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Family entrepreneur

April 16, 2013

Oscar Farinetti is one of Italy’s best-known entrepreneurs. His latest venture, a food retailer called Eataly, is among the world’s fastest-growing brands. Family has played a big role in his success.

The calling to be an entrepreneur came to me when I was young, at the age of just 20. I had an overriding desire to be an entrepreneur. At that time, in the late 1970s, I realised that the electronics industry was becoming increasingly important and I decided to start developing my activities in the sector.

January 8, 2013

Whom do you trust out there? In the current climate of downturn and austere suspicion, the likelihood is fewer individuals and organisations than you did before 2007. But do you trust your family?

Whom do you trust out there? In the current climate of downturn and austere suspicion, the likelihood is fewer individuals and organisations than you did before 2007. 

December 18, 2012

Angus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat, reckons watching his father do business gave him a taste for entrepreneurship. He talks to CampdenFB about risks, chocolate and not following family expectations. 

Angus Thirlwell, 49, is co-founder of Hotel Chocolat.

July 6, 2012

Next-gens from two big family businesses tell CampdenFB how an off-chance meeting at a conference helped them unleash their inner entrepreneur.

It was November 2006 and Facebook was quickly becoming a firm student favourite. In Belgium, at a family business conference, undergraduate student Edouard Thijssen, a fifth-gen member of the Aliaxis Group, found himself in a room with relatives he barely knew. He got talking to former investment banker Edouard Janssen, whose family owns chemicals company Solvay – and they had a eureka moment.

The result was TrustedFamily – a social media platform for family businesses.

May 31, 2012

Nicolas Bouckaert is the head of his family’s carpet-making business, Beaulieu of America. But that hasn’t stopped him being an entrepreneur.

Nicolas Bouckaert is the head of his family’s carpet-making business, Beaulieu of America. But that hasn’t stopped him being an entrepreneur.

I wanted an opportunity to get some outside experience – get my feet wet really – before jumping into the family business. It is more valuable to learn by doing things on your own. You will make mistakes, sure, but you learn from them – it is just a different type of learning that you may not get by going directly into the family company.

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