Date posted: December 5, 2014

Robin Buckham, Chief Executive Officer of FBA confirms that the purpose of FBA is to contribute to the long-term success of family businesses through a multitude of development and discussion opportunities. In a recent article, Tony Kaye of Business Spectator explored how these relationships and partnerships with various Government bodies and affiliates are integral to meeting this objective.

As part of her new position at FBA, Robin has grown FBA’s communication with the federal government. Robin currently sits on the Minister for Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council and the ASIC Business Advisory Council. 

The federal Government announced earlier this year that it is transforming the Australian Small Business Commissioner into the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, a move Robin says has raised the profile of family enterprises and resulted in other departments such as the Tax Office, Treasury, the ACCC and ASIC wanting access to greater data on the sector.

In addition to government relationships, FBA is also working to partner with selected business organisations to provide additional professional development programs and offers to the family business community. Partnerships include those with KPMG at a national level, Deloitte at a multi state level and Bank of Melbourne in Victoria. These partnerships enable FBA to have a greater impact in advocacy initiatives and allow the organisation to offer additional opportunities to benefit the family business sector. Importantly, these opportunities lie not only in the family business space, but also in facets of business more broadly. Click here to read the full article.