Business features

Paul Charney: forever waving Israel's flag

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2014

Paul Charney has never been one to shy away from a fight.

As a former tank commander for the Israel Defence Forces and current chairman of the Zionist Federation, he says he has always had to stand strong in his ongoing battle against anti-Israel activists — both on and off the field.

Charney, 42, confidently says: “I’ve got thick skin and broad shoulders.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Aish UK's wonderwall

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

The executive director of Aish UK is running on just three hours sleep.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff had left his office at 4.30am - hours before we met - to prepare for the Jewish education charity's first major fundraiser in a decade.

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Jewish Care charity chair steps out of the shadows

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Steven Lewis, the chairman of Jewish Care and a trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council, does not like the limelight - he never has.

But after an "off-the-record" chat at a fundraiser and a nudge from his press representative, he agrees to an interview at the charity's flagship campus in Golders Green, north-west London.

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Dame Stephanie survived the Holocaust to make an IT fortune - then gave it away

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2014

Stephanie Shirley has had a remarkable life. She came to Britain as a five-year-old refugee from Nazi persecution in 1939; she had a nervous breakdown and considered suicide after her only son was diagnosed with severe autism — and now she has donated 90 per cent of her multi-million pound technology empire to more than 100 charitable projects.

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Timewise power woman fighting for flexibility

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

Karen Mattison has forced companies to recognise the value of part-time employees and inspired mothers to re-enter the workplace.

But the award-winning British businesswoman, 45, says the fight for flexible working is far from over.

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Israelis successfully lost in translation

By Charlotte Oliver, April 24, 2014

For Israeli entrepreneur Ofer Shoshan, the key to corporate success rests on one crucial factor — making sure that you and your client are speaking the same language.

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How former BT boss Lord Livingston got a new calling

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2014

Ian Livingston is on a tight schedule. It’s unsurprising given that the BT chief executive turned UK Trade Minister now has political challenges to contend with.

In a room buried deep inside the Foreign Office surrounded by mahogany furniture and posters promoting the British economy, Lord Livingston is being briefed by a flurry of government assistants.

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Dan Gillerman: still an envoy, this time for business

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

“There is no political risk at all when investing in Israel,” says a confident Dan Gillerman, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.

“Israel has survived so many crises, so many wars and so many challenges that it has proved without any doubt how resilient it is.

“We have prevailed and our industry and economy has excelled in times of challenges.”

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‘Happy days’ for Israeli trade as delegation comes to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

A 30-strong group of Israeli companies specialising in retail and water technology were welcomed to Downing Street last week, in a ground-breaking bid to strengthen trade ties with the UK.

Heads of British corporations, from Marks and Spencer to Tesco and ASOS, were full of praise after attending events from Downing Street to the BT Tower and Science Museum.

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