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August 31, 2016

A family office protects what has been achieved and takes full advantage of all the social capital the family brings, a London law firm says.

A family office protects what has been achieved and takes full advantage of all the social capital the family brings, a London law firm says.

Wedlake Bell commentated on the rocketing popularity of family offices following an EY report which claimed there are between 3,000 and 15,000 family offices worldwide, with more than half having been set up since the Millennium.

April 15, 2014

Entrepreneurial families in the UK generated approximately £540 billion (€654 billion) in revenues in 2013, adding £180 billion in gross value to the economy, and this figure is set to keep on rising, according to recent research.

Entrepreneurial families in the UK generated approximately £540 billion (€654 billion) in revenues in 2013, adding £180 billion in gross value to the economy, and this figure is set to keep on rising, according to recent research.

In the report Family affair: Spotlight on UK family SMEs, UK-based bank Barclays found there were 2.42 million first-generation, family-controlled small to medium-sized firms (SMEs), having climbed back from a low of 2.32 million in 2011 after the financial crisis.

February 28, 2014

Lego's annual results for 2013 have seen it become the world's most profitable toymaker – just a decade after the Danish family firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.  

Lego's annual results for 2013 have seen it become the world's most profitable toymaker – just a decade after the Danish family firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

Its revenue increased by 10% to DKK 25.4 billion (€3.4 billion), while net profit grew 9% to DKK 6.1 billion – beating nearest rival Mattel, maker of Barbie, by 25%. Mattel's net profit was $904 million (€654.8). 

March 11, 2013

Real estate is the oldest asset class in the world, dating back to the days when Ug the caveman waved a club and told his friends: “This cave mine.” Is now the right time to invest in property?

Real estate is the oldest asset class in the world, dating back to the days when Ug the caveman waved a club and told his friends: “This cave mine.” The warm feeling people like Ug felt from having a roof over their heads gave birth to the 16th century phrase “an Englishman’s home is his castle”. In the 18th century, French philosopher Voltaire said: “The spirit of property doubles a man’s strength.”

January 10, 2012

Maintaining an entrepreneurial approach, integrating non-family members and planning succession are the main challenges UK mid-sized family businesses face, but a new initiative promises to unlock growth at these firms and boost the country’s economic development. 

Maintaining an entrepreneurial approach, integrating non-family members and planning succession are the main challenges UK mid-sized family businesses face, but a new initiative promises to unlock growth at these firms and boost the country’s economic development.

That’s what lobby group the Institute for Family Business told CampdenFB.

September 15, 2011

Family businesses are unlikely to play a big role in driving growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based analyst. 

Family businesses are unlikely to play a big role in driving growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based analyst.

Amar Gill, head of special projects research at brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Market, told CampdenFB that family businesses will account for only around 20% to 30% of new wealth created over the next four years.

February 4, 2011

Family-controlled Hermes will be relieved that it notched up a 25% growth in sales in 2010 as it will bolster its defence from the predatory arch rival LVMH.

Family-controlled Hermes will be relieved that it notched up a 25% growth in sales in 2010 as it will bolster its defence from the predatory arch rival LVMH.  

In a statement, the Paris-based company said that full-year sales increased to €2.4 billion from €1.9 billion the previous year. The growth was attributed to strong business in all regions, with sales in America and Europe recording growth of 25% and 16% respectively.

September 6, 2010

Pernod Ricard, the Paris-based drinks group, recorded a rise in profits in 2009/10 despite seeing a slight drop in revenues.

Pernod Ricard, the Paris-based drinks group, recorded a rise in profits in 2009/10 despite seeing a slight drop in revenues.

Reporting its full year results on 2 September, the world's second-largest spirits group by sales said net profit had risen by 1% to €951 million for the year ending 30 June, but saw revenues fall by 2% to €7 billion. Its results were helped by an overall reduction in debt and strong growth in Asian markets.

August 18, 2010

Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG, the family-controlled provider of outdoor advertising, has returned to the capital markets following the announcement of its IPO last month.

Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG, the family-controlled provider of outdoor advertising, has returned to the capital markets following the announcement of its IPO last month.
 
The Germany-based business said on Monday that it expects to raise €12.8 million from the issue of 640,000 new shares.
 

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