Date Posted: October 20, 2017

Name: Ben Twyford Title: Client Director Business name: Kelly Partners Wollongong Business services description: Business services specializing in family groups and SMSF website: kellypartners.com.au How long have you been working with family businesses?  17 Years What’s one of the most common mistakes you see in family businesses? Not recognising the importance of what the business has created and the value in its working relationships. I often talk to Family business owners who have a successful family business in its early... Read more

Date Posted: October 20, 2017

Name: Robert Mundy Title: Director Business Name: Actron Air Business Industry/Description: Manufacturer of Air Conditioning Equipment Website: www.actronair.com.au  What generation is your family business? We are now into our third generation with three of my sons now working in the business in different types of roles. How many family members in your business? Four family members full time and three part time, My three sons and... Read more

Date Posted: October 20, 2017

Congratulations to our Member MarketingHeads – Winners at the 27th Annual Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence   Marketingheads Kaye McIntyre and John Wakeling are very proud to be the winners of the Excellence in Marketing award for 2017.   The Excellence in Marketing award recognises businesses that utilise a variety of marketing tools and techniques to effectively promote their business whilst engaging the end user.   John Wakeling said: “We are very proud to be... Read more

Date Posted: October 20, 2017

The National Conference had a vibrant feel to it this year at Hamilton Island. It was my first time to Hamilton Island but my 9th National Conference that I’ve attended.  It’s the first one that my mother hasn’t attended with me since we sold our Family Business, DIAL-AN-ANGEL in 2014. It was so lovely to meet many members, some whom I’ve known for years and others that I had just... Read more

Date Posted: October 20, 2017

State Manager’s Blog As we hurtle toward the end of another busy year, there is still quite a lot to be done in the FBA year, so don’t hang up those dancing shoes yet! We have launched new programs for both Family Businesses and Advisers and I encourage you warmly to find a moment to read the email information that we send you. We know you are busy, but these activities... Read more

Date Posted: October 19, 2017

The power of a good conversation For those of you that have known me for a while you will agree that I enjoy a good chat, conversation, catch up, chinwag etc etc.  So it would come as no surprise that I am a strong advocate on the power of learning through sharing stories. The last few months have seen some outstanding opportunities for our members to engage in conversations leading to sharing... Read more

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