Harbinson Mulholland's family business forum goes global

FBU founder Paul Andrews

FAMILY Business United (FBU), the voice of the global family business community, has joined forces with Harbinson Mulholland's NI Family Business Forum in a partnership which will further support and champion family businesses in the north.

FBU founder Paul Andrews says that working together will help put family businesses in Northern Ireland front and centre and ensure they are recognised for the contribution they make.

“We're delighted to welcome the NI Family Business Forum to our innovative family business community,” he said.

“With more than six million family firms across the UK providing more than 13 million jobs, generating income, and creating wealth, not to mention their contribution to the communities in which they are based, we champion their endeavours, and it is fantastic to be working with the team at Harbinson Mulholland who share our passion for the sector.

“Family businesses are the backbone of economies around the world and will be an integral part of post-covid recovery and deserve all the support that we can provide,” he added.

Belfast-based accountancy firm Harbinson Mulholland established the NI Family Business Forum five years ago and, with the support of academic partners at the Ulster University and Dublin City University, has continued to build a solid reputation and track record of helping family firms maximise financial performance whilst balancing commercial challenges and family obligations.

Darren McDowell, senior partner at Harbinson Mulholland, welcomed the new partnership, adding: “Our platform not only provides an opportunity to converse and network with other family-owned businesses and host exclusive regular events, but this new partnership allows us to offer members and all local family businesses access to more content including helpful tips, guides, advice from a global family business community perspective.

“The last 18 months have been challenging for all in this arena, especially since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. But resilience, survival, hard work and determination are all qualities that have been demonstrated by many family firms to navigate the global health crisis as well as other ongoing economic factors.”

:: If you would like join the NI Family Business Forum or avail of its bespoke resources which include podcasts, webinars, articles and company eBooks, go to or contact Treena Clarke on

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