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Monday 21 January 2013
WHEN Michael Comish and Adrian Letts first met, they prefaced everything they said with “just so you know I’m not stealing your idea, here’s what I think”. They needn’t have worried.
Monday 21 January 2013
I LOOKED like something out of a Frankenstein movie, but it was going to be a fun party and I didn’t want to miss it. Fingers were soon being jabbed towards my forehead by friends who looked puzzled and slightly repulsed.
Monday 21 January 2013
THE British public has a reputation for nostalgia, and its reaction to the failure of HMV last week showed that this isn’t limited to culture or history. Despite its problems, HMV’s brand identity gave it a valuable connection with its audience.
Thursday 17 January 2013
TAKING a masters in finance or management can be tempting for many graduates, especially given the need for a competitive edge in today’s tough City jobs market. The data lends some support to this view.
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Involvement with the EU on legislation and regulation is crucial
Monday 14 January 2013
MOST people would laugh at someone in their mid-twenties with ambitions of launching their own investment bank. That was the reaction Manish Madhvani received.
Monday 14 January 2013
IT COULD’VE been the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done, but I decided to do it anyway. The offer was to appear on the TV series Celebrity MasterChef, and the main problem was that I could cook about as well as I can speak Swahili.
Monday 14 January 2013
FIGURES from the British Retail Consortium tell a story familiar to any casual high street visitor.
Thursday 10 January 2013
Despite a struggling economy, business schools are continuing to see a high number of applicants for their MBA programmes, as candidates seek career change and acceleration.
Monday 07 January 2013
LAST year’s employment market was characterised by insecurity, scarcity of supply, and job losses in once buoyant sectors. Previously good reasons for staying in a City job could now be gone.
Monday 07 January 2013
THE girl was absolutely gorgeous and I was thrilled to be chatting her up. It was about 2.30 in the morning and I sat with her in Jimmy’z in Monaco, a very expensive nightclub, drinking Cristal, a very expensive champagne.
Monday 07 January 2013
LAST week, the government announced the expansion of its start-up loan scheme, headed up by serial entrepreneur James Caan.
Thursday 20 December 2012
NETWORKING has always played an important role in career and business progression, but it has seen a significant transformation in recent years.
Thursday 20 December 2012
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO Q How have advancements in the internet and online networking helped businesses through the difficult economic period?
Thursday 20 December 2012
LIKE all smaller companies, FusePump has found networking technology essential for gaining business as well as enabling it.
Monday 17 December 2012
A GOOD quality leather satchel was a rare find four years ago. The schoolbag market was dominated by canvas and velcro record bags that Julie Deane, founder of the hugely successful Cambridge Satchel Company, found “shabby”.
Monday 17 December 2012
MY MATE and I were thrilled when a beautiful young lady, Sarah, sat down between us with a smile. As two Aussies, we immediately battled for her attention with our attempts at cool charm and quick wit.
Monday 17 December 2012
FIGURES from the 2011 census revealed that 27 per cent of London’s population – some 1.9m people – is foreign-born.
Monday 10 December 2012
KRISTO Kaarmann and Taavet Hinrikus are the two Estonian founders of TransferWise, the peer-to-peer platform for transferring money. Parallels between TransferWise and Skype abound, not least because Hinrikus was Skype’s first employee.
Monday 10 December 2012
I DON’T want to study rocks!” My teenage son Tom looked at me like I was an ugly alien.
Monday 10 December 2012
ONE of the most striking pro-business announcements in last week’s Autumn Statement was the increase in the tax relief afforded to company investment in plant and machinery equipment.
Monday 03 December 2012
NICK and Tim Green are executive director and chief executive respectively of Tangent Communications, an alternative investment market (AIM)-listed digital printing and marketing company.
Monday 03 December 2012
WHEN I started swallowing water, I gave up hope. I was so tired I didn’t want to swim anymore.
Monday 03 December 2012
A SLEW of new government tax measures, aimed at assisting start-ups and their investors, has reportedly seen minimal take-up.
Thursday 29 November 2012
THE financial crisis has forced companies to operate in new and challenging environments. Many are now leaner organisations, the result of significant cutbacks in both staff and operations.
Thursday 29 November 2012
FACED with the most severe downturn since the 1930s, corporate confidence has declined.
Thursday 29 November 2012
Q What questions should businesses consider when planning investment during a difficult economic period?
Thursday 29 November 2012
CONSIDERING the current employment climate in the City, and the ruthless job cuts hitting the headlines, you would be forgiven for considering packing your bags and taking an early retirement in the country.
Thursday 29 November 2012
COMPLIANCE ANALYST LONDON £60k-£84k pa A global financial services firm is looking to recruit a compliance analyst on a six month rolling contract. Knowledge and/or experience of UK and European regulation is essential.
Monday 26 November 2012
NOT many early-stage companies justify an equity research note. And few get described as “one of the most exciting growth stories in the market”.
Monday 26 November 2012
I WAS so tired at breakfast that, when the waitress asked if I wanted coffee, I just tapped the table a few times. When she asked about sugar, I flattened my hand, palm downwards, and slowly waved it left and right.
Monday 26 November 2012
THE Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) was launched without much fanfare in April this year.
Thursday 22 November 2012
THE decision to sign up to an MBA programme should not be taken lightly for a whole host of reasons.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
How the Corporate Governance Code had some positive results
Tuesday 20 November 2012
RECENT scandals in the banking sector have led to some discernible changes. Firms have come under the regulatory microscope, resulting in large fines and reputational damage.
Tuesday 20 November 2012
COMPLIANCE HEAD OF TRAINING LONDON £120k-£160k pa A global investment bank is looking for a new head of training within its compliance department. Financial industry background and managerial experience desirable.
Monday 19 November 2012
THE argan tree isn’t found in many suburban gardens. Native to southwest Morocco and the Israeli Negev, it grows knotted and thorny, thriving only in harsh semi-desert environments.
Monday 19 November 2012
IT WAS the worst speech I’ve ever heard. The proud winner of an entrepreneurial award thanked the judges for their clever choice and then pranced around the stage, spouting his amazing life-story.
Monday 19 November 2012
YOU’VE found your niche, you’ve written your business plan, you’ve arranged suitable financing. Surely that’s the hard part done? All that remains is the difficult work of growing your company, making your sales, and pleasing your customers.
Monday 12 November 2012
I MEET Ning Li at Made.com’s new showroom in Notting Hill. I’m assured it’s not the online company’s first step towards being just another high street furniture retailer, but a new way to “engage with customers”.
Monday 12 November 2012
YOU wake in the middle of the night wanting to visit the bathroom. Tired, you regret having a few glasses of water hours earlier before hitting the sack.
Monday 12 November 2012
GLOBAL entrepreneurship week has come to London, and this year it’s all about passing on.
Thursday 08 November 2012
THE investment management certificate (IMC) is both a foundation for those with future plans for the chartered financial analyst (CFA) programme, and a qualification that demonstrates regulatory competence.
Thursday 01 November 2012
A RECENT survey of 1,500 professionals by the recruitment firm Marks Sattin found that 52 per cent anticipate changing jobs within the next year. And some want to go further.
Thursday 01 November 2012
GLOBAL EQUITY SALES SPECIALIST LONDON £150k-£250k pa, plus bonus An independent private equity house is looking for a global equities specialist. This is a high-level position and only experienced candidates need apply.
Monday 29 October 2012
GOOGLE Campus is a seven floor work and event space in the City’s eastern fringe on Bonhill Street, EC2, designed to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Monday 29 October 2012
THE chairman of the board looked at me condescendingly and said, “Don’t let yourself get too excited about that, Richard. We will just have two wait and see.
Monday 29 October 2012
WE’RE a nation of innovators and inventors, we’re told.
Thursday 25 October 2012
WHEN you have prestigious offices, you need an aesthetic to match.
Thursday 25 October 2012
THE big issue that few of us feel comfortable discussing with our employers is pay. Yet research has repeatedly shown that unhappiness with what we earn is a significant cause of job dissatisfaction.

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