Not many could have convinced their bank manager that sushi on a conveyor belt was a good idea, but Simon Woodroffe did, opening his first Yo! restaurant in 1997. Now unofficial spokesperson for a generation of entrepreneurs, he has written a bestseller on his working philosophy and is a sought-after business speaker. Plans for 2002 include a 'Yotel!'. In the books section, he casts his eye over Mike Southon and Chris West's The Beermat Entrepreneur.
Uncovering The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell by Oren Harari, Lord Hanson recalls his own military training before he became field marshal of the corporate takeover. Hanson plc's chairman emeritus hung up his merger hat in 1998. A staunch eurosceptic, he threatened to leave the Tory party if Kenneth Clarke became leader and is a member of the pressure group Business for Sterling.
This month, MT columnist Patience Wheatcroft hypothesises a 'human factor' that could be driving many a successful businessperson to further glory - personal insecurity and a neurotic need for acceptance. A few weeks ago, Wheatcroft - business and City editor of The Times - saw her own kingdom expand when Britain's oldest daily broadsheet got a revamp. A new, bigger business section is now to be found in the second pullout along with the sport.
Award-winning Jillian Edelstein makes her debut in MT this month as one of the three photographers behind the feature 'Managing Partners' and our exhibition of the same name at the National Portrait Gallery. South African-born, she emigrated to Britain in 1985, first exhibiting at the gallery in 1994, where she now has a permanent collection. She admitted to 'bristly moments' during some of the shoots: 'Ian Hislop didn't agree with my ideas, while Jay Jopling walked in saying: You have 10 minutes.'
If there is a business that combines wine, travel, country houses and tennis, MT columnist Alexander Garrett would like to hear about it. Author of this month's Coming Up Fast feature on businesses inspired by hobbies, Garrett is taken by the idea of merging life and enterprise in this fashion. Meanwhile, he carries on the daily grind at his Wiltshire bolt-hole, writing on business, property and personal finances as well squaring up to new responsibilities as a school governor.
MT's art director enjoys the fruits of many months' labour with 'Managing Partners', our photo story exploring business partnerships. 'The dynamics of each shoot changed with the photographer: Reed is provocative, Miller is an observer, while Edelstein directs,' says Braybon, a keen photographer herself. 'I've taken one picture every Sunday for the past four years,' she explains, 'I relish the arbitrary nature of the content.' The portraits will also form an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, opening on 5 March.