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September 17, 2014

Family businesses are mirroring changes in society in “blended family businesses”, according to a new report released by UK-based Families in Business, which include any family firm that has invited members of a second family into senior positions.

Family businesses are mirroring changes in society in “blended family businesses”, according to a new report released by UK-based Families in Business, which include any family firm that has invited members of a second family into senior positions.

Dani Saveker, CEO of the consultancy and research company, who coined the term, believes they will become increasingly important over the coming years.

September 16, 2014

Family businesses are less likely to lay off staff than publicly-listed companies even during times of recession, according to a new study out of Michigan. 

Family businesses are less likely to lay off staff than publicly-listed companies even during times of recession, according to a new study out of Michigan.

Family Business Survey 2014, a joint venture from Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, found that 86% of family businesses in would prefer to reduce distributions to owners than to lay off staff.

The study, which had a sample based out of West Michigan, also found that 56% of owners would prefer to take a pay cut than lay off staff.

August 11, 2014

A “shocking” number of family offices send confidential information via email, according to a family wealth IT expert, as new research outlines how family offices can protect themselves from cyber attacks.

A “shocking” number of family offices send confidential information via email, according to a family wealth IT expert, as new research outlines how family offices can protect themselves from cyber attacks.

Internet security for family offices: 10 steps to protect online information, a white paper published by software company Archway Technology Partners and family office intranet provider Trusted Family, released this month, says the majority of family offices lack the specialist IT security needed to prevent cyber attacks.

February 21, 2013

"Should I stay or should I go?" asked The Clash. It’s a question that arises for all next-gens sooner or later, at least when it comes to the people they employ to advise them about investing their money. The evidence suggests that many incline to "go".

"Should I stay or should I go?" asked The Clash. It’s a question that arises for all next-gens sooner or later, at least when it comes to the people they employ to advise them about investing their money. The evidence suggests that many incline to "go".

A recent report published by Campden Wealth and Morgan Stanley found that 62% of the next-generation members in major family businesses are considering changing their bankers in the next two years, compared to just 25% of the older generation in those businesses.

May 10, 2012

Divorce can and has ruined family businesses. CampdenFB looks at what family enterprises should know about divorce – and how to ensure they don’t destroy the business.

It’s almost wedding season in North America and Europe, the time of the year when brides and grooms pray for good weather and promise to love each other for the rest of their days. This optimistic bunch obviously aren’t paying attention to the divorce statistics. But people with family businesses should.

October 3, 2011

Family businesses are a key source of private wealth creation in Asia and are the backbone of the region's economies, according to research from Credit Suisse. 

Family businesses are a key source of private wealth creation in Asia and are the backbone of the region's economies, according to research from Credit Suisse.

The study, entitled Asian Family Businesses Report 2011, analysed the performance of over 3,500 publicly listed family businesses in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

May 18, 2011

Accountancy firms like family businesses. After all, family businesses offer scope for them to charge lucrative fees across a host of disciplines for both the business and the family. And as long as these fees aren’t too high and trust is established, accountancy firms can build up lasting relationships between themselves and business principals.

Accountancy firms like family businesses. After all, family businesses offer scope for them to charge lucrative fees across a host of disciplines for both the business and the family. And as long as these fees aren’t too high and trust is established, accountancy firms can build up lasting relationships between themselves and business principals.

September 6, 2010

Paul Golden analyses the best compensation strategies for senior family office staff

With opinion divided on the extent of bonuses – and the merits of long-term retention – it is easy to see why there is nothing approaching a standard model for family office remuneration.

September 6, 2010

When dealing with next gen members, family office executives and senior family members often subconsciously look at them through the lens of the family office or family business and try to find a way that they can fit into that picture.

When dealing with next gen members, family office executives and senior family members often subconsciously look at them through the lens of the family office or family business and try to find a way that they can fit into that picture. However, if you do this it is likely that the next gens will fall short of the expectations imposed upon them.
 

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