Centre for Family Business

How an entrepreneurial family business goes global

DiscreteHeat is a Manchester-based family business. Their product is an ingenious heating system, which hides radiators inside a skirting board. Martin Wadsworth, DiscreteHeat Managing Director, first appeared on Dragons Den in 2006 with his heating product, which is aimed at people who want to avoid those ugly wall-hung radiators. Since then, Martin has grown his […]

Puro y Simple: more than just a family business

Family businesses within the food industry are very common. Mine is a very pure and simple business. ‘Puro y Simple” (”pure and simple’ in English) is a wholemeal bread manufacturer based in Venezuela. Since 1981, Puro y Simple has specialized on offering Venezuelans an alternative to the traditional white bread, natural wholemeal bread of the highest […]

Family business: key challenges and opportunities

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) considers some of the key challenges and opportunities facing family business.  In particular we will look at… Branding Marketing Leadership Place of family business within the wider business environment What makes family business different to other businesses? The starting point is a definition of a family business and some […]

What is family business? Why is it important for the UK economy?

From Timpson to Warburtons, some of our most enduring brands and favourite products have been created by family firms. Their high profile bust-ups, incredible wealth and social conscience have guaranteed constant interest from academic scholars, policy-makers and the wider public. We estimate that in the UK, family businesses are responsible for 40% of private sector […]

Basic economics for family business

In the midst of economic hardship, this free massive open online course (MOOC) equips your family business with knowledge of basic economic principles.  These principles underline all economic theory and explain some of the key macroeconomic indicators. In this MOOC we introduce basic economics for family business: Supply and demand Inflation Inflation and the exchange […]

Effective web presence for family business

Family businesses hold a special place in the UK’s history. Statistics and reports on the subject clearly show their importance to the economy as well. The main characteristics of family business as studied by Salford Business School is heritage, but this does not appear to necessarily sit easily with digital technology and communications as taught on Digital MBA courses. […]