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February 12, 2016

Externship programmes, where next gens work for another business or manage a different unit of the family business, are a popular way to train the next generation for the future responsibilities of running the family enterprise. But what should next gens look for in an externship, what are the benefits and is there a danger that they won't return?

Mariella Bottiglieri must have always been destined to enter the shipping industry.

The daughter of fifth-generation Italian shipping magnate Giuseppe Bottiglieri, she was more likely to spend her childhood summers on board a tanker with her father than at the beach building sandcastles. She even has a tanker named after her.

February 14, 2012

Two universities in Northern Ireland and England have lent their support to family businesses, with both announcing programmes to help family-run firms. 

Two universities in Northern Ireland and England have lent their support to family businesses, with both announcing programmes to help family-run firms.

In Northern Ireland, a new initiative by Queen’s University Management School and business advisory firm BDO will carry out research into issues that create or prevent the success of family-controlled firms.

October 5, 2011

Family-controlled Shepherd Neame, the UK’s oldest brewer, reckons that being a family business has bolstered its earnings during a difficult economic period.

Family-controlled Shepherd Neame, the UK’s oldest brewer, reckons that being a family business has bolstered its earnings during a difficult economic period.

Fifth-generation Jonathan Neame told CampdenFB: “At a time of recession, we have been able to steer the business well due to our long-term thinking on how to invest in alignment with market trends.”

August 16, 2011

Few multi-billionaires have such universal appeal as Warren Buffett. The Sage of Omaha, famed for driving an old car, living in the same house he bought in the late 1950s and drinking cheery coke, is the acceptable face of a billionaire, if there has ever been one.

Few multi-billionaires have such universal appeal as Warren Buffett. The Sage of Omaha, famed for driving an old car, living in the same house he bought in the late 1950s and drinking cheery coke, is the acceptable face of a billionaire, if there has ever been one.

And true to form, Buffett, who has already pledged all his money to charitable causes when he dies, has come up with an idea that will further endear him to the public – it’s called taxing the rich more.

February 11, 2011

Jean Paul Getty III, grandson of possibly the world’s first billionaire, oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, has died aged 54.

Jean Paul Getty III, grandson of possibly the world's first billionaire, oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, has died aged 54.

Beyond his famous surname, Paul Getty III is best known for being kidnapped in Rome at the age of 16 and held captive for five months before his grandfather, decided to pay the ransom.

January 24, 2011

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family’s Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family's Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Heijn joined the family business in 1949 as a salesman, working his way up to become chief executive in 1962. The family business traces its roots back to 1887 when Heijn's grandfather started a grocery store in the Netherlands. Today, Ahold is among the biggest retail chains in the country with more than 800 outlets, and owns more than 3,000 supermarkets world-wide.

August 27, 2009

England has long been out of step with much of the rest of the world when it comes to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements.

England has long been out of step with much of the rest of the world when it comes to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements. In July, the headlines which greeted the Court of Appeal's landmark judgment in Radmacher v Granatino proclaimed that England was finally in step with the rest of the world: if you have a pre-nup, you can rely on it in the English Courts. The reality is more complicated. The ruling is the clearest indication yet that the English Courts will give significant weight to pre-nups, but wealthy individuals and families must still beware.

September 1, 2006

The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside by Richard Benson, Penguin Books Ltd

Christine Harland is a director of Camden Writers, producers of family and family business histories. www.camdenwriters.com

The Farm: The Story of One Family and the English Countryside by Richard Benson, Penguin Books Ltd

Richard Benson, a journalist living in London, received a call one morning from his dad: "Me and thy mam's got a bit of bad news for thee."

November 1, 2005

Booths is a chain of supermarkets in the North-West of England that is in its fifth generation. The company prides itself on customer service, the high quality of its produce – much of it local – and its strong regional identity, writes Emma French

Booths is a chain of supermarkets in the North-West of England that is in its fifth generation. The company prides itself on customer service, the high quality of its produce – much of it local – and its strong regional identity, writes Emma French

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