Charities count cost of 'living wage' pay rises

By Barry Toberman, November 12, 2015

George Osborne's headline-grabbing Budget commitment to a substantially increased national living wage caught charity bosses on the hop. Four months on, Jewish Care chief executive, Simon Morris, can put a price on it in his charity's terms - and it is a high one.


Manchester Fed looks to limit impact of living wage rises

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

The largest communal welfare charity outside of London will have to find more than £500,000 by 2020 to meet the national living wage.

Chief operating officer at The Fed in Manchester, Mark Cunningham, calculates that the cost to the charity, which employs 350 people, will be at least £80,000 next year, when the hourly living wage rises from £6.50 to £7.20.


London campaign to boost Israel investment

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2015

A new Israel Bonds campaign has been launched in London to boost investment in Israel.

This year, global sales of Israel bonds totalled more than £540 million. Money from the sale of the bonds is channelled to Israel’s Finance Ministry and allocated towards projects, including high-tech, green-tech and bio-tech industries.


George Osborne under fire over plan to lead trade delegation to Iran

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2015

Experts have rounded on Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to lead a business delegation to Iran next year.

British and Israeli researchers say that Mr Osborne is prioritising trade over Iranian human rights abuses and the ongoing threat the county poses to the Jewish state.


David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu announce package worth millions to boost UK-Israel trade

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015

Millions of pounds are to be invested in new bilateral economic, high-tech and scientific projects, it has been revealed.

Prime ministers David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu announced at least £3 million of funding for the schemes following talks in London on Thursday.

There will be new co-operation in cyber security, science research and medical work.


Israel and hamas in ceasefire talks

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

Four the past four months, indirect talks have been taking place between Israel and Hamas. The negotiations, which have been conducted through a variety of intermediaries, including Qatar, the UN and Europe, have focused on securing a long-term ceasefire.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


Israeli financial technology companies pitch for British business

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Israeli companies specialising in financial technology are set to pitch their products to British business leaders next week.

The 14 companies – specialising in mobile banking, anti-fraud software and risk-management solutions - were selected from 45 companies who applied for the British Embassy in Israel’s UK Israel Tech Exchange programme this year.


Israel companies profit from popularity on London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

More Israeli companies were listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than from any other foreign country in 2014, it was announced this week.

UK investors attending a summit at the LSE on Monday were told that interest in Israeli companies had grown steadily.


It’s not about money. That’s what the new Bank of England Deputy Bradley Fried says, in this exclusive

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2014

Bradley Fried, 49, could be described as the perfect antidote to the typically hard-nosed British financier.

The Cape Town-born investor — who signs off as “Brad” in e-mails ahead of our meeting — has a warm manner, infectious laugh and rarely wears a tie to work — not exactly what most people might expect of a man so embedded in our leading financial institution.