Family Business

The personality balancing act within family businesses

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More than any other personality in a family business, the personality of the leader or CEO needs to be balanced.

An Australian manufacturer that refuses to lie down

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This 80-year-old family business has carved a successful niche, but can it bed down an exit strategy?

Australia’s four great panel beating families

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Four families have driven a wave of innovation and consolidation in the panel beating industry, but it could be a matter of time before the big insurers mop them up.

The sweet sound of success

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The Krix brothers have been entertaining millions of Australians for decades, but these movie stars prefer to stay behind the big screen.

Family business at the front line

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Childcare has long been dominated by family operators, and the recent budget measures will give them -- and the broader economy -- a much-needed boost.

Australia's most secretive media barons

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Their publications often pry into the lives of others, but this family keeps its own affairs very private.

Building an investor-friendly family business

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There are several ways that family-run firms can reassure outside investors unsure about putting money into the business.

The great peanut butter battle

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Australia's peanut butter incumbents, Kraft and Sanitarium, could soon find themselves crunched by smooth family operators.

Family business: Learning how to leave it to the children

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A lot can go wrong when family firms attempt to pass the baton to the next generation, but good planning and open communication can increase the chances of success.

Who are Australia's four largest family firms?

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The families behind these businesses are all well known, but their overall rankings in terms of revenues may come as a surprise.

Rebooting Australia's footwear business

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In the past, protective trade barriers sheltered Australia's factories, now we do most of our manufacturing in Asia and manage the brands.

Germany's corporate governance problem

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The soap opera surrounding Volkswagen highlights the systemic problems that afflict Germany's corporate culture.

History runs deep for the Morgan polling dynasty

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The Morgan family may have ink in their veins but they're still confident that they can jump the digital divide.

It's all hands on the ULTIM8 deck

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From Australia to the US and Europe, this innovative business is now setting the standard for composite decks and fences globally.

The business that's doing it for the kids - and the community

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Snack company Whole Kids has not only created a viable market for organic children's food -- it is also putting its money where its mouth is.

A business that's not dead and buried

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It took 20 years to get their first customer, but this family now has more patrons in the wings – it's just a matter of waiting.

A family business with a recipe for success

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From humble beginnings as a takeaway pizza shop, La Porchetta restaurants now stretch from Auckland to Perth.

The son also rises for Don Voelte

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The American put the systems and people in place for 38-year-old Ryan to take control of the family company.

The social bonds that strengthen family businesses

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There are many reasons why family businesses should consider social entrepreneurship and impact investing as part of a company strategy.

The biggest cheese in family business

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In a short space of time, the Saputos have become entrenched in the Australian dairy sector -- and they want an even bigger share.

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