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Succession planning is the cornerstone of securing the future of your business. As a visionary business owner, you’ve poured your heart and soul into building your enterprise, and now it’s time to protect its continuity and success proactively. Join us as we delve into estate planning, wills and succession to help you make your wishes clear and protect your business, wealth and the future of your loved ones.

Why do I need an estate plan, will and succession plan?

When protecting your legacy, estate planning, making a will, and succession planning form a powerful team. Together, they ensure a well-organised strategy for managing your assets, dealing with taxes, and securing the success of your personal and business affairs. This integrated approach safeguards your legacy, ensuring your wishes are carried out seamlessly. Let’s take a look in detail at each element:

Why does succession planning matter for your business?

Succession planning matters for your business because it seamlessly transfers leadership and responsibilities. Importantly, it maintains business continuity, minimises risks associated with unexpected departures and develops a strong leadership pipeline. Additionally, the process preserves corporate culture and knowledge, boosts employee morale, attracts top talent, and demonstrates preparedness to stakeholders. Ultimately, it enhances long-term financial stability. It confidently empowers your business to navigate future challenges, safeguarding your vision and values for sustained success.

70% of family-owned businesses fail to transition successfully to the next generation.

– Source: Family Business UK

The next step is crafting a detailed succession plan outlining roles, responsibilities, and timelines. You should engage current leaders, ensuring their commitment to the plan. Communicate openly with potential successors, addressing their aspirations and career paths.

Finally, implement the plan, monitor its progress, and adjust as needed. Regularly review and update the plan to adapt to changing circumstances. Consider external talent if required, and document the plan for accessibility and transparency. These strategic steps will pave the way for a seamless leadership transition and long-term success for your business.

Who should be involved in your succession planning?

The process involves a network of critical stakeholders, each playing a crucial role in shaping its success. Engage your current leadership team and human resources professionals to ensure expertise and alignment with strategic goals. Involving potential successors fosters open communication and aligns their aspirations with the company’s vision. Seek guidance from your board of directors or advisory board to ensure strategic alignment.

55% of family businesses worldwide do not have a formal succession plan.

– Source: PwC

While talking to family members about this sensitive matter can be challenging, their involvement is vital for family-owned businesses. External consultants and legal/financial advisors bring valuable perspectives and expertise, objectively supporting the process and facilitating difficult conversations. By embracing the collective wisdom of these stakeholders, you can forge a resilient succession plan that secures your business’s legacy and nurtures its growth into the future.

When is the right time to start succession planning?

The right time to start succession planning is now. Don’t wait for uncertainties to arise; be proactive and empower your business’s future. Early planning ensures a smooth leadership transition, whether you’re a small business owner or leading a large enterprise.

Prepare your successors, develop a strong leadership pipeline, and instil confidence in your team. Embrace the present moment to secure a thriving future for your business, leaving a lasting legacy that withstands the test of time.

As a passionate business owner, your legacy deserves the utmost care and foresight. Succession planning is not merely a business practice; it’s a testament to your dedication to your business, employees, and loved ones. By embracing the power of estate planning and succession planning, you can empower your business to thrive for generations to come.

Take the first step towards securing your legacy by exploring the art of succession planning today. Contact our dedicated team, GJ Estate Planning, at 01789 294 484 to discuss your business’s unique needs. Together let’s craft a tailor-made strategy for your business’s continued success.

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Grenfell James Technology Adoption Index

How does your business perform against others adopting financial tech? Find out with our interactive diagnostic:


How does your business receive invoices?


Invoices are mainly received in paper form


Invoices are mainly received by email


Invoices are emailed then automatically forwarded to a designated mailbox


How are purchase invoices processed?


Invoices are entered manually


Invoices are attached to manually raised invoices


Automated software (e.g. ReceiptBank, 1Tap, HubDoc etc) collates invoices


How are accounts processed?


Using Excel/paper-based


Using Computer-based, offline software


Using cloud-based accountancy software


How often is business data revised?


Data is updated annually


Data is updated quarterly


Data is updated monthly or more often


How is banking updated for your business?


Banking is updated manually


Banking is updated by imports


Banking is updated via a live feed


How are bank payments made?


Bank payments are manual


Bank payments are made using bulk imports


Bank payments are made directly via accounting software


How are bank receipts reconciled?


Receipts are chased and reconciled manually


Receipts are chased and reconciled automatically


A third-party platform is used to chase debts and collect fees


How often are management reports produced?


No reports are provided


Reports are provided but often too late to be valuable


Reports are automated with real-time information

Score 8-12:

Curious Exploration

Your financial technology phase is Curious Exploration

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

Switching accountancy systems may seem like an upheaval, but can be much more straightforward than most businesses imagine. From talking to our clients, they have found moving from paper invoicing and desktop-based accounting software to the cloud and apps quickly makes the transition process a worthwhile investment of time. Digital accounting solutions bring in streamlined processes, up-to-date business data and greater confidence in the accuracy of information when making financial decisions.

Grenfell James works with your team to fully assess the needs of your business and minimise the impact of any transitions for solutions we recommend.

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Score 13-19:

Measured Discovery

Your financial technology phase is Measured Discovery

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

Once cloud accountancy software is in place, there’s still plenty of scope to improve your accountancy processes and make sure your business is maximising the benefits of adopting a digital accounting solution. Grenfell James assesses each business to understand how any implemented solutions are being used, identify areas for improvement and the needs of the business overall to support your business goals and achieve success.

Our team of experts can discuss a range of time-saving automation and get different apps and cloud-based solutions talking to create and manage a digital accountancy eco-system to help your business grow.

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Score 20-24:

Bold Innovation

Your financial technology phase is Bold Innovation

% of respondent businesses are in this phase too.

You know the benefits of accounting technology and the impact it can have on your business goals. If you want to take it a step further, our team can conduct a systematic review of your processes, apps and business goals to ensure your digital accountancy ecosystem is keeping pace with the changing needs of a growing business.