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November 18, 2021

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

November 3, 2021

Family businesses often grow in an unstructured way, leading to a culture of informality. As a result, basic employment law documents can get overlooked and family members are not issued with employment contracts or subject to formal policies. This can leave the business exposed when issues arise as neither the business nor the family member have a ‘rule book’ to follow.

Family businesses often grow in an unstructured way, leading to a culture of informality. As a result, basic employment law documents can get overlooked and family members are not issued with employment contracts or subject to formal policies. This can leave the business exposed when issues arise as neither the business nor the family member have a ‘rule book’ to follow.

July 21, 2021

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director (NED)? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Independent research commissioned by the Institute of Directors found that the NED contribution added value to the firm with most believing the NED role improved profitability.

June 8, 2021

The new financial year has begun. It is the first financial year post-lockdown, with the new challenges that the pandemic has brought to the table. In what way has the pandemic broadened the scope of the agenda for business owners who are looking to retire or sell within the next couple of years?

The new financial year has begun. It is the first financial year post-lockdown, with the new challenges that the pandemic has brought to the table. In what way has the pandemic broadened the scope of the agenda for business owners who are looking to retire or sell within the next couple of years?

February 3, 2021

Family businesses are more vulnerable to inadequate succession planning because, understandably, members of every generation involved with the business are likely reluctant to discuss, much less contemplate, the incapacity or death of the current leaders.

Family businesses are more vulnerable to inadequate succession planning because, understandably, members of every generation involved with the business are likely reluctant to discuss, much less contemplate, the incapacity or death of the current leaders.

January 22, 2021

Choosing the right leader at the right time will be one of the most critical decisions you can make to secure the continued success of your business. Rarely has continuity and succession planning been more important, given the recent challenges faced by family businesses throughout the world.

Choosing the right leader at the right time will be one of the most critical decisions you can make to secure the continued success of your business. Rarely has continuity and succession planning been more important, given the recent challenges faced by family businesses throughout the world.

December 8, 2017

The 82-year-old co-founder of iconic Italian fashion retailer Benetton has taken over control of the family business from non-family executives as it struggles with mounting losses. 

The 82-year-old co-founder of iconic Italian fashion retailer Benetton has taken over control of the family business from non-family executives as it struggles with mounting losses. 

In 1965 Luciano Benetton (pictured) established the company with his three siblings that became famous for colourful knitwear and provocative advertising campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s.

He served as Benetton's chairman from 1978 to 2012.

August 27, 2015

With vast numbers of baby boomers now on the cusp of retirement, the aged and elderly are set to take up a greater slice of the demographic pie. CampdenFO looks at how family offices can tap into this so-called “silver economy”

September 23, 2013

Two thirds of Australian family businesses do not have a succession plan in place despite the majority of family chief executives being over the age of 50 and nearly 20% being over the age of 65, according to a KPMG and Family Business Australia survey.

Two thirds of Australian family businesses do not have a succession plan in place despite the majority of family chief executives being over the age of 50 and nearly 20% being over the age of 65, according to a KPMG and Family Business Australia survey.

Seventy-two per cent of family businesses listed balancing family and business issues as the primary challenge for their family firm, and 67% said maintaining family ownership was a primary concern.

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