Family Business Week 2021 is a week-long celebration of all family businesses, supporting local communities across the UK and providing a platform to highlight the role of businesses as a force for good.

The family business sector represents the best of British enterprise. Family businesses come in all shapes and sizes, creating jobs and driving growth across the whole of the UK. Currently, there are over 5 million family firms in the UK which employ over 14 million people. Family businesses are businesses with soul and purpose, driven by their values and deeply rooted in their local communities.

At the NFRN, we know many of our members are family businesses which is why we are so happy to support and encourage you to get involved.

Ahead of the week, family businesses from across the country have come forward to share their stories of how they support their people and local communities, while also showcasing the valuable role that family firms have in tackling the climate crisis by making their businesses more sustainable.

As part of the week’s activities, the IFB has been coordinating a series of visits for MPs to their local family businesses, culminating in Family Business Friday on 26 November.

Sir James Wates CBE, Chairman of the Institute for Family Businesses (IFB) said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the immense role that family businesses have played in supporting people and communities and to showcase how family business is a force for good. Values led, purpose-driven businesses like these are the backbone of our economy, and we need to celebrate and support them – especially after the difficult time they have faced during the pandemic.

“This week of celebration is to also recognise that many of the significant challenges we face – building back better and greener from the pandemic and levelling up the UK – can only be solved with the help of our nation’s family businesses.”

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