Richard Coombs is just one of six professionals selected by the International Centre for Families in Business to become one of their founding UK Fellows.
The Centre’s major purpose is to offer family businesses education, consultancy and training above all to create a safe environment to share information, views and best practice with other families in business.
Richard Coombs, a partner at Truro law firm Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin, was selected for his personal commitment to advising family businesses – he heads Foot Anstey’s specialist Families in Business team across their four offices in Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton and Truro and regularly advises business families on such issues as sale or succession, employment of family members, governance and structure.
John Tucker Director of The International Centre for Families in Business said “Our recent research show only 40% of family businesses believed that their advisers understood the very nature of their organisation as a family business’.
“Richard, along with the other founding UK Fellows, does understand the nature and dynamics of family businesses. We work closely together and this will help us to become the premier source of support and advice to these organisations.”
Richard Coombs said: “The South West has a large number of family businesses – they are very important to the economy and well being of this region, and it is important that they get supportive, helpful advice from specialists who understand the peculiar issues and pressures that they face. The International Centre is unique in this region in their work and the support they provide to business families. I was very honoured to receive the fellowship and look forward to working with John Tucker and his colleagues to help the International Centre achieve its goals.”