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July 16, 2009

Family-run publisher McGraw-Hill announced this week that it is “exploring strategic options” for one of its longest running publications, Business Week. In reality, most people expect the company to sell this once gleaming asset.

Family-run publisher McGraw-Hill announced this week that it is "exploring strategic options" for one of its longest running publications, Business Week. In reality, most people expect the company to sell this once gleaming asset.

July 9, 2009

We are all aware of the merits of listening to our elders, especially within family businesses, but Stephanie Brun de Pontet advocates paying attention to the ideas of the younger generations too

We are all aware of the merits of listening to our elders, especially within family businesses, but Stephanie Brun de Pontet advocates paying attention to the ideas of the younger generations too

July 2, 2009

Want to get away from words like recession, financial downturn and economic turmoil? With the holiday season upon us, Campden FB has compiled a list of luxury holidays in the most exclusive locations to inspire even the seasoned traveller. Indulgence, tranquillity and natural beauty await…

Want to get away from words like recession, financial downturn and economic turmoil? With the holiday season upon us, Campden FB has compiled a list of luxury holidays in the most exclusive locations to inspire even the seasoned traveller. Indulgence, tranquillity and natural beauty await…  

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean

June 25, 2009

The preliminary results of the Campden FB/Mishcon de Reya survey on the current economic climate confirm family businesses are not escaping the effects of the recession. Jonathan Berman, partner in the Families in Business Group at Mischon de Reya, believes this shows the recession is deeper and more biting than previously thought.

The preliminary results of the Campden FB/Mishcon de Reya survey on the current economic climate confirm family businesses are not escaping the effects of the recession. Jonathan Berman, partner in the Families in Business Group at Mischon de Reya, believes this shows the recession is deeper and more biting than previously thought.

June 18, 2009

Family owned and managed businesses are often run very differently from businesses that are not family owned. This is not a negative thing considering family businesses seem to be surviving the current turmoil better than most; however this economic situation is unprecedented in both scale and impact so even strong family businesses need to understand how to successfully navigate today’s un-chartered and turbulent economic landscape. To do this you need business enterprise sustainability (BES), writes John Caslione

Family owned and managed businesses are often run very differently from businesses that are not family owned.

June 11, 2009

Economists have many fine qualities, writes Roger Nightingale, but an ability to forecast is not one of them. The problem is that they don't understand what makes an economy tick. As a result there is much debate as to the nature of the crisis we are currently embroiled in. Crucially, there are more questions than answers.

June 4, 2009

At first glance any relationship between the bankruptcy of mass automaker General Motors and that of family-owned coach-builder Wilhelm Karmann seems remote. After all, publicly-owned GM went down with $172 billion in liabilities while Germany-based Karmann has collapsed into insolvency with practically zero debt.

At first glance any relationship between the bankruptcy of mass automaker General Motors and that of family-owned coach-builder Wilhelm Karmann seems remote, writes Selwyn Parker.

After all, publicly-owned GM went down with $172 billion in liabilities while Germany-based Karmann, legendary for its Karmann Ghia version of the Beetle and other iconic shapes, has collapsed into insolvency with practically zero debt.

May 28, 2009

Villeroy & Boch, the family-owned company famous for tableware, glassware and cutlery, served up a member of the family’s eighth generation earlier this month when Wendelin von Boch took over chairmanship of the supervisory board.

Villeroy & Boch, the family-owned company famous for tableware, glassware and cutlery, served up a member of the family's eighth generation earlier this month when Wendelin von Boch took over chairmanship of the supervisory board, writes Marc Smith.

The news comes amid negative growth figures for the Germany-based business, which traces its roots back to the tiny French village of Audun le Tiche, where François Boch set up a pottery company with his three sons in 1748.

May 21, 2009

The skills of family business owners, chairmen and managers are being severely tested in the current climate. Just this week, rumours that family-owned Shaeffler’s audacious takeover of larger rival Continental is beginning to unravel have surfaced. So what are some of the world’s leading business-owning families saying and doing? Campden FB takes a look…

The skills of family business owners, chairmen and managers are being severely tested in the current climate. Just this week, rumours that family-owned Shaeffler's audacious takeover of larger rival Continental is beginning to unravel have surfaced. So what are some of the world's leading business-owning families saying and doing? Campden FB takes a look…

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