Thinking of doing business in Russia but worried you’ll end up like TNK-BP boss Bob Dudley? Don’t be put off. Russia has so far been protected from the threat of recession, and consumer demand for goods and services is rocketing. But you do need to keep your wits about you, says recruitment entrepreneur Tony Goodwin.
Peter Kindersley was a giant in the world of publishing when environmental issues piqued his interest. After he sold his company, Dorling Kindersley, for £311m, he set up Sheepdrove Eco-Conference Centre in Berkshire
nCipher, the computer security business founded by the van Someren brothers back in 1996, is finally to be sold to Thales UK. The deal values the business at just over £50m, netting the brothers a couple of million each.
Paul Smith has been appointed chief financial officer for funds at property services group Speymill.
Well, look no further as Real Business now has a website channel devoted to early-stage businesses.
The founder of Glasses Direct on why he "eats credit crunch for breakfast".
How does an Anglo-Persian woman and her English husband create a successful Italian restaurant chain? Ninai Zarach, co-founder of the Manicomio restaurants, says it’s all about having an Italian spirit.
In times of economic strife, the phrase ‘diversify or die’ gets bandied around a lot. But that’s what BIW Technologies did after the bottom fell out of the London property market following the terrorist attacks in New York in 2001, and the strategy is paying off.
Investors in charities are eligible for gift aid. Investors in SMEs can take advantage of enterprise investment scheme income tax, capital gains relief and venture capital trust income tax relief. So why on earth don’t investors in social enterprises receive tax breaks too, asks Big Issue chairman Nigel Kershaw.
Earlier this week, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), the Harvester and All Bar One operator, announced sales increases, despite the troubles assailing other parts of the economy. “People are tightening their belts and trading down from fine restaurants to pub meals,” comments food entrepreneur Leyla Edwards, one of M&B’s suppliers.
Venrex has invested £1m in Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish’s online shopping website, notonthehighstreet.com, taking a minority stake in the company.
True Knowledge founder William Tunstall-Pedoe says he’s “humbled” by the confidence of investors in the business following the announcement Octopus Ventures is pumping £2m into the internet technology company.