Business features

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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UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.

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Need marketing help? Ask the rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2014

He is a self-professed yeshiva boy “born and bred” — hailing from a rabbinic dynasty that goes back 12 generations.

People flock to Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, who lives in Jerusalem, for advice — but it’s not explanations of the Torah that they seek.

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How I got the suits to back my T-shirts

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2014

Oliver Pollock has a confession to make — he stops people in the streets to ask where they got their T-shirts from.

It’s a bit of an obsession, in fact. He has at least 50 grey and white ones in his wardrobe at any one time.

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Start-up transforming online retail

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

Two north-west London-based Jewish entrepreneurs are turning to Israeli technology to develop their online fashion company.

Joel Freeman and Daniel Murray, both 28, launched Grabble, a hybrid fashion and social media platform, in April 2013.

Users are invited to “grab” items of their choice into the increasingly popular website server and compare prices of the product.

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Peston on UK elections and economy

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

In March, Robert Peston will step down from his post as business editor of the BBC. But as the corporation’s new economics editor, the 53-year-old journalist is not going too far.

He tells the JC that the new role will provide new challenges and simultaneously allow him to maintain a work-life balance.

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Dishing up Michelin reviews from fine diners

By Rosa Doherty, December 25, 2013

“Rochelle is a very nice lady. If she is representing a restaurant I always give it a fantastic review — even if it’s absolutely crap.”

In his own way, top food critic Giles Coren has commended Rochelle Cohen, a driven public relations entrepreneur who has run her PR company for restaurants, for more than 20 years.

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Global sports gaming is our top goal

By Daniel Easterman, December 20, 2013

For many UK citizens, sports betting and fantasy football are popular pastimes.

At least four million people in the UK play fantasy sport games, according to London-based entrepreneur David Galan, who has fused the football and betting industries with his gaming company, Picklive.

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UK-Israel bridge built on innovation

By Charlotte Oliver, December 16, 2013

In 2011, UK and Israeli political and business leaders set up the “Tech Hub” at the British Embassy in Israel.

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Babette Wasserman: The jewel behind the global brand

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

When it comes to launching a top retail brand in London — innovation, social media and celebrities are key to success.

So goes the advice of top businesswoman Babette Wasserman, who launched her jewellery line over 15 years ago.

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