Annabel Palmer talks strength, endurance and electric wires with Will Dean, co-founder of Tough Mudder and Englishman in New York
ENTREPRENEURS are rarely political animals and don’t often get involved in the dirty business of politics. However, there are few people who are more impacted – for better or worse – by public policy.
TECH City has just turned three. There is some confusion over what this actually means, however.
Annabel Palmer talks T-shirts and Small Business Saturday with Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock
I’M SITTING on a plane, flying to France for a couple of days. Nothing flash, just an economy seat by the window, and looking out I can see the wing.
From the Nollywood film industry to shanty-dwellers with a line in tech imports, Nigeria’s biggest city reveals its secrets to Alex Dymoke
Annabel Palmer talks taxis with Russell Hall and Ron Zeghibe, two of the founders behind Hailo
TWO elderly sisters sat opposite each other at their kitchen table, both eyeing up the single shiny orange between them. A silent solution presented itself, and they smiled and simply divided it in two.
A new book argues that cultural values can make or break a corporate strategy
Large firms are bad at explaining their role in Britain’s economy
Annabel Palmer meets Leon Blitz and Brad Fried, lifelong pals behind investment firm Grovepoint
IN HOLLYWOOD action movies, the hero often battles a room full of villains, defeating them one at a time before rescuing the girl. However, the world isn’t a movie – on planet Earth, when it comes to getting your way, numbers matter.
IT’S GLOBAL Entrepreneurship Week, and this year’s theme (Take a Step Forward) is more timely than usual.
But don’t ignore the range of alternative options available if the corporate sponsorship avenue is blocked
Annabel Palmer meets Dan Wagner, back in the limelight with latest venture Powa Technologies
AS I graduated from university, I faced a choice: pursue a comfy career as an economist, or a risky ride as an investment banker.
UK STARTUPS don’t lack enthusiasm (over 440,000 have been founded in 2013 so far), but Britain lags behind the US in the number that reach scale. This is an economically important issue.
Annabel Palmer talks to the duo behind Asset Match, the online peer-to-peer trading platform
WHEN I briefly ran away from my foster home at 17, I missed some important final exams.
NO ENTREPRENEUR is an island – who you know can determine whether or not your business idea is going to be a success.
SOCIAL enterprises in the Islamic world are playing an important role in driving improvements in living standards – particularly for hitherto marginalised groups.
THE WORLD Islamic Economic Forum is in London – the first time it’s being held outside an Islamic country.
FOR ABDUL-REHMAN Malik, organiser of the International Film Showcase, running this week at the World Islamic Economic Forum, cinema is an ideal medium for bridging the gap between East and West.
BORIS Johnson unveiled plans for a £100m Islamic entrepreneur fund in his speech at the World Islamic Economic Forum yesterday.
HIGHER education is one of the UK’s strongest industries. In 2008-09, the Department for Business estimated that Britain’s education exports were worth about £15bn.
THE UK’S first network of digital autopsy centres was launched yesterday, in a £50m deal between Malaysian medical informatics company iGene and UK coroner services.
Special Keynote Address
■ 9.45am to 10am
■ Tun Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia
THE PROPORTION of people living in the world’s cities passed 50 per cent for the first time in 2008. And just 600 cities accounted for about 60 per cent of economic growth in 2011, according to McKinsey.
WITH London opening its doors to the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), the buzz around Islamic and ethical finance continues to grow louder and stronger, and it’s easy to see why.
SITTING two floors above the main exhibition space, and accessible by invitation only, UK Trade and Investment’s (UKTI) British Business Pavilion at this year’s World Islamic Economic Forum is the centre of Britain’s attempts to gain a tangible tr
DAVID CAMERON’s plan to issue a £200m sharia-compliant government bond (a sukuk) may spark a drastic rise in Islamic financial activity in the West, a leading analyst says.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday called for trade liberalisation in order to help poorer nations close the gap with the developed world.
Malaysian Prime Minister and World Islamic Economic Forum patron Najib Razak gave the opening address of this year’s Forum, using his speech to raise the issue of female labour participation rates in the Islamic World.
Face to Face – Smart Cities
■ 9am to 10am
■ Boris Johnson, mayor of London
■ Lauren Taylor, presenter, Aljazeera English, UK
A GUIDING principle of the World Islamic Economic Forum is that business and trade connections can bring the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds closer – politically, culturally, and economically.
TODAY the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) meets for the first time outside a Muslim country. And it’s happening here in London, the UK’s cosmopolitan and inclusive capital.
WHILE the serious business of growth and economics will be top of Forum delegates’ minds today, from tomorrow a free festival of the creative industries will showcase how culture, art, and creativity can play a crucial role in economic empowerment
THE PRIME Minister will today announce that he wants Britain to be the first country outside the Islamic world to issue a sovereign sukuk – an Islamic bond-like instrument.
World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam opened yesterday’s trading session at the London Stock Exchange alongside Alexander Justham,chief executive of London Stock Exchange Plc.
An estimated £5.8bn worth of deals were struck at the eighth World Islamic Economic Forum, held last year in Malaysia.
■ 9am to 12.45pm.
■ Qu’ran Recitation and welcoming remarks by WIEF chair Tun Musa Hitam and Islamic Development Bank president Ahmad Mohamed Ali.
Olympic Village Tour
Blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake talks to Annabel Palmer about his success in Silicon Valley
KIDS just don’t know how to say “thank you”. As a child who grew up in a foster home, I was lucky to have had some wonderful teachers who looked out for me and made getting an education enjoyable.
DEMOCRATIC publishing has arrived. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing allows authors to upload e-books, earn royalties from sales, while bypassing traditional publishing industry gatekeepers. Createspace does the same for physical books.
Annabel Palmer talks luck, liquor and a lightbulb moment with Charles Rolls, co-founder of drinks label Fever-Tree
Annabel Palmer talks to Sir Chris Hoy: Olympic athlete turned entrepreneur
YEARS ago, my mate Roger went to Twickenham with another teenage boy. They had decent seats, but Roj saw a fancy-looking enclosed area he wished they could weasel into, but that seemed to require a yellow pass.
HOW CAN you decide on the best method of financing your business’s growth?