Business features

The industry that's toughing it out

By Candice Krieger, October 15, 2009

The recession could redefine the status of the security industry, particularly among the Jewish community, say former policemen Adam and Nick Conn.


From Google to grocer: Amir Konigsberg

By Candice Krieger, October 1, 2009

With a maturing online market, grocery websites need to create new ways to stand out to price-savvy customers. Staying ahead of the game is grocery price comparison site, which compares the cost of products among the big four online supermarkets — Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Ocado (Waitrose) — and lets users cost their baskets as they shop.


Land your property deal now

By Candice Krieger, September 24, 2009

London remains the finest property market in the world, says Harvey Soning. The boss of James Andrew International, Mr Soning has spent five decades in the real estate industry.


Interview: Stanley Fink

By Candice Krieger, September 18, 2009

Lord Sugar hit the headlines earlier this year when he was appointed the government’s enterprise tzar. But when it comes to political influence, the host of The Apprentice has been eclipsed by another hugely wealthy Jewish businessman. Stanley Fink, the multi-millionaire hedge fund manager, is emerging as a hot political commodity.


Recovery? You're joking, says Sorrell

By Candice Krieger, September 17, 2009

Those who say the economy is picking up are kidding themselves says Sir Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of the world’s largest advertising group, WPP.

According to Sir Martin, 64, company figures may show some indication of stabilisation but this does not show the real picture. “I think a lot of what people are saying is based on relief and looking at easier comparatives,” he says. “People like to put spins on things. Things are naturally going to look better, not necessarily because people are spending more heavily, but because you are starting an easier period.


Who needs men to give birth to firms?

By Jemma Wayne, September 9, 2009

For many, 2009 has not been the best time to share one’s wealth. Banks are locking down on lending, businesses are cutting their expenditures and charities are suffering. But a group of pioneering women are bucking the trend.

Addidi Business Angels, to be launched this autumn, is a female-only private equity club looking to invest in small businesses. According to reports, less than five per cent of business angels in the UK are women.


'Let employers try before they buy'

By Candice Krieger, August 13, 2009

Good news for graduates: help is at hand for university leavers struggling to get jobs in the recession. Former student Andy Shovel has launched Recruitment Squared, a business which he believes can combat graduate unemployment — and, three months in, it is already in profit.

Recruitment Squared offers employers the chance to “try before they buy” and, as Mr Shovel puts it, “this takes the risk away from companies, making it more financially appealing for them to hire”.


Our Facebook error, by the Yahoo! boss

By Candice Krieger, August 6, 2009

Hindsight is a fine thing. Just ask Toby Coppel, a former senior executive at global internet company Yahoo!


Is it time to join the gold rush?

By Candice Krieger, July 30, 2009

Dan Fisher, head of Physical Gold and former investment banker at Merrill Lynch

Gold provides a good balance for an investor’s portfolio. People have been hit very hard because shares, bonds, cash and property have all moved in the same direction at the same time, but gold always tends to perform inversely to the traditional paper assets and so that provides a hedge.


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.