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December 4, 2008

Who’d be a businessman in these dog times? If worrying about your revenues, staff and the economy was not enough, keeping your own family together and happy is another challenge all together.

Who'd be a businessman in these dog times? If worrying about your revenues, staff and where the next piece of bad news concerning the economy is going to come from was not enough, keeping your own family together and happy is another challenge all together.

Consider the plight of Jonathan Bowie, managing director of family-owned Bowie Castlebank, which owns Britain's second-biggest high street photographic processing chain in addition to a chain of dry cleaners.

November 27, 2008

There is a question that has the capacity to dramatically alter the direction of not only your own life but also of those dearest to you. It is probably the most important question we will ever pose: what do I want to do with my life?

Bruce Wilson is head of wealth management, Helm Godfrey

There is a question that has the capacity to dramatically alter the direction of not only your own life but also those of the people dearest to you. It is probably the most important question we will ever pose because the answer has far reaching and all encompassing ramifications: what do I want to do with my life? Once armed with an answer, the issue is then how do you go about making it a reality. This invariably involves addressing head on the unavoidable issues of access to time and access to money.

November 18, 2008

The word entrepreneurship has its origins in the French word “entreprendre” which means "to undertake". So perhaps it is appropriate to demonstrate family entrepreneurship by exploring one of France’s most successful family companies.

At INSEAD Europe and Asia, Randel S Carlock is the first Berghmans Lhoist chaired professor in entrepreneurial leadership and directs the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise
 

The word entrepreneurship has its origins in the French word "entreprendre" which means to undertake a task or activity. So perhaps it is appropriate to demonstrate how family entrepreneurship can be a competitive advantage by exploring one of France's most successful family companies.
 

November 13, 2008

With the media abuzz with calls for "fiscal stimulus" packages to pull the world out of what could possibly become the worst slump in half a century, why should you worry about tax planning?

With the media abuzz with calls for "fiscal stimulus" packages to pull the world out of what could yet become the worst slump in half a century, why worry about tax planning?

The theories of that great liberal economist John Maynard Keynes are back in fashion with the world's politicians while those of Adam Smith are being quietly consigned to the dustbin.

November 6, 2008

This week, a lot of family business owners were excited at the prospect of Barack Obama as president. The need for a president that could bridge social divides has become more important than the need for one to cut taxes for the wealthy.

Bruce Love is editor-in-chief (wealth) of Campden Publishing.

Leading up to the election in the US this week, a lot of family business owners I talked to were excited at the prospect of Barack Obama as president.

The need for healing and for a president that could bridge social divides has become more important than the perceived need for a president who liked to cut taxes for the wealthy.

November 1, 2008

How do you keep 2,500 family shareholders in touch with each other, informed of necessary financial information, and to act like, well, a family?

How do you keep 2,500 family shareholders in touch with each other, informed of necessary financial information, and to act like, well, a family? Twenty-five hundred family members is one big hotel and a whole lot of appetizers for your family reunion.

It's also quite a lot of extra company reports to print come reporting time. But the next gens of the Solvay family are bringing the wonder of online social networking to their relatives.

October 30, 2008

The new Oliver Stone film W explores an important concern for business and wealthy families – how parent-child relationships shape a child’s personality development and, specifically, individual drives and motivations.

Randel Carlock from INSEAD is Berghmans Lhoist professor in entrepreneurial leadership and director of Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise.

October 23, 2008

There is nothing like a crisis to make people reassess their goals and ambitions. Recent events in the global banking sector have caused this to happen on a huge scale but I see a version of it every week.

There is nothing like a crisis to make people reassess their goals and ambitions. Recent events in the global banking sector have caused this to happen on a huge scale but, as an advisor to high net worth individuals and their families, I see a version of it every week – more often than not prompted by serious health issues.

October 16, 2008

Test driving the new Jaguar XKR is a tough job, but someone has to do it. Antje Doel spent a day roaring up and down Italy's Amalfi coast road to put family-owned Tata's latest acquisition through its paces

Since Jaguar and Land Rover were acquired from Ford by fellow family-owned company Tata Motors earlier this year, new life has been breathed into these  traditional British car brands.

Tata Motors, which bought the pair for $2.3billion, is India's leading car manufacturer and has come a long way since starting out in 1945 as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co Ltd. Today, it is part of the Tata and Sons Group, founded by Jamshetji Tata and J Baker.

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