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Family Business Sustainability and Growth (FAME)

Family Business Sustainability and Growth (FAME) Project

Leeds Business School is working with partners on the FAME (Family Business Sustainability and Growth) Project, which is a follow on from the successful INSIST (Intergenerational Succession in SME’s Transition) Project.

Family Business Sustainability and Growth (FAME) is a two-year project funded under Erasmus Strategic Partnerships (Jan 2017-Dec 2018) which seeks to encourage such enterprises to prosper.

FAME is a partnership between three universities in Hungary, Poland and the UK as well three other organisations:

  • Budapest University of Applied Science
  • Cracow University of Economics
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • One Business Representative Organisation (Business Hungary)
  • An independent policy centre (CEPOR in Croatia)
  • A small consultancy (MAC-Team) in Belgium.

The partners are working together to design and develop family business influenced curriculum that combines traditional approaches to higher education with the latest developments in work-based learning and e-learning.

FAME encourages universities and industry to work together to develop masters level modules to support the development and growth of family businesses. The project aims to conduct further in-depth research into how strategies developed for large companies can be adapted for small-medium enterprise (SME) family businesses.

From the research, the partners will develop a Masters level course in Entrepreneurship with a specific focus on SME family business sustainability issues. During the course of the project, the partners will develop online resources to enable students to complement the classroom based teaching, and embed work-based learning periods into the course.


  • Provide benefits for the partner universities, strengthening their existing academic delivery portfolio and strengthening their skills in course development. It will also develop further links with SME family businesses which will benefit both parties.
  • It will benefit students at the partner universities by providing both formal and practical education in entrepreneurship and sustainability in SME family businesses.
  • It will benefit family businesses by providing a new, easily accessible, opportunity to make their company more sustainable while investing in, and encouraging retention of, their employees.

Project Website: 

Led by: Dr David Devins

Contributors: Dr Brian Jones, Dr Nick Beech, Professor Martin Reynolds, Penny Wymer

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