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November 1, 2003

As a growing family business owner you want to ensure that your business technology infrastructure provides your company with a strong competitive advantage. Here are some ideas to help you select the right technology for your business

Jon Carroll is the co-founder of Family Office Metrics, a New York City consulting firm with a nationwide clientele.

As a growing family business owner you want to ensure that your business technology infrastructure provides your company with a strong competitive advantage. Here are some ideas to help you select the right technology for your business

November 1, 2003

In this day and age it is difficult for companies to retain staff long-term, especially the under 35s, and employee benefits can be an added incentive. It appears, however, that it is not only the benefits that encourage long-term service with a company

John Stepek is the son of a retired second generation family business owner. He lives and works in London as a financial journalist.

In this day and age it is difficult for companies to retain staff long-term, especially the under 35s, and employee benefits can be an added incentive. It appears, however, that it is not only the benefits that encourage long-term service with a company

November 1, 2003

If you are considering making changes to your employee benefit programme, now is a good time to do it – with little volatility in the employment market there should be a minimal negative impact. As long as it is handled carefully it could be cost-effective for your business too...

Philip Houghton and Paul Mather are Senior Consultants with Sibson Consulting, a global human capital consulting firm, based in London. Bart Huby is a Partner with Lane, Clark & Peacock LLP, an actuarial partnership with offices in London and Winchester, UK.

If you are considering making changes to your employee benefit programme, now is a good time to do it – with little volatility in the employment market there should be a minimal negative impact. As long as  it is handled carefully it could be cost-effective for your business too...

November 1, 2003

Many British brands have been acquired by large, foreign family-owned conglomerates. How do they manage to retain the quintessential British qualities so important to their image?

Ian Sclater is a freelance journalist based in Scotland.

Many British brands have been acquired by large, foreign family-owned conglomerates. How do they manage to retain the quintessential British qualities so important to their image?

The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars company has a German driver, BMW. The exclusive Thomas Pink clothing company fits its French owners, the LVMH group. Some of Britain's best known breweries have been lapped up by Belgians (Interbrew) and Americans (Coors).

November 1, 2003

Good and bad people can be found in both public and private companies the world over. But family businesses offer many advantages over other models of capitalism – and can even be argued to be morally superior

Guido Corbetta is Professor of Strategic Management at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and a founding partner of the Family Business Consulting Group International.

Good and bad people can be found in both public and private companies the world over. But family businesses offer many advantages over other models of capitalism – and can even be argued to be morally superior

November 1, 2003

It’s been two years since FIB first reported on the formation of a new family business organisation, the Institute for Family Business, the UK chapter of the Family Business Network. Suzy Bibko interviewed Grant Gordon to find out how the association had progressed.

It's been two years since FIB first reported on the formation of a new family business organisation, the Institute for Family Business, the UK chapter of the Family Business Network. Suzy Bibko interviewed Grant Gordon to find out how the association had progressed.

How have you seen IFB grow over the past two year? Has it evolved in any unexpected way (perhaps due to member input)?

November 1, 2003

The University of Gloucestershire embarked on a new programme in 2003 – the first ever MBA dedicated to family business.

The University of Gloucestershire embarked on a new programme in 2003 – the first ever MBA dedicated to family business. It's been a success, from both the students' points of view as well as the university's and the inaugural class has achieved the highest grade point average of any MBA group at the university thus far. Suzy Bibko had a chance to chat with the students and the course's director, John Tucker, about the programme.

November 1, 2003

“You take money out of this business and give it to your sons. Then they turn around and compete directly with us. They use our equipment, steal our help and do everything to damage our business!”

"You take money out of this business and give it to your sons. Then they turn around and compete directly with us. They use our equipment, steal our help and do everything to damage our business!" yells Charles at Frank. Frank responds heatedly, "That is b******t. Your kids and Hank's kids get to work in the business but you won't let mine work here. My kids need to make a living like anyone else.

September 1, 2003

In December 2002 the Daniels family were enjoying a rare Sunday dinner together.

In December 2002 the Daniels family were enjoying a rare Sunday dinner together. Jane (25) was home for the holidays from Stanford University where she was completing a PhD in history. As usual, the conversation turned towards Ridgeway Harley-Davidson, the business that was started by Joe Daniels (52) and his wife Anne (48). The business had done well over the years and Mark, their son (23) had joined the business full-time in 1998. But once again, as Joe watched his wife and son talk, he started to feel 'out of the loop'.

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