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July 22, 2021

Many articles or speeches about family businesses include a reference to the “three-generation rule,” which says that most don’t survive beyond three generations. But that perception could not be further from the truth.

If you’re a fan of the HBO show Succession, or if you’re aware of the conflicts playing out publicly and perennially among some of the most visible family businesses in the world—think the Murdochs or Sumner Redstone’s family—you might assume that family businesses are more fragile than other forms of enterprise.

July 21, 2021

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director (NED)? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Independent research commissioned by the Institute of Directors found that the NED contribution added value to the firm with most believing the NED role improved profitability.

July 17, 2021

One of the greatest challenges any business experiences in transforming from a profitable small business to a legacy enterprise is navigating the waters of succession. An effective succession plan requires more than just moving names around on an org chart or a legal charter. To invest in its future, a family enterprise must build the power of its brand.

Many family enterprises develop strong branding around their visionary founders. But what happens to this brand when the next generation assumes leadership? We explore how a family enterprise should build the power of its brand in conjunction with succession planning.

July 16, 2021

Campden Wealth Americas and EY have formed a unique family enterprise partnership in North America for 2021.

Campden Wealth Americas and EY have formed a unique family enterprise partnership in North America for 2021.

The virtual series will create a ‘community-within-a-community’ to further enhance ideas, innovation and thought-leadership for significant business-owning families. During the year long programme, participants will hear from experts and peers and take away tangible strategies to grow their enterprise, troubleshoot tricky issues and plan for the next 25 years.

July 14, 2021

The medical technology industry is enjoying record levels of M&A activity. Deloitte’s 2020 MedTech review identified a 24% increase in transactions in Western Europe, with strong focus on diagnostics, orthopaedics and data driven innovation.

The medical technology industry is enjoying record levels of M&A activity. Deloitte’s 2020 MedTech review identified a 24% increase in transactions in Western Europe, with strong focus on diagnostics, orthopaedics and data driven innovation.

For many investors the strong growth prospects, resilient valuations and defensive nature of healthcare investments make this a very attractive market. Evaluate MedTech calculates $6 billion of venture financing was invested in 2019 and 2020, slightly down from the 2017 high of $7.8 billion.

July 8, 2021

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

And then came the pandemic. It accelerated some trends at a pace we couldn’t have imagined—volatility and speed of market change is causing the creation and disappearance of business models faster than ever.

July 7, 2021

Every industry has seen sharp changes over the last year and a half due to the pandemic, but the wealth sector has seen a major shift with the generational wealth transfer timeline shortening significantly.

Every industry has seen sharp changes over the last year and a half due to the pandemic, but the wealth sector has seen a major shift with the generational wealth transfer timeline shortening significantly.

July 5, 2021

More families recognise the need to invest in the family capital as a means to sustain the financial capital of the family, Dr Kirby Rosplock says.

More families recognise the need to invest in the family capital as a means to sustain the financial capital of the family, Dr Kirby Rosplock says.

The family member turned recognised researcher, innovator, adviser, author and speaker in the family business and family office space tells CampdenFB about the shifts she is seeing take place in wealth management, investment strategy and technological sophistication within family offices in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

July 2, 2021

As we emerge from the aftermath of Covid-19, we have a golden opportunity to reboot capitalism, and purpose is the most effective source code to start with to reset how business can be a force for good.

As we emerge from the aftermath of Covid-19, we have a golden opportunity to reboot capitalism, and purpose is the most effective source code to start with to reset how business can be a force for good.

This means prioritising listening, learning, compassion and involvement as our new pillars for innovation and growth. Companies must adopt a mindset of giving more than taking, choosing the future over the present, and public good over self-preservation.

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