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Wednesday 30 October 2013
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.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
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.
Zaha Hadid Architects is a leading UK architecture firm
Wednesday 30 October 2013
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
Wednesday 30 October 2013
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.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday called for trade liberalisation in order to help poorer nations close the gap with the developed world.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
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.
Wednesday 30 October 2013
Face to Face – Smart Cities ■ 9am to 10am ■ Boris Johnson, mayor of London ■ Lauren Taylor, presenter, Aljazeera English, UK
Tuesday 29 October 2013
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.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
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.
Mohammed Ali, a UK-based visual artist whose work appears above, will be one of 39 to feature at this year’s event
Tuesday 29 October 2013
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
David Cameron wants to build on London’s Islamic finance lead
Tuesday 29 October 2013
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.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
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.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
An estimated £5.8bn worth of deals were struck at the eighth World Islamic Economic Forum, held last year in Malaysia.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
Opening Session ■ 9am to 12.45pm. ■ Qu’ran Recitation and welcoming remarks by WIEF chair Tun Musa Hitam and Islamic Development Bank president Ahmad Mohamed Ali.
Tuesday 29 October 2013
Olympic Village Tour
Suranga Chandratillake is keeping pace in a fast-moving industry
Monday 28 October 2013
Blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake talks to Annabel Palmer about his success in Silicon Valley
Expensive cars give the buyer prestige and a product
Monday 28 October 2013
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.
Journalist Julie Burchill has crowdfunded her new book
Monday 28 October 2013
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.
Charles Rolls with his range of products
Tuesday 22 October 2013
Annabel Palmer talks luck, liquor and a lightbulb moment with Charles Rolls, co-founder of drinks label Fever-Tree
Britain’s most successful Olympian at the London 2012 Olympics
Monday 21 October 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Sir Chris Hoy: Olympic athlete turned entrepreneur
Monday 21 October 2013
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.
Candy Crush Saga addicts will understand why gaming is now a $66bn global industry
Monday 21 October 2013
HOW CAN you decide on the best method of financing your business’s growth?
Thursday 17 October 2013
Whether business school can teach you the skills for startup success is still up for debate  
Distance MBAs are an increasingly popular option for those wishing to work while studying
Thursday 17 October 2013
Emerging course options have benefits, but networks matter
Car manufacturer Nissan has warned of the consequences of an EU exit for foreign investment
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Accountants are well placed to understand implications of UK exit
Industry veterans Patrick Latchford (left) and Anil Bahirwani
Monday 14 October 2013
Annabel Palmer meets the founders of Monex Capital, who are targeting tech savvy traders
The fairway is no place for a crocodile
Monday 14 October 2013
IT WOULD be unfair to blame it on the crocodile. This, I thought, was definitely the strangest technique of any player, in any sport, in the history of the universe.
The humble duffin
Monday 14 October 2013
THINK of food innovation and the cronut (a croissant/doughnut) or the duffin (its doughnut/muffin cousin) may come to mind.
Ed Poland (right) and Will Swannell set up shop
Monday 07 October 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to the founders of Hire Space – London’s online venue rental business
Not all firms will speed ahead like Usain Bolt
Monday 07 October 2013
FOR BUSINESSES weathering a difficult economy, hoarding cash has been the order of the day. Research by Capita Asset Services found that FTSE 100-listed UK firms increased their cash holdings by 34 per cent in the five years since 2008.
Go your own way: who cares what year Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was released?
Monday 07 October 2013
I SAT there with the ignominy of defeat hanging over me. Even though I tried to keep the shame and sorrow off my face, and to adopt the good grace of a good loser, I was indeed a loser.
David Moore thinks restaurants are a “sexy investment”
Monday 30 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to David Moore, the restauranteur behind London’s Pied a Terre
Adam Taylor and Lexi Tamasan
Monday 30 September 2013
Adam Taylor and Lexi Tamasan’s pet food subscription service is taking a sizeable bite out of a large market
Monday 30 September 2013
ROYAL Mail’s privatisation is certainly an expression of confidence in the company, with investment set to speed up the pace of restructuring away from its declining letters business. But the future may not be so rosy.
Thursday 26 September 2013
Candidates should look beyond league tables to find a course that will suit their needs
Wednesday 25 September 2013
THE PRIVATISATION of Royal Mail started to become a likely event in May this year after the restructured group posted profits of £403m, up from £152m the previous year.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
THE FORTHCOMING privatisation of Royal Mail is the biggest post-financial crisis test so far of the market for new issues in London, which was virtually closed for business just a couple of years ago.
The parcel delivery service will be key to Royal Mail’s future
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Private investors can choose from a wide variety of stockbrokers if they fancy investing in Royal Mail shares
Wednesday 25 September 2013
BUSINESS minister Michael Fallon has certainly added some missing “zip” in promoting UK industry and commerce.
Saturated market? Mike Brehme thinks there’s space for a new entrant
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Mike Brehme, who is transforming hot drinks for the second time
Fitzpatrick thinks renewables are the future
Monday 23 September 2013
Annabel Palmer talks tariffs and talent with Stephen Fitzpatrick, who switched the City for the Cotswolds to found energy company Ovo
Number of Business Incubators Worldwide
Monday 23 September 2013
But picking the right fit for your company is vitally important
It’s difficult to stand out in the digital economy
Monday 23 September 2013
WHILE the digital economy has vastly increased the ability of startups to upscale in a cost-efficient way, attracting customers has not necessarily become any easier.
There should be nothing to stop a chief executive emerging from the slums of Latin America
Wednesday 18 September 2013
A wider definition of diversity and new roles are key developments
Sooqini was named after and inspired by Middle Eastern and North African souks
Monday 16 September 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Raj Singh, co-founder of the online marketplace Sooqini, who shunned job security for a career as an entrepreneur
UK Export Share and Forecast GDP Growth in Key Markets
Monday 16 September 2013
Liam Ward-Proud looks at three vital points for startups that are planning to sell abroad
Percentage of 2008 Startups Surviving in 2011
Monday 16 September 2013
OVER 350,000 new firms have been launched in the UK this year, and confidence is rising.
The London Business School offers a popular masters course in addition to the MBA
Thursday 12 September 2013
The difference goes beyond required skills
Nick Hungerford
Monday 09 September 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Nick Hungerford, who switched the Valley for Vauxhall to found the online investment management firm Nutmeg
Monday 09 September 2013
Liam Ward-Proud investigates the cities that are attempting to foster new startup cultures

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