Economy

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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Insurers’ excessive pay must be curbed

By Alex Brummer, April 12, 2013

Prudential Plc is one of the most respected names in financial services — trusted with billions of the people’s savings in ISAs, pension products and insurance.

So it came as a surprise when the company was fined up to £30 million last month for its failure to deal with the Financial Services Authority in “an open and co-operative manner”.

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Shell reacts to claims over Israel gas field

By Sandy Rashty, April 9, 2013

Oil giant Shell is downplaying media reports that it is selling its stake in Australian company Woodside Petroleum because of Woodside's substantial interest in the Leviathan gas field in Israel.

Woodside, an oil and gas production company, recently acquired a controlling 30 per cent interest in Leviathan .

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Survey says Israelis are, Davka, happy

By Nathan Jeffay, April 4, 2013

An international survey suggests that, far from the conventional view of Israelis as inveterate complainers, they are highly contented.

In the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Better Life Index, rating aspects of quality of life in member and affiliate countries, Israel came eighth out of 36 in the category of “satisfaction.”

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Egypt’s liberal opposition faces wipeout

By John R Bradley, April 4, 2013

In 1974, the most famous heavyweight-boxing match in history took place, in which Muhammed Ali knocked out champion George Foreman in the eighth round. Ali adopted a masterful tactic, allowing Foreman to beat him until the former was so exhausted that he was able to land a punch that left Foreman flat on the canvas.

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JFS entrepreneurs’ generation game for boys from Mill Hill

By Sandy Rashty, March 15, 2013

A Mill Hill-based father and son both set up successful businesses while at JFS, derailing from the traditional educational track.

JFS “boys” Andy and James Gilmore, 45 and 15, both established their own businesses because “we have the entrepreneurial flair from an early age,” explained the father of two.

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Seeing for myself what has made Israel the genuine Start-Up Nation

By Lord Green, March 15, 2013

This government has made a priority of building economic relations between Britain and Israel. We believe that both countries can benefit from a stronger partnership, finding those areas where both countries are world leaders, and where together we can do amazing things.

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