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December 3, 2011

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally. 

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally.

For eight years in a row, Henkel, controlled by descendants of founder Fritz Henkel, has sponsored the Dakar Rally – which will next take place in January 2012 in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

November 4, 2011

A family-run whiskey maker that recently played a part in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ken Burns’s documentary Prohibition is to release a number of its limited edition bourbons this month.  

A family-run whiskey maker that recently played a part in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ken Burns’s documentary Prohibition is to release a number of its limited edition bourbons this month.

Buffalo Trace Distillery produces the Van Winkle bourbon whiskey portfolio, comprising four bourbons, each aged between 10 and 23 years, and they will hit selected retail stores by the end of November.

November 1, 2011

A member of the Coutts family, which was once behind bank giant Coutts and Co, where the Queen keeps some of her money, is set to sleep rough for a week. 

A member of the Coutts family, which was once behind banking giant Coutts and Co, where the Queen keeps some of her money, is set to sleep rough for a week.

Drummond Money-Coutts, son of former investment banker Crispin Money-Coutts, who was the last of the Coutts to work in the family business, is hoping to raise awareness of homelessness when he takes to the streets of London in a fortnight’s time.

October 13, 2011

Many of Spain’s top family businesses, as well as a sprinkling of businesses from other parts of Europe, gathered at a CampdenFB/Ernst & Young roundtable in September. 

Many of Spain’s top family businesses, as well as a sprinkling of businesses from other parts of Europe, gathered at a CampdenFB/Ernst & Young roundtable in September.

Hosted by the Torres family, makers of some of Spain’s most famous wines, in its bodegas outside of Barcelona (pictured), delegates discussed the big issue of non-family directors in family businesses.

September 27, 2011

Getting a family business to survive past the third generation is usually a difficult task, it is often said. But not so for one British company - John Brooke and Sons is currently in its 19th generation.

Getting a family business to survive past the third generation is a difficult task, it is often said. But not for one British company - John Brooke and Sons is currently in its 19th generation.

The Huddersfield-based business, which can trace its history back to 1541, will soon be celebrated in a new exhibition called A Story of a Yorkshire Mill: 400 Years of Cloth Making.

September 22, 2011

Family-controlled Coopers Brewery says it will become the largest Australian-owned brewer once a planned takeover of rival Foster’s is completed.

Family-controlled Coopers Brewery says it will become the largest Australian-owned brewer once a planned takeover of rival Foster’s is completed.

Foster’s, the maker of VB and Crown Lager, has agreed to an offer worth AUS$9.9 billion (€7.2 billion) from London-based brewer SABMiller, producer of Grolsch and Miller Lite.

Although it only controls 4% of the market, the Foster's takeover should make Coopers, which will enter its 150th year in 2012, the biggest Australian brewery.

September 20, 2011

The majority of top managers and family business owners think that the nature of family firms helps them survive economic downturns, but they also believe that absence of meritocracy and rivalry among family members can affect commercial success.

The majority of top managers and family business owners think that the nature of family firms helps them survive economic downturns, but they also believe that absence of meritocracy and rivalry among family members can affect commercial success.

These are the findings of a survey among 720 family business owners and executives from the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe by executive search firm Egon Zehnder International.

September 16, 2011

Switzerland might be the chocolate capital of the world, but the UK was the birthplace of many big-name sweet brands such as Cadbury and of course Thorntons.

Switzerland might be the chocolate capital of the world, but the UK was the birthplace of many big-name sweet brands such as Cadbury and of course Thorntons.

The original founders of the chocolate makers, set up as a family business in the early 1900s, will be honoured this weekend in Sheffield.

September 15, 2011

Family businesses are unlikely to play a big role in driving growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based analyst. 

Family businesses are unlikely to play a big role in driving growth in the number of high net worth individuals in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based analyst.

Amar Gill, head of special projects research at brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Market, told CampdenFB that family businesses will account for only around 20% to 30% of new wealth created over the next four years.

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