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July 1, 2004

Johan H Andresen, CEO of Norwegian venture capital investor Ferd, talks about 2003’s board professionalisation process, and why an emphasis on good governance can see the company achieve its goals

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Johan H Andresen, CEO of Norwegian venture capital investor Ferd, talks about 2003's board professionalisation process, and why an emphasis on good governance can see the company achieve its goals

"A community is like a ship," celebrated 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen once said. "Everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."

July 1, 2004

Faber-Castell, the eighth-generation family-controlled writing instruments group, is showing no signs of retrenchment but just how long will its creative streak last?

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Faber-Castell, the eighth-generation family-controlled writing instruments group, is showing no signs of retrenchment but just how long will its creative streak last?

Faber-Castell is keen to set the record straight from the outset. The family business is not a German pencil-maker that exports but an international group with 15 factories round the world and 5,500 employees.
 

July 1, 2004

Finland may be a small country overshadowed by its dominant neighbour Russia, but has a tenacious family business sector powering a stable economy. Krista Elo-Pärsinnen reports

Finland may be a small country overshadowed by its dominant neighbour Russia, but has a tenacious family business sector powering a stable economy.

Finland's family businesses embody 'accountable ownership' with a face – they are arguably the backbone of the economy as well as the engine powering it. Their broad goal is not unlike family business owners the world over: to pass down an enterprise in a better condition than when they themselves took over.

July 1, 2004

You don’t have to throw your company to the lions when the time for exit approaches. Melanie Stern examines how selling to your managers or staff can provide another way out

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

You don't have to throw your company to the lions when the time for exit approaches. Melanie Stern examines how selling to your managers or staff can provide another way out

Yeah, yeah, yeah – so we know that business-owning families have never sat pretty with the idea of exiting by selling their beloved companies to a rival, and even less so with going to market.
 

July 1, 2004

Public markets are not only an attractive alternative source of finance for family or owner-managed businesses but provide a cost-effective exit strategy for the founders without losing control of the business, explains Jonathan Jenkins

Jonathan Jenkins is joint managing director of OFEX.

Public markets are not only an attractive alternative source of finance for family or owner-managed businesses but provide a cost-effective exit strategy for the founders without losing control of the business, explains Jonathan Jenkins

July 1, 2004

Most of us are familiar with the statistics illustrating family businesses’ mistrust of venture capital. Just 0.9% of UK business families turn to this sector for development finance, according to Manchester Business School, as opposed to the 72% who stick to bank loans.

Most of us are familiar with the statistics illustrating family businesses' mistrust of venture capital. Just 0.9% of UK business families turn to this sector for development finance, according to Manchester Business School, as opposed to the 72% who stick to bank loans.

May 1, 2004

The prospect of an infusion of cash can be tantalising for family firms considering a share float. But are families willing to shoulder the regulatory scrutiny that follows an IPO? Adam Knight reports

Adam Knight is a freelance financial journalist specialising in family business.

The prospect of an infusion of cash can be tantalising for family firms considering a share float. But are families willing to shoulder the regulatory scrutiny that follows an IPO? Adam Knight reports

May 1, 2004

The Knie dynasty, the eighth-generation family behind Switzerland’s famed national circus recently cracked the 200-year mark. Who says family businesses rarely last the distance?

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The Knie dynasty, the eighth-generation family behind Switzerland's famed national circus recently cracked the 200-year mark. Who says family businesses rarely last the distance?

The show, as they say in showbiz, must go on. The Knie dynasty, the colourful family business behind the Swiss National Circus would agree. "We do not want to disappoint our audience," says Fredy Knie Jr, the 57-year old son of the legendary horseman Fredy Knie Sr. "It's the only way to be profitable."

May 1, 2004

Sweden’s iconic wooden toy company has been something of a slow train in a locomotive race, but has total faith in its plan to sideline its multi-million dollar debt and return to profitability by 2005

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Sweden's iconic wooden toy company has been something of a slow train in a locomotive race, but has total faith in its plan to sideline its multi-million dollar debt and return to profitability by 2005

There's optimism, and there is blind faith. One can't be sure which side of the tracks the brothers Dag and Bengt Ivarsson, fourth family generation and board members of iconic toy company Brio, stand.

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