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Graham Wellesley (left) and Anthony Fane are certain their venture will succeed
Monday 16 December 2013
Annabel Palmer talks with lending platform founders Anthony Fane and Graham Wellesley
Monday 16 December 2013
DO YOU ever get sick of people banging on about the evils of alcohol? Health this, irresponsibility that. Let’s just, for once, ignore them and spend a moment recognising the wonderful effects of occasional drinking!
Dean completes the mudder of all obstacle courses
Monday 09 December 2013
Annabel Palmer talks strength, endurance and electric wires with Will Dean, co-founder of Tough Mudder and Englishman in New York
The chancellor needs to do more – and he knows it
Monday 09 December 2013
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.
Silicon Roundabout has been genuinely successful as a startup hub
Monday 09 December 2013
TECH City has just turned three. There is some confusion over what this actually means, however.
Oliver Proudlock wants to create a pre-packaged hub to help up and coming creative types
Monday 02 December 2013
Annabel Palmer talks T-shirts and Small Business Saturday with Made in Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock
Monday 02 December 2013
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.
Friday 29 November 2013
From the Nollywood film industry to shanty-dwellers with a line in tech imports, Nigeria’s biggest city reveals its secrets to Alex Dymoke
Russell Hall (left) and Ron Zeghibe model their taxi wrapping
Monday 25 November 2013
Annabel Palmer talks taxis with Russell Hall and Ron Zeghibe, two of the founders behind Hailo
Monday 25 November 2013
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.
Truly multinational corporations like HSBC may not fit snugly into cultural categories
Thursday 21 November 2013
A new book argues that cultural values can make or break a corporate strategy
Big corporates are instrumental in the adoption and development of innovative new technologies like smart robotics
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Large firms are bad at explaining their role in Britain’s economy
Brad Fried (left) and Leon Blitz have known one another for over four decades
Monday 18 November 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Leon Blitz and Brad Fried, lifelong pals behind investment firm Grovepoint
Unions no longer hold the country to ransom
Monday 18 November 2013
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.
Thursday will see London’s most disruptive FinTech businesses come to Canary Wharf
Monday 18 November 2013
IT’S GLOBAL Entrepreneurship Week, and this year’s theme (Take a Step Forward) is more timely than usual.
An Executive MBA could help you stand out from the crowd
Thursday 14 November 2013
But don’t ignore the range of alternative options available if the corporate sponsorship avenue is blocked
Serial entrepreneur Dan Wagner is a familiar face on London’s tech scene
Monday 11 November 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Dan Wagner, back in the limelight with latest venture Powa Technologies
Should street marchers be charged for the right to protest?
Monday 11 November 2013
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 companies may be wellplaced to benefit from the boom in education technology
Monday 11 November 2013
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.
Stuart Lucas (left) and Iain Baillie have known each other for over 30 years
Monday 04 November 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to the duo behind Asset Match, the online peer-to-peer trading platform
Would you gamble your entire savings – double or nothing?
Monday 04 November 2013
WHEN I briefly ran away from my foster home at 17, I missed some important final exams.
London is now a serious hub for enterprise
Monday 04 November 2013
NO ENTREPRENEUR is an island – who you know can determine whether or not your business idea is going to be a success.
In his speech  yesterday, Boris Johnson claimed he was the first mayor of London to have Muslim ancestry
Thursday 31 October 2013
SOCIAL enterprises in the Islamic world are playing an important role in driving improvements in living standards – particularly for hitherto marginalised groups.
Thursday 31 October 2013
THE WORLD Islamic Economic Forum is in London – the first time it’s being held outside an Islamic country.
Stills from some of the screenings at the International Film Showcase
Thursday 31 October 2013
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.
Thursday 31 October 2013
BORIS Johnson unveiled plans for a £100m Islamic entrepreneur fund in his speech at the World Islamic Economic Forum yesterday.
Thursday 31 October 2013
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.
Thursday 31 October 2013
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.
Thursday 31 October 2013
Special Keynote Address ■ 9.45am to 10am ■ Tun Abdullah Hj Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia
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.

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