Family businesses are the bedrock and cornerstone of the Irish economy; 75 per cent of all Irish firms are family-owned businesses and provide 50 per cent of all employment in the country. They are generational and can continue through the centuries by succession and inheritance. A prime example is Rathborne Candles in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, founded in 1488.
If you were to ask most family business owners how their business started, they would probably say “over a cup...
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