London campaign to boost Israel investment

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2015

A new Israel Bonds campaign has been launched in London to boost investment in Israel.

This year, global sales of Israel bonds totalled more than £540 million. Money from the sale of the bonds is channelled to Israel’s Finance Ministry and allocated towards projects, including high-tech, green-tech and bio-tech industries.


George Osborne under fire over plan to lead trade delegation to Iran

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2015

Experts have rounded on Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to lead a business delegation to Iran next year.

British and Israeli researchers say that Mr Osborne is prioritising trade over Iranian human rights abuses and the ongoing threat the county poses to the Jewish state.


Martin Lewis: What the money mensch did next

By Richard Burton, September 17, 2015

Martin Lewis is about to become a grandfather. Or an uncle. He can't be sure which. But that's families for you. Virtual ones anyway.

What he does know for sure is his relationship with the financial powerhouse he gave life to in 2003 is about to change - again.


£3 million Israeli investment to create up to 100 jobs in Wales

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

UK government leaders have welcomed £3 million of Israeli investment into the UK – which could lead to the creation of 100 jobs in south Wales and £13 million being spent with local suppliers.

The investment – jointly made by Israeli owned technology companies – was announced today.


Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of religious discrimination in the workplace

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said it would be a “travesty” if employees were unable to carry out their work duties because of religious discrimination.

Launching a Board of Deputies guide which aims to help employers understand the needs of Jewish staff, the minister said it was essential that companies make changes to help religious workers.


Israel’s deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom opens London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

Israel’s deputy prime minister opened the London Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Israel’s interior minister and responsible for Palestinian relations in the cabinet, was joined by business leaders from the UK and Israel as he opened the London trading market.


Natalie Joel: NW London, Israel and now a maid in Chelsea

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

You might recognise Natalie Joel from Channel 4's award-winning reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

She walked into the show, which follows the lives of south-west London's trendy folk in their twenties, as the 5ft 2ins girlfriend of the much taller show favourite Hugo Taylor, who towers above her at 6ft 3ins.


UK Israel Tech Hub wins Foreign Office innovation award

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has presented an award for innovation to the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Outgoing ambassador Matthew Gould said he was “very proud of my old colleagues” at the Hub on receipt of the Diplomatic Excellence: Encouraging Innovation award.


Jewish clothes designer gives M&S a dressing down

By Naomi Firsht, July 8, 2015

A Jewish designer who used to work for Marks & Spencer made headlines after giving the store’s board of directors a dressing down over their “crude and cheap designs”.

Finchley Reform member Muriel Conway, 87, told the M&S management “I could weep when I see what’s in stores today”, at the annual shareholders meeting.


Donna Karan to step down as chief designer of her company

By Sandy Rashty, July 1, 2015

Donna Karan has stepped down as chief designer of the multi-million pound fashion brand she founded more than 30 years ago.

Her decision to leave Donna Karan New York (DKNY) – which is recognised for transforming the working woman’s wardrobe – was announced by the brand on Tuesday.