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May 23, 2008

Edward Timpson, an heir to the Timpson fortune, has cemented his career outside the family business after being elected as a member of parliament in the UK district of Crewe and Nantwich yesterday.

Edward Timpson (pictured), an heir to the Timpson fortune, has cemented his career outside the family business after being elected as a member of parliament in the UK district of Crewe and Nantwich yesterday. He won over 49% of the vote for the Conservative party taking a seat from Labour for the first time in a by-election since 1978.

Edward, 34, is the great great-grandson of William Timpson, founder of the €100 million family shoe repairs and key cutting business. His father, John, is chief executive of the company, and brother James is the MD.

April 28, 2008

Some of the world’s most prominent families have dominated a new list which displays the UK’s most affluent individuals.

Some of the world's most prominent families have dominated a new list which displays the UK's most affluent individuals. The list, by Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sunday Times, shows how the UK's super-rich are getting even richer as the combined wealth of the top 200 rose by €45 billion in the last year.

February 29, 2008

Family businesses are twice as important to the UK economy as private equity-backed firms, according to a report.

Family businesses are twice as important to the UK economy as private equity-backed firms, according to a report. The UK Family Business Sector report by the Institute of Family Business suggests that family firms generate sales of €1,392 billion compared to €555 billion from private equity-backed firms. The sectors also account for 9.5 million and 2.8 million employees respectively.

The report also suggests that family firms account for 65% of all the private sector enterprises in the UK and are responsible for around 31% of GDP in the whole economy.

February 26, 2008

A takeover bid from an Icelandic investment firm threatens to divide a family-owned clothing company.

A takeover bid from an Icelandic investment firm threatens to divide a family-owned clothing company. Men's clothing firm Moss Bros has received a takeover bid of €0.55 per share from Baugur, the Iceland-based investment group, which values Moss Bros at approximately €53 million.

February 1, 2008

New research shows that UK government plans to tax the country’s UHNWIs will be counter-productive as tax revenues will fall and UK investments will be sold.

New research shows that UK government plans to tax the country’s UHNWIs will be counter-productive as tax revenues will fall and UK investments will be sold.

The research, carried out by The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, shows that over half of the UK’s UHNWIs are already leaving or making contingency plans to leave or sell their UK investments. In addition, one third of wealthy non-doms are leaving, planning to leave or sell UK investments taking £2.1 billion of tax revenues with them.

January 24, 2008

Bowing to demands from business leaders and investors, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling, has announced concessions to the sweeping reforms that were planned for Capital Gains Tax in the UK.

Bowing to demands from business leaders and investors, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling (pictured), has announced concessions to the sweeping reforms that were planned for capital gains tax in the UK.

Billing the climb-down as "entrepreneurs' relief", Darling said the compromise will affect business owners when they sell their business. He said the relief would also be open to employees and company directors who own at least a 5% stake in a qualifying company.

November 1, 2006

A growing, diverse population and global pressures mean that family firms are changing in the UK. Grant Gordon and Alex Scott from the Insitute for Family Business tell Families in Business what is on the agenda for UK family businesses now and in the future

Grant Gordon is Director General and Alex Scott is Chairman of the Institute for Family Business (UK). For more information on the IFB and membership benefits, please visit www.ifb.org.uk.

A growing, diverse population and global pressures mean that family firms are changing in the UK. Grant Gordon and Alex Scott from the Insitute for Family Business tell Families in Business what is on the agenda for UK family businesses now and in the future

September 1, 2006

Indian family businesses are some of the most optimistic in the world, while UK family family businesses are the least. Anuj Chande, Vishesh Chandiok and Howard Hackney take a close look at what the future holds for family businesses in each country

Anuj Chande is an International Business Partner at Grant Thornton UK; Vishesh Chandiok is Country Director International Business at Grant Thornton India; Howard Hackney is Head of Family Business at Grant Thornton UK.

Indian family businesses are some of the most optimistic in the world, while UK family family businesses are the least. Anuj Chande, Vishesh Chandiok and Howard Hackney take a close look at what the future holds for family businesses in each country

March 1, 2006

The UK’s wealthiest 1% of individuals are knuckled down with a cautious investment strategy keen to preserve what they have. But look out for the ‘affluentials’, says John Clemens, they’re the ones aggressively building their capital and locating growth markets

John Clemens is managing partner of Tulip Financial Research. www.tulipresearch.com

The UK's wealthiest 1% of individuals are knuckled down with a cautious investment strategy keen to preserve what they have. But look out for the 'affluentials', says John Clemens, they're the ones aggressively building their capital and locating growth markets

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