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December 4, 2009

The Perkins family never set out to start the biggest chain of opticians in the UK, they set out to start the best, as second-generation managing director John Perkins tells Marc Smith

The theory, increasingly heard, that family businesses should forget all the negative economic headlines and seek out opportunities to expand or diversify is all well and good if you have the capacity and know where to look. Often, however, you cannot accurately predict where or when such chances will arise. As the UK-based Perkins family found out back in 1984, sometimes opportunities come out of the blue.

December 3, 2009

Success and failure, good deeds and bad – 2009 has had it all, which is why this final issue of the year contains every aspect of family business endeavour.

Success and failure, good deeds and bad – 2009 has had it all, which is why this final issue of the year contains every aspect of family business endeavour. We start Issue 44 with a look at the family behind Merck, who won the 14th annual IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award in October. Of all the families in this issue, perhaps they have been the most successful, negotiating as they have 12 generations of family ownership.

June 5, 2009

Three UK family businesses have had their achievements recognised and been awarded prizes for performance excellence. Arco, Specsavers and Vitabiotics were winners of the Family Business Honours programme, held by JP Morgan Private Bank and the Institute for Family Business.

Three UK family businesses have had their achievements recognised and been awarded prizes for performance excellence. Arco, Specsavers and Vitabiotics were winners of the Family Business Honours programme, held by JP Morgan Private Bank and the Institute for Family Business.

The businesses were chosen for business success, social responsibility and family governance. Each business was commended for its persistent pursuit of innovation and for a demonstrable commitment to its employees and the community at large.

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