Business

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Entrepreneurs offer Israeli health products in bid to reduce NHS costs

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

Israeli entrepreneurs specialising in medical technology have met representatives of the NHS and top British healthcare companies.

The seven entrepreneurs presented the UK groups – including including NHS England and NHS Innovation Accelerator - with innovative products which they said would reduce healthcare costs and could improve the treatment of patients.

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It’s a ‘golden era’ for UK-Israel trade, says Business Secretary Sajid Javid

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has declared it is a “golden era” for trade between the UK and Israel.

Speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night, he told the 250-strong audience: “The past few years have been a golden era - what really excites me are the possibilities for the years that lie ahead.”

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Leading food industry figure Sir Harry Solomon honoured at British Israeli Business awards

By Sandy Rashty, June 8, 2015

Sir Harry Solomon was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night.

He told the 250-strong audience that he was "truly flattered and honoured to have been given the award".

The 78-year-old is best known for founding one of Europe’s largest food businesses in the 1976, Hillsdown Holdings.

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Nicole Farhi: fashion means nothing, sculpture's my passion

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

Nicole Farhi and I are in her Hampstead sitting room playing with our hair, literally.

She's giving me some tips – and there is no one else I would rather take hair-care lessons from.

Aged 25, she stopped straightening her trademark fiery curls. "I decided, 'that's enough!'" she says in her distinctive French accent.

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