Business diary

Tchenguiz’s family broiges

By Candice Krieger, March 12, 2009

A bizarre broiges is believed to be brewing between property entrepreneur Robert Tchenguiz and his brother-in-law, Vivian Imerman. South African Imerman, known as “the Man from Del Monte” after he sold his stake in the fruit company for £396m, was married to Tchenguiz’s sister, Lisa. Last week, it was reported that the couple were divorcing and that Tchenguiz, so incensed at the way he felt his sister had been treated, barred Imerman from the Mayfair office they shared.

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Frank PR go down under

By Candice Krieger, March 12, 2009

Frank PR, one of Britain’s best known consumer PR firms, which counts Sir Alan Sugar among its clients, has opened its first international office in Sydney.

The north London-based agency, whose three directors are Frankie Cory, Graham Goodkind and Andrew Bloch, had a fee income for 2008 in excess of ASD $11.5m (£5.3m).

Other clients include BlackBerry, Nestle, Budweiser, PepsiCo, Puma and Virgin Media.

Bloch says Australia represents a really exciting market for public relations and cites the word-of-mouth effect as the “holy grail” of marketing communications.

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Lloyds chief gives an emotional address

By Candice Krieger, March 5, 2009

Eric Daniels was close to tears this week — and it had nothing to do with the takeover of the beleaguered HBOS.

The Lloyds Banking Group chief made a moving speech to more than 260 business professionals, including Times editor James Harding, Alderman Ian Luder, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and the group’s chairman Sir Victor Blank, at a Jewish Care business breakfast on Monday.

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Britain’s top Jewish businesses are named

By Candice Krieger, March 5, 2009

The Oscars of the Jewish business world took place last week. TraidE, an organisation that supports British businesses, recognised Anglo-Jewry’s top business individuals and businesses at a lunch held at London’s Park Lane Hotel. And the winners were...

Business of the Year — Taxi Promotions UK; New Business of the Year – The Safety Supply Company; Young Company of the Year — EZ Pass Driving School; Employer of the Year Award – E Tabs; Employee of the Year Award — Dani Katz, Pru Health.

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Fink's £10m city outlook

By Candice Krieger, February 26, 2009

Hedge fund veteran Stanley Fink, the former chairman of Man Group, has bought a London penthouse for £10m. Located by St Pancras Station, the 6,000 sq ft apartment boasts a panoramic view of the city.

Fink, chief executive of International Standard Asset Management, is a committed philanthropist. He is co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party and a trustee of children’s charity Ark.

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It’s good to talk - and schmooze

By Candice Krieger, February 26, 2009

Entrepreneurs were out in force this week at a networking evening hosted by global business network E.Factor.

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Bloomberg founder boosts jobs

By Candice Krieger, February 26, 2009

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and founder of the financial information and services firm of the same name, is to invest up to $45m (£31m) helping unemployed bankers and financiers return to Wall Street. The mayor has proposed creating a privately run fund to loan money to local start-up companies, among several plans to encourage entrepreneurship and attract new financial firms to the city to ensure it doesn’t lose its place in the global financial hierarchy.

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Bank Leumi top for private banking

By Candice Krieger, February 26, 2009

Financial magazine Euromoney has named Bank Leumi as Israel’s leading private banker and wealth manager for 2009. The results were based on a survey of 45,000 private banking professionals worldwide.

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School gets millions to teach private equity

By Candice Krieger, February 18, 2009

Finance chief Jeremy Coller, of Coller Capital, has made a multi-million pound donation to the London Business School, which has renamed its private equity faculty the Coller Institute of Private Equity. Mr Coller, 50, pledged the cash in order to create the world’s leading institute for private equity education. “Private equity has been attacked over the past couple of years but in the past 20 it has helped start, build and transform companies,” said Mr Coller.

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Poor Roman

By Candice Krieger, February 18, 2009

The estimated wealth of Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, is now $13.9bn, according to Russian business magazine Finans, ranking him the second richest billionaire in Russia. But that’s more than $9bn less than he was worth in 2007. Poor chap.

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