Date Posted: October 18, 2017

Garreth Bohanes | Senior Consultant, Ecco Consultants How long have you been working with family businesses? eccoConsultants have been working with family businesses since inception in 2014. However, the founder of the company Frank Colli has been involved in multiple family businesses that he has started including an IT company that he started from scratch with 2 staff and grew it to an $280M business with over 330 staff across Australia and... Read more

Date Posted: October 18, 2017

Planning for future ownership and succession is one of the most pressing concerns for every family business. So what type of help is effective? Whilst some families implement succession effectively and with a minimum of fuss, others are reluctant to embrace change. Such families often accept compromises ‘for now’ so that business and family life can continue ‘at a tolerable level of anxiety’ — a practical description of a situation where... Read more

Date Posted: October 16, 2017

Moreton Island 2017 - Forum Group Retreat Sun, Sand and a bit of Self Reflection were the themes of the 2017 Queensland combined Forum Group Retreat.  A 3-day retreat between 21 – 23 July saw the Queensland Forum Groups with their families once again go to Moreton Island, a hidden jewel surrounded by clear blue water not far from Brisbane. After the mandatory catch up with old and new friends, ensuring the... Read more

Date Posted: October 16, 2017

As we near the end of 2017, we start to plan for 2018 and bring to light the changes at FBA which everyone has been waiting on.  As the QLD State Manager I am excited with the initatives FBA are bringing to the table including, a new Advisor accreditation, Member advisor platform (search engine for Family Businesses), Family Owned emblem campaign and the many conversations and education sessions which will... Read more

Date Posted: October 16, 2017

Philanthropy - Taking the time to give well By Brad Scott – Founder EWM Group and the Institute for Family Wealth  We have all at one time left our important gift buying for loved ones to the last minute.  Despite our best intentions, buying gifts in a hurry rarely results in the same satisfaction as those well thought out gifts which show consideration, planning and effort.  Similarly - charitable gifts made at the last minute (June... Read more

Date Posted: October 16, 2017

 CBD Contracting Group We are a first generation family business with directors myself Phoebe, my brother Donald and my life partner Scott. Our business started in 2005. We are a construction company that does commercial projects including retail, hospitality and office fit out works. We also build high end residential projects that are architectural in both design & finish. My role is general manager. I manage accounts, HR, project managers and the... Read more

Date Posted: October 16, 2017

Hi to all, Great to see some spring sunshine in Melbourne.  How amazing was the weather at Hamilton Island for the FBA National Conference?  I really enjoyed the sunrise and sunsets. This was the first conference I’ve attended and I must say it will not be my last.  Some of my favourite sessions were when our family business members shared on stage.  Throughout the conference, it was great to network and share... Read more

Date Posted: October 16, 2017

Spring is here! I had my doubts for a while there – but it is finally starting to warm up. Just to recap the past couple of months before we look forward to whats coming up. All thoughts and energies were focused on National Conference for the month of August….well not all thoughts we managed to sneak a few other things in! We had a great attendance from Victorian members at the National... Read more

Date Posted: October 6, 2017

On the 19th September we celebrated National Family Business Day! We wish to share with you a few media highlights: Adelaide Advertiser Switzer TV 2GB Interview with KyValley Diary Country News Dalby Herald Smart Company My Business Inside Small Business Koshies Business Builders West Australian A special thanks to our PR Partner – Manallack PR for their support in raising our media profile ... Read more

Date Posted: October 6, 2017

Since my last communication, Family Business Australia (FBA) held its 19th National Conference on Hamilton. This event has become a critically important part of FBA’s calendar, and is a testimony to how it is rightly valued with over 400 members in attendance.  It was also wonderful to see many children also in attendance, it really gave it that family feel. I would like to acknowledge all of our sponsors, but... Read more