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March 15, 2012

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," said Benjamin Franklin. Why do family businesses do so well in the brewing sector? CampdenFB finds out.

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” said Benjamin Franklin. Leaving aside the theology, the cold, hard figures suggest that the age-old mixture of water, barley, yeast and hops does indeed put a smile on faces the world over. Global beer consumption has increased 3% a year over the past decade.

December 25, 2011

Family businesses could be the missing link in Macintyre’s thinking. Done right, they are proper, modern businesses that also foster community. My prediction for 2012 is that as the communitarians get their claws into the politicians, we’ll hear far more about family business in their speeches. 

Anybody who has ever drunk a pint in a pub in Kent will know what year the brewer Shepherd Neame was founded – 1698. The number is all over their beer bottles and pub-signs. There’s another number that also tells a story about the business: 1,500. That’s how many people it employs. It also uses hundreds of local suppliers and contributes to local charities. The business is rooted in its local community, and couldn’t be otherwise.

December 5, 2011

Are family businesses inefficient? A recent piece in the UK’s Daily Telegraph, headlined “Family-run firms are Britain’s weak economic link”, seems to think so. 

Are family businesses inefficient? A recent piece in the UK’s Daily Telegraph, headlined “Family-run firms are Britain’s weak economic link”, seems to think so.

It was drawing on research carried out by the London School of Economics, which it says found that second and third-generation firms generally had weaker management than non-family-run firms.

October 5, 2011

Family-controlled Shepherd Neame, the UK’s oldest brewer, reckons that being a family business has bolstered its earnings during a difficult economic period.

Family-controlled Shepherd Neame, the UK’s oldest brewer, reckons that being a family business has bolstered its earnings during a difficult economic period.

Fifth-generation Jonathan Neame told CampdenFB: “At a time of recession, we have been able to steer the business well due to our long-term thinking on how to invest in alignment with market trends.”

June 30, 2010

When Shepherd Neame picked up the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business earlier this month, it was the culmination of over 300 years of history, writes Marc Smith. But the current CEO is keen to vent his frustration about how his business is being treated

When Shepherd Neame picked up the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business earlier this month, it was the culmination of over 300 years of history that has tied one family to one industry and one town, writes Marc Smith.

June 16, 2010

Last week was award season for family businesses in the UK and of the four main winners, it was interesting to note that three came from the alcoholic beverage sector, writes Katie Barker.

Last week was award season for family businesses in the UK and of the four main winners, it was interesting to note that three came from the alcoholic beverage sector, writes Katie Barker.

June 9, 2010

UK family businesses were celebrated last night at the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business, with fifth-generation brewers Shepherd Neame winning the award for the £25 million plus category at the national finals.

UK family businesses were celebrated last night at the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business, with fifth-generation brewers Shepherd Neame winning the award for the £25 million plus category at the national finals.
 

April 30, 2010

Katie Barker spoke exclusively to the CEOs of two award-winning family-owned firms to discover the secrets of their success

Katie Barker spoke exclusively to the CEOs of two award-winning family-owned firms to discover the secrets of their success.

UK family businesses Shepherd Neame Ltd and Day Lewis Plc were awarded the regional Coutts Prize for Family Business in February in recognition of their success during what was a difficult past 12 months.

March 24, 2010

UK family businesses Shepherd Neame Ltd and Day Lewis Plc were awarded the regional Coutts Prize for Family Business last month in recognition of their success during what was a particularly difficult past 12 months. Katie Barker spoke exclusively to the CEOs of both companies to find out how they succeeded in a year of financial crisis

UK family businesses Shepherd Neame Ltd and Day Lewis Plc were awarded the regional Coutts Prize for Family Business last month in recognition of their success during what was a particularly difficult past 12 months. Katie Barker spoke exclusively to the CEOs of both companies to find out how they succeeded in a year of financial crisis.

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