Business diary

Annabel does the business

By Candice Krieger, July 28, 2010

Mazeltov to Annabel Karmel. The best-selling author of books on children's nutrition has picked up a top business award.

Sponsored by Real Business, the First Women awards were held in association with Lloyds Banking Group. She said: "As far as business goes, this is the biggest award I have won."

Ms Karmel has previously been honoured with an MBE and a Mothers & Baby lifetime achievement award.

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London hotel coup

By Candice Krieger, June 24, 2010

AB Hotels has secured funding from Lloyds TSB to fund the £25 million refit of its London hotel, The Arch. It spans seven Georgian townhouses and two mews homes. The deal will help the owners achieve their aim of converting the buildings into a luxury boutique hotel.

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Boost to West Bank

By Candice Krieger, June 24, 2010

Sir Ronald Cohen, one of the world's leading private-equity investors and head of the Portland Trust, has stressed the key role that the economy plays in the Middle East conflict. Speaking at a B-ICC business breakfast last week, the Egyptian-born businessman said the economic dimension of the conflict in the Middle East is "one that has been neglected over the years. If you want to encourage trade between the UK and Israel, you need to contribute to the broader picture."

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Art gallery host lands top retail award

By Candice Krieger, June 3, 2010

Manchester's Robert Marks has scooped a Great Retail national award for best retail initiative - the special events programme at his Manchester art gallery, Generation Pop. The gallery works with the world's most collectible artists and is authorised by the major Hollywood studios to sell their ranges of animation and fine art. Later this year it will host The Simpsons exhibition. He said: "To be in the same room with the likes of Marks & Spencer and John Lewis and walk away with an award was an amazing honour."

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Why Abacus counts

By Candice Krieger, June 3, 2010

Abacus Estates in north London has won the Gold Award for Best Sales Agency of the Year at the Estate and Letting Agent Awards 2010.

The Estate & Letting Agent Awards (Estas) is the longest-running awards scheme in the estate agent industry. The ceremony took place in Mayfair and the honour was presented by Channel 4's Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer.

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New catering firm on menu

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2010

Attention all foodies. There is a new kosher catering firm on the block. Chef Adam Zeitlin has launched Zeitlin & Co, a private kosher catering and events company. The firm is up and running but it is not yet certified by the London Beth Din.

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Click to buy

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2010

A Tel Aviv-based private investor made history last week when he became what is believed to be the first Israeli to exchange contracts online to buy a UK investment property.

The transaction, which took place through London estate agent Singer Vielle Sales, took place via their online property service called Click to Purchase®.

Sounds like everything clicked.

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New cycling venture gets on track

By Candice Krieger, May 6, 2010

The corporate world was out in force last week for the launch of a unique new cycling venture. Love Velo was set up by entrepreneur Lee Bibring to offer luxury cycling holidays throughout Europe. Some 400 people turned up for the launch party at trendy London hotspot Movida, including Will King, founder of King of Shaves, Tiger Savage, director at M&C Saatchi and representatives from many other leading companies such as BarCap, Morgan Stanley and the Bank of England..

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IT firm wins top gong

By Candice Krieger, May 6, 2010

MazelTov to E-Tabs, the UK software company run by Benjamin Rietti - son of the actor and director Robert Rietti - which has been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise. Their services are used across the globe to automate the production of numerical and graphical reports. Key clients include Kantar, part of Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP Group.

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Google buys Israeli firm

By Candice Krieger, May 6, 2010

Google has made its first ever acquisition in Israel in a $25 million deal with LabPixies, an Israeli start-up specialising in web and mobile games.

It offers a collection of applications that run on iGoogle, Google's customizable home page, and on the iPhone and Android phones. Google first launched in Israel in 2005.

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