The world may still be recovering from a financial crisis but that has not stopped businessmen across the globe from splashing out on bespoke suits. In fact, according to Leeds-based veteran tailor Toby Luper, work attire becomes increasingly important in a recession.
He says: "Over the years I have always noted that suits have become more important to people when times are difficult. It gives them confidence, certain gravitas and credibility.
He knows a lot about funds. In fact, he knows a lot about money. Alan Miller has one of the longest track records in money-managment in the UK, having spent over 19 years overseeing a variety of assets and investment vehicles. He was a director at Jupiter Asset Management and, more recently, Chief Investment Officer and founding shareholder of New Star Asset Management, until his departure in early 2007. It is unsurprising, then, that Mr Miller is back investing money for private clients - and achieving better returns than his peers.
With soaring competition, the recession and ongoing unrest in the Middle East, El Al has had a tough few years: the national carrier lost around 10 per cent of its market share of UK passengers flying to Israel over 2008 and 2009.
But the airline is battling back. Uri Danoor, chief executive of its operations in the UK, northern Europe and South Africa, says that the airline has come up with new ways of clawing back business.
Buying property is no different to buying jeans, says Nick Leslau, one of Britain's most accomplished property entrepreneurs: "You want the best product at the cheapest possible price."
If Mr Leslau's property portfolio is anything to go by, you can rest assured that he has a pretty enviable wardrobe to boot. With a track record that few others in the property sector can boast, Mr Leslau is the chief executive and chairman of Prestbury Investments, which has a portfolio valued at around £3bn.
The growth of women in part-time and flexible senior-level jobs is a sign that they are breaking down the glass ceiling, says Karen Mattison, the co-founder of Women Like Us.
The London-based organisation matches mothers wanting to get back to work with flexible job opportunities, and Ms Mattison believes that "there are definitely chinks" in the barriers preventing women from regularly rising to the highest positions. "People are starting to get through," she says.
What do venture capitalists look for when they cast their eyes over a high-tech start-up? The answer, according to Chemi Peres, managing general partner and co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, is quite a surprise.
“I’d have to say that the people are more important than the products and systems being developed,” he says. “It’s easier to redirect the product development than to change the people. Only good people with vision and an ability to work as part of a team will get investment from us.
Despite the ongoing uncertainties in the financial markets, art-market records continue to be broken.
Only last month, Picasso's Portrait of Angel Fernandez became one of the most valuable paintings sold at auction in Europe after going under the hammer at Christie's for £34.7m.
And previously this year, two new world records had been made: London-based Jewish billionaire Lily Safra bought an Alberto Giacometti sculpture for $103.4 million (£65m) at an auction in London in February; and in May, a 1932 portrait of his mistress by Pablo Picasso sold for $106.5 million (£71m).
One of the UK's leading kosher food manufacturers and one of the world's top film production companies might not seem the most likely pairing for a business collaboration. But that has not stopped Beth Din-supervised Great Food from securing a unique deal with US-based film giant DreamWorks as they look to target the children's healthy food market.
Jonathan Straight is unforgettable. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who sports a waxed moustache and owns more than 200 pairs of spectacles, made the front page of the Sun in the 1980s when he changed his name from Gay to Straight. He also happens to be behind one of Leeds's most successful business stories.
Mr Straight, who lives in Alwoodley and is a member of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue, is the founder and majority shareholder of Straight plc, the UK's leading supplier of kerb-side recycling containers.