Business features

Algae - it has real appeal, financially

By Candice Krieger, March 29, 2013

An Israeli kibbutz located north of Eilat is not alone in seeing the potential of one of its products. Its Algatechnologies business, which commercially cultivates microalgae to supply one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants available for human consumption (astaxanthin), has been bought by a leading UK investment firm.


Join our Flat-Club, we've taken the top prize in JC competition

By Candice Krieger, March 20, 2013

Two Israelis have won the JC’s first Young Entrepreneurs’ Challenge. Nitzan Yudan and Tomer Kalish, now based in London, were chosen by the judges to receive the unprecedented prize: £10,000 from the judging panel, £10,000 from Investec Specialist Bank, £5,000 of strategic consultancy from Albion London and free accountancy advice from leading north London firm, Berg Kaprow Lewis.


Who else is pitching their way to the £20,000?

By Candice Krieger, March 14, 2013

Last week, we revealed the first three finalists in the JC’s Young Entrepreneurs’ Challenge. Today, we introduce the final two, in with a chance of winning over £20,000.
Backed by some of the biggest names in business, including Investec Specialist Bank, the competition aims to find the start-up stars of the future.


It's time to reveal the final five vying for the top prize

By Candice Krieger, March 7, 2013

Six months ago, the JC launched its biggest — and most rewarding — business competiton to date.
Backed by some of the biggest names in business, including Investec Specialist Bank, the initiative aims to find the start-up stars of the future.


Meet the man who's making insurance sexy - and sociable

By Candice Krieger, February 28, 2013

Times are a-changing. Social media has been influencing many areas of the business world, and is now gaining ground in the insurance market.
The insurance industry, typically old-fashioned in its practice, is heading for an unprecedented overhaul as the emerging influence of social media takes hold.
Helping to drive the revolution is financial services expert, Steven Mendel.


Coming soon to a screen near you: your favourite car brand

By Candice Krieger, February 21, 2013

Advertisers, and companies alike, take heed; product placement is set to soar this year. The format - paying for brands to appear on screen – has already been adopted by the film, and more recently, television world, but industry experts predict it will really take off this year.


How would you score your job?

By Candice Krieger, February 7, 2013

You can now search for a job the same way you would search for a holiday.
A revolutionary new business has been launched that is heralding a change in UK recruitment. TheJobCrowd, founded by husband-and-wife team Keren Mitchell and Natasha Freeman, enables recent graduates to review and rate their own positions.


There's a new brand of accommodation in town

By Candice Krieger, January 31, 2013

It may seem like a precarious time to launch a new property venture, but as prominent player Larry Lipman points out, with every crisis, comes opportunity.

Mr Lipman is the managing director of publicly-quoted real-estate company, Safeland, whose principal activities include trading, development and investment.


Tutoring — for the digital age

By Candice Krieger, January 24, 2013

A growing number of investors and businessmen believe that education is the one-to-watch sector for technology to disrupt.

Robert Grabiner is one of them. A former executive director of programme management at ABN AMRO, he has launched an online start-up, which he hopes could revolutionise the traditional tutoring market.


'The way I look at the UK is a bit like the way I look at Tesco" says the head of infrastructure funds at Lloyds

By Candice Krieger, January 17, 2013

It might seem an unlikely comparison but Gershon Cohen, the chief executive of infrastructure funds at Lloyds Bank, believes that the UK is similar to leading supermarket chain, Tesco: they are both successful in some areas and not so hot in others.