The Family Business Partnership

Specialist advice to help you and your family business to thrive

Welcome to The Family Business Partnership.

Being in business with your family can be both rewarding and challenging. Specialist family business advice helps you and your business to thrive.

If you want to start the discussions around ownership or leadership change or you want to improve the communication within your family and you don’t know where else to turn, you are in the right place.

I help you to become crystal clear on your vision and purpose as a business owning family and tackle the family dynamics that can often stand in the way of you achieving this. 

I offer specialist advice to families in business together to help you to become aligned behind your vision and maximise the opportunity that your family business can bring. 

Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with you

Balancing the needs of your family, your business and the individuals involved can be really tough and bring with it a wide range of emotions. As a specialist family business adviser, I work with you as a family, to explore the challenges that you are facing and the options available to you to resolve these. 

Our focus will be on what you as a family and as individuals want to achieve with the business and how best to do that.

I am often told that being in a family business is something that can become a burden that you can’t explain or articulate to your advice teams. 

The consultancy support that I provide for you ensures that all voices are heard. I have worked with other families who have faced the same kinds of challenge as you and I use my knowledge, experience and expertise to stand shoulder to shoulder with you to help you to move forward.  

You can’t read the label of the jar you are in, and so I help you to identify and address the issues you are facing, often providing new insights and ideas whilst working with you to create a plan to overcome them.  

I know it is difficult to know where to start, the first step is to get in touch. The Family Business Partnership is here to help. 

Common areas I can help with

Being in business with your family brings additional complexity that can impact your family, your business and the individuals within it. The Family Business Partnership is here to help you to manage this complexity. 

Succession Planning

Discussing a change in ownership or leadership within a family business can fraught with emotion. Often there is a temptation to explore the legal and financial solutions without exploring the emotional impact of a loss of identity or sense of purpose that can derail the conversations at a later date.

Communication Issues

Conflict within a family business is almost inevitable, however it doesn’t always have to be a negative. There are ways to use this conflict to move you and your business forward. Often having an objective third party to talk through the issues can be the vital first step to resolving the issue.



As a family grows there is often a need to formalise some of the ways in which you operate as owners to help the relationship between the wider family and those responsible for delivering on your vision for the business. Effective governance ensures that the right people are having the right discussions at the right time.

What is Family Business Consulting, and how can it help you?

I have put together a guide to the family business advice and consultancy that I provide. What common challenges I can help with and some FAQ's
Russ Haworth - Specialist Family Business Advice

About the Family Business Partnership.

The Family Business Partnership is built on the passion and vision of its founder, me! (Russ Haworth ACFBA) I am a family business adviser and I work with families like yours from all over the world to help you to thrive in business together.

As well as my consultancy work with family businesses, I host the widely acclaimed Family Business Podcast.

My vision is of creating a lasting business to provide expert support to family businesses wherever they are in the world. A consultancy approach that is based on a clear framework, an expert understanding and an empathy for the key challenges that those families face.

I work with you to find ways to overcome these challenges that are not the typical ‘off the shelf’ solutions but are aligned to you and your family and what you are trying to achieve.

Let's have a chat

Inviting an external consultant into your business and your family is a big step, I appreciate that, and it is not a responsibility I take lightly. The first step in moving forward is for us to have a chat about what you are trying to achieve and how I can help. 

Follow this link to book a chat with me. No obligation, if I can help we can discuss how and the next steps. 


When making the exciting decision to start a business with my husband, the complexities of working with family didn't cross my mind. Rather than deliver a positive change in lifestyle, we found ourselves bringing the marriage into the business and the business into the marriage! Working with Russ helped us define structure and boundaries between work and home, and create distinct roles that would enable us to work to our strengths while managing expectations of each other. We found the sessions fun and engaging, and learned as much about ourselves as we did each other.
Rachel and Sam
Business Owners
We have worked with Russ on a number of projects with our clients and within our own team as well. He has an incredible talent for creating an environment where it feels safe to respond to difficult questions.

Not only is this useful for resolving differences, but also for understanding why business processes are not working the way that they should. Russ’ keeps you focused on the reason why you are doing what you do.

Having him involved has given my team an incredibly powerful boost.
Business Owner

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