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April 26, 2016

Being home to one of the world’s most global cities is a mixed blessing for the UK, but family businesses play a significant role in keeping regional economies ticking

Being home to one of the world’s most global cities is a mixed blessing for the UK, but family businesses play a significant role in keeping regional economies ticking

April 1, 2016

Galahad Clark, a seventh-generation member of the Clarks dynasty, talks about his new venture – a London-based textile-recycling firm looking to recapture raw cotton and polyester at a molecular level. 

Just a fraction of the world’s ever-growing output of clothes gets recycled, a situation that is filling up landfill sites and wasting precious resources.

Worn Again is looking to change this with its development of a technology that can recapture and separate the raw polyester and cotton raw materials from textiles which can then go back into the supply chain as new.

October 16, 2015

Roger Pedder, the man credited with turning around shoe manufacturer and retailer Clarks, and helping it become one of the sector's top companies globally, has died from leukaemia aged 74.

Roger Pedder, the man credited with turning around shoe manufacturer and retailer Clarks, and helping it become one of the sector's top companies globally, has died from leukaemia aged 74.

He became chairman of UK-based Clarks in 1993 following disputes between family members over whether to sell amid stagnant turnover and falling dividends.

A retail specialist, Pedder heavily expanded Clarks' high-street presence, a move that paid off as operating profit increased from £27.6 million in 1993/94 to £94.2 million in 2005/06.

January 28, 2013

A next-gen member of the famous Clarks shoe dynasty felt the weight of responsibility of the family business. He’s met that head on by his own entrepreneurial efforts – making shoes.

Galahad Clark, 36, is a seventh-generation member of the Clarks dynasty and the founder of Vivobarefoot.

September 6, 2011

Family-owned shoemaker Clarks saw a strong rise in pre-tax profits and sales, as the company consolidates its position in the European and US markets. 

Family-owned shoemaker Clarks saw a strong rise in pre-tax profits and sales, as the company consolidates its position in the European and US markets.

Clarks’ profits increased above the £100 million (€113.8 million) mark in its last financial year up to end of March 2011, according to accounts filed at Companies House and seen by the Sunday Times.

June 7, 2010

The crucial role that family business will play in rebuilding the UK economy through innovation and entrepreneurship is debated today in a special report that appears in The Times newspaper.

The crucial role that family business will play in rebuilding the UK economy through innovation and entrepreneurship is debated today in a special report that appears in The Times newspaper.

The 16-page report includes an article by CampdenFB.com editor Marc Smith on passing on the entrepreneurial gene.  Further contributions come from family enterprise professor John Ward, Grant Gordon of the Institute of Family Business and family business advisor Peter Leach.

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