Business diary

Salmon firm's Olympic slice

By Candice Krieger, March 3, 2011

David Cameron gave a ringing message of support for Israel this week, telling the community's biggest charity dinner that after more than 100 rockets had been fired into Israel from Gaza in one year, the country had been "within its rights to search vessels bringing cargo into Gaza".

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Zabludowicz's boost to Israeli cyber surfers

By Candice Krieger, March 3, 2011

Poju Zabludowicz's private investment group Tamares has been named the winning bidder by the government for Israel's second Mediterranean telecomes pipeline.

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End of era for Anglo American

By Candice Krieger, March 3, 2011

Diamond billionaire Nicky Oppen-heimer is retiring as non-executive director of Anglo American, after 37 years with the company.

The South African's announcements brings an end to an era for the firm, one of the world's largest mining companies, which was founded by Oppenheimer's grandfather Sir Ernest Oppenheimer as there will no longer be a family member on the board.

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It's a new era for British Israeli business

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

The great and the good were out in force this week for the inaugural British Israeli Business awards dinner, organised by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

More than 300 senior business figures attended Tuesday's event at London's Millennium Mayfair hotel. Among them were Sir Victor Blank, property entrepreneur Vincent Tchenguiz and Sir Trevor Chinn.

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leeds accountant lands top director gong

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

Leeds businessman Colin Glass has been crowned the non-executive director of the year.

Mr Glass was honoured at the Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards organised by Growth Company Investor magazine. He runs accountancy firm Winburn Glass Norfolk (WGN) and is a non-executive director of the AIM-listed Surgical Innovations plc, GETECG plc and Straight plc, in addition to several private firms. He is chairman of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce (North East) and a member of the Etz Chaim Synagogue.

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Ben Hur gets another 'Ostcar'

By Candice Krieger, December 2, 2010

Ben Hur may have won 11 Oscars but his namesake has picked up two 'Ostcars' (Outstanding Services to Compliance and Regulation). Ben Hur, of NIBC Bank NV, was named Best Added Value Compliance Officer at the Compliance Register's annual awards ceremony last month. In 2004, he was named the Best UK Money Laundering Reporting Officer, making him the first compliance officer to have won two Ostcars.

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Party time for Israeli bank

By Candice Krieger, December 2, 2010

The Israel Discount Bank, one of Israel's leading financial institutions, marked ten years in London with an impressive do at the Millbank Tower (no students invited we understand). Around 200 guests gathered at the venue. Among them were Avram Grant, Lord Alliance and the Zakay brothers.

IDB was founded in 1935. It has since become one of the top three banks in Israel with activities across the world.

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Shabbat-friendly lifts are on their way up

By Candice Krieger, December 2, 2010

A leading lift company has secured a contract with the United Synagogue to install a lift in St John's Wood Synagogue, north London, that is in compliance with Shabbat law.

The deal with Amalgamated Lifts follows the success of a previous contract for a disabled lift at Stanmore and Cannons Park Synagogue. The lifts operate automatically from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday. Additionally, it must still comply with the strict rules and regulations in keeping with disabled lift installations in the UK.

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Keeping up with the Sorrells - and sons

By Candice Krieger, December 2, 2010

It must be nice to be a Sorrell. Robert Sorrell (right), the entrepreneur son of WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell, has left Goldman Sachs to set up his own hedge fund, Sorrell Capital.

Robert, who spent 14 years at the invesment bank, will be the chief investment officer while Sir Martin will sit on the board and offer strategic advice. As for the other junior Sorrells - Mark and Jonathan - they work at Goldman Sachs, where Mark was made a partner in last month's annual promotional rounds.

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Taking a bet on Anglo Jewry

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

Traders take note. Financial spread betting company WorldSpreads has launched a Hebrew translated version of its website with a desk specifically dedicated to the Israeli Hebrew speaking market.

Senior sales trader David Garbacz, who is heading up the desk, says: "We are convinced that there's enormous potential amongst the Anglo Jewish community for this type of product and the launch of the Hebrew translated version of our site shows the commitment WorldSpreads are putting behind this community in particular, a market previously been unrecognised by spread betting firms."

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