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Women in Family Business is back and it is so exciting!

We are back! After a few months of reflection, redesign and repurposing, WIFB is finally back with a brand new website and fresh content. Let’s take a step back for a minute though and just quickly reiterate what the original intent of our initiative was/is: Women in Family Business was […]

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Bending Steel – MPIL

 Interview with Priyanka Gupta, Executive Director, MPIL, India Indian steel contractor Ashwani Gupta founder always wanted his children to join him in his business. But whether he knew what exponential growth the business would know once his daughter came on board in 2008 is unknown: Priyanka Gupta joined her father’s […]

Utopia. The Timeless Legacy of Pearls

Utopia. The Timeless Legacy of Pearls

Interview with Anna Gaia, CEO of Utopia, Italy Founded less than 15 years ago, high-end Italian jewellery brand Utopia is already known internationally for its beautiful pearl-based pieces. A third-generation family business, Utopia was born out of its 70-year old mother company, Gaia Spa – one of Italy’s leading pearl […]

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SOLARIS – Courage and Agility

Interview with Solange Olszewska, Owner and Co-Founder, Solaris, Poland Solaris is amongst the leading manufacturers of innovative buses, trolleybuses and urban rail vehicles in Europe. The Polish brand has experienced stellar growth since its foundation in 1996. Solaris went from being a single factory with 36 employees to a four-facility […]

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Energy Source: Family Business

Conversation with Patricia Ghany, CFO of Esau Oilfield Supplies Company Limited, Trinidad The coastal expanse of Trinidad and Tobago brings to mind palm trees, idyllic waterfronts; paradise. Just 11 kilometres north of South America, the islands are rumoured to be an inspiration for the legendary adventures of Robinson Crusoe and […]

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The Leading Ladies of Pisa Orologeria

 Interview with Maristella and Chiara Pisa Located in the heart of Milan, the Via Pietro Verri and the Via Montenapoleone are reminiscent of an elegant past. The neighbourhood once hosted the great families of Italian high society and today presents the shop windows of nearly every important high-end fashion brand […]

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Professionalizing the Family Business

Experience of the Al Majdouie Group It is often said, that one of the key challenges of family businesses is to professionalize their structures in order to ascertain long-term success and competitiveness. Integrating the traditions and values of the family business founders into a system promoting meritocracy, does, however, not […]

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The Outstanding Value of Family Businesses

Insights from Hussein Shobokshi, Director of SHOBOKSHi Development and Trading The history of family businesses in the Arab world has been a turbulent one. Bearing incredible success stories as well as human tragedies, Arab family businesses have lived through all kinds of socio-economic changes. Challenges with new government policies, as […]

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Financing Growth in Family Businesses

As we move past the financial crisis, the global economy has become thirsty for growth. While the BRIC countries escaped relatively unscathed and have been enjoying buoyant growth, the economic picture in Eastern Europe and the Middle East has become polarised: businesses are either flourishing or continuing to suffer. Western […]

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Succession Deconstructed

Managing succession is one of the greatest challenges businesses face. By realising that it is a topic where the subjective perception trumps objectivity, and by accepting that there is no one right answer, family businesses can approach the issue with more structure, before it becomes a matter of urgency. Splitting […]