Business diary

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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Art company up for gong

By Candice Krieger, February 18, 2010

Trendy London art company Acrylicize has been nominated for Business of the Year at the TrainE-TraidE awards. The awards recognise the best businesses from the Jewish community.

Featured previously on JC Business, Acrylicize is run by James Burke and Paul Arad. It transfers images onto perspex canvases. Set up in 2003, clients now include the BBC, NHS, Arsenal FC, Heathrow and Twickenham. The ceremony takes place in London on Wednesday with Xstrata boss Mick Davis as the guest of honour.

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Tel Aviv and Toronto team up

By Candice Krieger, February 18, 2010

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (Tase) and Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange have formalised their co-operation. Last week, the exchanges signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the agreement, the exchanges will work to broaden relations between them by developing channels of communication; advancing opportunities for cross-listing; support the respective regulatory authorities to develop a mutual recognition agreement; explore the development and listing of financial instruments tracking the other’s market indices; and initiate joint conferences.

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A mayor's Tzedakah

By Candice Krieger, February 18, 2010

There may have been a global crisis last year but that didn’t stop New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg giving $254m of his fortune to charity.

Bloomberg ranked him fourth in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list of who gave the most to charitable causes in 2009. According to the publication, total giving by the top 50 philanthropists plunged almost 75 per cent, to $4.1 billion from $15.5 billion. But Bloomberg upped his giving from $235m in 2008, and $205m in 2007.

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