Deutsche Bank recently hosted the European Family Businesses’ (EFB’s) General Assembly which took place at Deutsche Bank’s Winchester House in London for the first time.
The conference’s motto, ‘Building to last in a challenging environment’, reflected the sustainability focus of many family-run companies.
Following an opening speech by Roger Pedder, the President of the EFB, about 50 conference participants – entrepreneurs from all parts of Europe – took part in discussions about basic conditions for long-term orientated decisions. At the core of the talks were the challenges that result from an uneven playing field for family businesses across different European nations.
The EFB has been committed to harmonizing the conditions for quite some time. In a number of different sessions, the participants addressed questions such as how to maintain business for generations, or discussed varying fiscal conditions.
Family businesses continue to play a more prominent role in Germany than in other European states. There is a growing movement across Europe, however, to promote this type of business due to its long-term stabilizing influence.
The association’s General Assembly takes place in a different major European city each year. Deutsche Bank will continue to support the EFB as a partner for its conference in Berlin in 2014.
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