For some individuals though, the mutual support of family members goes far beyond private lives and into the realm of business, as enterprising relatives join forces to drive forward the UK economy.
Canal Boat Cruises
Having enjoyed spending time on their own narrowboat with their three children, parents John and Lesley Yates decided to turn their passion into a business, giving others the chance to experience this traditional pleasure. The pair have built up their fleet of rental boats over the years, including a cruising restaurant boat, and children Louis, Bridie and Ellie, now grown up, have joined their parents in running the business as it grows.
Together, sisters Jasmine and Melissa Helmsley set up Helmsley Helmsley, a cooking and consultancy business helping private clients to embrace healthy living by providing fresh, home-cooked food. The pair also run a successful recipe site and write for lifestyle magazines including Vogue, with their own cookbook due to come out later this year.
Flowers from the Farm
Sold from the gate of her farmyard home, Gill Hodgson immediately saw strong demand for her home-grown wildflower strains in 2009, spotting an opportunity for small growers to come together to sell their wares at local markets. Along with daughter Peggy, she launched Flowers from the Farm, a nationwide growers’ network of flower farmers aiming to revive demand for traditional British blooms.
Pryces the Bakers
Serving their local community since 1993, Pryces the Bakers is a Manchester-based bakery run by husband and wife team Martyn and Joanne. The couple have gathered together a skilled team of craft bakers who hand-bake the business’ extensive range of edible delicacies on the premises each day.
Enterprising twins Richard and Antony Joseph started their kitchenware business Joseph Joseph when their father gave them £10,000 worth of stock to develop a side-line business for the glass manufacturing firm set up by their grandfather.
Eleven years later, the brand is now sold in 105 countries worldwide, earning the brothers £9.7 million in pre-tax profit last year alone. With family businesses accounting for 66 per cent of the UK’s SME community according to the IFB, Aldermore would like to take this year’s International Day of Families as an opportunity to celebrate the contribution these entrepreneurial relatives make.