Economic contribution of family firms stands at £519 billion

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IFB reports that family business contribute £519 billion to UK GDP

A new report has revealed the full extent of the contribution family firms make to the UK economy, generating a quarter of the UK’s GDP.

The new UK Family Business Sector Report, produced by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation, reveals that family businesses’ gross value added contribution to UK GDP has increased by £100 billion since 2010 – to £519 billion – meaning family firms now generate a quarter of UK GDP.

With family firms now accounting for 88% of all private enterprises in the UK, they account for more than 12.2 million jobs – up by 2.3 million since 2010.

Elizabeth Bagger, Institute for Family Business (IFB) Executive Director, said: “Family businesses are the backbone of the UK economy – but their incredible contribution is still often underestimated.  You will find family businesses all across the UK, in every industry sector – from sibling start-ups to multi-generational international brands.

“Family businesses contribute billions to growth, support over 12 million jobs, and take a long-term focus to ensure sustainable growth.

“Since 2010 there are a million more family businesses in the UK, proving that family firms are here to stay. Not only have family firms created an extra 2.3 million jobs since 2010, but their tax contribution each year is more than the annual NHS budget. This all demonstrates how growth in the family business sector benefits the UK economy, consumers, the exchequer and the millions who work in family businesses.

“To ensure family businesses continue to flourish, we’re calling on the Government to support them with policies which allow family firms to plan and invest for the future.”

Key findings from the report include

  • Family firms now turn over £1.4 trillion annually, up 7.2% since 2010 – family business turnover has grown by more than that of non-family businesses since 2010
  • Family businesses contributed £149 billion in taxes in 2016 – more than the annual NHS budget

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