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Campden Wealth, in association with Advent Software, has launched an interactive video which aims to offer families and family offices an introduction to technology and how it can enhance the performance of their office. Click on the image to the left.

Last week saw the Family Business Network hold its 20th annual conference in Amsterdam. Despite the many talking points from conferences over the last 20 years, the focus of this summit was very much the future, writes Katie Barker

This year has seen a series of shocks and surprises rock the family business world; two famous retail names – 77-year-old US-based Bashas’ and 128-year-old Germany-based Arcandor filed for insolvency – while the former chairman of Samsung was convicted of a family succession scam and the Middle East was shaken by the governance problems of the Saad Group and AHAB.

As the end of the recession draws nearer and family businesses attempt to assess how they fared, talks exclusively to Roger Pedder, head of the evaluation committee for the Coutts Prize for Family Business, about why he believes the family business model is so strong, the virtues of following an ethical code and the importance of continuity in business success.

The aftermath of the financial crisis has seen many people talk about the world changing forever, but few have come up with any credible, long-term solutions that are ready for implementation.

Campden FB and Mishcon de Reya carried out an exclusive global survey on the views of family business owners to the current economic climate between May and August. The results, published today, show family businesses are feeling the effects of the recession but it has not made the majority more willing to sell up.

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