• Coles Mini Swap. Picture: Phoebe Loomes

    ‘Crazy’ scenes as customers turn out for Coles Little Shop swap

    THERE truly is nothing like the collective energy of human beings brought together by a shared passion for something they love. Here, at Coles Little Shop Swap Day in Kellyville, in Sydney’s Hills District, the energy is focused and intense. “They just need the Lipton Tea and they needed the water but we swapped already with someone else. Why wait for Coles?” So says Paul, a chipper dad from Kellyville who was here before me, (I arrived at 9am). The event is scheduled to kick off at 10am, but by 9.10 around 20 other early birds have started hovering around an empty desk outside the supermarket. Orange bollards are dotted…

  • Reginald Larry-Cole

    I was on benefits and wanted to die but I turned it around and now run £4.3million car finance business

    JUST over a decade ago Reginald Larry-Cole had a successful business, a loving family and expensive cars on the driveway to his dream home. But just a few months later in December 2008, he lost it all when his car finance business Creditlab went bust during the height of the financial crisis. Reg, 48, launched his new businesses in 2012 after his first company collapsed during the financial crisis in 2008 Reginald, now 48, ended up on benefits and feeling suicidal. “You’re massively affected when you’re used to running a business that is turning over a couple of million pounds, and then you suddenly go down to £64 a week…

  • Napoleon Perdis is a beauty legend. Picture: Supplied

    Napoleon Perdis appoints administrators

    Napoleon Perdis has long been considered to be the king of Australian beauty — but today, it seems his empire is crumbling. The cult makeup chain’s 56 Aussie stores are now closed for stocktake, and Simon Cathro, Chris Cook and Ivan Glavas of Worrells Solvency Accountants have been appointed as administrators. Stores will open again tomorrow with items expected to go on sale. The company began when Sydney makeup artist and businessman Napoleon Perdis started his own studio in the city’s inner west in 1992, before launching his own range which were sold through his Paddington store in 1995. The range expanded into department stores and ended up expanding internationally,…

  • Mary Nesbitt-Larking has been a vegan for five years. Picture: Facebook @Mary Nesbitt-Larking

    Vegan served ‘embarrassment of a plate’ after ordering meal

    A UK woman who recently paid $16 for a vegan pizza was shocked when a “shameful” meal turned up at her table. Mary Nesbitt-Larking had ordered a vegan margherita pizza from popular UK chain Pizza Express in Hatfield, England when she was told the store had run out of vegan cheese. The starving 26-year-old decided to order the meal anyway, but asked for pine nuts to be added to the dish. After an hour-long wait, her pizza was finally served — but it consisted of nothing but a base, tomato sauce and some raw red onion. And to add insult to injury, the woman was charged an additional $3 for…

  • Business

    How a student turned his part-time job as a teacher into a £1million tutoring app

    ISMAIL Jeilani is one of a few graduates without a gigantic student loan debt looming over his head. In fact, the 25-year-old paid off his £27,000 tuition fees during his second year of university at King’s College London by working as a tutor – and it inspired him to start a £1million business. Ismail worked as a personal tutor, teaching Arabic grammar and economics for between 15 and 20 hours a week alongside his studies While studying politics and economics, Ismail ditched going out with mates in favour of teaching kids Arabic and economics and it gave him an idea for an app. Scoodle, which launched in 2017, connects students…

  • Business

    Jamie Oliver is launching a new range of healthy wraps and sandwiches to be sold at Shell petrol garages

    JAMIE Oliver is launching a healthy new deli range in 500 filling stations across Britain in a tie up with energy giant Shell. The Jamie Oliver deli by Shell range, which comprises 80 products, will launch on January 31 and promises more “fruit, veg, and colour”. Jamie Oliver’s new collaboration with Shell will bring you healthy snacks, sandwiches and salads on the go It will be rolled out in five petrol stations a week as celebrity chef Jamie moves into food on the go. The launch comes after the high-profile woes at his restaurant chain  Jamie’s Italian, which is closing 12 outlets and has swallowed nearly £13million of the TV…

  • Business

    John Lewis ‘will be last to raise prices’ pledges boss Paula Nickolds as she warns of tough times ahead

    THE new boss of JOHN LEWIS yesterday warned of tough times on the High Street but vowed the chain would be the last to raise prices. Paula Nickolds, 44, who took charge in January,  said retailers faced “significant”  cost hikes from the Brexit-hit Pound. Paula Nickolds, 44, who took charge in January, said retailers faced ‘significant’ cost hikes from the Brexit-hit Pound But she vowed John Lewis would stick by its famous motto of “never knowingly undersold”. Around 70 per cent of its products are imported. Ms Nickolds, the first woman boss in the chain’s 152-year history, said: “We have hedging positions to protect us against currency movements. The retailer’s…