Economy

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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All my business is from social media

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2013

Social media has transformed the advertising and marketing industries, according to Lilach Bullock, who was last month named among the Top 20 Women Social Media Power Influencers and the Top 50 Social Media Influencers 2013 by Forbes.

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Social media has more effect than marketing

By Joseph Levi, May 5, 2013

The Student Money Saver idea was started five years ago — during my first academic year at Manchester University.

For the first time in my life, I was managing my own money without any help — I found it challenging. There were lots of general money management websites offering online advice, but I couldn’t believe there was nothing out there specifically for students.

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The banks would not back us. More fool them

By Roberta Harris, April 30, 2013

We had a great product but just could not get any investment from the banks – they weren’t interested in us. We knew there was a huge gap in the market.

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British tax benefits attract foreign wealth

By Alex Brummer, April 26, 2013

Britain is once again a magnet for big businesses and the super rich because of its favourable tax scheme.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s attempt to lower the corporation tax rate to 20 per cent has encouraged offshore enterprises to return to Britain — including Sir Martin Sorrell’s leading advertising group WPP.

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Women are stuck in the comfort zone

By Sandy Rashty, April 26, 2013

Banking is an aggressive, competitive and challenging industry dominated by men. Women — especially Orthodox women — are noticeably absent from top positions in the financial industry. But it is not the workplace environment that is holding them back, says leading financier Judy Heicklen.

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Employers must act now over pensions

By Ros Altmann, April 25, 2013

A seismic shift in pensions is underway, affecting all UK employers and employees. The government is revolutionising workplace pensions, forcing all employers, whether large companies with thousands of workers, or working mothers employing one nanny, to provide pensions for their staff.

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Billionaire brothers get planning permission after £5.5m investment pledge

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

The Reuben brothers have obtained planning permission to convert a listed Mayfair home into a mansion worth up to £200 million.

David and Simon Reuben, aged 72 and 69, obtained council permission this week after investing £5.5 million towards an affordable housing scheme in Westminster.

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Lord Sugar tribunal victory against former Apprentice

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

Lord Sugar has won an employment tribunal case brought against him by Apprentice winner Stella English.

Mrs English, who secured a job with Lord Sugar after competing in the popular BBC programme in 2010, brought a case of constructive dismissal earlier this year.

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