“Robbing” is a slight exaggeration. But the sentiment is there. Clever company Green Works takes redundant furniture from blue chips and sells it to SMEs and charities, dirt cheap.
Sisters Haleh and Golnar Abivardi opened their first Swiss Smile clinic in Zurich in 2004. Today, Swiss Smile clinics are filling cavities and polishing teeth in St Moritz and London, and are set to take on the world over the next two years.
Sir Alan gives Kevin the boot, and not a moment too soon.
Olly Swanton’s £2m-turnover digital press agency is a "baby factory", with employees taking time off to have children or look after their kids. It costs Swanton a fortune – but he’s backing the breeders.
Dawn Gibbins has just sold her flooring company Flowcrete for a cool £35m, but she’s not about to sit back and chew the cud. She’s now investing £2m to set up Barefoot Living – a domestic flooring business which she hopes will brighten up the UK manufacturing industry.
Jonathan Cook has been appointed group finance director of engineered steel producer Acertec.
When it comes to popularity stakes in the business world, Sir Richard Branson is the reigning champion. Most recently, the chairman of the Virgin Group has topped a poll of business role models as voted for by UK SME owners.
Remember that ad where an employee is “fish hooked” through his cheek and brutally dragged through the office? Part of the NHS’s anti-smoking drive, it was the most complained about advert last year. But it wasn’t the only one to spark a flurry of irate phone calls to The Advertising Standards Authority.
Lee Marks, director of comms and surveillance firm Spymaster, has the low-down on bugs, bent business partners and bullet proof vests.
For the uninitiated, a web accelerator affects how your audience views your website. It makes the videos stream faster; the music play uninterrupted; and the games run smoothly.
Take note of currency changes, urges FC Exchange managing director Nick Fullerton, who says that fluctuations can be turned to a business’s advantage.
Paul Harris has been appointed finance director of retail emporium Liberty.