Eric Clinton

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“Businesses need to evolve. New positions may have to be created or old ones dropped as part of that process. This may include the founder/chief executive moving roles, even temporarily.”

One of the hardest things for an entrepreneur or a long-serving founding chief executive to do is to step back from their business and let someone els(...)

Ray, Natalya, Ros and Charles Coyle run Tayto Park in Co Meath.
Keeping it in the family

Seventy-five per cent of Irish businesses are family-owned but families are not necessarily happy or harmonious entities. However, there are ways in w(...)

Heritage is a huge strength of family businesses and family affiliation can be levereged to connect with consumers. Think of “Old Mr Brennan” of the family company, Brennans Bread.

From your morning cup of Barry’s Tea to the Flahavan’s Porridge Oats you ate for breakfast – possibly sourced from Dunnes Stores or SuperValu – to you(...)

Stepping back when you have given your energy and passion to a company for maybe 50 years is difficult and not every founder knows when it’s time to bow out

Most companies have sensitive issues that nobody talks about, but avoiding touchy subjects in family firms can be catastrophic. Only 30 per cent of fa(...)

The DCU Business School report found that, since 2012, Irish venture-capital-backed companies had increased exports by almost 25 per cent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Companies backed by venture capital (VC) have created about 20,000 jobs since 2003, an average of 1,600 a year, a new study has claimed. According (...)

Only 30 per cent of family businesses are expected to survive the first generation

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. The same might be said for your business partners, but many people nonetheless choose t(...)

 Aoife and Paddy Hayes at CST International, Fitzwilliam Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Handing down the family business can be a delicate affair. We’ve all heard the stories. Parents who won’t let go. Children not ready for the job. Dysf(...)