Business features

He's no baker but is earning a decent crust from bread

By Candice Krieger and Natalie Ostroff, December 1, 2011

Bread is big business. Despite rising food inflation and curbs on consumer spending, sales of bread are on the rise, particularly among the artisan varieties.

Both Tesco and Waitrose have reported significant increases in sales of "speciality bread" and have expanded their ranges to cope with customer demand.


Looking for a property deal? Try Facebook

By Candice Krieger, November 24, 2011

Ignore social media at your peril. Such a warning is sounded by Michael Raibin of niche property firm, Hatton Real Estate.

Earlier this year the young company, nominated for the Estates Gazette's Business Launch of the Year, became what is believed to be the first UK agency to execute a commercial property deal via Facebook.


Mobile phones are the real key to the future

By Candice Krieger, November 17, 2011

Tzachi Wiesenfeld probably has access to most of the world's buildings. If not, he could no doubt find a way of getting in.

The Israeli engineer is the vice president of Assa Abloy, the world's leading door solutions and lock company. He heads the Europe, Middle East and Africa multi-billion dollar arm - the group's largest division.


Who's buying into Germany?

By Candice Krieger, November 10, 2011

An increasing number of Jewish investors are putting their faith - and cash - into Germany.

According to David Kaye, commercial director at leading investment-banking group Shore Capital plc, which reported a pre-tax profit of £4.3 million for the first half of the year, Israelis in particular are playing a more prominent role when it comes to investing in Germany.


Tillman serves up food empire

By Candice Krieger, November 3, 2011

Restaurateur Mitchell Tillman has obviously not read the financial menu. While many businesses struggle to cope with the impact of the downturn, his First Restaurant Group is expanding with trade better than expected this year.

"London's eating-out market is growing," says Mr Tillman, 36.


It’s time for China says watch chief

By Candice Krieger, October 27, 2011

Richard Tibber is never late. Hardly surprising considering he owns several dozen watches and has access to millions.

Mr Tibber is the managing director of Zeon, the UK's leading watch company. It sells more than 2.5 million watches a year, achieves around £30 million worth of sales and has a 15 per cent market share.


The clothes firm that's royally in fashion fashion

By Candice Krieger, October 6, 2011

David Reiss is something of an anomaly in retail. For one, he is still smiling amid the depressing high street conditions. His Reiss fashion chain has reported a 43 per cent rise in UK profits this year to £13.1 million and the head honcho believes these are the most exciting times in the group's 40-year history.


Israel taps into e-gaming boom

By Natalie Ostroff, September 27, 2011

Online gaming is one of the world's largest growth markets. According to some sources it has been growing faster than Facebook and is expected to rise at double the rate of land-based gambling over the next two years.

Israel, a global leader in the industry, is hoping to cash in on the boom.


Interview: Sir Martin Sorrell

By Candice Krieger, September 22, 2011

Assessing global markets is not that different to football, according to Sir Martin Sorrell, one of the world's most accomplished businessmen.


Forget gold. We pawn luxury cars

By Candice Krieger, September 15, 2011

Arising number of company directors and professionals are turning to pawn.