Business features

How I tamed the Den's richest Dragon

By Candice Krieger, July 23, 2009

What do you do if you want to expand your business? Ask one of the multi-million pound investors from BBC television show Dragons’ Den for backing, of course. Entrepreneur Grant Morgan did and, fortunately for him, one said yes.

The business angel in question was Scottish businessman Duncan Bannatyne. Worth an estimated £320 million and believed to be the wealthiest Dragon on the show, Mr Bannatyne owns a chain of health clubs, hotels, bars and property — and now a 25 per cent stake in Mr Morgan’s luxury watch brand, Kurt Zeiss.

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Josh Steinmann

By Josh Steinmann, July 16, 2009

Electric cars will “become the norm” in a matter of years, says eco-entrepreneur Josh Steinmann, who is helping to accelerate a transition from petrol vehicles. Mr Steinmann, 38, is vice president of business development at Better Place, the clean-transport company set up by Israeli-born entrepreneur Shai Agassi — the former president of the products and technology group at software giant SAP. The firm is planning to market electric vehicles (EVs) internationally.

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Is property on the rise?

By Candice Krieger, July 8, 2009

Simon Rubinsohn
Chief Eeconomist, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

It is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the improvement in the news flowing in about the housing market. Activity has picked-up, albeit from abysmally low levels, and prices now actually seem to be rising in many parts of the country, with London a principal beneficiary. In fact, some parts of the capital are even seeing competitive bids for the right sort of property in the right location.

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JC Dragons Den 2009

By Candice Krieger, July 2, 2009

A grandfather from Middlesex has won the Dragons’ Den-style competition run by the JC and the London Jewish Cultural Centre with his clothes alterations and repairs business.

Steven Kanter’s company, Sew and Go, which provides all the services offered by a traditional alterations tailor with the addition of an express same-day pick-up option, was the majority favourite among the judges.

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Who’ll fire up the Dragons?

By Candice Krieger, June 25, 2009

James Brookner and Matt Garcia
Everyday Models — a company that enables you to rent out personal space to advertisers

James Brookner and Matt Garcia have come up with a pioneering way to advertise. Their start-up, Everyday Models, invites people to rent out a variety of personal spaces — such as their clothes, car, house or online social networking profile — to advertisers

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Dragons' Den: Time to pitch your big idea

By Candice Krieger, June 18, 2009

For the second successive year, the JC and the London Jewish Cultural Centre invited aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for a special Dragons’ Den-style event. This week and next, Candice Krieger profiles the finalists chosen to face the Dragons.

Daniel Tannenbaum
Strap Ice — an adjustable ice pack pouch to ease muscle injuries

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How to argue Israel’s case: lessons from a media guru

By Alex Kasriel, June 11, 2009

A spokesman for Israel is staring into a television camera answering questions about why the country acts in a disproportionate manner in its treatment of Palestinians.

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Alan Miller

By Candice Krieger, June 11, 2009

To many, Alan Miller is one of Britain’s most accomplished fund mangers, having made more than £30 million as chief of New Star’s flagship hedge fund.

Others may know him for his high-profile divorce and the £5 million he was ordered to pay his wife of nearly three years. But it is the money man’s latest venture that he really wants to be remembered for.

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Michael Gutman

By Candice Krieger, June 4, 2009

V Michael Gutman, the managing director of Westfield UK and Europe shopping empire, can be forgiven for looking a little smug.
When the 53-year-old Australian launched London’s largest shopping mall last year amidst the worst economic slump in decades, sceptical onlookers predicted the project would fail. Today, close to 13 million customers have visited the £1.6 billion centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London — an average of around 50,000 visitors a week. And Mr Gutman expects to exceed their annual target of 20 million customers.

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David Levin

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2009

David Levin rarely gives interviews. And despite his high profile as head of United Business Media (UBM), the publicly-listed publishing and exhibitions group, Mr Levin seems uncomfortable with the idea of courting publicity. But he has agreed to talk, to reveal the deeply-rooted values that drive him both in and outside of the office.

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