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July 23, 2014

Family businesses are more nimble and better able to respond to crises than non-family businesses, according to a new academic paper, which uses as a case study the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Family businesses are more nimble and better able to respond to crises than non-family businesses, according to a new academic paper, which uses as a case study the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

July 7, 2014

African family businesses have significantly outperformed those in the Middle East and Asia when it comes to good corporate governance, exclusive research conducted by Campden Wealth reveals, with 71.4% employing non-family key decision makers in executive positions.

African family businesses have significantly outperformed those in the Middle East and Asia when it comes to good corporate governance, exclusive research conducted by Campden Wealth reveals, with 71.4% employing non-family key decision makers in executive positions.

In Asian and the Middle Eastern family businesses, non-family members account for only 18.2% and 22.2% of key decision-making executives respectively.

July 1, 2014

A UK family business expert has called into question findings from a Barclays survey that claims to shed light on relatives' relationships in a family business.

A UK family business expert has called into question findings from a Barclays survey that claims to shed light on relatives' relationships in a family business.

The study, Second Generation Family SMEs in the UK, asked 2,003 members of the British public whether they would hire a family member when setting up a business.

According to the study, 23% of the British public would prefer to work with siblings, followed by fathers at 9% and mothers at 7%.

June 16, 2014

European family businesses are more optimistic about their future following signs of economic recovery with the majority considering investment opportunities in their home markets.

European family businesses are more optimistic about their future following signs of economic recovery with the majority considering investment opportunities in their home markets.

April 15, 2014

Entrepreneurial families in the UK generated approximately £540 billion (€654 billion) in revenues in 2013, adding £180 billion in gross value to the economy, and this figure is set to keep on rising, according to recent research.

Entrepreneurial families in the UK generated approximately £540 billion (€654 billion) in revenues in 2013, adding £180 billion in gross value to the economy, and this figure is set to keep on rising, according to recent research.

In the report Family affair: Spotlight on UK family SMEs, UK-based bank Barclays found there were 2.42 million first-generation, family-controlled small to medium-sized firms (SMEs), having climbed back from a low of 2.32 million in 2011 after the financial crisis.

April 10, 2014

Families need to ensure that flexibility is built into the legal framework of their businesses and family trust vehicles to avoid “context conflict” and safeguard governance, a legal whitepaper suggests.

Families need to ensure that flexibility is built into the legal framework of their businesses and family trust vehicles to avoid “context conflict” and safeguard governance, a legal whitepaper suggests.

Context Conflict: Preserving Goals and Values in the Family Enterprise highlighted the potential conflict in family businesses between value maximisation in the present and creating long-termvalue for the family in the future.

April 8, 2014

The sprawling, family-controlled conglomerates common in the Gulf Cooperation Council may not survive the next generational transfer if they don't refine their focus, according to a recent report.   

The sprawling, family-controlled conglomerates common in the Gulf Cooperation Council may not survive the next generational transfer if they don't refine their focus, according to a recent report.

Booz & Co, the management consulting division of international accountancy firm PWC, said slowing growth in the GCC as well as greater numbers of foreign companies operating in the region is another threat to the longevity of regional family firms.

April 3, 2014

European family businesses have been some of the most successful enterprises at preserving family fortunes over the past 25 years, new research suggests.

European family businesses have been some of the most successful enterprises at preserving family fortunes over the past 25 years, new research suggests.

The Societe Generale Private Banking sponsored Forbes Insight study looked at the ‘survival rates’ of individual fortunes, defined as wealth of $1 billion and above, by counting the wealthy who appeared on both Forbes’ first billionaires list in 1989 and those that remain there today.

February 19, 2014

Corruption, red tape and staffing pressures have been some of the key risks weighing on Russian entrepreneurs’ minds in the past 12 months, but the investment outlook is still buoyant and there is an increasing interest in the family office model. CampdenFB reports

Russia continues to offer great rewards and great challenges for its wealthy. The process of getting rich, however, is different to the process of staying rich. The fourth annual UBS/Campden Wealth report, Russia’s Wealth Creators, highlighted corruption, too much regulation and the greater need, but limited ability, to secure qualified management and staff, as the key challenges facing Russia’s entrepreneurs. These particular challenges have grown dramatically in importance when compared to last year’s survey.

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