Business

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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Peston on UK elections and economy

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

In March, Robert Peston will step down from his post as business editor of the BBC. But as the corporation’s new economics editor, the 53-year-old journalist is not going too far.

He tells the JC that the new role will provide new challenges and simultaneously allow him to maintain a work-life balance.

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Don’t spend unnecessary cash on your next holiday abroad

By Martin Lewis, December 25, 2013

Here’s a New Year’s resolution. If you plan to go abroad, don’t pay more than is necessary. Too many people overspend on foreign shores, so I’m going to explain how you can save with perfect exchange rates.

HOLSTER UNBEATABLE EXCHANGE RATES

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Dishing up Michelin reviews from fine diners

By Rosa Doherty, December 25, 2013

“Rochelle is a very nice lady. If she is representing a restaurant I always give it a fantastic review — even if it’s absolutely crap.”

In his own way, top food critic Giles Coren has commended Rochelle Cohen, a driven public relations entrepreneur who has run her PR company for restaurants, for more than 20 years.

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Global sports gaming is our top goal

By Daniel Easterman, December 20, 2013

For many UK citizens, sports betting and fantasy football are popular pastimes.

At least four million people in the UK play fantasy sport games, according to London-based entrepreneur David Galan, who has fused the football and betting industries with his gaming company, Picklive.

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Hunger-strike businessman exits Bolivia jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the US after being detained in Bolivia for more than two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being put under house arrest.

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