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.

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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.

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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?’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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