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Family Businesses – The lifeblood of Australian Commerce

As many as seven out of ten businesses in Australia are run by families. And many of these enterprises don’t even consider that they are a ‘Family Business’.

The small to medium business sector ranges from large organisations such as Western Salt , and Nell Gray Fashions employing many staff, to much smaller local businesses such as Anna Chandler Designs and G & C Delaporte Smash Repairs with only a handful of employees. These are all current Kennerlys clients.

“Family businesses play an important role in creating employment, generating innovative technology and improving our quality of life. They are also essential for incubating and financing new businesses that create employment and promote economic and technological progress,”

Family Business Australia

However, regardless of the size of your small to medium business, you’ll likely run into many of the same issues that multinational corporations run into, from a financial perspective.

Family Businesses make up over 67 per cent of all businesses in Australia. And despite their crucial role in the economy, a lot of these enterprises run their operations without the aid of a family business specialist handling their financial, wealth and legal requirements.

At Kennerlys, we have developed a very special range of professional services which cater specifically to the family business market.

Over our 25 years in the industry, we have logged many years of experience with the specific issues that relate to these small to medium family owned operations.

And in short, we love dealing with family businesses, and in doing so we have become family business specialists in Western Australia.

As a Family Business, you also face very specific issues over other business types.

For example, many successful family businesses in Australia often span a number of generations. Once your business has the financial means to be passed down through your family, current and future members of your family should be able to use that wealth to build further stability over the long term.

And while having family members involved in your business often brings many advantages to your enterprise, it also can present its own set of difficulties and complications, which only a seasoned accounting firm with real experience in these matters can walk you through.

At Kennerlys, we not only have the decades of experience one might expect from an award-winning accounting firm, but we place our customers at the very, very top of our priorities. That’s how we won the 2013 BRW Client Choice award. Put simply, there’s nothing more important to us than you.

Lejo Ouwendyk, our Managing Director, along with Sue Peterson, a Director who has been with Kennerlys since 1990 have always prided themselves on their direct relationships with Kennerlys clients. As a client of Kennerlys’, you can always ring straight through to Lejo or Sue to receive the benefit of our years of experience.

The team at Kennerlys are highly trained and constantly monitoring the economic landscape to provide specific insights into not only your business, but you long term goals, your wealth targets, and what you want for your family. Because running a business with your loved ones means that you’re going ask questions like “What are my children going to want to be when they grow up?” or “How would I like my family to be involved in this business after I’m gone?”

We can help you answer these questions.

Additionally, Kennerlys’ has built a reputation as a trusted advisor, and we are now exploring adding further services to assist our family business clients better. This includes acting as your conduit to the best professional services outside accounting such as law firms, financial planners and finance brokers, all who cater specifically to family businesses.

The disciplined business approach that Lejo and Sue adopt when dealing with your family business has helped hundreds of clients over the years get the best possible return from their financial advice.

Let us know what you think

As we develop our client offering further to suit you, we’re keen to understand what it is you and your family need, to help build your family’s multi-generational wealth.

Lejo and Sue would love to hear your thoughts on Kennerlys introducing additional wealth creation services for your family.


2013 BRW Client Choice Awards

KENNERLYS was announced the Best Accounting Firm (Revenue: less than $50 million) in the 2013 BRW Client Choice Awards on Wednesday 13th March 2013.

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Our Clients

  • "I have been impressed by the level of assistance I have been given during the process of trying to improve my business, even in the face of difficulty and feel that I have always been made to feel valued as a client."

    Anon 2014 Client Survey
  • "I would like to thank you for providing The Factory with a Financial Management reporting system that gives us the tools to ensure we are capitalising on all areas of our business. We value the input and management skills you provide to us on an ongoing basis to assist us in maintaining our direction for the future."

    "Your knowledge of current trends and issues and management of our reporting processes are invaluable at our monthly meetings to ensure that we are following our plan for the future success of our company."

    Carol Taylor (Finance Manager, The Factory (Australia) Pty Ltd)
  • We have been dealing with Sue Peterson since 1992 and wouldn't go anywhere else - and she is always available prior to biz hours.

    Anon 2014 Client Survey