Economy

Record surge in Israel-UK trade

By Sandy Rashty, June 13, 2013

Trade between Britain and Israel rose by 21.9 per cent year-on-year between the first quarter of 2012 and 2013.

And despite the vociferous boycott campaign, imports from Israel rose by 55.6 per cent in the same period.

The figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel show a £170 million overall increase in bilateral trade.

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Chief Rabbi urges government to act on 'moral hazard' of youth unemployment

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

The chief rabbi has urged the government to bring together business and voluntary groups in order to boost employment prospects and thus the spiritual welfare of young people.

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Peace dividends of economic relations between Israelis and Palestinians

By Alex Brummer, June 12, 2013

Vstrained business affairs between Israel and the Palestinian territories have been highlighted by boycotts of Israeli companies — like West Bank-based drinks group, SodaStream.

Yet peace negotiators still believe that closer economic ties promote the goal of a two-state solution.

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The Israeli formula for banking success

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

The British public is disenchanted with the banking system. Many have accused bankers of being overpaid, inefficient and under-regulated. They accuse banks of relying on government rescue.

But Dr Yossi Bachar, chairman of the Israel Discount Bank (IDB), the third-largest bank in Israel, says the grumbles echoing throughout the UK and Europe, are rarely heard in Israel.

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Gossip girl who puts women in driving seat

By Charlotte Leuw, June 3, 2013

Whenever I went to a garage, I got ripped off. A lot of mechanics saw a young girl driving a nice Volkswagen Beetle and decided to charge really high prices for simple things. But I didn’t know any better and paid them the money.

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How we joined the Mumpreneurs

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

Balancing a career with motherhood is tough. Some women say they manage the emotional guilt by separating their professional persona from their role as a mother. Others, namely the new breed of “Mumpreneurs”, have solved the dilemma by setting up businesses at home.

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Scrap the loan cap? Do get me started

By Anna Sheinman, May 27, 2013

The recommendation by Lord Young, enterprise adviser to David Cameron, that government start-up loans should be made available to the over 30s, has been welcomed as a “lifeline” for entrepreneurs.

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Five killed in bank raid in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

At least five Israelis have been killed in what appears to be a bank robbery in Israel this morning.

Another person is in critical condition after the attack, in which hostages were held, at the Hapoalim Bank on Jabotinsky street in Be’er Sheva.

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Hotel Chocolat co-founder offers his ten steps towards chocolate heaven

By Anna Sheinman, May 20, 2013

Peter Harris co-founded the luxury chocolatier in 2004 and has watched it grow from one store in Watford to 74 shops worldwide, a boutique hotel and a cocoa plantation in St Lucia — with a revenue of £63 million last year. Speaking at a Norwood dinner, he told guests:

1. Forget research

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Senior David Cameron aide to lead trade mission to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron’s senior policy adviser will lead a business delegation to Israel on Sunday.

Rohan Silva will head the four-day visit alongside retail British representatives from supermarket chains to luxury brands.

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