Business features

Israel's top-paid octogenarian

By Simon Griver, June 2, 2011

If Canadian Business's Rich 100 is to be believed, 2010 was a bad year for David Azrieli. The property developer slipped from being Canada's eighth wealthiest man in 2009, to 11th last year, and saw his net worth plunge 21 per cent to $2.93 billion (£1.75 billion).


The man on a million-pound footing

By Candice Krieger, May 19, 2011

If you have bought a pair of shoes on the high street, it is more than likely that they came from Harvey Jacobson. The Manchester millionaire is head of the Jacobson Group, a north-west footwear firm, which supplies more than 10 million pairs of shoes a year to most national retailers. Its brands include Gola, Frank Wright and Dunlop, plus a strong own-label footwear division.


The windscreen repair boss who has cracked it

By Candice Krieger, May 12, 2011

Not many businesses have a theme tune. But then not many serve 11 million people a year and complete a job every three seconds, 365 days a year.


How we've shown those men in suits

By Candice Krieger, April 14, 2011

When it comes to setting up a business, timing is key. Just ask mothers-of-three Amanda Gestetner and Samantha Pyser. The duo are the founders of frozen yoghurt company, yoomoo.

Established less than a year ago, yoomoo is executing an ambitious roll-out across the UK as it benefits from the growing consumer trend towards healthier living.


What's exciting Lord Fink then?

By Candice Krieger, April 7, 2011

With political commitments aplenty, Stanley Fink, the Conservative Party treasurer and recently appointed peer, could be forgiven for putting his business pursuits on the back burner. Not likely.


Are we about to hit a BRIC wall?

By Candice Krieger, March 31, 2011

China and other emerging markets have been the big success story of the past decade, outperforming developed markets and leading many to predict that China will be next global superpower. So as the debate about the decline of the West and rise of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) reaches feverish proportions, should we really still believe the BRIC hysteria?


NHS reforms - good news for some

By Candice Krieger, March 24, 2011

Many doctors, medical professionals and lobby groups have been voicing their concerns over the government's controversial health reforms, which will hand increasing power to the private sector.


Gearing up for change

By Candice Krieger, March 16, 2011

More people will be driving electric vehicles than petrol-fuelled ones by 2020, says Shai Agassi.

The high-profile Israeli entrepreneur is the founder of Better Place, the pioneering start-up that is making significant headway in promoting the mass adoption of electric cars through a network of charging stations and battery-swapping facilities.


Fancy getting paid for turning off your heating?

By Candice Krieger, March 10, 2011

When it comes to doing business, win-win situations are hard to come by. But Ziko Abram and Yoav Zingher, the directors of new energy demand management company KiWi Power, seem to be on to something.

Founded in 2009, KiWi works in co-operation with the National Grid - which runs the UK's gas and electricity network - to encourage businesses to cut their carbon footprint.


For sale: a top property brand

By Candice Krieger, March 3, 2011

At the age of 26, property professional Ray Bloom has achieved more in the past few years than many people might hope to achieve in their entire career.