Family firms across Scotland are the very heart of the nation and as a family firm ourselves, we are delighted to be taking part in Scottish Family Business Day 2022.
Stafffinders journey and commitment to raising awareness for Family Business Day;
"Established in 1971 in the heart of Paisley, Stafffinders made its marks on the recruitment scene and now operates across the whole of Scotland and beyond. We are now Scotland's longest-running recruitment agency, with over 50 years in business and we endeavour to remain a front runner in a competitive recruitment industry.
As a second-generation family business, our reputation is well-recognised within the industry, as previous winners of Family Business of the Year by the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Incredible achievements throughout the years would not be possible without our talented recruitment team, who are the driving force behind our success and year on year growth. Of course, a lot of hard work goes into maintaining the success and reputation of a renowned family business and working alongside organisations such as Family Business United is vital in acknowledging and rewarding the passion behind family businesses, and bringing the innovative community together."
Family firms come in all sizes and sectors and many have been around for hundreds of years, successfully passing from generation to generation. In fact, the oldest family firm in Scotland dates back to 1715, clearly demonstrating that family firms have the ability to last successfully for generations. Family firms can be found the length and breadth of the country and they are the fabric of the communities in which they operate, providing jobs, income, creating wealth and supporting communities.
As a sector, family firms really are the engine room of the Scottish economy with around 300,000 family firms providing around 1 million jobs making the family business sector a force to be reckoned with and one that deserves to be recognised. We are proud to be a family business and to have been in operation since 1971 and remain in the heart of Paisley.
Organised annually by Family Business United, the award-winning magazine and resource centre for family firms, the event is now in its eighth year and continues to grow year on year. As Paul Andrews, Founder of Family Business United explains;
“This is a real day to celebrate the family business sector, businesses at the very heart of the nation and across all sectors of the economy too. Every part of life on a daily business is supported by family firms from the food and drink we consume, to the places we visit, the hotels we stay in, the homes we live in and the products and services that we use such as cars, hospitals and gyms. This diverse sector deserves to be recognised and Scottish Family Business Day is a great way to put the sector on the map.”
“The past couple of years has been far from easy but family firms across Scotland have shown their strength and resilience, adapting to the changing circumstances in which they found new ways of working. Many have developed new routes to markets, new strategies and continued to invest in their businesses, be it through technology, people or processes. Family firms have responded well and demonstrated their entrepreneurial spirit and desire and passion to succeed.”
As Paul continues, “Family firms have a story to tell, a real narrative borne out of families working in business together, creating a legacy that will hopefully endure for generations. It is this that makes family businesses special along with the underlying values such as passion, drive, integrity and desire to do the right thing time and time again. It may not have been the easiest of years but a day focusing on the family business sector will provide a great opportunity to show our support for the sector.”
As Paul concludes;
“FBU is all about the family business sector and it is a real privilege to champion family firms each and every day. Family firms are special, they are the backbone of the Scottish economy and will be for generations to come and we look forward to showcasing the diversity of the sector on Scottish Family Business Day this year. They will also form an integral part of the recovery of the nation post-pandemic and deserve all the support and recognition that a day like Scottish Family Business Day brings.”