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November 1, 2003

Many British brands have been acquired by large, foreign family-owned conglomerates. How do they manage to retain the quintessential British qualities so important to their image?

Ian Sclater is a freelance journalist based in Scotland.

Many British brands have been acquired by large, foreign family-owned conglomerates. How do they manage to retain the quintessential British qualities so important to their image?

The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars company has a German driver, BMW. The exclusive Thomas Pink clothing company fits its French owners, the LVMH group. Some of Britain's best known breweries have been lapped up by Belgians (Interbrew) and Americans (Coors).

November 1, 2003

The other night, I was flipping through the channels on the television and came across a station that I didn’t know we received.

The other night, I was flipping through the channels on the television and came across a station that I didn't know we received. It's a station that runs 'classic' British sitcoms. With nothing much else on offer, I stayed tuned and found myself laughing at some older, if not gentler humour. However, it was only when I crawled into bed that I realised the shows were not only important from a comedy standpoint, but also from a family business standpoint, as the premise of many of the comedies was based around family business.

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