At Grant Thornton we specialise in advising family businesses, which is why we have a dedicated service to assist business owners to manage the situations that can arise when family or personal values comes into conflict with the needs of the business.
We offer a distinctive approach to understanding the complex relationship issues that arise between the individuals who own and manage a business and the business itself. By identifying the overlaps and potential conflicts between family, ownership and management goals, we help find solutions tailored to the owner-manager's overall needs and circumstances.
We take a unique approach to tackling the problems. Our methodology takes a distinctive step-by-step approach identifying the overlaps and potential conflicts between one or more families ownership and management goals.
In developing our methodology we became aware that there was a shortage of formal research in the area of owner-managed and family businesses; we have carried out surveys on a worldwide basis in order to truly establish the needs of this sector.
In New Zealand research was conducted by the University of Canterbury. This research has provided valuable insights into the views of owner-managers and family businesses and the issues which are of particular interest to them.
Some key findings: