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December 6, 2013

Germany’s Merck bulked up its materials and specialty chemicals business with purchase of high-tech electronic materials company and George Soros bought into Australia’s Nine Entertainment’s IPO.

Germany’s Merck bulked up its materials and specialty chemicals business with purchase of high-tech electronic materials company and George Soros bought into Australia’s Nine Entertainment’s IPO.

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German pharmaceuticals and chemicals business Merck, which is 70% owned by the eponymous founding family, is to buy Britain's AZElectronic Materials for £2.6 billion (€3.1 billion).

October 24, 2013

Culture, education and the cost of living are all factors to take into consideration before emigration, but when it comes to tax incentives Switzerland is the top domicile – at least if you’re an entrepreneur.

Culture, education and the cost of living are all factors to take into consideration before emigration, but when it comes to tax incentives Switzerland is the top domicile – at least if you’re an entrepreneur.

According to the Global Opportunities report, released by BDO this week, the UK has the next most appealing tax regime, followed by Monaco.

The report said an entrepreneur should be looking primarily for tax benefits on dividends taken from their personal company, or capital gains realised on the sale of a company.

August 13, 2013

Merrythought is Britain’s last-remaining teddy bear manufacturer. CampdenFB speaks to its fourth-gen owner about its industrial heritage and hand-crafted soft toys.

During the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge in Shropshire was a hotbed of metal-bashing. Now it’s a sleepy little place on the tourist trail and the manufacturing that takes place there is often of a far cuddlier variety. For Ironbridge is the home of Merrythought, the last teddy bear-maker in Britain.

 

July 5, 2013

Five Guys, the US burger chain controlled by the Murrell family, has expanded to Europe, with the opening of its first restaurant in London on 4 July.

Five Guys crosses the Atlantic, while the Harmsworth and Germinder families have strengthened control over their respective businesses.

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Five Guys, the US burger chain controlled by the Murrell family, has expanded to Europe, with the opening of its first restaurant in London on 4 July.

March 29, 2012

How much do family offices pay? Few seem to know, but through an extensive survey of the sector in the UK and Switzerland, CampdenFO in association with the executive search firm Sulger Buel & Company reveals just how much offices are compensating their top staff. The numbers make fascinating reading.

If family offices are considered part of the financial services industry, then how much they are paying their senior managers is arguably the least transparent of the entire sector. That of course suits family offices, which for the most part guard their confidentiality more than most other areas of the financial services sector. But things are opening up.

March 27, 2012

Two European family businesses have posted poor financial results following “another difficult year”, but Li & Fung, a family-controlled trading group in Asia, has fared better.

Two European family businesses have posted poor financial results following “another difficult year”, but Li & Fung, a family-controlled trading group in Asia, has fared better.

In the UK, family-controlled Wates Group said on 26 March that revenues rose by 13% to £1.12 billion (€1.34 billion) in 2011.

March 7, 2012

Portuguese family business Jeronimo Martins posted strong results this week, while Italian energy group ERG and British retailer Matalan reported large falls in profits.

Portuguese family business Jeronimo Martins posted strong results this week, while Italian energy group ERG and British retailer Matalan reported large falls in profits.

Jeronimo Martins, the food retailer controlled by the Dos Santos family, said revenues jumped 13.2% in 2011 to €9.84 billion, from €8.69 billion in 2010.

In a statement released on 7 March, the Lisbon-based group added that net profit for 2011 was €340 million, compared to €281 million in 2010 – a 21.1% increase.

February 28, 2012

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

German carmaker Volkswagen said revenues jumped 25.6% to €159.34 billion in 2011, from €126.88 billion in 2010.

February 27, 2012

Family businesses are the backbone of the UK’s economic recovery and as drivers of “enterprise, entrepreneurship and commerce” should not be underestimated.

Family businesses are the backbone of the UK’s economic recovery and as drivers of “enterprise, entrepreneurship and commerce” should not be underestimated.

That’s according to the UK-based Forum of Private Business, a lobby group for small and medium-sized enterprises, which has teamed up with management consultancy Steuer Gregsson to offer special services to family-owned groups.

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