Family-run businesses

Advice and support for family-run businesses


Getting the right support is central to making your business a success. There are a number of organisations that offer support specifically for family-run businesses.

  • The Institute for Family Business is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports and represents the UK's thriving family business sector.
  • Family Business Solutions provide services that are designed to help create the structures and practices needed to achieve best practice in governance of a family enterprise, whatever its economic activity, diversity, size or complexity.
  • BDO Northern Ireland focuses on advising family owned businesses and the families behind them.
  • Family Business United is an online resource centre and magazine for the global family business community. Its regional focus section includes a section dedicated to Northern Ireland.

For further information on family businesses see employing family members and transferring a business to a family member.

Northern Ireland business support finder

The Northern Ireland business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of business assistance you may be eligible to apply for. Support may be available in a number of forms, including financial assistance and free or subsidised advice services.