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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.

Family owned and managed businesses are often run very differently from businesses that are not family owned. This is not a negative thing considering family businesses seem to be surviving the current turmoil better than most; however this economic situation is unprecedented in both scale and impact so even strong family businesses need to understand how to successfully navigate today’s un-chartered and turbulent economic landscape. To do this you need business enterprise sustainability (BES), writes John Caslione

Economists have many fine qualities, writes Roger Nightingale, but an ability to forecast is not one of them. The problem is that they don't understand what makes an economy tick. As a result there is much debate as to the nature of the crisis we are currently embroiled in. Crucially, there are more questions than answers.

At first glance any relationship between the bankruptcy of mass automaker General Motors and that of family-owned coach-builder Wilhelm Karmann seems remote. After all, publicly-owned GM went down with $172 billion in liabilities while Germany-based Karmann has collapsed into insolvency with practically zero debt.

Villeroy & Boch, the family-owned company famous for tableware, glassware and cutlery, served up a member of the family’s eighth generation earlier this month when Wendelin von Boch took over chairmanship of the supervisory board.

The skills of family business owners, chairmen and managers are being severely tested in the current climate. Just this week, rumours that family-owned Shaeffler’s audacious takeover of larger rival Continental is beginning to unravel have surfaced. So what are some of the world’s leading business-owning families saying and doing? Campden FB takes a look…

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