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August 29, 2014

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

The academic paper, published in a recent edition of Family Business Review, also revealed the results had knock-on effects for the type of people families go to for advice about their business, which could affect their companies’ ability to meet challenges down the road.

August 21, 2014

New York has produced more than twice the number of billionaires than any other city, new research has revealed, with a whopping 52 individuals hailing from America’s financial capital. 

New York has produced more than twice the number of billionaires than any other city, new research has revealed, with a whopping 52 individuals hailing from America’s financial capital. 

According to Spear’s Magazine and WealthInsight’s Top 25 Global Cities Where Billionaires Are Born, New York has birthed 30 more billionaires than its nearest competitor Moscow, which narrowly bet London to second place with a billionaire headcount of 22. 

July 25, 2014

The UK public is more than twice as likely to trust a company if it is family owned than if it is publicly listed, new research from the Institute for Family Business (IFB) reveals.

The UK public is more than twice as likely to trust a company if it is family owned than if it is publicly listed, new research from the Institute for Family Business (IFB) reveals.

A poll, conducted by international market research firm YouGov for the family business organisation, found 55% of the population thinks family ownership is important to business trustworthiness. Only 26% thought this for public companies.

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.

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