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April 20, 2016

Next-generation members of family businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of installing outsiders in senior roles, according to a report.

Next-generation members of family businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of installing outsiders in senior roles, according to a report.

Although nine out of ten next gens have, or expect to have, a governance role themselves in the business, many believe an external hire may be able to contribute more, according to PwC’s Great Expectations: The Next Generation of Family Business Leaders.

April 14, 2016

Superyachts are synonymous with high-comfort cruising but, increasingly, owners are asking shipbuilders to design super slick vessels matching envy-making comforts with a hard-edge racing pedigree. Mike Owen reports

Superyachts are synonymous with high-comfort cruising but, increasingly, owners are asking shipbuilders to design super slick vessels matching envy-making comforts with a hard-edge racing pedigree. Mike Owens reports 

April 8, 2016

Adult colouring book craze prompts growth at Faber-Castell; Tata patriarch defends sale of UK steelworks; and Mixed first quarter for high street giant H&M

Adult colouring book craze prompts growth at Faber-Castell

A surge in the number of people buying adult colouring books has caused double-digit growth at German writing instruments manufacturer Faber-Castell.

The eighth-generation family firm has been forced to run extra shifts in its factory to keep up with demand, Sandra Suppa from Faber-Castell told The Independent.

Adult colouring books have become a surprise success in bookshops and have sold some 16 million copies worldwide.

April 8, 2016

Family businesses claim superiority due to their long-term orientation. Nowhere is this more evident than their treatment of people

On a cold, rainy February night, I connected through New York’s La Guardia Airport. The plane stopped short of the gate, and the passengers walked down steps to the tarmac to collect our gate-checked bags and walk about 200 metres in the rain to the terminal.  This is the airport for America’s greatest city, I thought, yet it is clearly suffering from neglect.

April 8, 2016

The scandal over offshore investments is not set to influence the investment decisions of family offices, experts say, although reputational risk is a key consideration.

The Panama Papers revelations are unlikely to influence the decisions that ultra-high net worth (UHNW) families make over their finances, according to a leading specialist.

There are only likely to be “very, very limited” effects on how family offices operate, said Sascha Klamp, managing director and chief investment officer of London-based CITE Investments.

April 1, 2016

Galahad Clark, a seventh-generation member of the Clarks dynasty, talks about his new venture – a London-based textile-recycling firm looking to recapture raw cotton and polyester at a molecular level. 

Just a fraction of the world’s ever-growing output of clothes gets recycled, a situation that is filling up landfill sites and wasting precious resources.

Worn Again is looking to change this with its development of a technology that can recapture and separate the raw polyester and cotton raw materials from textiles which can then go back into the supply chain as new.

March 24, 2016

Making a dime from coin collecting is not a certainty, but with returns of 234% in the past 10 years, those numismatists with a passion for precious metal can do well out of these small pieces of history. Daniel Bardsley reports

The extraordinary success of the Rothschild banking dynasty can be traced back to a young man with a passion for collecting coins.

According to the family archive, Mayer Amschel Rothschild became interested in coins as a small boy and had not even reached his mid-teens when, in 1757, he took up a job in a bank’s rare-coins department.

March 18, 2016

Cristina Stenbeck, the main shareholder of Swedish investment firm Kinnevik, has stepped down from her role as executive chairman in order to find new investment opportunities in the education, healthcare and, fintech sectors.

Cristina Stenbeck, the main shareholder of Swedish investment firm Kinnevik, has stepped down from her role as executive chairman in order to find new investment opportunities in the education, healthcare and fintech sectors.

According to a company statement, the 39-year-old will also leave the board of telecom and media firm Millicom, Kinnevik's second-biggest holding, which she also chairs. Tom Boardman, who has been director of the investment board at Kinnevik since 2011, has been named as her replacement.

March 18, 2016

Heineken eyes control of indebted Indian tycoon’s brewery; Todd Corporation renews acquisition attempt of Flinders Mines; and Maersk claims first drone delivery at sea

Heineken eyes control of indebted Indian tycoon’s brewery

Netherlands-based brewery Heineken is likely to ask Vijay Mallya, known as ‘India’s Richard Branson’, to step down from the board of United Breweries, according to Reuters.

Heineken currently holds a 42.4% stake in United Breweries, the largest brewer in India, and has reportedly lost faith in the entrepreneur, who owes creditor banks more than $1 billion.

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