Family Business

As a family business, you face a special challenge: you must find a strategy that meets your business ambitions and that fits your family's standards and values. We can help you in this.

Owner's Agenda

PwC implements an integral approach for families, owners and businesses - the Owner’s Agenda. An integral approach for families, owners and family businesses. Interaction between the family and the business can be used to develop a shared vision and strategy that suits the family as well as the company. Together with you, we will develop the strategy that fits the specific needs of your organisation and family. Our professionals take an inventory of the risks and examine the best method for capitalising on your opportunities. Thanks to our extensive and international experience, we can cover everything: from the market to the regulatory environment, and from legal issues, financing and possible legal forms, to tax-optimised dividend distribution.

Owners & families

People must be familiar with their roles and dare to take responsibility if they want to be associates in family businesses.

Only qualified and well informed associates can be effective (co-) entrepreneurs. Successful business families agree upon roles and decision-making powers and determine which family members can and must take care of particular tasks. 

Values & objectives

Long-term thinking, respect, integrity, neutrality, affinity with the location and responsibility towards the family, employees and their region: these values and principles characterise successful family businesses. But they are not platitudes; they require all members of business families to agree common objectives, acknowledge them and behave accordingly. This also applies when it comes to selecting new locations.

Owner business model

A sustainable business policy is essential for the future and independence of family businesses.

This requires acceptance and understanding from the owning family about the level of future revenues, as well as expected inflows and outflows of capital. Successful business families are prepared to sacrifice personal benefits in order to finance growth or important investments.

Corporate Governance

Successful family businesses arrange and establish their management and control structures; this involves deciding under which circumstances, and in which positions, family members can work in the family business. They reach agreement about remuneration and know what must be done when it comes to external management.

Family Governance

In order to responsibly run family businesses when the number of associates is changing or growing, and to pass on the company to the next generation, the interests and values of families must be retained, and the sense of unity and identification with the business must be reinforced and consolidated in the long-term.

Roles & people

Family members can decide to perform various tasks in or for family businesses, can work for the company or manage the family's assets in a family office. The various roles must be defined and filled while considering the suitability and interests of family members.

Financing growth

Family businesses tend to finance growth using their own cash flow rather than credit. However, sufficient financing must be available at all times.

Alternative types of funding allow financing to be built up for various functions, to safeguard the independence of family businesses and to ensure the family's participatory rights in its stake.

Managing growth risks

Complexity and transparency require professional structures so laws and regulations can be adhered to.

Successful family businesses have a single system, which transparently displays information, clearly assigns responsibilities and has a flexible framework, so compliance structures can be modified to suit new situations without too much hassle.

Managing growth risks

Complexity and transparency require professional structures so laws and regulations can be adhered to.

Successful family businesses have a single system, which transparently displays information, clearly assigns responsibilities and has a flexible framework, so compliance structures can be modified to suit new situations without too much hassle.

Organic growth

Your family business must be stable, independent and future-proof when you decide to pass it on to the next generation. Is growth at all costs the answer? New products and services? Or new markets?

Whatever it is, changes in the business model, as well as digitalisation, are important factors in the long-term success of your company. And this normally means the organisation and personnel structures need to be modified.

Inorganic growth

Acquisitions are important in order to obtain critical skills not already possessed by the company and to combat negative developments. But they are also accompanied by risks.

New parts of the company must be quickly integrated in order to benefit from essential synergies. In addition, certain sections of the company, which have been part of the company for a while but do not deal with the core activities, must be closed and sales procedures must be concluded effectively.

Managing growth

How do you earn your money? With correct figures about commercial management, informative reports that address various dimensions and a clear performance system that helps to manage the business in the long-term and to create transparency in uncertain surroundings.

And good reports help to convince the family that appropriate steps are being taken. 

"A professional working environment with expertise and a quality service. Honest, trustworthy, a good business structure, clear guidelines and communications."

Second generation family member, the NetherlandsDutch family business survey

Contact us

Diederik van Dommelen
NL Private Business Leader
Tel: +31 (0)88 792 39 55
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Peter Jongerius
Partner
Tel: +31 (0)88 792 52 65
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Casper de Nooijer
Director
Tel: +31 (0)88 792 19 35
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Renate de Lange-Snijders
Tax Partner
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