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Monday 15 July 2013
AS THE world’s leading financial centre, London is one of the best places in the world to work in finance. The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) 2013 gives London a rating of 807 – far ahead of rivals New York (787) and Hong Kong (761).
Thursday 11 July 2013
New technology could generate huge profits for businesses in 2013
Carl Waldekranz wants to change how people shop online
Monday 08 July 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Carl Waldekranz, co-founder of the online e-commerce platform Tictail
Monday 08 July 2013
WANT to be very good at something? The answer, apparently, is to spend 10,000 hours practising and studying. The theory was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his hit book Outliers. He gives The Beatles as an example.
Monday 08 July 2013
LONDON’S startups are under pressure. While many focus on rising prices in the capital’s residential sector, office space is little different.
Monday 08 July 2013
WHEN most people dream of working in banking, their thoughts are usually drawn to the big names: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclays, HSBC, and the like.
Tom Brooks (left) and Pete Dowds had their lightbulb moment after a house party
Monday 01 July 2013
Annabel Palmer talks antibacterial wipes with Tom Brooks, former trader and co-founder of MOP
Monday 01 July 2013
MY OLDEST son Tom came to me with a confession. “Dad, I’ve got a bit of a problem: I think I’m lazy.” “What?” I said. “You’re lazy? And on top of that you want sympathy for your condition?” I kicked him out of the room with a smile on my face.
Monday 01 July 2013
GIVEN that most UK businesses carefully avoid the political fray, JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon’s sally into the US debate on gay marriage may have been surprising.
Monday 01 July 2013
THE CONCEPT  of a “safe” City job that still pays well in the current market may seem to some a hopeless fantasy. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to make a trade off between your wage and job security.
Some business schools are offering leadership development training at military academies
Wednesday 26 June 2013
But business schools are also offering alternatives to the traditional programme for high-ranking executives, argues Abigail Townsend
A Los Angeles MBA could put you in the fast lane for a career in entertainment business
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Being pragmatic over where you study could pay off in finding employment and in what you get from your course, says Abigail Townsend
Ben Warner’s sandwich delivery service has grown into a £70m a year business
Monday 24 June 2013
Annabel Palmer meets Ben Warner, the original Pret franchisee and now founder of its hugely successful rival Benugo
Monday 24 June 2013
IF I learnt one thing from Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards earlier this month, it’s that entrepreneurship comes in many forms.
Craig Heatley (who now plays off seven) rubbing shoulders with the golfing elite in Augusta
Monday 17 June 2013
Annabel Palmer talks golf, TV, and business at Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Monday 17 June 2013
NO ONE expected that taking a few photographs would cause a mini catastrophe. So me and a few guests on-board my boat, Terra Australis, gathered on the top deck, smiles out, tummies in, and posed for some group shots.
Monday 17 June 2013
FOOD is big business. Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with an annual turnover of £76bn. And it's the kind of industry where new items, devised and manufactured by small producers, hit the shelves each day.
Monday 10 June 2013
Annabel Palmer talks tobacco with Taz and Umer Sheikh: salesmen, business partners, and self-professed pioneers of the growing electronic cigarette industry
Monday 10 June 2013
WHAT’S the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? A tough question perhaps? Mine is simple – it cost me about thirty five million pounds.
Monday 10 June 2013
THE latest figures on Britain’s trade deficit are, on the face of it, broadly positive. From March to April 2013, the seasonably-adjusted monthly deficit dropped from £3.2bn to £2.6bn.
Worldwide traffic is growing at a rapid rate
Thursday 06 June 2013
Adapting to increasing traffic may challenging
Thursday 06 June 2013
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO Why is global internet protocol (IP) traffic predicted to grow so quickly by 2017?
Monday 03 June 2013
SMOKING is a stupidity test. I do apologise, but there’s no other conclusion. Smoking reduces life expectancy by about 10 years and smokers have around a 50-50 chance of living past 70. Their early deaths are often slow and painful.
Monday 03 June 2013
THE popularity of home offices, shared workspaces, and remote working has led many to pile into the assumption that where you base your business is irrelevant.
Thursday 30 May 2013
But be prepared for a cut in pay and loss of City relationships
Tuesday 28 May 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Tom Gearing, the Apprentice heartthrob who is transforming the wine investment industry
Tuesday 28 May 2013
ENTREPRENEURSHIP in Britain has reached a tipping point. Or so says founder and chief executive of the StartUp Britain campaign Emma Jones. This is no glib remark.
Thursday 23 May 2013
Your education can have business benefits too
Monday 20 May 2013
Annabel Palmer talks to Debbie Wosskow, the serial entrepreneur whose third venture is planning to change the way you holiday
Monday 20 May 2013
ARE TOP sports stars just stupid? Sure, they’re good at what they do – catching, throwing, hitting, kicking or whatever, but are they perhaps just a little bit lacking in the old grey matter?
Monday 20 May 2013
NOT all businesses are as successful as TransferWise. The London- based peer-to-peer international money transfer firm has just secured a $6m (£3.9m) investment round led by Valar Ventures, the fund set up by PayPal’s Peter Thiel.
Thursday 16 May 2013
Principled investors are cashing in as trust falls
Thursday 16 May 2013
The CFA’s latest offering aims to remove the educational barriers between the front office and supporting staff
Thursday 16 May 2013
Firms piloting the CFA Institute’s latest offering share their views on the impact it has made CASE STUDY #1: AVIVA INVESTORS ALISON NAYLOR
Wednesday 15 May 2013
Investors now want real-time information from their companies
Monday 13 May 2013
MY DAUGHTER Jasmine, seven at the time, looked at me terrified, and I tried to reassure her. “It’s okay Jassy, you need to see a doctor. You’ve got a temperature and you feel like vomiting.
Monday 13 May 2013
THE pop-up shop has (ironically) become an almost permanent fixture on the high street.
Thursday 09 May 2013
Seizing its potential will be the challenge
Thursday 09 May 2013
DIRECTOR UK ENTERPRISE, CISCO Q How does the Internet of Everything represent a seismic cultural shift for business and IT?
Tuesday 07 May 2013
Annabel Palmer talks tech with WANdisco’s founder David Richards
Tuesday 07 May 2013
IT’S never been easier for a bricks-and-mortar retailer to get online. Countless marketplaces (eBay, Etsy etc) allow companies to upload products and sell them for a slice of the sales price.
Monday 29 April 2013
Annabel Palmer speaks to Sarah Forsyth, the handbag designer who has bucked the trend by going from online to high street
Monday 29 April 2013
YOU CAN’T cook an egg without an egg. Pretty simple, I guess, but all the same James had attempted to demonstrate his electronic egg cooker invention to five fiery dragons on Dragons’ Den and had forgotten to put an egg in it.
Monday 29 April 2013
WHAT is the value of a network? The economist Paul Ormerod recently wrote a fascinating article for City A.M. on the subject, which tried to explain the relative poverty of northern cities compared to the urban south.
Monday 22 April 2013
THE single tear slid down his cheek and dripped softly onto my dining room table. There I was, alone with a middle-aged man, a stranger, unwillingly watching him as his emotions overcame him.
Monday 22 April 2013
WHERE next for crowdfunding? Individuals collectively pooling money to fund ventures isn’t a new phenomenon – the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty was partly paid for via crowd funds.
Thursday 18 April 2013
But the course may not be the best option for budding entrepreneurs in comparison to the school of life
Thursday 18 April 2013
Gold experts Georges Lequime and Paul Tustain, both speaking at City A.M.’s Active Trader Conference this year, give their perspectives on recent moves in the price, what drives the precious metal, and what will happen next
Wednesday 17 April 2013
London depends on its ability to attract the very best talent
Monday 15 April 2013
I LIKE people with strong views. Especially of course, when I agree with them. Here are a few of my own. They’re rather radical.

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