Cue Card 273 - Describe a family business you know about

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a family business you know about.

You should say:

  • what type of business it is
  • who owns this business
  • what activities are involved in this business

and explain your idea of this business.


Model Answer 1:

Right across the street, where I live, there is a small shop that sells all kinds of electronics items. I like to visit this shop every now and then, probably because I have known the people there for a long time. It is, of course, a family business, and I would like to talk about it here in brief.

But, I didn’t know that it was a family business until about a year ago when my father told me that his friend (the owner of the shop) started this business about 30 years ago in partnership with a couple of his cousins. But prior to that, his father and uncle used to own and run this shop without any help from outside. Of course, now that the shop is really busy and popular among its customers, the owners of this electronics shop have hired a few staffs in order to help them run their business smoothly. However, the best thing (and, probably also the confusing thing) about this family business is that it is very difficult to know who is the owner and who is the staff there.

By the way, even though, it was a small shop, many customers visit this shop in order to buy their electronics products, probably because most of the items there are sold at a very affordable price.  In fact, the shop remains so busy most of the times that seldom I have seen the staff of this shop sitting idle or talking to each other, as they are always found to be busy either in organizing the products on the shelves or helping the customers to find their preferred items.

Anyway, I think that it is a great family business which has managed to build a great reputation among all kinds of customers. The staff members in this shop are very friendly, and they genuinely want to give back to the community in which they run their business. Besides, even though, it is a small business, it has survived all kinds of challenges and competition (from other businesses in the area) to establish itself as a successful family business.


Sample Answer 2:

The family business I know and would like to talk about is owned by a joint family in our community. It is a business related to floral business and this is, in fact, quite a successful one. The family has a large flower garden and they collect flowers from these gardens and then sell these flowers in their floral shops.

Mr Abraham is the founder chairman of this business and the business is growing day-by-day. Now they own more than 5 acres flower garden and they have more than 50 shops where they sell the flowers they produce. As I heard, they have started exporting flowers to neighbouring countries as well. As I have witnessed the rise and progress of this business, I think that was a nice business model.

In the beginning, they had only two small gardens and a small shop, and over the years this business had expanded to greater and bigger business. I think the business plan, hard work, dedication, timely decision, and luck had favoured the business and the family has become a renowned floral business owner of the country.


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Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:

  1. Describe a business you know about in your hometown.
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  4. Describe a business you think is profitable.
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