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January 11, 2012

Dramatic profit rises or falls are relatively uncommon in family businesses thanks to their long-term approach, but two family-controlled businesses have gone against the grain this week, reporting results at the opposite ends of the spectrum. 

Dramatic profit rises or falls are relatively uncommon in family businesses thanks to their long-term approach, but two family-controlled companies have gone against the grain this week, reporting results at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

In Europe, watchmaker Swatch Group, controlled by the Hayek family, said on 10 January that sales reached a record high of CHF7.14 billion (€5.89 billion) last year, up 21.7% at constant rates compared to 2010 figures.

November 15, 2011

Half of the winners at this year’s awards for British companies in the luxury industry were family businesses, with names such as Goring hotel group and department store Selfridges prominent.

Half of the winners at this year’s awards for British companies in the luxury industry were family businesses, with names such as Goring hotel group and department store Selfridges prominent.

Organised by Walpole, the non-profit lobby group for the British luxury sector, the awards ceremony saw five of the 10 awards going to family businesses.

November 10, 2011

The world economy may be suffering some serious problems, but many family businesses are growing faster than ever. Which family businesses are likely to challenge for the top positions in the years ahead? CampdenFB lists the top 50.

At the time of writing, traders’ screens around the world are turning a nasty shade of red. Stock markets are plummeting everywhere and there is much talk of developed economies slipping back into recession.

You would be forgiven for wondering if it might be a good time to retreat to a cave with a weapon and a crate of tinned food. But away from the trading floors, there is another story about the world economy - one that moves more slowly and involves fewer people panicking, and so gets less attention.

November 8, 2011

Small-scale businesses dominate Australia's family business sector, but the country was also the birthplace of some of the world's most famous family business names, such as Rupert Murdoch. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading Australian family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Small-scale businesses dominate Australia's family business sector, but the country was also the birthplace of some of the world's most famous family business names, such as Rupert Murdoch. However, unlike Europe and Asia, the country's family business history is relatively short. Lionel Samson & Sons, thought to be Australia's oldest continuing family business, is six generations old.

July 15, 2011

Ten years for a family business is no time at all – but when it comes to covering the subject there’s plenty to talk about during that time.  To celebrate 50 issues of the magazine, CampdenFB presents an interactive graphic to reflect family businesses in their full glory.

July 13, 2011

They are the next corporate leaders—the superstars of family business dynasties rising to the top of the business world. CampdenFB, working in association with judges from business schools and the Family Business Network, and supported by Ernst & Young, has come up with the definitive list of the top 40 next generation leaders under the ago of 40.

They are the next corporate leaders—the superstars of family business dynasties rising to the top of the business world. CampdenFB, working in association with judges from business schools and the Family Business Network, and supported by Ernst & Young, has come up with the definitive list of the top 40 next generation leaders under the ago of 40.

July 8, 2011

Handing control of a family business over to the next generation is perhaps the biggest challenge facing any family business, and the way it is handled decides if a company will thrive or fail. Katie Barker, with an eye on 50 editions of FB, speaks to a number of family business luminaries on how they have dealt with succession.

The family Ford probably know a thing or two about succession. After all Bill Ford – the great-grandson of one of the main architects of global capitalism, Henry Ford – is the executive chairman of the company his illustrious predecessor founded more than 100 years ago.

July 6, 2011

Few family businesses produce a product so appreciated that the Museum of Modern Art in New York keeps one in its collection. Not only is the Swiss army knife a design icon, but the company that makes them has a unique corporate structure that keeps everyone happy.

Ibach, around 60 kilometres south of Zurich, could be described as a typical Swiss Alpine town – ordered streets, suburban shops, affluent population, overlooked by impressive Mont Blanc-style mountains. It’s also home to one of the world’s most iconic brands, the Swiss army knife.

May 4, 2011

In a major new survey, Campden FB has compiled a list of the top 50 family business leaders in the world.

In a major new survey, Campden FB has compiled a list of the top 50 family business leaders in the world.

With the aid of four senior family experts from the world's leading business schools - Randal Carlock from INSEAD; Joachim Schwass from IMD; Kavil Ramachandran from Indian School of Business; and John Ward from Kellogg School of Management – Campden has sifted through loads of data to compile the final list. The top five places went to John Elkann, Azim Premji, Güler Sabanci, Guido Barilla and Ratan Tata.

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