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July 31, 2012

Bond Street in London’s West End is awash with bunting. Hung from one side of the street to the other, Union Jacks are blowing in a gentle breeze. This is London’s year – and Bond Street, famed the world over for its high-end stores, is in a celebratory mood. So too is family business Boodles. 

Bond Street in London’s West End is awash with bunting. Hung from one side of the street to the other, Union Jacks are blowing in a gentle breeze. This is London’s year – and Bond Street, famed the world over for its high-end stores, is in a celebratory mood.

July 24, 2012

Ask anyone what products they associate Switzerland with and they would probably mention cuckoo clocks, Swiss army knives and watches, but also chocolate. Indeed, some of the best chocolate in the world.

Ask anyone what products they associate Switzerland with and they would probably mention cuckoo clocks, Swiss army knives and watches, but also chocolate. Indeed, some of the best chocolate in the world.

The country produces some 175,000 tonnes of the sweet stuff, and standing at the top of this chocolate mountain, as big as any Swiss alp, in terms of quality is the 175-year-old family business Confiserie Spruengli.

May 18, 2012

Cornwall, in the south-west of England, is known for its rugged coastal beauty, pasties and the pirates of Penzance. But, despite its appeal, the peninsula is one of the country’s poorest regions. That’s why family businesses like Seasalt, which makes clothes reflecting Cornish heritage, are crucial for the health of the local economy.

Cornwall, in the extreme south-west of England, is known the world over for its rugged coastal beauty, pasties and the pirates of Penzance. But, despite its obvious appeal to the tourist trade, the 1,300 square miles of peninsula is one of England’s poorest counties, where most of the locals leave to find work elsewhere.

May 13, 2012

When it comes to family businesses, Naples is best known for its links to the camorra rather than the legitimate form of enterprise. But, small and family-owned shops are everywhere in town. CampdenFB takes a look at one of those businesses – E Marinella, which has established itself as a world-renowned maker of ties. 

When it comes to family businesses, the southern Italian city of Naples is best known for its less than salubrious links to the often family-run camorra, one of the world’s most famous mafia-style crime organisations, rather than the more legitimate forms of the enterprise structure.

But, as anyone who has ever been to this sometimes-troubling city, stretched across the beautiful Gulf of Naples knows, small and mostly family-owned shops are everywhere, adding to the unique flavour of the place.

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