Business

Saving rates are low, but now is the time to act

By Martin Lewis, February 7, 2014

Far too many people think “savings rates are so low, why bother doing anything?” But while rates are low, we should not be complacent.

People who are active about their finances, can save up to 6 per cent interest. So here is my rate-boosting masterclass.

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UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.

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Need marketing help? Ask the rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2014

He is a self-professed yeshiva boy “born and bred” — hailing from a rabbinic dynasty that goes back 12 generations.

People flock to Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg, who lives in Jerusalem, for advice — but it’s not explanations of the Torah that they seek.

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How I got the suits to back my T-shirts

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2014

Oliver Pollock has a confession to make — he stops people in the streets to ask where they got their T-shirts from.

It’s a bit of an obsession, in fact. He has at least 50 grey and white ones in his wardrobe at any one time.

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Israel and India seal multi-million pound tech deal

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2014

A multi-million pound fund is set to strengthen economic ties between Israel and India.

Government representatives established a £24 million investment pot to support technological ventures between entrepreneurs from both countries.

The two governments will each put in half the money over a period of five years.

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Retail sales changed the way we now shop

By Alex Brummer, January 17, 2014

v Retailing has become a great deal more complicated. Never was this more evident that over the festive season when so much money was spent on the high street. As is the case almost every year, the message in the build-up to the season was dismal.

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How our advertising business coped when Tesco checked out

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

Advertisers have to be prepared change or face closure, says a man who should know.

Matt Davis’s advertising agency The Red Brick Road, once relied on Tesco for the bulk of the business.

But when the supermarket giant went elsewhere, he was forced to swiftly change course to stay afloat.

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Highflyers ease women’s way into the City

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

There are not enough women working in business — and “certainly not enough Jewish women”.

So says Amy Woolf, a senior human resources officer for KPMG, the City financial services giant.

According to Ms Woolf, recruiting women to high-powered positions is “a big issue that we have to tackle”, and the task is “even harder within the parameters of the Jewish religion”.

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G4S denies it is being probed over West Bank contracts

By Marcus Dysch, January 9, 2014

Security company G4S has said it is unaware of a possible investigation by British authorities into its work in Israel.

The firm has been repeatedly attacked for running security services in the West Bank, and confirmed six months ago that it would not renew some existing contracts with the Israeli government when they expire in 2015.

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Richard Desmond set to sell Channel 5

By Rosa Doherty, January 8, 2014

Media tycoon Richard Desmond is considering selling Channel 5, for several times his original investment.

Mr Desmond bought the broadcaster for £103.5 million in 2010 and, according to reports, is hoping the channel will now fetch £700 million.

The media tycoon, who also owns the Express and Star newspapers, has appointed Barclays to handle the sale.

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