Business

UK-Israel bridge built on innovation

By Charlotte Oliver, December 16, 2013

In 2011, UK and Israeli political and business leaders set up the “Tech Hub” at the British Embassy in Israel.

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Top women are now leading the world of high finance

By Alex Brummer, November 22, 2013

The departure of Angela Ahrendts from Burberry and Marjorie Scardino from Pearson has left Britain’s FTSE100 boardrooms woefully short of women chief executives.

But in the world of high finance, it is becoming a very different story.

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Babette Wasserman: The jewel behind the global brand

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

When it comes to launching a top retail brand in London — innovation, social media and celebrities are key to success.

So goes the advice of top businesswoman Babette Wasserman, who launched her jewellery line over 15 years ago.

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Apple in £200 million deal for Israeli tech company

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Apple has bought an Israeli company for more than £200 million.

The telecommunications giant bought PrimeSense, a Tel Aviv-based maker of micro chips for 3D technology, for £214 million this week, according to Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist.

But other sources say the reported deal has not yet been signed and is still in the process of negotiations.

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It is time to celebrate cutting Chanucah costs this season

By Martin Lewis, November 18, 2013

The shops have started their jingle bells, Christmas is coming and this year Chanucah precedes it by a month. I dislike early celebrations as much as the next man. Yet pre-planning can seriously slash festive costs, so you have better festivities at a lower price.

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Electric motor could drive down cost of truck market

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

He is a former Israeli naval officer who defended the state for six years from the backroom of an electric-motored submarine.

Now Asher Bennett, whose brother is Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, founded a UK company based on his experience in the Israeli Navy.

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Man spends record £51m on ‘Pink Star’ diamond

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

A Jewish man from New York bought a 59.60-carat pink diamond for a record £51 million at an auction in Geneva last night.

It is believed to be the largest sum ever paid for a gemstone.

The buyer, diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, named the flawless, oval-cut diamond “Pink Dream”. It was previously known as the “Pink Star”.

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Bottles up! Fine time to invest in wine

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Investors have often looked to stocks, bonds and property to increase their capital. But a growing number of high net-worth individuals are turning to the fine wine market to diversify their portfolio.

David Nathan-Maister, who has 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, said investors can expect a return of up to 15 per cent per annum with the Oracle Paradis Wine Fund.

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Alan Sugar’s got his eye on you

By Sandy Rashty, November 7, 2013

Lord Sugar is watching you — or at least his technology is.

The mogul is chairman of digital media company Amscreen which has developed technology that can scan the faces of customers as they walk into a store, and tailor advertisements to their age and gender which are then screened as they reach the tills.

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Our voluntary CSR work pays dividends

By Rosa Doherty, November 4, 2013

Amy Woolf neatly places her heels under her desk. She is leaving the office to volunteer at Jewish Care’s resident Rubens House for people with dementia.

Her employer, corporate auditor KPMG, is one of many UK companies encouraging employees to set aside working hours to volunteer at charities of their choice as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility drive (CSR).

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