch for the advantages of getting both generations involved in the process."
Morris Hamburger Searchlight Electric Ltd
"Family Business Solutions was asked to advise on constituting the family interests in a much-loved landed business. The prospect of greater financial success, and the passing of interest through the generations, required a more formal structure. It was a long, detailed and sometimes tense process -but FBS guided us through it with great skill, patience and discretion. Without that guidance, it would not have happened. And now the family governance is on a completely different level."
Artordinsh Estate company Ltd and Raven family
"I want to thank George Stevenson of Family Business Solutions for his help on all fronts. He made a complex family issue very straightforward, providing solutions to our problems, bringing them to a very acceptable outcome whilst taking account of the emotions at play and the interests of everyone involved. I know that in the weeks and months ahead that all parties will be secure in the knowledge that there will be fair treatment and the company will never be under threat. Thank you once again for bringing that to this company and our family."
Chris Stockwell, Director, Stockwell Ltd
"I would like to offer my appreciation for the work you have undertaken with Aspire Scotland Ltd. It is my belief that alongside yourself our organisation has grown in its understanding and appreciation of what makes a family business tick. We (the family) found the report that you presented to us enormously helpful in continuing our in-house dialogue about how the future of the organisation might be framed and responsibilities across family members revisited.
I trust likewise you now have a firmer grasp of our industry and are in a position to continue this work across important milestones, such as new markets, succession planning and salary review etc to name but a few.
As you are well aware we strive to have a larger piece of the market next year and our flexibility will play an enormous part in this. Having Family Business Solutions along with us on this next part of the journey we feel is crucial. Your candid, open and thorough approach to work has made for ease of engagement across family members and I sincerely hope we can continue our relationship moving forward."