Business diary

Baron Cohen leaves £2m

By Candice Krieger, February 5, 2009

Judith Baron Cohen, of London NW11, left £2.6 million in her will.

Ms Baron Cohen, a family therapist and active fundraiser for cancer research, left a share of her estate to the late Bessie Greenblatt Cancer Research Fund at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in addition to the Miriam and Morris Baron Cohen Ethiopian Fund at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Show me the money

By Candice Krieger, January 29, 2009

Fancy making a quick buck? A selection of some of the nation’s best deal makers will be at Mayfair’s Cavendish Conference Centre in London today to reveal their top money-making strategies.

Apparently, online traders are experiencing a boom. According to one of the day’s organisers, contrary to the opinion of the largely misinformed public, this is not just a great time to be a trader — it is actually the best time in years. He says: “Market conditions have never being more suited for someone with a little knowledge, a computer and a broadband connection.”

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SIr Alan hires Premier Inn

By Candice Krieger, January 29, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar’s former Amstrad offices in Brentwood are to become a hotel. Sir Alan is relocating his offices to Loughton and a 25-year lease at an undisclosed rent has been agreed with Premier Inn and Sir Alan’s property company Amsprop, to redevelop the space into a 120-room hotel.

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Europe’s top entrepreneur

By Candice Krieger, January 29, 2009

Tel Aviv’s Tal Chalozin has been crowned Europe’s best young entrepreneur by industry magazine BusinessWeek.

The 27-year-old is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Tel Aviv-based startup Innovid, a technology firm set to revolutionise the way you can advertise on the web. It allows producers to insert live, clickable objects into digital videos.

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It’s looking Peachy for Pears

By Candice Krieger, January 29, 2009

The time is ripe for the William Pears Family Holdings, one of the UK’s largest privately owned property groups.

They are reportedly boasting an 11 per cent rise in turnover. The business, which is run by philanthropic brothers; David, Trevor and Mark Pears, posted sales up from £124m to £138m. The group recently bought management firm Trillium from Land Securities.

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Looking for business’s best

By Candice Krieger, January 22, 2009

An organisation that supports British businesses is searching for Anglo-Jewry’s top business person. TraidE has launched its Jewish Business Awards to recognise particularly enterprising members of the Jewish community. The awards are the brainchild of Shraga Zaltzman, the managing director of TraidE. Categories include: business of the year, employee of the year and employer of the year. Prospective candidates should visit www.traidE.org.uk to apply or nominate someone.

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Looking for business’s best

By Candice Krieger, January 22, 2009

An organisation that supports British businesses is searching for Anglo-Jewry’s top business person. TraidE has launched its Jewish Business Awards to recognise particularly enterprising members of the Jewish community. The awards are the brainchild of Shraga Zaltzman, the managing director of TraidE. Categories include: business of the year, employee of the year and employer of the year. Prospective candidates should visit www.traidE.org.uk to apply or nominate someone.

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Meaty idea from BBC Three

By Candice Krieger, January 22, 2009

BBC Three has launched a talent show to find Britain’s best young butcher. Appropriately, it will be called Britain’s Young Butcher of the Year.

Danny Cohen, the controller of BBC Three, said: “It is a bit like Butcher Idol, I suppose.

“We’ll start with a great number of butchers, and whittle them down during a series of butcher challenges.” Reckon you can cut it?

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Flavours firm buys British

By Candice Krieger, January 22, 2009

Frutarom, an international company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that makes ingredients for the flavour and fragrance industry, has acquired Oxford Chemicals for £8.25 million. Frutarom, which already has a plant in the North East of England at Billingham, hopes the deal will help broaden its customer base.

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Obama pays off for Goldsmith

By Candice Krieger, January 22, 2009

Tory candidate and millionaire environmentalist Zac Goldsmith has reportedly won around £100,000 from a series of long-term bets that Barack Obama would become American President. Apparently, in autumn 2007, he put £5,000 at 20/1 when Obama was very much an outsider.

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