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Monday 06 August 2012
I WAS shocked when a good friend in Australia mentioned he’d invested $100,000 into a new business, planning to export kangaroo meat. It was a lot of money for him, and he came to me a little concerned that things weren’t right.
Monday 06 August 2012
BARCLAYS and Vodafone have recently announced investments in London’s Tech City.
Monday 30 July 2012
FOR anyone who has waited on the pavement, praying that the next car to turn the corner is a black cab, Hailo could prove a godsend. Founded in 2010, Jay Bregman’s business lets you hail a black cab through your mobile phone.
Monday 30 July 2012
ON HOLIDAY in India in 1995, I was very popular with the locals. Before flying from London, I had splashed out about £1,000 for one of the first digital cameras for the consumer market. Nowadays it would seem Stone Age.
Monday 30 July 2012
WITH the Olympics in full flow, the government is determined to drum up business from our foreign guests. After all, trade is what the wealth of nations is built upon.
Friday 27 July 2012
WHEN Jessica Ennis skips down from the podium next weekend, clutching her gleaming new heptathlon gold medal and wiping a tear of joy from her eye, don’t be surprised to see her reach for her phone – she’ll probably be texting Barrie Wells to say
Wednesday 25 July 2012
COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 2 DAYS TO GO London’s charge point upgrade will be a lasting legacy
Wednesday 25 July 2012
THE word legacy is somewhat overused. But Visi – the real-time energy monitoring technology, installed by EDF Energy at sports venues across the Olympic Park – has a business case that reaches beyond the Games.
Monday 23 July 2012
THE British Innovation Gateway (Big) is Cisco’s programme to support hi-tech business and innovation, and is a major part of its Olympic involvement as the official network infrastructure supporter for London 2012.
Monday 23 July 2012
THE TWO charming young people sitting opposite me beamed with enthusiasm about their new business. “We’re graphic design artists and web designers,” they said as they handed me a brochure. Then it got confusing.
Monday 23 July 2012
POP-UP shops have all the warning signs of a government gimmick: a catchy name, the retail sector’s celebrity-in-chief Mary Portas, and swarms of immodest politicians looking to take the credit.
Thursday 19 July 2012
WHY SHOULD an MBA student care how John Maynard Keynes picked his stocks? Or how hospitals can be redesigned to prevent infection? Or how farmers’ markets could attract new customers?
Wednesday 18 July 2012
IN LATE June, beginning of July, someone pressed the emergency malfunction switch again for the UK’s banks. The reputational fallout has been toxic.
Monday 16 July 2012
NOT MANY outside the insurance industry know the name Stephen Catlin. But he is one of the most successful UK businessmen. Over the last 30 years, he has turned a two person reinsurance company into a £3.5bn international firm – Catlin Group.
Monday 16 July 2012
IT WAS depressing: the business was making continual losses. We’d tried everything we could think of, but nothing seemed to work. We’d made many mistakes and had an unfair share of bad luck. We reached a decision: find a buyer and sell it.
Monday 16 July 2012
WHEN a teacher commits a crime, people don’t question the legitimacy of education.
Thursday 12 July 2012
ANTONIO Horta-Osorio has been back as chief executive of Lloyds Bank since January. His absence began in November 2011, and was famously attributed to exhaustion caused by the pressures of his job.
Thursday 12 July 2012
PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGING DIRECTOR SINGAPORE $150k+ pa
Wednesday 11 July 2012
COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 16 DAYS TO GO Q What are your reasons for being involved with the Games?
Thursday 28 June 2012
AS WE head towards the Olympic Games, many companies have been making contingency plans for the anticipated congestion that this will cause in London.
Thursday 28 June 2012
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO Q What are the key drivers behind a mobility strategy?
Thursday 28 June 2012
10.8m ticketholders (8.8m Olympic, 2m Paralympic). 200,000 people in the workforce. Including 6,000 staff, 70,000 volunteers and 100,000 contractors.
Thursday 28 June 2012
THE Olympics Delivery Authority (ODA) predicts 20m trips by spectators during London 2012, including some 3m on the busiest day.
Wednesday 27 June 2012
COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 30 DAYS TO GO
Monday 25 June 2012
WHEN Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pitched up to his IPO in a hoodie, some criticised him. However, to get to that stage he had already convinced plenty of private investors that he was worthy of their cash. Clearly the hoodie hadn’t bothered them.
Monday 25 June 2012
WHAT’S a successful personality? I am one of 11 children born in the outback of Australia. My father was an itinerant farm labourer, so sometimes we were given accommodation and sometimes we stayed in a big tent.
Monday 25 June 2012
ON FRIDAY, Neil Carmichael MP from the education select committee, hosted a debate in the House of Commons on how innovative further education could better equip the workforce of the future.
Thursday 21 June 2012
YOUNG lawyers face an uphill struggle in their battle to reach partnership. Rapid, pre-recession growth in legal services seemed to offer so much to graduate lawyers.
Thursday 21 June 2012
HR MANAGER LONDON £55k-£75k pa, plus bonus and benefits
Thursday 21 June 2012
PLENTY of successful entrepreneurs don’t have MBAs.
Thursday 21 June 2012
SUSAN Cooper is founder of Accutrainee, a start-up that aims to reduce costs and increase flexibility for law firms by outsourcing their trainee solicitor needs. The company employs the trainees and seconds them out when required.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 37 DAYS TO GO Q What’s your brand’s primary reason for being involved with the Games?
Monday 18 June 2012
DESPITE the gloomy economic outlook in Europe, Monte Carlo was buzzing, as Ernst and Young hosted its twelfth annual World Entrepreneur of the Year award last week.
Monday 18 June 2012
WHEN the offer went up by yet another £1m I had to say yes. My heart was heavy though because I was proud of what we had created from scratch, against the odds. I’d also had a lot of fun.
Monday 18 June 2012
GOOD things don’t always come to those who wait. Here are some great prizes for talented entrepreneurs looking to kick-start their start-up.
Thursday 14 June 2012
NETWORKING sounds like hell – awkward conversations over virgin cocktails, angling around a room full of obvious sociopaths, the neurosis that your personal pitch may fall desperately flat.
Thursday 14 June 2012
PHYSICAL FUELS TRADER LONDON £150k pa A leading UK energy plant is looking for an entrepreneurial candidate to join its physical trading operations. Applicants must have at least 12 months commercial experience in fuels.
Wednesday 13 June 2012
44 DAYS TO GO Finding long-term use for equipment is key, says Tom Welsh
Wednesday 13 June 2012
Tetra contour cable – GE’s durable alternative to neon lighting – follows the metal curves on either side of the towers and across the walkway
Wednesday 13 June 2012
FOR some time now, the accountancy profession has been actively engaged in the debates on sustainable development and climate change, at least in respect of those areas that impact on accounting and business.
Monday 11 June 2012
ANY parent fighting against the near-impossible battle to keep their toddler’s diet healthy will have heard of Ella’s Kitchen.
Monday 11 June 2012
THE blond haired, middle-aged PR guru slouched back in his armchair and confidently announced his “stunning” idea to me.
Monday 11 June 2012
WHILE the Eurozone crumbles around us, businesses and entrepreneurs are working hard to build upon the shifting rubble. Here is snapshot of their latest activities:
Thursday 07 June 2012
THE commodity trading technology sector is suffering from a chronic skills shortage. As other areas within financial services are freezing recruitment, it sits as a pertinent contrast.
Thursday 07 June 2012
C++ DEVELOPER CENTRAL LONDON £120k-£144k pa
Thursday 07 June 2012
IN THE 1990s, when I was head of communications for WWF International, I spent most of my time touring the Mediterranean. While sounding glamorous, it was tiresome and inconvenient.
Wednesday 06 June 2012
COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 51 DAYS TO GO Q What was your brand’s primary reason for being involved with the Games?
Thursday 31 May 2012
WE’RE all job seekers now. That’s the message of recent Ipsos Mori research, commissioned by professional networking site LinkedIn.
Thursday 31 May 2012
NEGOTIATING an employment contract, whether you’re about to start a new role or renegotiating an existing package, can be a daunting prospect.
Thursday 31 May 2012
SENIOR LEGAL DIRECTOR SINGAPORE £200k-£300k pa

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