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April 3, 2023

In this week’s FB Roundup, the family-owned Marshall Amplification is sold to Sweden’s Zound Industries; share losses see profits fall for the Lego family’s investment firm; and Matt Riley’s Daisy Group is poised to buy cybersecurity company ECSC.

Family-owned Marshall Amplification sold to Sweden’s Zound Industries
The UK-based Marshall Amplification, which was founded by Jim Marshall (pictured left) and his son Terry in 1962 and has since gone on to become the amp of choice for some of the world's most famous musicians, has been acquired by the Swedish firm Zound Industries.

The agreement, which will see all Marshall brands and Zound Industries rebranded as the newly formed Marshall Group, will see the Marshall family retaining 24%, making them the largest shareholders.

March 28, 2023

Addiction can be incredibly difficult to manage in any family dynamic - but when it shows up in a family business, the stakes are even higher, says family psychotherapist Fiona Yassin.

Addiction can be incredibly difficult to manage in any family dynamic, but when it shows up in a family business, the stakes are even higher.

But by understanding why and how addiction shows up in family businesses and learning the patterns of behaviour in individuals who misuse drugs and alcohol, families will be better equipped to support the addict out of their illness.

March 28, 2023

In this week’s FB Roundup, the Issa brothers explore an £8 billion takeover of the Subway fast-food chain; MacKenzie Scott launches a $250 million ‘open call’ for non-profits in need of funding; and tributes are paid to Intel co-founder Gordon Moore.

Issa brothers explore £8 billion takeover of Subway fast-food chain
Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the billionaire brothers who own a majority stake in UK supermarket giant Asda, are exploring an £8 billion takeover of the American fast food chain Subway.

March 28, 2023

Melanie Levensohn reveals how an improbable bond across generations helped to bring her family closer together.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get” - Forrest Gump

March 23, 2023

The author of The Successor’s Voice, a practical guide for family members navigating the rocky road to succession, talks about building up resources, empowering through knowledge sharing and development of family talent…

“I wanted to write a book that I would have liked to read when I started out,” says fifth-generation family business owner, family talent advisor and successor development coach and mentor, Philip Mackeown of his reasons for penning The Successor’s Voice.

March 21, 2023

Ros Bazany of venture capital firm Antler reveals how how VCs can focus on creating sustainable value from the outset.

As the challenges facing the world become increasingly complex and record levels of investments have streamed into venture capital (VC) over the past two years, the responsibility of VC firms to be engines of positive transformation has never been greater.

Yet, it’s no secret that VCs have found Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and impact challenging themes to adopt and implement, debating their importance, definitions and scope.

March 21, 2023

In this week’s FB Roundup, tributes are paid to Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold; Billionaire broker Charles Schwab loses $2.9 billion in SVB collapse; and Guatemala's first billionaire, Mario Lopez Estrada, dies aged 84.

Tributes paid to Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold
Jacqueline Gold, the British entrepreneur who was the executive chair of Gold Group International, Ann Summers and Knickerbox, has passed away at the age of 62, following a seven-year battle with breast cancer.

The 16th richest woman in Great Britain (worth £470 million in 2019, according to The Sunday Times Rich List) died just two months after the passing of her 86-year-old father, David, a businessman and co-chairman of West Ham United football club.

March 17, 2023

In an exclusive interview with Campden FB, Dr. David Brown talks about his passion for entrepreneurialism, the mind-blowing benefits of machine learning and how big pharma needs a change in mindset…

Throughout his storied career, Dr. David Brown has made significant contributions to medical research within the pharmaceutical industry, but perhaps his most famous innovation came about through a chance observation when the angina medication he was working on had unexpected applications.

While working for Pfizer, he was named co-inventor on the patent for Viagra and, for eight years, led the team that developed the hugely successful erectile dysfunction medication into one of the bonanza breakthroughs of the century.

March 16, 2023

What type of companies are classed as mid-market and what’s their appeal to PE investors? 

The middle-market buyout segment has been relatively underpenetrated by private equity (PE) investors, with less than 5% of mid-market companies backed by a financial sponsor. Despite this, there is strong interest among GPs and LPs alike, on the basis of the attractive characteristics and broad opportunities in the market. So what type of companies are classed as mid-market and what’s their appeal to PE investors?

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