Business

Mr Start-up spills the beans on Starbucks’ success — and defends tax avoidance row

By Sandy Rashty, February 21, 2014

He co-founded one of the biggest names in retail, but American Zev Siegl has the manner of an enthusiastic schoolteacher.

That’s because he initially taught history at a school in Seattle before launching Starbucks with Gerald Baldwin and Gordon Bowker in 1971. It is now the largest global coffeehouse company with over 20,000 outlets.

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Jewish friendship behind Facebook purchase of WhatsApp

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

A friendship between two Jewish businessmen led to Facebook’s £11.4 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

Mark Zuckerberg, the American-Jewish Facebook founder, worth an estimated £15 billion, said the deal would connect one billion people across the globe.

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The Barclays small print that made me blink

By Charlotte Oliver, February 20, 2014

A businessman embroiled in a six-year legal battle with Barclays has discovered internal bank memos highlighting that he was Jewish.

Jeffrey Morris, an entrepreneur and investor from Leeds, first fought Barclays in court a few years ago after millions of pounds he owed in business loans were converted into personal debt by the bank, leading him into bankruptcy.

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The creative way to capital growth

By David Glick, February 14, 2014

The Jewish community’s contribution to the creative industries is beyond question, yet those industries are sometimes treated with less regard than other areas of business.

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Teenager's First World War fashion exhibit goes on display

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Former Immanuel College student Jennifer Murad used to spend hours in the National Army Museum in Chelsea, south-west London.

She would sit by the glass cases, sketching the military jackets worn by British officers who fought in the First World War, as part of the research for her A Level art exam — for which she received an A*.

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He is 16, still at school but he is a radio star

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

For most, the path to success means university, a first job and steadily climbing the career ladder.

But GCSE student James Gilmore, 16, has already taken a very different approach.

Four years ago, he launched his own Internet Radio station — and now has 50 volunteers, including 20-odd presenters, covering everything from pop music to politics and advice on bullying and obesity.

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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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