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March 29, 2021

Rajesh Dempo, a third-generation scion of Goa’s prominent Dempo business dynasty, says his diversified Vision Dempo group was expanding at pace just before the Covid-19 outbreak in India, but strategic lessons are now being learned from handling the crisis to enhance operations and opportunities.

Rajesh Dempo, a third-generation scion of Goa’s prominent Dempo business dynasty, says his diversified Vision Dempo group was expanding at pace just before the Covid-19 outbreak in India, but strategic lessons are now being learned from handling the crisis to enhance operations and opportunities.

Dempo finds himself at the sharp end of the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts on society with his dynamic group of companies trading in real estate, hospitality, healthcare, education and film production and entertainment sectors.

March 5, 2021

The Chancellor laid out a supportive package of measures to help businesses, while having one eye on a longer-term plan to balance public finances. Despite recent speculation about changes to Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, and the introduction of a Wealth Tax, the current thresholds have been maintained for the time being.

The Chancellor laid out a supportive package of measures to help businesses, while having one eye on a longer-term plan to balance public finances. Despite recent speculation about changes to Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, and the introduction of a Wealth Tax, the current thresholds have been maintained for the time being.

February 17, 2021

From the onset of the new millennium, business leaders have been increasingly interested in ‘purpose’—the idea that they might look beyond the profit motive alone to consider why the business exists and what purpose it serves. 

From the onset of the new millennium, business leaders have been increasingly interested in ‘purpose’—the idea that they might look beyond the profit motive alone to consider why the business exists and what purpose it serves. 

The idea was given popular force by business author Simon Sinek, whose 2009 book Start with Why visualised business purpose as a ‘Golden Circle’—actually, three concentric circles, with WHY in the inside circle, HOW in the middle and WHAT in the outside circle.

January 22, 2021

Choosing the right leader at the right time will be one of the most critical decisions you can make to secure the continued success of your business. Rarely has continuity and succession planning been more important, given the recent challenges faced by family businesses throughout the world.

Choosing the right leader at the right time will be one of the most critical decisions you can make to secure the continued success of your business. Rarely has continuity and succession planning been more important, given the recent challenges faced by family businesses throughout the world.

January 20, 2021

Two brothers sharing ownership in a successful fourth-generation concrete business had a bitter falling-out triggered by an unlikely issue: a sailboat. The older sibling accused his younger brother of dipping into the company till to support his racing habit.

Two brothers sharing ownership in a successful fourth-generation concrete business had a bitter falling-out triggered by an unlikely issue: a sailboat. The older sibling accused his younger brother of dipping into the company till to support his racing habit.

November 30, 2020

Johnny Hon, founder and executive chairman of venture capital firm Global Group International Holdings, has pursued success in business as a route to giving back. He explains why philanthropy is important to him and what he has learnt along the way.

Johnny Hon, founder and executive chairman of venture capital firm Global Group International Holdings, has pursued success in business as a route to giving back. He explains why philanthropy is important to him and what he has learnt along the way.

October 29, 2020

There are a number of inheritance tax-saving strategies available, but apart from giving away cash, what are ultra-wealthy individuals and families doing to mitigate their exposure to IHT?

Surrey has been labelled Britain’s inheritance tax capital by a national newspaper, the county southwest of London where the average UK inheritance tax (IHT) bill is £234,000 ($303,000).

With property prices in Surrey and across the UK continuing to rise, and the tax-free threshold (known as the ‘nil rate band’) of £325,000 ($421,000) frozen, family business owners could be forgiven for thinking that IHT is a fact of life.

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May 12, 2020

The home of the family-run wine merchant and royal supplier Berry Bros & Rudd, at No 3 St James’s St in London, is shuttered for the foreseeable future. But Geordie Willis, creative director and eighth-generation family member, says business goes on—as it has for three centuries.

The home of the family-run wine merchant and royal supplier Berry Bros & Rudd, at No 3 St James’s St in London, is shuttered for the foreseeable future. But Geordie Willis, creative director and eighth-generation family member, says business goes on—as it has for three centuries.

May 6, 2020

Richard Branson has offered his home, Necker Island, as security to the UK Government, in the hope of obtaining a £500 million loan to support Virgin Atlantic through the coronavirus crisis. Many business owners, and other individuals, around the UK will need to source funding at this time, but may be unable or unwilling to mortgage their home. They may therefore be looking at what other forms of collateral they might offer to lenders.

Richard Branson has offered his home, Necker Island, as security to the UK Government, in the hope of obtaining a £500 million loan to support Virgin Atlantic through the coronavirus crisis. Many business owners, and other individuals, around the UK will need to source funding at this time, but may be unable or unwilling to mortgage their home. They may therefore be looking at what other forms of collateral they might offer to lenders.

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