Business features

Hotel Chocolat co-founder offers his ten steps towards chocolate heaven

By Anna Sheinman, May 20, 2013

Peter Harris co-founded the luxury chocolatier in 2004 and has watched it grow from one store in Watford to 74 shops worldwide, a boutique hotel and a cocoa plantation in St Lucia — with a revenue of £63 million last year. Speaking at a Norwood dinner, he told guests:

1. Forget research


Tackling terrorism with technology

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

An Israeli company is battling terrorism with technology used by government agencies across the globe.

Cellebrite, founded in 1999, is headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, and more than 50 per cent of the technology company’s $200 million average annual revenue stems from its forensics division — established in 2007.


All my business is from social media

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Social media has transformed the advertising and marketing industries, according to Lilach Bullock, who was last month named among the Top 20 Women Social Media Power Influencers and the Top 50 Social Media Influencers 2013 by Forbes.


Women are stuck in the comfort zone

By Sandy Rashty, April 26, 2013

Banking is an aggressive, competitive and challenging industry dominated by men. Women — especially Orthodox women — are noticeably absent from top positions in the financial industry. But it is not the workplace environment that is holding them back, says leading financier Judy Heicklen.


Man with the recipe for sweet success on the high-street

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

Experts say the food industry has changed. Consumers are looking for practical products over pricey luxuries and stores will be replaced by online retail. But Asher Budwig, operations director of Lola’s, is bucking the trend with his cupcake business.


Time for transparent management

By Candice Krieger, April 5, 2013

The UK investment industry is failing its clients, says Alan Miller, one of the world’s most respected fund managers.

Mr Miller, the founding shareholder of New Star Asset Management, believes there is a lack of transparency between fund managers and their clients.


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.