My Bottom Line: Tim Wates, Wates Development Group
25 January 2013 Last updated at 16:56 GMT
Tim Wates is chairman of Wates Family Holdings and is the fourth generation family member to be working in the business.
The construction and development group was founded in 1897 and turns over £1.2bn a year.
Here he explains how invaluable it is to share experiences and learn best practice from other family-owned firms.
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