Cue Card # 49: Describe a family business

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 49

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 if you like this business or not.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

Not sure when they started the business, but I have been seeing William’s family running their restaurant business from the early days of my childhood. Of course, I remember asking my friend William once about how long they have had this family business, he just told me that his grandfather started it a long time ago. William’s grandfather died a long ago, and the restaurant is rightfully owned and operated my friend’s parents.

‘Brady Bunch’ restaurant, probably one of the oldest and finest, in my town is opened for all people. Conveniently located at the centre of the town, the operating hour of this restaurant starts early in the morning from around 6:00 am and closes at around 12:00 pm. During its long period of business operation hours, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, having virtually all kinds of food on its menu to be served during their proper hours.

Of course, Brady Bunch gets really busy during the evening time because it attracts many other food lovers from out of the town as well, in addition to the ones from my home town, because of some of its very popular yet very affordable “signature” dishes. However, the food place becomes even busier during a time when it receives orders to serve food for different events such as a wedding or a birthday party.

I like this vibrant family-run restaurant because it does help our local economy to some extent by attracting a lot of customers both from inside and outside of my town. Besides, it is just great to see so many people having a good time at the restaurant while enjoying their favourite dishes without costing a “fortune” like some restaurants in my town. On top of that, our little town doesn’t exactly have a lot of employment opportunities, so when I see that some of the staffs working at that restaurant for years (some, I know them personally, have been even working there for more than 7 years), it feels really great and reassuring. Finally, on a lighter note, if I don’t say that l like my friend’s family-run restaurant business because I get to eat some really nice foods there without paying any money (of course, at the insistence of my friend, William), I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth!

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