Business features

How we're banking on start-ups

By Candice Krieger, May 10, 2012

Israel needs a new way of banking if it is to progress beyond its position as a start-up nation. Such a sentiment is sounded by Michael Freedman, founder and executive director of Asquith Israel Merchant Bank, a new addition to the Israeli banking scene.


How can we boost British business and entrepreneurship? We asked Sir Martin Sorrell, Lord Fink, Lloyd Dorfman and other experts

By Candice Krieger, May 8, 2012

The participants:

MS: Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and chief executive of WPP
LF: Lord Fink, chief executive of ISAM fund manager and Conservative Party treasurer
SG: Stephen Grabiner, former head of global media at Apax Partners;
LD: Lloyd Dorfman, founder and chief executive of Travelex
NL: Nick Leslau, chairman of Prestbury Group and director of Max Plc


How to succeed in business

By Simon Round, April 26, 2012

The world economy may remain in the doldrums, but not every economy is stagnant. With growth of nearly five per cent last year, Israel is one of the globe's most economically vibrant nations. So why is Israel doing so well when nearly everywhere else is struggling?


British businesses must stop selling out

By Alex Brummer, April 11, 2012

The overseas takeovers of British-based enterprises roll on. Among the latest UK companies to find a new home is Staines-based NDS, originally an Israeli start-up, bought last month by California's Cisco Systems for $5 billion in what was claimed to be Israel's biggest high-tech deal yet.


High hopes for Beatty director

By Candice Krieger, March 29, 2012

Balfour Beatty's Peter Zinkin is not a fan of the word "construction" - at least not when referring to the company he has worked in for more than three decades.

The planning and development director prefers to use the term "global infrastructure business." He explains: "We are not just a construction company.


Cyber hacking is on the up - but these Israelis are on the case

By Candice Krieger and Natalie Ostroff , March 22, 2012

As the threat of cyber attacks grow, IT security booms. The sector has seen exponential growth over recent years and according to International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on IT security could reach $38 billion by 2014.


'Barclays could be replaced by Facebook'

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

The City as we know it is changing. As financial institutions struggle, technology, media and telecommunications companies (TMTs) are experiencing exponential growth rates.


Mr 'French Connection' means business

By Candice Krieger, March 1, 2012

Stephen Marks last appeared in the JC in 1961. He was a schoolboy tennis champion who could barely afford to join his local tennis club.


The man helping to make metal sexy again

By Candice Krieger, February 23, 2012

Not many businessmen can claim to have attended a conference with Margaret Thatcher and spoken alongside US Republican Condoleezza Rice and Lord Stern, the influential climate-change expert. Metal expert Robert Voss can.

Mr Voss is the founder and managing director of metal traders, Voss International.


We want to be as big as Apple, says Wonga chief

By Candice Krieger, February 9, 2012

'We want to be world class," says Errol Damelin, talking about his high-profile start-up, Wonga. "And I don't mean bigger than Barclays. I mean like Facebook, Amazon and Apple."

Fantasy? Well, the smart-talking South African entrepreneur is certainly making a strong case.