Both entities support with 18,000 euros to the Chair of a business sector with great weight in the Region The agreement contributes to the development of training and research activities that improve the knowledge and professionalization of family businesses Bankia and Cajamurcia Foundation have renewed the agreement with the 'Mare Nostrum Family Business Chair, University of Murcia-Polytechnic University of Cartagena' and the Murcian Association of Family Business (AMEFMUR) to collaborate with the activities carried out in favor of this sector business through said Chair. The agreement, which contemplates an annual financial contribution of 18,000 euros, is intended to promote the exchange of information and knowledge in the area of ??the Chair, the development of joint study, research, training activities and the organization of meeting spaces between academics, businessmen and students. The president of the Cajamurcia Foundation, Carlos Egea; the corporate director of the Bankia Territorial Office in Murcia and Alicante, Olga García; and the corporate director of Business Business in the Valencian Community and Murcia, Carlos Aguilera, have signed the collaboration agreement that the representatives of the other four institutions that make up the Chair have also signed: the rector of the University of Murcia, José Luján ; the rector of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Beatriz Miguel Hernández; Eva Cruz, member of the AMEFMUR board of directors, and the director of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar (IEF), Juan Corona. The Cajamurcia Foundation has supported the Chair since its creation in 2006, in addition to collaborating with the Murcian Association of Family Business for more than 16 years. For its part, Bankia reinforces with this initiative the will to maintain its collaboration with the Universities of Murcia and the Polytechnic of Cartagena, thus maintaining its commitment to the Region of Murcia and family businesses. In 2006 the Family Business Chair at the University of Murcia was created which, in 2013, became the first interuniversity in the Region thanks to the incorporation of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, and since then it has been called the 'Mare Family Business Chair Nostrum University of Murcia - Polytechnic University of Cartagena '. In addition to these two educational institutions, it is made up of Bankia and the Cajamurcia Foundation, the Murcian Association of Family Business and the Institute of Family Business, and is included in the Mare Nostrum Campus of International Excellence. A business sector with great weight in the Region The interuniversity nature of the Chair directed by Ángel Meroño facilitates the implementation of joint training and research initiatives for students and companies in the Region of Murcia. Since its creation, the Chair has had as its objectives the analysis, research and teaching of the reality and perspectives of the family business, taking care of developing training programs and research activities that contribute to improving the knowledge of this important business sector, which represents 92% of the business fabric of the Region, the second highest percentage by autonomous communities of the country.
In addition, regional family businesses generate 85% of private employment. The ultimate purpose of the Chair is to know the particularities of family businesses in order to identify their needs and help them exploit their unique characteristics.
To this end, it develops initiatives such as the Family Business Barometer, a biannual report on the contribution of this sector in the creation of wealth and employment, training courses for university students and quarterly business meetings that bring together entrepreneurs, academics and experts in the field.