Minding my business

Chicken and egg: My dream restaurant

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2013

In 2010, Fiona Gale was sitting in her kitchen, cooking a chicken.

The 59-year-old divorcee had forfeited her share in a successful catering business, Artus & Gale, to look after her two young children.

Now they were grown up, she was considering what to do next.


Our company made a profit in the recession

By Charlotte Fox , July 1, 2013

We launched Henry Fox over five years ago during the recession. It was the worst time to start a company, but it was also the making of us because we did not have a large and expensive firm to maintain.

Gaby and I were sitting by the pool in Tel Aviv when we decided to launch our recruitment company that specialises in fashion.


Landlords should not rely on letting agents

By Jonathan Monjack, June 17, 2013

The property market needed a unique business offering landlords an alternative to doing it themselves or using letting agents — they both have drawbacks.

I owned one property and had a very easy tenant for four years. One day, I received a renewal fee from the agent and just thought, ‘why am I paying him eight per cent plus VAT?’.


Gossip girl who puts women in driving seat

By Charlotte Leuw, June 3, 2013

Whenever I went to a garage, I got ripped off. A lot of mechanics saw a young girl driving a nice Volkswagen Beetle and decided to charge really high prices for simple things. But I didn’t know any better and paid them the money.


Social media has more effect than marketing

By Joseph Levi, May 5, 2013

The Student Money Saver idea was started five years ago — during my first academic year at Manchester University.

For the first time in my life, I was managing my own money without any help — I found it challenging. There were lots of general money management websites offering online advice, but I couldn’t believe there was nothing out there specifically for students.


The banks would not back us. More fool them

By Roberta Harris, April 30, 2013

We had a great product but just could not get any investment from the banks – they weren’t interested in us. We knew there was a huge gap in the market.