H&M withdraws 'offensive' star of David top

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

A high-street fashion chain has withdrawn a line of vest tops emblazoned with a skull at the centre of a large star of David.

H&M, which has 3,100 stores across 53 countries, confirmed that the men's vest top was removed on Monday morning in the wake of complaints from angry shoppers.

“The order has been stopped and the others have been pulled,” said a H&M spokeswoman.


Covent Garden family pharmacy to close

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

One of the last independent shops in the Covent Garden area of central London is to close this week, with its Jewish founders blaming high rents and rates for making the business unsustainable.

The Garden Pharmacy was opened by grandparents Harry and Connie Ganz in 1984.

Surrounded by London’s top theatres, its customers include actors Rupert Everett, Simon Callow and Amanda Barrie.


‘Happy days’ for Israeli trade as delegation comes to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

A 30-strong group of Israeli companies specialising in retail and water technology were welcomed to Downing Street last week, in a ground-breaking bid to strengthen trade ties with the UK.

Heads of British corporations, from Marks and Spencer to Tesco and ASOS, were full of praise after attending events from Downing Street to the BT Tower and Science Museum.


Let’s not swipe bank accounts that give back

By Martin Lewis, March 20, 2014

Bank accounts were once ugly creatures that bit hard when you went overdrawn, and gave nothing back when you were in credit.

Most still do that. But a few innovative gems are starting to sparkle. So instead of bank-bashing, I’m going to applaud the accounts that pay.


Now that’s what we call an exchange

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

You’ve travelled abroad and forgotten to change your money in advance. Now you’re forced to pay extortionate exchange rates charged by the local banks or the airport’s bureau de change. It’s a situation that has been faced by many.

But 26-year-old Londoner Daniel Abrahams has co-founded a company set to battle currency woes.


Cameron's Israel visit is all about the trade

By Alex Brummer, March 13, 2014

In the recent past, visits by British leaders to Israel have all been about diplomacy and gesture politics. David Cameron cannot ignore the peace talks during his brief visit to the Jewish state nor can he completely deviate from the Foreign Office’s agenda of halting settlement expansion.

But the reality of the Prime Minister’s visit is that it is all about trade and technology.


Cameron tells Knesset that Britain’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014


On the face of it, the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel, a giant row over laws passing through the Knesset and the chaotic fall-out from a Foreign Ministry strike all threatened to overshadow Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Israel this week.


David Cameron to announce multi-million pound trade deals during Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2014

David Cameron will arrive in Israel today to promote stronger ties with Britain in the technology and innovation industries.

The Prime Minister said he would tell Israeli leaders that peace with the Palestinians could bring "economic growth and create jobs for all".


How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.


An interiors business designed to last

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Israel-born Ze’ev Aram is one of the biggest names in British design.

For the past 50 years, people in the know have filled their homes and offices with interior pieces from his Aram Store, now based in Covent Garden.

Sitting in his office above the store, Aram reflects on his journey from Haifa to opening his first shop on King’s Road.