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February 21, 2013

CampdenFB unveils its annual Top 50 Family Business Leaders list – the names inspiring their businesses and beyond.

November 16, 2012

Want to know more about the family businesses on our Global Challengers 2012 list? Here are six of the best. 

Fifty family businesses made our Global Challengers 2012 list. Here’s six of the best:

Scholz Group
Scholz family

October 29, 2012

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

Leading the way is media group Bertelsmann, controlled by the Mohn family, which is linking up with UK rival Pearson.

The agreement will see the merger of Random House and Penguin, respectively the publishing arms of Germany’s Bertelsmann and Pearson.

September 7, 2012

JCB has been awarded the UK’s private business of the year accolade – and took the opportunity to say family businesses are “the principal wealth generator of the economy”.

JCB has been awarded the UK’s private business of the year accolade – and took the opportunity to say family businesses are “the principal wealth generator of the economy”.

The construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer, known for its bright yellow machinery, took the top prize at the Private Business Awards 2012, held in the Royal Opera House in London on 6 September.

April 17, 2012

Family-owned machinery giant JCB has reported its best ever annual results, while a number of family businesses in Europe and Asia have seen their revenues increase in the first months of 2012.

Family-owned machinery giant JCB has reported its best ever annual results, while a number of family businesses in Europe and Asia have seen their revenues increase in the first months of 2012.

JCB, the British construction equipment manufacturer controlled by the Bamford family, said on 17 April that revenues jumped 37% in 2011 to £2.75 billion (€3.34 billion), from £2 billion in 2010. This was the company’s strongest result in its 66-year history.

October 25, 2011

There has been a spate of exhibitions on family businesses of late, including one celebrating the calendars of Italian company Lavazza and another looking at a company that's in its 19th generation. Now JCB, the third-largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world and maker of the iconic JCB digger, has unveiled a permanent display about its past.

September 1, 2011

Is a degree key to success or are family members better off jumping straight into the business? For some, like Sir Anthony Bamford, the billionaire chairman at JCB, joining the family business was the preferred option.  

Every August, British newspapers are full of pictures of smiling young people, jumping for joy with hands clutched around a piece of paper.

In the accompanying articles, the students, who’ve just received their A-level results - the final set of secondary education exams in the UK - outline their plans for the future. “It’s medicine at Durham University for me”, or “I’m doing law at Oxford”, they say, setting out on the same career path as their parents, or carving out their own niche.

March 23, 2011

Family-owned construction firm JCB plans to expand its operations in Brazil and India, but stressed that it will not be to the detriment of its UK home market.

Family-owned construction firm JCB plans to expand its operations in Brazil and India, but stressed that it will not be to the detriment of its UK home market.

July 14, 2010

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has promised his family-run business will invest in the future despite announcing poor final-year sales for 2009.

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has promised his family-run business will invest in the future despite announcing poor final-year sales for 2009.

Amid the deepest ever recession in the global construction equipment industry, the UK-based manufacturing firm saw sales drop by a third to £1.35 billion last year but was able to increase profit before tax marginally to £29 million.

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