Business features

Crunch counselling from a property pro

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

As the UK property market continues to fall foul of the credit crunch, one of the industry’s most influential agents has some advice: brace yourself, be patient — and take a longer holiday.


How Rosie beat tragedy and conquered the Dragons’ Den

By Candice Krieger, July 11, 2008

Five hopeful entrepreneurs faced the judges in a Dragons’ Den-style event this week, run in partnership with the London Jewish Cultural Centre. The winner: single mum Rosie Ben-Shushan and her natural-food business

Former secretary Rosie Ben-Shushan has won the Dragons’ Den-style competition run by the JC and London Jewish Cultural Centre with her novel kosher food range. It has been a remarkable journey for the single mother who overcame family tragedy to establish her business.


Pitching to the Dragons

By Candice Krieger, July 3, 2008

In partnership with the London Jewish Cultural Centre, we invited aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas for a special Dragons’ Den-style event that could be their big break. The finalists will present their plans in front of top judges on Monday July 7 at the LJCC.



Now pitch your big idea

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

We recently invited aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas for a special Dragons’ Den-style event that could be their big break. We have now chosen the finalists, who will present their plans in front of top judges on July 7 at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. In the first of a two-part feature, we profile those who impressed and will face the Dragons.

Adam Caplan and Daniel Morris
Danada Retail

University students Adam Caplan and Daniel Morris set up their clothing company Danada Retail earlier this year.


The HBOS man who still sees opportunity

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Confidence in the world’s financial markets continues to evaporate as property prices plunge, share prices slide and jobs are being lost. Yet investment banker Gershon Cohen is not too concerned. In fact, he says, he is excited.


We do business with Iran…

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

And Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan, Qatar… Meet the Jews who have overcome political and religious divides to trade successfully with both liberal and hardline Muslim states.

Lloyd Dorfman

Lloyd Dorfman is the chairman of Travelex, the world’s largest foreign-exchange specialist. The group provides international payment services for commercial and personal customers, in addition to money services to financial institutions and travel agencies.


He invented the YouTube-ready camera — and sold a million

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

When you next view a video on YouTube or Facebook, you may well be watching Jonathan Kaplan’s technology business expand its reach. His privately owned company, Pure Digital Technologies, has developed a new pocket-sized digital camcorder, which comes with built-in software that connects directly to a personal computer or Mac for instant video uploading.

Why the Travelex chief executive is converting his cash into culture

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Don’t mix business with pleasure? Lloyd Dorfman, the chief executive of Travelex, might just disagree.

Mr Dorfman, 55, famous for running the world’s largest foreign-exchange specialist, and worth an estimated £480 million, according to last month’s Sunday Times Rich List, is using his business prowess to invest in other interests.


Property-slump tips from the leisure king

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

Confidence in the property market is at its lowest in more than 30 years, and experts warn that the situation will get worse. But David Coffer, a veteran player in leisure property, is up for the challenge.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Mr Coffer — known in the industry as “Mr Leisure” — is the chairman of Coffer Corporate Leisure, where he has handled over £1bn worth of transactions. He is the former chairman of Earls Court and Olympia, in which he still owns a 10 per cent stake.


Why I went to Mumbai to make my fortune

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

Nervous about the state of British business? Head to India, advises retail boss Oliver Kaye. Having completed stints at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Arcadia, Mr Kaye, 32, recently moved from North London to India to head up Calvin Klein because — as far as he is concerned — the British retail market is at a standstill.

“Retail in the UK is boring and bland. It’s at complete saturation,” says Mr Kaye. “If you look at what’s going on in the high street, it looks like it’s going to hit a recession.”