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June 10, 2014

Mormon businessman Bill Marriott, who transformed his father’s restaurant business into a global lodging company, has put aside the religious values of his church to launch a marketing campaign celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion. 

Mormon businessman Bill Marriott, who transformed his father’s restaurant business into a global lodging company, has put aside the religious values of his church to launch a marketing campaign celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion. 

Launched this month, the campaign, which features transgender model Geena Rocero and gay basketball player Jason Collins, includes a series of billboards and a dedicated website where customers are invited to share their travel stories on social media using the hashtag #LoveTravels.

January 30, 2014

From its beginnings supplying the theatres springing up in the early days of London’s West End to a £10-million-a-year business, the history of Angels the Costumiers is a glamorous mix of theatre, film and fashion. 

From its beginnings supplying the theatres springing up in the early days of London’s West End to a £10-million-a-year business, the history of Angels the Costumiers is a glamorous mix of theatre, film and fashion.

October 16, 2013

Hans Riegel, the second-generation head of German family confectionary firm Haribo – renowned for its colourful ‘gummi bear’ sweets – has died at the age of 90.

Hans Riegel, the second-generation head of German family confectionary firm Haribo – renowned for its colourful ‘gummi bear’ sweets – has died at the age of 90.

He had headed the family firm for almost 70 years, and still held the post of chief executive at the time of his death.

He had been convalescing following an operation to remove a benign brain tumour, but died of heart failure on Tuesday, in his hometown of Bonn in Germany.

September 19, 2013

The return of German chancellor Angela Merkel and the current coalition government at next week's general elections would be the best outcome for the nation's family firms, according to an organisation representing some of Germany's largest family-run companies.

The return of German chancellor Angela Merkel and the current coalition government at next week's general elections would be the best outcome for the nation's family firms, according to an organisation representing some of Germany's largest family-run companies.

September 3, 2013

Rupert Murdoch made much of his fortune through the sensationalism sold in his tabloid newspapers, but now it is the media mogul himself whose life is being dramatised in a new Australian play.

Rupert Murdoch made much of his fortune through the sensationalism sold in his tabloid newspapers, but now it is the media mogul himself whose life is being dramatised in a new Australian play.

Created by one of Australia’s most well known playwrights, David Williamson, the cabaret-style show features Murdoch tap-dancing his way through his first acquisitions and sharing a flamenco dance with Britain’s former Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher.

August 16, 2013

Hotel chain Marriott International, owned by the eponymous Mormon family, has signed up as an official sponsor of the 2014 Gay Games in Ohio, US – despite the fact the family’s religion considers homosexual relations a sin.

Hotel chain Marriott International, owned by the eponymous Mormon family, has signed up as an official sponsor of the 2014 Gay Games in Ohio, US – despite the fact the family’s religion considers homosexual relations a sin.

The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland, part of the Marriott portfolio, will act as the host hotel throughout the event – due to take place next August.

The hotel chain has previously experienced a boycott from the LGBT community, due to its association with the Mormon religion.

August 15, 2013

The Mittelstand is the envy of the world. Other family businesses could profit from looking closely at the way things are done there. 

It is often said that Germany’s Mittelstand companies, which are largely family-owned, are the reason that the country’s economy isn’t in such a dire state as, say, Britain’s. So what can family firms learn from the Mittelstand?

August 14, 2013

The third-generation CEO of the Marti hotel business is known to Istanbul’s clubbers as DJ Red Owl. 

August 13, 2013

Merrythought is Britain’s last-remaining teddy bear manufacturer. CampdenFB speaks to its fourth-gen owner about its industrial heritage and hand-crafted soft toys.

During the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge in Shropshire was a hotbed of metal-bashing. Now it’s a sleepy little place on the tourist trail and the manufacturing that takes place there is often of a far cuddlier variety. For Ironbridge is the home of Merrythought, the last teddy bear-maker in Britain.

 

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