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Ownership and Management

November 1, 2003

Clearly communicating your needs and expectations to your lawyer means you receive better advice and, usually, better value. Eight simple rules will help you redefine your relationship to achieve more valuable advice

Henry Krasnow is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience who specialises in the problems of family businesses. He is the founding partner of the law firm Krasnow Saunders Cornblath, LLP and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Clearly communicating your needs and expectations to your lawyer means you receive better advice and, usually, better value. Eight simple rules will help you redefine your relationship to achieve more valuable advice

November 1, 2003

A recent survey suggests that successful multi-generational families are just as concerned with the quality of their relationships with other family members as they are with financial measures – good governance can help the next generation build on these relationships

Dennis T Jaffe is Professor at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, author of Working With The Ones You Love and a founding member of the Aspen Family Business Group. Amy Braden is Managing Director and heads the Family Wealth Center of JP Morgan Private Bank.

A recent survey suggests that successful multi-generational families are just as concerned with the quality of their relationships with other family members as they are with financial measures – good governance can help the next generation build on these relationships

November 1, 2003

An increasing number of employers are looking at flexible benefits to improve recruitment and retention levels. Is it time your family business became more flexible?

Shawn Healy is a Senior Tax Manager with The BDO Centre for Family Business, formerly the Stoy Centre for Family Business, which was set up in 1992 dedicated to serving the needs and raising the profile of UK family businesses.

An increasing number of employers are looking at flexible benefits to improve recruitment and retention levels. Is it time your family business became more flexible?

November 1, 2003

As a growing family business owner you want to ensure that your business technology infrastructure provides your company with a strong competitive advantage. Here are some ideas to help you select the right technology for your business

Jon Carroll is the co-founder of Family Office Metrics, a New York City consulting firm with a nationwide clientele.

As a growing family business owner you want to ensure that your business technology infrastructure provides your company with a strong competitive advantage. Here are some ideas to help you select the right technology for your business

November 1, 2003

In this day and age it is difficult for companies to retain staff long-term, especially the under 35s, and employee benefits can be an added incentive. It appears, however, that it is not only the benefits that encourage long-term service with a company

John Stepek is the son of a retired second generation family business owner. He lives and works in London as a financial journalist.

In this day and age it is difficult for companies to retain staff long-term, especially the under 35s, and employee benefits can be an added incentive. It appears, however, that it is not only the benefits that encourage long-term service with a company

November 1, 2003

If you are considering making changes to your employee benefit programme, now is a good time to do it – with little volatility in the employment market there should be a minimal negative impact. As long as it is handled carefully it could be cost-effective for your business too...

Philip Houghton and Paul Mather are Senior Consultants with Sibson Consulting, a global human capital consulting firm, based in London. Bart Huby is a Partner with Lane, Clark & Peacock LLP, an actuarial partnership with offices in London and Winchester, UK.

If you are considering making changes to your employee benefit programme, now is a good time to do it – with little volatility in the employment market there should be a minimal negative impact. As long as  it is handled carefully it could be cost-effective for your business too...

November 1, 2003

Many British brands have been acquired by large, foreign family-owned conglomerates. How do they manage to retain the quintessential British qualities so important to their image?

Ian Sclater is a freelance journalist based in Scotland.

Many British brands have been acquired by large, foreign family-owned conglomerates. How do they manage to retain the quintessential British qualities so important to their image?

The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars company has a German driver, BMW. The exclusive Thomas Pink clothing company fits its French owners, the LVMH group. Some of Britain's best known breweries have been lapped up by Belgians (Interbrew) and Americans (Coors).

November 1, 2003

Good and bad people can be found in both public and private companies the world over. But family businesses offer many advantages over other models of capitalism – and can even be argued to be morally superior

Guido Corbetta is Professor of Strategic Management at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and a founding partner of the Family Business Consulting Group International.

Good and bad people can be found in both public and private companies the world over. But family businesses offer many advantages over other models of capitalism – and can even be argued to be morally superior

November 1, 2003

It’s been two years since FIB first reported on the formation of a new family business organisation, the Institute for Family Business, the UK chapter of the Family Business Network. Suzy Bibko interviewed Grant Gordon to find out how the association had progressed.

It's been two years since FIB first reported on the formation of a new family business organisation, the Institute for Family Business, the UK chapter of the Family Business Network. Suzy Bibko interviewed Grant Gordon to find out how the association had progressed.

How have you seen IFB grow over the past two year? Has it evolved in any unexpected way (perhaps due to member input)?

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