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The Tunstall Group Report That a Larger Number of Chinese SMEs Are to Keep It in the Family. As More Than 50% SME Owners Plan to Pass Business to Next Generation.

Almost half of Chinese small business owners plan to pass on their business to their children once they retire, according to the latest research from The Tunstall Group.

Kowloon, Hong Kong S.A.R., January 18, 2014 --( Almost half (48%) of Chinese SME owners plan to pass their business onto their children. Just over one in eight (13%) plan to pass it onto their spouse. But the same amounts (13%) haven’t even thought about succession planning. Meanwhile, well over four in ten (45%) SME business owners don't have plans in place to extract profit from their business when they retire.

The independent survey of 837 employers found that 63% of SME owners aim to pass their business on to a family member when they retire, with 48% intending to hand the business down to their children. Over one in ten is preparing to pass their businesses onto their spouse.

However, the likelihood of an owner being succeeded by their children varied by industry. Those in the transport industry were most likely to pass on their business to the next generation, with three quarters (75%) stating this. Those in the wholesale and distribution industry are least likely to pass on their business, with 43% stating the same - below the national average.

Despite many owners planning to pass their business to the next generation, a significant proportion of small business owners don't have any plans for their succession in place at all, with over one in ten (13%) admitting they haven't thought about this yet.

This increases amongst business owners in the construction industry as over a quarter (26%) admitted to not thinking about plans for succession. Karl Mackintosh, Regional Head of Advice at The Tunstall Group, commented: "SMEs are the building blocks of the economy, and their longevity is crucial.

"Many are already multi-generation family businesses, but whether a company is newly formed, or centuries old, it's encouraging that the majority of SME owners plan to protect their business and its heritage, preparing children or family members to take over at the helm.

"We already know that only a third of family business make it to the second generation and succession can be a complicated process. There are tax implications of passing businesses to the next generation that business owners need to be aware of - whether capital gains tax, or inheritance tax - and beneficial reliefs like entrepreneur's relief or CGT Hold-over."

About The Tunstall Group

The Tunstall group was founded by Dr. Richard Tunstall, a Doctor of Economics with 38 years of market experience to date. Throughout his time working as an independent consultant to some of the world's largest financial groups, Dr. Tunstall concluded that the way in which noteworthy information was being distributed was essentially biased.

With this in mind Dr. Tunstall set about creating a wealth management company that is willing and able to cater to the needs of all, from the smallest private investors to the global corporations he was used to working with.

This philosophy of equality remains to this day, shaping the research we conduct and the recommendations we offer to our clients. Whether you are simply looking to trial the markets, create true wealth or expand your company through prudent investments, we will guide you with the combined experience of over 300 analysts and advisors.

For over 15 years The Tunstall Group has been providing bespoke advice to some of the world's premier financial organizations. The analysis conducted by our expert teams has been instrumental to our clients in terms of guiding them towards the fruition of their commercial objectives.

With the addition of our Private Client Division in 2009 we have been able to offer the same levels of excellence and prosperity to a significant number of individuals and small businesses.
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