Nadir Godrej, the family business poet

ALT TAGNadir Godrej, Managing Director of Godrej Industries and Chairman of Godrej Agrovet

Nadir Godrej, is not only a great leader of a highly successful family business, but also a poet. His ability to put in rhyme some of the most crucial issues in business is well known, telling in rhyme some hard truths and sharp observations. Read Nadir’s family business poem here. Continue reading

Do IPOs fit the DNA of family business?

Martin SteinbachDr. Martin Steinbach, EY IPO Leader EMEIA

Sufficient funds are a prerequisite for every growing business. It takes a considerable amount of money to develop new products, tap into new markets and sectors, and expand resources.

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In pictures: EY Global Family Business Summit, Monte Carlo

Peter Englisch, Global Leader of EY’s Family Business Center of Excellence, opens the first EY Family Business Summit.


The first EY Global Family Business Summit took place in Monte Carlo two weeks ago, during EY’s World Entrepreneur Of The Year event. Held over two days, the summit gathered together family business leaders from 17 countries, and provided a great opportunity for discussing some of the most crucial issues currently facing family-owned businesses.

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Maintaining the family vision

UKI_CoverJohn Perkins was 12 years old when his parents, Doug and Mary (now Dame Mary), launched Specsavers from their Guernsey home in 1984.

Even as a boy, Perkins played his part in the family business. He spent his formative years driving up and down the UK looking for potential store locations with his parents and remembers calling to get sales figures from individual stores at the age of 14.

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Success is so sweet for The Jelly Bean Factory

It’s all smiles for father and son Peter and Richard Cullen who stand head and shoulders above their confectionery competitors. The brand they have created from their base in Ireland, The Jelly Bean Factory, is a sweet sensation in the UK, across Europe and the Middle East, and around the world.

Seventy-year-old Peter and Richard, 49 – “Old Bean” and “Big Bean”, according to their business cards – are clearly enjoying their success and are very proud to be up to their necks in producing a high-end, naturally sweet, premium product.

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The Jelly Bean Factory – a taste sensation

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