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Why I love being a family owned business

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 14th Jun 2016 03:35

Mini Martinsen ElyI love both the freedom and the accountability that being a family owned business brings.  My first job was with a Plc, and I then moved to work for Mars, which is still family owned [by the Mars family of course!].  Its a fantastic business with strong values at its heart.

And now I have started Breckland Orchard -my own family business……..and I really value the following:

  • Its absolutely personal……if it’s my business, then we have the control to do the right thing.  No one else has the responsibility for that.
  • I love the fact that I’m able to set a good role model to my children….they can see  how much I love my job and that ultimately hard work and dedication is the key to getting things done….that’s a good lesson for life! ‘Work’ isn’t something that Mummy goes off and does Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm in a vacuum [oh no!]
  • We’re independent and that allows us to focus on great products and looking after our customers really well.  No shareholders or venture capitalists lurking in the background trying to dictate what we should be doing.

Hooray for family businesses……….we are very very proud to be one!


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