DO you run a family business or are you part of a family business? The Herald is hosting a Family Business Breakfast to discuss and debate topical issues ahead of the Scottish Family Business Awards in December.

Open to anyone who is involved in a family business, the event will provide participants with the opportunity to network, learn, question and hear from industry experts and those facing the same issues and challenges as other family business across Scotland.

The event, supported by Business Gateway, Campbell Dallas, Clydesdale Bank, MacRoberts, Strathclyde Business School and TL Dallas, will hear from Deirdre Kinloch Anderson who will highlight the story of Edinburgh-based kilt specialist Kinloch Anderson, now managed by the sixth generation of her family.

Campbell Dallas said it recognises that family businesses are vital to the economic wellbeing and growth of the Scottish economy. The accountant and business adviser said: “Family businesses are brimming with innovation and entrepreneurship as well as continuing to be essential contributors to jobs and growth.

“The Scottish Family Business Breakfast will celebrate their invaluable commitment and contribution to the economy and allow for insightful discussion on the factors at play in family businesses today.”

Tom Aldridge, associate director at insurance specialist TL Dallas, emphasised the event’s networking benefits, enabling independent and family-run enterprises to come together and share “best of breed” knowledge and advice. “Family businesses are a vital chunk of the Scottish business landscape and must be recognised, supported and celebrated,” he said.

“This breakfast conference, coupled with the Scottish Family Business Awards in December, will do exactly that. TL Dallas will also be on hand on the morning to offer any advice on general insurance, credit insurance and risk management.”

As Scotland’s leading business school, Strathclyde Business School is committed to the advancement of family business and is delighted to be part of the Scottish Family Business Breakfast.

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship within the Business School has one of the UK’s largest concentration of family business researchers and produces world-class research which not only helps to inform economic policy in Scotland but also provides useful learning so that “Scotland’s family businesses can continue to be the real wealth creators in Scotland – creating employment and prosperity for our communities”.

Michael Kelly, partner at MacRoberts, added: “Family businesses in Scotland play an important role within the Scottish economy but the issues they face are unique and can be challenging. As well as advising family businesses regularly on their legal needs, I am also part of a family business so I do have some insight into the issues.”

The event will take place on August 23 at Drygate in Glasgow. For further details contact Nina Holmes on 0141 302 6036 or visit