Any other business

Multinationals bring festive cheer

13 December 2006 4:50 pm

It may be deeply unfashionable to say so, but the much-demonised multinationals do far more for the poor than all the world’s charities put together.

Plafonniers and station platforms

13 December 2006 4:47 pm

Joanna Pitman suggests some his’n’hers Christmas gifts that offer the added advantage of holding their value

High-risk investing: the Christian defence

13 December 2006 4:44 pm

‘I believe it’s the best performing fund in the world,’ says Richards, an avowed Christian not averse to preaching his own book.

A seasonal mission to Istanbul’s faithful, including those who worship Tony Blair

13 December 2006 4:38 pm

Think of this as a two-for-one Christmas special, a City Life column gift-wrapped inside Any Other Business.

I’ve seen the future of food retailing — and it works

6 December 2006 4:29 pm

Neil Collins meets the trio of former bankers behind Ocado, the online
supermarket which is challenging the giants of the British grocery trade

‘This is not an industry for pussycats’

6 December 2006 4:26 pm

Richard Orange elicits some blunt opinions on the mining boom from Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford

Enough, says Blair — but is anyone listening?

6 December 2006 4:23 pm

Given that the government’s lust for setting targets has done so much to increase bureaucracy in public services

The perils of insouciance

6 December 2006 4:20 pm

Jonathan Davis says investors’ disregard for risk has paid off handsomely in 2006 — but it may not in 2007

Why Porsche would be mad to bid for Volkswagen

29 November 2006 5:58 pm

Matthew Lynn says Porsche is supremely successful in its own niche, but that does not qualify it to run Europe’s largest mass-market car maker

Think outside the jargon box

29 November 2006 5:56 pm

‘Dinosaurs ... think inside the box. Dolphins ... occupy the space outside the box.

The myth of affordable housing

29 November 2006 5:53 pm

The latest non-job in Britain’s town halls is the affordable housing officer

The streets are alive with hip-hop — but there’s still plenty of gold beneath them

29 November 2006 5:49 pm

In the mountains south of Zurich, as winter approaches, the farmers bring their cows down.

The kitchen table tycoons

23 November 2006 8:39 am

Judi Bevan says that new technology has at last created real liberation for women — by enabling them to run successful businesses from home

Ignore your conscience: big oil still beats green power

23 November 2006 8:34 am

If you are the kind of person who believes the things the City says, you might by now be almost convinced that we don’t really need oil any more.

Boston’s in a hole and still digging. Will London’s Olympics go the same way?

22 November 2006 6:29 pm

On the way into Boston from Logan Airport, you pass a cavernous, closed-off tunnel entrance, full of construction vehicles, looking at night like an avant garde set for Siegfried.

The City’s new boom market: philanthropy

15 November 2006 4:43 pm

Simon Nixon says the new rich are eager to give billions away — but that their largesse is best used as ‘social risk capital’, not as a substitute for state welfare

It’s surprising what you can buy from an ice-cream van in Scotland’s Manhattan

15 November 2006 4:13 pm

It’s surprising what you can buy from an ice-cream van in Scotland’s Manhattan

The promise of real profits from a weird virtual world

8 November 2006 5:23 pm

Cosmo Lush explores the bizarre byways of Second Life, the latest internet phenomenon, and explains how big brands plan to make money out of it

Flawless, timeless, almost priceless

8 November 2006 5:21 pm

White diamonds are the world’s most expensive gems.

A year in exile, but still in the game

8 November 2006 5:18 pm

Richard Orange meets Bill Browder, the investor who is banned from Russia but remains bullish about its future

What makes a great businessman: a silver tongue or a killer instinct?

8 November 2006 5:15 pm

‘Who’s the most impressive business leader you’ve ever met?’

Men with guns are the new dotcoms

2 November 2006 8:20 am

Matthew Lynn finds private military contractors such as Colonel Tim Spicer — formerly known as mercenaries — responding to demand in a high-growth business sector

How the first multinational was hijacked by greed

25 October 2006 4:42 pm

George Trefgarne draws lessons for today’s shareholders and corporate executives from a new history of the East India Company

The City’s surprise success story

25 October 2006 4:39 pm

Once synonymous with men in red braces peddling junk bonds