Business features

Stephen Spitz: A trip to Harrods saved my fortune

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2013

It is hard to imagine that the head of Britain’s largest travel goods chain once prepared his staff for company insolvency.

South African-born Stephen Spitz is the chairman and CEO of the multi-million pound Brentano Group, which specialises in the retail and wholesale distribution of top travel brands under sub-divisions Case London and Pelham Leather Goods.

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You don’t need a degree for a top job

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

An increasing number of students are turning to apprenticeships over university degrees to secure top jobs in law, accountancy, engineering, IT and journalism.

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Israeli tech makes a splash in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A waste water treatment system developed by an Israeli company is set to flush out across the UK.

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Israelis find start-up breaks in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2013

Setting up a small or medium-sized business in the UK is tough. Entrepreneurs say competition is rife, marketing and personnel resources expensive, and the chance of financial backing — from banks to private investors — unlikely in the current climate.

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Roll out Israel's oil barrels

By Sandy Rashty, August 4, 2013

Israel has a wealth of underdeveloped natural resources that promise to revolutionise its economy.

The country, known for its academic prowess, technological expertise and entrepreneurs, is now making headlines with rumours of vast oil reserves beneath its natural gas fields.

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I will boost Israel trade across the UK

By Hugo Bieber , July 14, 2013

Five years ago, Saul Singer and Dan Senor wrote a book whose title would come to define Israel — “Start-up Nation”.

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Should Israel export its natural gas?

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

Israel has made headlines with its uncovered wealth of natural gas. The fields, which hold 900bcm of natural gas, will impact citizens’ lives and boost the political and economic bargaining power of the Jewish state, according to a leading energy expert.

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Esther Levanon, CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, says Israel has much to offer EU investors

By Sandy Rashty, June 25, 2013

Israel has a close economic relationship with the European market. The European Union is Israel’s largest source of imports (34.5 per cent) and its second largest export market at 26.1 per cent. There has been a surge in collaboration on high-tech programmes and research and development.

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The tech-smart millennial group

By Anna Sheinman, June 17, 2013

The Millennials, or 18-to-30-year-olds, are taking up ever more important roles in the workplace — but for many businesses they remain a mystery.

Demonstrating just how important they are, last week business leaders filled London’s Royal Opera House for a conference on millennials co-hosted by the Financial Times and Spanish telecoms group Telefonica.

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The Israeli formula for banking success

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

The British public is disenchanted with the banking system. Many have accused bankers of being overpaid, inefficient and under-regulated. They accuse banks of relying on government rescue.

But Dr Yossi Bachar, chairman of the Israel Discount Bank (IDB), the third-largest bank in Israel, says the grumbles echoing throughout the UK and Europe, are rarely heard in Israel.

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