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August 7, 2008

A UK business school is launching a programme dedicated to business education for advisors to family businesses.

A UK business school is launching a programme dedicated to business education for advisors to family businesses.

Bristol Business School, part of the University of the West of England, has created a joint venture with the International Centre for Families in Business (ICFIB) to develop an 18-month part time programme, the Postgraduate Certificate in Family Business Advice.

July 1, 2007

Corporate scandals such as Parmalat not only changed the way business is conducted, but also forced business ethics into the mainstream. Marc Smith assesses whether teaching ethics could help future generations avoid the mistakes of the past

Marc Smith is acting editor of Families in Business.

Corporate scandals such as Parmalat not only changed the way business is conducted, but also forced business ethics into the mainstream. Marc Smith assesses whether teaching ethics could help future generations avoid the mistakes of the past

July 1, 2007

Most family businesses would benefit from a financial education programme to teach the next generation about the world of investment portfolios, hedge funds and private equity. But, as Niall Firth discovers, they are not all that easy to find …

Niall Firth is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Most family businesses would benefit from a financial education programme to teach the next generation about the world of investment portfolios, hedge funds and private equity. But, as Niall Firth discovers, they are not all that easy to find …

Banks and lawyers are famous for their ability to baffle with words. They can throw up a smokescreen of banking jargon or "legalese" behind which they can smuggle through hidden charges or sell additional products.

July 1, 2007

Family Business MBAs are becoming more and more common across Europe. But how do they compare with a regular MBA? And is it better for students to specialise or to learn about the entire business world? Gordon Cairns finds out …

Gordon Cairns is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Family Business MBAs are becoming more and more common across Europe. But how do they compare with a regular MBA? And is it better for students to specialise or to learn about the entire business world? Gordon Cairns finds out …

May 1, 2006

Courses addressing the educational needs of those working in family businesses are a relatively new development. Now a plethora of institutions offer some form of dedicated family business training. George Malim explores some of the programmes on offer

George Malim is a freelance journalist specialising in technology and finance based in London. malim@blueyonder.co.uk

Courses addressing the educational needs of those working in family businesses are a relatively new development. Now a plethora of institutions offer some form of dedicated family business training. George Malim explores some of the programmes on offer

July 1, 2004

Our 2004 Conference brought together a broad group of speakers including some leading family business owners – from across the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands – to discuss their perspectives on the issue of managing transitions. Here’s my pick of some of the most interesting discussion points that came up.

Grant Gordon is director general of the Institute for Family Business (UK). www.ifb.org.uk

Our 2004 Conference brought together a broad group of speakers including some leading family business owners – from across the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands – to discuss their perspectives on the issue of managing transitions. Here's my pick of some of the most interesting discussion points that came up.

A model for transitions

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)?

November 1, 2003

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission’s initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe.

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission's initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe. The companies represented by GEEF are run by one or more entrepreneurial personalities who, with their families, own a significant part of the capital.

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June 1, 2003

Introducing your children to the family business at an early age can be the start of an educational ‘plan’ to develop business skills that could see them take over the family business – or become a successful business owner themselves

Cindy Iannerelli is recognised around the world for her innovative research and work teaching children business skills. She is Director of the Center for Family Business at Indiana University of PA and a visiting professor at The University of Trento, Italy.

Introducing your children to the family business at an early age can be the start of an educational 'plan' to develop business skills that could see them take over the family business – or become a successful business owner themselves

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