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November 1, 2004

Can experience along the borderland of Mexico and the US bring opportunities for family businesses in Europe to compete in the expanded EU? Frederick Metz Shepperd thinks so

Frederick Metz Shepperd is managing director of the Quadral Group, a consulting firm with offices in Europe and North America.

Can experience along the borderland of Mexico and the US bring opportunities for family businesses in Europe to compete in the expanded EU? Frederick Metz Shepperd thinks so

September 1, 2004

In April, Newsweek reported that family companies outperform their rivals on all six major stock indexes in Europe. There would seem to be a case for non-family firms to model themselves on their family-firm counterparts. Tony Bogod asks whether this is likely or, for that matter, possible

Tony Bogod is chief executive of the BDO Centre for Family Business and a partner at BDO Stoy Hayward.

In April, Newsweek reported that family companies outperform their rivals on all six major stock indexes in Europe. There would seem to be a case for non-family firms to model themselves on their family-firm counterparts. Tony Bogod asks whether this is likely or, for that matter, possible

September 1, 2004

How do you grow a tiny family business into a €1.5bn manufacturing multinational? Keep things simple, says JCB’s chairman. Scott McCulloch talks to Sir Anthony Bamford in this exclusive report

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business magazine.

How do you grow a tiny family business into a €1.5bn manufacturing multinational? Keep things simple, says JCB's chairman. Scott McCulloch talks to Sir Anthony Bamford in this exclusive report

Spend an hour with Sir Anthony Bamford and it becomes blindingly obvious why his company is a model of efficiency: the man cherishes simplicity.
 

July 1, 2004

The EU describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The bloc can also be seen as a land of opportunity, particularly after its recent 10-member expansion

Wim Pijpers is a partner and Paul Volleman is a senior consultant at Buck Consultants International.

The EU describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The bloc can also be seen as a land of opportunity, particularly after its recent 10-member expansion

July 1, 2004

As the European savings directive alters wealth management strategy in family offices, canny Swiss banks are introducing new products to keep a firm grip on their money, says Bob Reynolds

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red.

As the European savings directive alters wealth management strategy in family offices, canny Swiss banks are introducing new products to keep a firm grip on their money, says Bob Reynolds

For Switzerland's wealth management industry, the loopholes could generate a healthy windfall. With wealthy customers shifting their savings into specialised financial products, banks should be in a position to harvest a new range of management fees.

March 1, 2004

Crises in emerging economies and scandals in developed countries have converged business opinion the world over on one central issue: corporate governance. But what is it and how does it affect family businesses in Lebanon?

Josiane Fahed-Srieh is Assistant Professor of Management and Director of the Family and Entrepreneurial Business Institute at the Lebanese American University.

Crises in emerging economies and scandals in developed countries have converged business opinion the world over on one central issue: corporate governance. But what is it and how does it affect family businesses in Lebanon?

November 1, 2003

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission’s initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe.

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission's initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe. The companies represented by GEEF are run by one or more entrepreneurial personalities who, with their families, own a significant part of the capital.

General comment

September 1, 2003

The European Private Banking Services Survey 2003 set out to examine the relationship between European private banks and family businesses, and reveal some of the strengths and weaknesses within.

Summary
The European Private Banking Services Survey 2003 set out to examine the relationship between European private banks and family businesses, and reveal some of the strengths and weaknesses within. From the results contained in this report, we hope to provide private banks with fodder to strengthen the link between what they offer families and what families say they want. Conversely, we hope the results will encourage families to question the service they currently receive with a view to maximising it.

September 1, 2003

The European private banking industry is now split between enterprising corporates and smaller, traditional players; lack of dynamism has retarded competitive spirit in the latter while the former established its domination. Time to get busy, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The European private banking industry is now split between enterprising corporates and smaller, traditional players; lack of dynamism has retarded competitive spirit in the latter while the former established its domination. Time to get busy, says Melanie Stern

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