Archive 2017

Munich, 2017-12-11

“It’s the inheritance tax, stupid”

Enduring family businesses: Why are they more commonplace in Germany than in the USA?

Family businesses are more common and longer-lived in Germany than they are in the USA. A new research project at the University of Göttingen which was commissioned by the Foundation for Family Businesses takes a closer look at the historical reasons for this phenomenon. Among other things, it concludes that inheritance tax design has a significant effect on the development of a country’s corporate landscape. The study’s author, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff, and Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer, member of the Executive Board of the foundation, explain this in a guest column for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


Munich, 2017-11-21

Bureaucracy inhibits willingness to invest

By reducing red tape, Germany’s federal government could significantly enhance domestic investment by family-owned companies.

By reducing red tape, Germany’s federal government could significantly enhance domestic investment by family-owned companies. That is one of the results of the Annual Monitor of the Foundation for Family Businesses. This publication forms part of the most comprehensive database project on family-owned business carried out in the German-language area and was prepared on the Foundation’s behalf by the ifo Institute.


London, 2017-07-19

Family Business Foundation urges to focus on economic interests on both sides during brexit talks

The negotiations should aim for pragmatic solutions, Alfons Schneider, a member of the foundation’s Executive Board, said on the occasion of a delegation visit to London. He suggested solutions like the Norwegian or Turkish model.


Munich, 2017-06-23

The Foundation for Family Businesses - Germany needs a business tax reform

Germany needs a business tax reform

The Foundation for Family Businesses is calling on Germany’s political parties to present credible tax proposals in the run-up to the country’s parliamentary elections in September. “Simply tinkering with a tax rate here or there won't get the job done,” said Professor Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, the Chairman of the Foundation for Family Businesses. “What we really need is a business tax reform that will make investment and innovation in Germany internationally competitive.” Such a reform would be in the interest of companies, their employees and ultimately society overall, Hennerkes added at German Family Business Day in Berlin.



Munich, 2017-04-20

Country Index for Family Businesses: France joins Italy and Spain at the bottom of the table

Country Index for Family Businesses: France drops down rankings to join Italy and Spain at the bottom of the table

Whoever wins the presidential elections in France urgently needs to implement economic reforms. This is one conclusion of the Country Index for Family Businesses. France has slipped down the overall rankings to third last, followed only by Spain and Italy. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim had compiled the index on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses. Included in the ranking are 17 European nations and the USA.


Munich, 2017-03-14

Jobs up 19 percent in large family businesses

Large family firms see strong jobs growth  Above-average rise of 19 percent, also in domestic market (with age breakdown for 500 largest family-owned enterprises)

The 500 largest family-owned enterprises saw an above-average 19 percent headcount increase from 2006 to 2014. Employment in Germany generally grew by only 14 percent over the same period, while the 27 DAX-listed non-family-owned companies posted jobs growth of only two percent. This is the finding of the latest study conducted by ZEW and ifm Mannheim on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses.


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