Business diary

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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New head of British-Israel Chamber of Commerce

By Candice Krieger, January 14, 2010

Danny Seal, the former director of Bnei Akiva, has been appointed the new chief executive of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce. He joins the B-ICC from a healthcare software company, where he worked as the director of operations.

Mr Seal said: “I am very excited to have been selected to lead such a prestigious organisation and am looking forward to working closely with Michael Ziff and the rest of the B-ICC board in further developing UK/Israel business and trade.”

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Israeli profs come to UK

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2009

Israel’s ‘Silicon Valley’ heads to Oxford this Sunday. Israeli experts will be sharing their perspectives on Israel and the global economy at a conference at the Said Business School, Oxford University.

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Sir Stelios's holy admission

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2009

With easyJet’s Luton to Tel Aviv service up and running, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of the airline, who admits he has never been to Israel, says he “now has no excuse not to go”. Speaking at a British-Israel Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week, the entrepreneur was in jovial form as he addressed the audience: “Thank you for coming — but you should be on a flight to Tel Aviv.” And at £100 return, plenty probably are.

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JABE rebuilds trust

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2009

How do you restore trust? This was the issue being debated at the Jewish Association for Business Ethics (JABE) annual dinner last week. A panel comprising Xstrata’s Mick Davis, property boss Nick Leslau and the Chief Rabbi was interviewed by Sky News’s Jeff Randall. The Chief Rabbi advised: “Surround yourself with people who are better than you, go for the win-win and never be in a situation where your win is at the cost of someone else’s loss.”

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£2.6m for sugar's pal

By Candice Krieger, October 15, 2009

Claude Littner, a friend of Lord Sugar and a regular on The Apprentice, is to collect £2.6m for his stake in Powerleague after the five-a-side football-centre operator agreed a £42.5m takeover by Patron Capital.

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A healthy chip for your burger

By Candice Krieger, October 15, 2009

A new invention by an Israeli start-up will bring a whole new meaning to burger and chips. MS-Tech is developing a hand-held food safety technology chip for consumers. Called the FoodScan 3000 — one of several sensors being developed by MS-Tech — it is a food contamination detector, which will give readings of food items to make sure they do not contain dangerous levels of bacteria. Within seconds, it will detect pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

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Dankner’s HSBC coup

By Candice Krieger, October 15, 2009

Israeli businessman Nochi Dankner’s company has signed an agreement to buy HSBC’s New York City headquarters for $330m. The building is located on Fifth Avenue.

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