Business features

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


Fitness guru with an eye on a healthy profit

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

UK businesses are doing their bit to counter the increasing levels of obesity among the British workforce, says entrepreneur Paul Landau.

Mr Landau is the founder of, an online health and wellbeing service which uses an interactive tracking device to help people lose weight and improve their fitness.


Hit by the crunch? This man can help

By Candice Krieger, September 4, 2008

Businesses need to act quickly and responsively if they are to survive the growing economic downturn, warns PricewaterhouseCoopers' Dan Schwarzmann.

Mr Schwarzmann, 45, is head of the accountancy firm's UK restructuring arm. His job is to provide recovery advice and, where appropriate, insolvency services to companies and individuals in financial difficulty. He has seen a significant increase in his workload over the past few months and expects this to continue.


Why Sex and the City’s jewellery designer wants a piece of London

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Britain's retail market is suffering as the credit crunch continues to dent consumer confidence. But Roberto Stern, the director of global jewellery empire H Stern, is hoping to buck the trend.

So much so that Mr Stern, whose late father Hans founded the eponymous brand 63 years ago, believes now is a good time to strengthen its UK presence. He recently launched the brand's first flagship store in Harrods as well as eight other H Stern outlets in the UK.


How De Niro helped take Nobu to Israel

By Anthea Gerrie, August 8, 2008
Update: Since this story was published, Nobu have changed their plans.

The global restaurant empire - and the first Nobu Hotel - will open in the Middle East's St Tropez in 2010. We talk to the businessmen making it happen

The restaurant chain Nobu launched a hospitality division to incorporate a luxury hotel and apartments in May. The first of them is to open at Israel's Herzliya marina.