FAME Multiplier in Leeds

Family Business Sustainability (FAME) Multiplier in Leeds (UK)

More than thirty manufacturing and service sector businesses attended a FAME project multiplier event hosted by Leeds Business School on 15th November 2018.  The workshop considered productivity related performance in the context of small and medium sized family businesses.  Professor David Devins outlined a UK context where, on the one hand family businesses are seen as the backbone of a sustainable economy providing jobs for more than 12 million people and contributing more than £1.4 trillion to the UK economy.  However, on the other hand, family businesses are seen as contributing to an economy struggling to make productivity improvements with relatively low levels of management practice that have seen media reporting management practice in family firms as ‘awful’.

In response to this context and as a result of universities seeking to develop connections with the business community, the FAME project produced some innovative training materials.  These materials seek to support the development of knowledge and skills in relation to a range of areas including management, finance, governance and transition.  David provided an introduction to the modules that have been developed and he showcased the Small Business Management and Transition training materials.  Workshop participants had an opportunity to see the on-line learning materials and handbook, discuss the value of the resources, to provide initial feedback in a question and answer session and complete project evaluation questionnaires.  The results of the event will be used to inform the further development of the training materials and exploitation of the project in the future.

FAME at the 13th Enterprise Educators Conference

FAME at the 13th Enterprise Educators Conference, Leeds Beckett University, UK

5-7 September 2018

Leeds Beckett University was delighted to host the 13th Enterprise Educators UK Conference at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. More than three hundred delegates from all corners of the globe enjoyed connecting, contributing, participating and networking with participants with a range of interests associated with promoting Enterprise Education in Higher Education and other learning contexts.  Brian Jones and David Devins convened a session to consider curriculum design and development issues associated with small family businesses.  The session drew extensively on the experiences of the Erasmus funded FAME project and encouraged participants to consider the implications of the family business context for curriculum.  It provided an opportunity to showcase the online learning materials developed in the project and encouraged participants to provide constructive feedback. 

The 5th edition of the European SME Transfer Summit

The 5th edition of the European SME Transfer Summit took place on the 17th and 18th May 2018, in the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg. The event was co-organized by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and TRANSEO, the European Association for SME Transfer, and in partnership with the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, the Société Nationale de Crédit d’Investissement (SNCI), Sowacess and the Walloon government. The Summit was a key event for the Business Transfer network in Europe and brought together over 50 international speakers and around 200 participants representatives of the main regional organizations working on the issue of business transfer.

The goal of the Summit was to pursue efforts of entrepreneurs towards easier and more efficient business transfers and to encourage the participants to exchange and learn from European experts and policy representatives about matters such as business transfer, entrepreneurship, growth and scale up, family business succession planning, strategic acquisitions, cross-border transactions, financing schemes, etc.

Mirela Alpeza, director of CEPOR - SMEs and Entrepreneurship Policy Center from Croatia, member of TRANSEO, participated on the Summit. As a moderator of the workshop Business transfer ecosystems – developing Action plans to support business transfers: key ingredients Mirela informed the Summit participants about the objectives and expected outcomes of FAME project that CEPOR is participating as a partner.

Conference participation in Łódź, Poland

On 15-17 May 2018 Hanna Kelm from Cracow University of Economics, Faculty of Economics and International Relations, Department of the European Studies, took part in the 8th ‘Family Businesses’ Scientific Conference, organized by the University of Social Sciences in Łódź, Poland. She was presenting her article: „Are Women in Family Business Supported Enough by the Polish Family Policy?”. This article is a part of FAME (Family Business Sustainability and Growth) Project. ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnership 2016-1-HU01-KA203-022930

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Fourth Transnational Partner Meeting in Cracow

The fourth transnational partner meeting of the FAME project was organised in Cracow hosted by the Polish partner, Cracow University of Economics on 26-27 April 2018. Five partners participated at the meeting delegating 1 to 4 persons, and the representative of MAC-Team had a Skype presentation online about the quality management issues at the second day of the meeting (he was absent due to illness). Several important issues were discussed at the meeting by the coordinators and the leaders of the module development teams. The module leaders introduced the final version of the module handbooks, and the e-learning experts of BBS presented the first materials of the online training materials with short interview films. The participants reviewed the work-based learning elements of the project and agreed on the completion of the necessary country specific elements to the training materials. A unique part of the meeting was the video shooting to the e-learning materials – recording 1 minute long introductions by the module leaders to the four training modules (Brian Jones from Leeds Beckett University to the Fundamentals of SME Management module, Judit Sági from Budapest Business School to the Entrepreneurial Finances module, Jan Brzozowski and Romana Paszkowska from Cracow University of Economics to the Family Business Governance, Human Resources and Immigrant’s Integration and to the Transition Issues modules). Besides partners also discussed project management, quality management and dissemination/exploitation issues as always. The meeting closed with the action planning, the agreement on the deadlines and responsibilities of the tasks for the next project period.

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Annual Research Days at the BBS

The FAME (Family Business Sustainability and Growth) programme was successfully introduced to the academic public at Budapest Business School's very own Annual Research Days event, which aims to introduce more academia and research groups to each other and all university citizens.

During the event held on April 5-6, 2018 more than twenty interactive workshops, roundtable discussions and lectures were offered to the participants. In addition, this year the whole event was centred round the notion of responsible and sustainable thinking. Among other topics, the two-day event included ‘Will Hungary win or lose in cyber economy?’, ‘How will higher education alter over the next 20 years?’, ‘How can food production be made sustainable?’. And with full support from award winning winemakers and wine experts a brand new research project was introduced (‘Why don’t young people drink quality wine?’). All these were overwhelmed by thought-provoking conversations, inspirational debates, diverse and decisive research from research teams and educators at BBS – the representatives of high-level scientific life. During the two days, FAME programme magnetised participants with its stand and flyers, presenting the programme concept, the content of its modules and the didactic and as well as methodological implementation.

Regional Family Business and Business Transfer events in Croatia

Based on the conducted Business Transfer Barometer survey, implemented in Croatia by CEPOR - SMEs and Entrepreneurship Policy Center in 2015 more than 5,300 enterprises with about 57,000 employees represent the risk group whose owners underestimate the complexity and length of duration of the business transfer process.

In order to raise the awareness of aging entrepreneurs about complexity and importance of timely preparation for business transfer process CEPOR organized 6 regional awareness raising events called Family Business and Business Transfer Forum, in February and March 2018, in the following cities: Cakovec (Medjimurje region), Rijeka (Primorje region), Pula (Istria), Zadar and Split (Dalmatia) and Virovitica (Slavonia region).

The long-term goal was to ensure the sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises and crafts in Croatia after retirement of their owners in order to preserve the jobs of employees working in these companies and their positive impact on the local economy and Croatian economy as a whole. During these events participants were informed about CEPOR’s activities, especially emphasizing the objectives and expected outcomes of FAME project that CEPOR is participating as a partner.

TRUST ME Multiplier event – information on the FAME project

On 25 January 2018 MGYOSZ / Business Hungary successfully organised the closing event of the two-year long TRUST ME project in January 2018. We also took the opportunity to inform all participants on the progress of FAME project. FAME is the third station of the project series in which our Confederation cooperates with the project leader Budapest Business School. FAME project deals with the same topic of the first one, called INSIST project approaching in more detail, thus the participants of the multiplier event were pleased to receive developed information on family businesses’ issues, as many of them have been following the progress of INSIST project and the whole project series.

At the event the experts of our Finnish, French and Romanian project partner introduced the current situation of their respective countries regarding the project topic and shared some best practice examples with the participants.

With great interest we also had a round table discussion titled ‘Be mentor or be mentored, corporate experiences in mentoring’ moderated by the chef editor of our monthly e-bulletin, Magyar Gyáripar.

As final product of the TRUST ME project we printed the handbook for future mentors which were disseminated at the closing event. The online version of the handbook is available at the project website.

Third Transnational Partner Meeting in Brussels

The third transnational partner meeting of the FAME project was organised in Brussels hosted by the Belgian partner MAC-Team on 7-8 December 2017. All the six partners of the consortium participated at the meeting delegating 1 to 3 persons each, and the e-learning experts of BBS had a Skype presentation online as well from Budapest. It was an important milestone to the project implementation, because the first version of the 4 training modules, the most important products of the project were reviewed based on the evaluation of the external experts. The experts of the think-tank partners – Business Hungary and CEPOR – read through the materials and completed a detailed evaluation of the module materials. The participating project coordinators and module leaders discussed the feedbacks and agreed on the finalisation process of the training handbooks. The other important part of the meeting was the start of the e-learning development process to the 4 modules. Besides partners also discussed project management, quality management and dissemination/exploitation issues as always. The meeting closed with action planning, the agreement on the deadlines and responsibilities of the tasks for the next project period.

Download this file (FAME_3rd_partner_meeting_minutes.pdf)Third Partner Meeting Minutes[Minutes of the meeting]540 kB

Publication in MGYOSZ’s e-bulletin, Magyar

November 2017

At MGYOSZ /Business Hungary’s webpage we traditionally publish our e-bulletin, Magyar Gyáripar ten times yearly.

Our aim with the bulletin is to regularly inform the stakeholders of the Hungarian economy on the most important and current issues, first of all from the viewpoint of MGYOSZ’s member companies. In the November edition of 2017 we introduced FAME project for the readers. The article covers the project history, introduces all project partners, the expected milestones and outcomes of the project.


Conference paper: Investigates work-based learning, enterprise education and family businesses

Conference paper: Investigates work-based learning, enterprise education and family businesses

November 2017

Professor David Devins presented a Conference paper (co-authored with Dr Brian Jones) at the 40th Anniversary Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference in Belfast. 

The paper adopts a comparative approach to the study and application of Enterprise Education and Work Based Learning to the higher education curriculum for small family businesses. The FAME project is discussed and used as an illustrative case-study of the concepts used in practice. In a fast changing world of work and business it is recognised that family businesses need supporting and that Enterprise Education and Work Based Learning can help. The paper suggests that the two concepts have a number of synergies and degree of cross-over but that differences of purpose, rationale and practice are evident. The two concepts can work together and help add value to the success of the FAME project and family businesses.  

ISBE’s Special Interest Group (SIG) in Family Business was launched at the conference and aims to build a vibrant community of active researchers whose outputs will inform policy and practice. Its membership will include academics practitioners and interested policy makers, and its research will address contemporary issues in family firm research across businesses of different sizes, operating in different sectors and locations. The SIG will include ISBE members who regularly contribute to the annual conference, along with a large number of non-members drawn from personal and professional contacts. To join the Family Business SIG please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Presentation at the Club Days of the National Association of Family Businesses in Hungary

As Budapest Business School has an excellent connection with the National Association of Family Businesses in Hungary (CSVOE i.e. one of the most important advocacy organizations of family businesses in Hungary, it was within the framework of the signed Cooperation Agreement that the representatives of BBS were invited twice to the monthly Club Day event of the Association. In this way BBS had a great opportunity to inform members of the association about all development actions in progress connecting to Family Businesses. On average there were 50-60 participants at the Club Day event of CSVOE, which meant a large audience for the presentations about the FAME project.

At the first event, Ms Krisztina Németh (member of the Transition Module development team) and László Varga (project coordinator) introduced the results of the closed INSIST project (antecedent project of FAME) and as well as objectives, expected results and impacts of the FAME project. The participants were delighted about the continuation of the international projects of BBS in the field of Family Business development – involving the members of the association to the pilot actions of the results (workshops, pilot trainings).

At the second time, Mr László Radácsi PhD, director of Budapest LAB (Entrepreneurship Centre of BBS) reported on the establishment of Budapest LAB and its first important actions, the start of a wide-scale Family Business research in Hungary, in which the members of CSVOE had had an important role. Besides the first results of FAME, other international project of BBS were mentioned to the participants. Synergies between the research programme of the LAB and the FAME project have mutually reinforcing effects on each other.

BBS and the National Association of Family Businesses agreed that all information about the development actions of BBS are important and useful for the membership of CSVOE, and the representatives of BBS are warmly welcome to the Club Days in 2018 as well.