Business features

Now that’s what we call an exchange

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

You’ve travelled abroad and forgotten to change your money in advance. Now you’re forced to pay extortionate exchange rates charged by the local banks or the airport’s bureau de change. It’s a situation that has been faced by many.

But 26-year-old Londoner Daniel Abrahams has co-founded a company set to battle currency woes.

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How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.

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An interiors business designed to last

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Israel-born Ze’ev Aram is one of the biggest names in British design.

For the past 50 years, people in the know have filled their homes and offices with interior pieces from his Aram Store, now based in Covent Garden.

Sitting in his office above the store, Aram reflects on his journey from Haifa to opening his first shop on King’s Road.

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Mr Start-up spills the beans on Starbucks’ success — and defends tax avoidance row

By Sandy Rashty, February 21, 2014

He co-founded one of the biggest names in retail, but American Zev Siegl has the manner of an enthusiastic schoolteacher.

That’s because he initially taught history at a school in Seattle before launching Starbucks with Gerald Baldwin and Gordon Bowker in 1971. It is now the largest global coffeehouse company with over 20,000 outlets.

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UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.

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Need marketing help? Ask the rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2014

He is a self-professed yeshiva boy “born and bred” — hailing from a rabbinic dynasty that goes back 12 generations.

People flock to Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, who lives in Jerusalem, for advice — but it’s not explanations of the Torah that they seek.

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How I got the suits to back my T-shirts

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2014

Oliver Pollock has a confession to make — he stops people in the streets to ask where they got their T-shirts from.

It’s a bit of an obsession, in fact. He has at least 50 grey and white ones in his wardrobe at any one time.

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Start-up transforming online retail

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

Two north-west London-based Jewish entrepreneurs are turning to Israeli technology to develop their online fashion company.

Joel Freeman and Daniel Murray, both 28, launched Grabble, a hybrid fashion and social media platform, in April 2013.

Users are invited to “grab” items of their choice into the increasingly popular website server and compare prices of the product.

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Peston on UK elections and economy

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

In March, Robert Peston will step down from his post as business editor of the BBC. But as the corporation’s new economics editor, the 53-year-old journalist is not going too far.

He tells the JC that the new role will provide new challenges and simultaneously allow him to maintain a work-life balance.

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Dishing up Michelin reviews from fine diners

By Rosa Doherty, December 25, 2013

“Rochelle is a very nice lady. If she is representing a restaurant I always give it a fantastic review — even if it’s absolutely crap.”

In his own way, top food critic Giles Coren has commended Rochelle Cohen, a driven public relations entrepreneur who has run her PR company for restaurants, for more than 20 years.

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