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June 26, 2018

Mairi Mickel is a fourth-generation member of the family behind 93-year-old Scottish construction company Mactaggart and Mickel Group.

March 29, 2018

With just days to go until all major UK employers have to reveal the difference between what they pay men and women, several of the country’s biggest family firms say they are committed to doing better.

With just days to go until all major UK employers have to reveal the difference between what they pay men and women, several of the country’s biggest family firms say they are committed to doing better.

January 12, 2018

Aspall cider has been slurped up by an American beer company for an undisclosed sum, but the 290-year-old brewer's founding family will remain involved as the company aims to extend its international drinking base.

Aspall cider has been slurped up by an American beer company for an undisclosed sum, but the 290-year-old brewer's founding family will remain involved as the company aims to extend its international drinking base.

The new owner of Suffolk-based Aspall is Molson Coors, a US brewing giant says it will develop it into “the number one premium cyder in the UK”, a press release said. The cost of the acquisition has not been disclosed.

September 1, 2017

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol, Ford self-drive cars to deliver pizza, and Father-son team launch new bank.

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol

The jailing of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong for five years has fuelled public conversation in South Korea about the huge family-owned businesses which dominate the economy.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was sentenced on corruption charges this week following a case dubbed “the trial of the century”, due to the message it sent the country’s massive conglomerates.

January 29, 2016

The King family has built a family business managing everything from hospitals in Nigeria to a 1,900-seat restaurant at the home of English football. Hertford and Chester King discuss expanding their country club Stoke Park, planning an A-list development, and working with one of China’s biggest entrepreneurs.

January 11, 2016

A next gen is appointed at resort and spa group Banyan Tree; International Hospital Group announces a partnership in China; and Volkswagen's Martin Winterkorn continues to take home a large pay packet.

Banyan Holdings
After taking a break from the family business to set up her own company, Ho Ren Yung, daughter of Banyan Tree Holding’s founder and executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping, has been appointed director of the company’s group retail operations.

Listed in Singapore, the luxury resort group began as a boutique hotel in Thailand and has grown into an international hospitality brand with over 150 resorts, spas and retail galleries worldwide.

November 24, 2015

A family business that has served as a jeweller to six generations of British royalty are sponsoring an exhibition at one of London’s top museums to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

A family business that has served as a jeweller to six generations of British royalty are sponsoring an exhibition at one of London’s top museums to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

Luxury antique dealer Wartski was founded by a Polish refugee, Morris Wartski, in 1865 in the Welsh town of Bangor. Its clients have included everyone from Bing Crosby to Kate Middleton and Prince William, who exchanged wedding bands made by the company when they married in 2011.

October 16, 2015

The family that owns children's shoemaker Start-rite is relinquishing management control for the first time in the firm's 200-year history and plans to hand over equity to attract top-rank directors.

The family that owns children's shoemaker Start-rite is relinquishing management control for the first time in the firm's 200-year history and plans to hand over equity to attract top-rank directors.

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.

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