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The Bottom Line - Family rivals

Updated Friday, 7th November 2014

This episode of The Bottom Line focuses on people leaving the family business and setting up rival firms. 

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Business people in tug of war Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Flyntv | Taittinger champagne, Clarks shoes, Theakstons beer - are all three famous and successful family businesses that have continued to prosper and handed down through the generations. So what prompted members of those families to leave the original businesses and start up rival brands of their own that also produce champagne, shoes and beer.

Evan Davis hears from three guests who once worked with their aforementioned family firms, only to then resign and create a similar business. What do their families think of their leaving? Are they proud of their families or shrewd business people when it comes to competing in the same market?

We hear what it like to compete with the companies they've known all their lives and how easy is it to make their mark, given the notoriety of their family's company. 


  • Paul Theakston, Founder and Chairman, Black Sheep Brewery
  • Virginie Taittinger, Founder, Virginie T
  • Galahad Clark, Founder and Managing Director, Vivobarefoot

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 13th October 2014. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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