Business features

Dame Stephanie survived the Holocaust to make an IT fortune - then gave it away

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2014

Stephanie Shirley has had a remarkable life. She came to Britain as a five-year-old refugee from Nazi persecution in 1939; she had a nervous breakdown and considered suicide after her only son was diagnosed with severe autism — and now she has donated 90 per cent of her multi-million pound technology empire to more than 100 charitable projects.

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Timewise power woman fighting for flexibility

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

Karen Mattison has forced companies to recognise the value of part-time employees and inspired mothers to re-enter the workplace.

But the award-winning British businesswoman, 45, says the fight for flexible working is far from over.

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Israelis successfully lost in translation

By Charlotte Oliver, April 24, 2014

For Israeli entrepreneur Ofer Shoshan, the key to corporate success rests on one crucial factor — making sure that you and your client are speaking the same language.

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How former BT boss Lord Livingston got a new calling

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2014

Ian Livingston is on a tight schedule. It’s unsurprising given that the BT chief executive turned UK Trade Minister now has political challenges to contend with.

In a room buried deep inside the Foreign Office surrounded by mahogany furniture and posters promoting the British economy, Lord Livingston is being briefed by a flurry of government assistants.

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Dan Gillerman: still an envoy, this time for business

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

“There is no political risk at all when investing in Israel,” says a confident Dan Gillerman, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.

“Israel has survived so many crises, so many wars and so many challenges that it has proved without any doubt how resilient it is.

“We have prevailed and our industry and economy has excelled in times of challenges.”

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‘Happy days’ for Israeli trade as delegation comes to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

A 30-strong group of Israeli companies specialising in retail and water technology were welcomed to Downing Street last week, in a ground-breaking bid to strengthen trade ties with the UK.

Heads of British corporations, from Marks and Spencer to Tesco and ASOS, were full of praise after attending events from Downing Street to the BT Tower and Science Museum.

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Now that’s what we call an exchange

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

You’ve travelled abroad and forgotten to change your money in advance. Now you’re forced to pay extortionate exchange rates charged by the local banks or the airport’s bureau de change. It’s a situation that has been faced by many.

But 26-year-old Londoner Daniel Abrahams has co-founded a company set to battle currency woes.

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How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.

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An interiors business designed to last

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Israel-born Ze’ev Aram is one of the biggest names in British design.

For the past 50 years, people in the know have filled their homes and offices with interior pieces from his Aram Store, now based in Covent Garden.

Sitting in his office above the store, Aram reflects on his journey from Haifa to opening his first shop on King’s Road.

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Mr Start-up spills the beans on Starbucks’ success — and defends tax avoidance row

By Sandy Rashty, February 21, 2014

He co-founded one of the biggest names in retail, but American Zev Siegl has the manner of an enthusiastic schoolteacher.

That’s because he initially taught history at a school in Seattle before launching Starbucks with Gerald Baldwin and Gordon Bowker in 1971. It is now the largest global coffeehouse company with over 20,000 outlets.

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