Business features

Stirring a revolution in energy drinks

By Candice Krieger, November 20, 2008

Marcus Waley-Cohen, the founder of natural energy drinks company Firefly Tonics, is targeting a healthy return.

In 2003, Mr Waley-Cohen, now 31, gave up his City job at a leading management consultancy firm to establish Firefly Tonics, which he runs with Harry Briggs.

The company creates and supplies healthy drinks made solely from natural ingredients. Today, they sell around 400,000 bottles a month, export to 40 countries and, last year, reported an annual turnover of £2 million.


We’re building on the property crash

By Candice Krieger, November 13, 2008

Property entrepreneur Adam Coffer is in the mood to spend. While the credit crisis continues to batter the commercial property market, leaving many industry players lying low, he is gearing up to pounce.
Mr Coffer, 30, is the founder and managing director of the Entrepreneurs Property Fund, which offers large incentives for potential property deal-makers; it guarantees agents and private investors 30 per cent of profits the business makes on the deal.


How bad it will get, by the City analyst

By Candice Krieger, November 6, 2008

The UK could be facing its worst recession in five decades, warns City analyst Danny Gabay, a former Bank of England economist.

Mr Gabay, 40, is a macro-economist at City consultants Fathom, which provides analysis and research on the global and political economy. He has been examining past recessions as a guide to what lies ahead and the findings, it seems, are bad news.


Start-up tips, by Facebook’s backer

By Candice Krieger, October 30, 2008

Moshe Mor is the man for aspiring entrepreneurs to impress. A partner at private venture capitalists Greylock - the backers of Facebook - his job is to invest in technology start-ups in Israel and Europe.


Market woes? Not as far as I’m concerned

By Candice Krieger, October 17, 2008

Property chief Robert Leigh may be forgiven for feeling a little smug. When Mr Leigh, now 29, established his commercial-property agency Devono in 2003, he received no support from the industry and was not well-received by existing agents.

Traditionally, rental-property agencies act on behalf of landlords to achieve the best deal for them. Mr Leigh's company, which he runs with business partner Adam Landau, works exclusively on behalf of tenants seeking to rent office space in London. It claims to be the only agency in the capital to do so.


Why the PR guru sees an upbeat story

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2008


How green driving can cut costs

By Candice Krieger, October 3, 2008

Israeli technology entrepreneur Hod Fleishman is accelerating along a profitable path to improved fuel economy.

Mr Fleishman is the co-founder of driver-safety technologies business GreenRoad Technology, a California-based firm with offices in Israel and London. It provides in-vehicle sensors and devices aimed at reducing crashes and improving fuel economy.


The Rosh Hashanah way to make a buck

By Candice Krieger, September 26, 2008

Past years' experience suggests that buying shares today, and selling them before Yom Kippur, can make you money. Market expert Oliver Ralph explains.

Some good news. Today is one of the most profitable days of the year to buy shares, according to business journalist Oliver Ralph.

Mr Ralph, 34, is editor of the Financial Times's Investors Chronicle magazine, which provides weekly share tips for private investors.


Boss of IT firm, £35bn, seeks high-tech women

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008

Engineer and technology buffs (ladies in particular) take note. Leo Apotheker, the recently appointed chief executive of SAP - one of the world's largest software companies - is on a mission to recruit. And he is particularly keen to attract women.

The German-born businessman, who took the helm alongside Henning Kagermann in April, believes there is an alarming gender imbalance in technology. Eager to change this, he cites changing this as the biggest challenge he faces in his new role.


What the credit crunch will mean for the Jewish community

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008