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Heaven's Bankers

By Harris Irfan
Harris Irfan
A trillion dollar financial industry is revolutionising the global economy. Governments and corporations across the Islamic world are increasingly turning to finance that complies with Sharia law in order to fund economic growth. Even in the West, Islamic finance is rapidly becoming an important alternative source of funding at a time when the conventional finance industry is reeling from the effects of the financial crisis.From its origins in the seventh century, Islamic finance has sought to develop core ethical principles that are based in the foundations of Islam and Shari'a. By engaging critically with the complexities of international finance, it has evolved and adapted into a world emerging from the economic and moral aftermath of a global financial crisis. But with an increasing Western interest, is it able to remain true to the principles of its faith? Can it maintain its ideals of social justice? Or is Islamic finance guilty of the very dangers it seeks to avoid?In Heaven's Bankers, Harris Irfan, one of the world's leading Islamic finance bankers, gives unparalleled insight into the heart of this secretive industry. From his personal experience of working with leading bankers, scholars and lawyers, he debunks the myths of Islamic banking, analyses its greatest deals and looks to the future of a system that has reprioritised the very nature of money itself.
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How To Make Money From Property

By Ajay Ahuja
Ajay Ahuja
There are a surprising number of ways that you can make money from property. This book will not only explain those ways but will help you decide which method is right for you based on your personal profile and attitude to risk. It will also help you to modify and fine tune your attitudes and approaches so that you can choose whether to enter the more lucrative avenues of property investment which the professionals exploit. Learn how to: - Turn your own home (whether owned or not) into a tax free, money making machine - Build a massive property portfolio just like the professionals and generate an income big enough to live on and more - Make money by refurbishing properties and getting top dollar for them - Get hotel room rates for your well located apartment in a city centre - Buy properties for GBP1 by using the appropriate legal documents - such as options (full documentation is within this book) - Make GBP000s in weeks without doing anything but shuffle a few bits of legal paperwork by flippingA" properties - Profit from the lucrative bed and breakfast market without the need for any experience - Profit from the ever growing student property lettings market and stay within current legislation - Build a profitable UK based holiday letting business

How to Start and Run a B&B In France 2nd Edition

By Deborah Hunt
Deborah Hunt
"If you are thinking of changing your lifestyle to run a B & B in France, this book is exactly what you'll need to get started.Just before we sold our B & B in France I was asked by someone if it had been worthwhile. I said 'It was hard work but great fun'. We hadto learn as we went along. My intention with this book is to speed your learning curve, and help you avoid the pitfalls.Deborah's book passes on the benefit of their own experience of setting up and running a profitable B & B:CHOOSING AND BUYING YOUR PROPERTYRENOVATING, CONVERTING AND DECORATINGUSING YOUR BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGSATTRACTING CUSTOMERSSERVING FOOD AND DRINKMANAGING YOUR ACCOUNTSDEALING WITH BUREAUCRACYMAKING IT PAYWith the help of this book, you'll be able to enjoy a great new lifestyle in a wonderful country - and earn a decent living, too.Contents: Note from the Author; 1. Before You Begin; 2. Choosing the Property; 3. Buying Your Property; 4. Renovating Your Property; 5. Designing the Interior; 6. Barns and Outside; 7. The Table; 8. Finance and Administration; 9. Keep it Clean; 10. Dealing with Officialdom; 11. Not a B&B; 12. Organising the Publicity; 13. Looking After the Staff; 14. Keeping the Customers Happy; Postscript; Appendix A - Useful Books; Appendix B - Useful Addresses; Index.

How To Be A Motivational Manager

By Alan Fairweather
Alan Fairweather
This book is a down-to-earth guide for managers and team leaders. It reveals how to motivate your team, get results and do it in the easiest, least stressful way possible. It's written by Alan Fairweather who did the job of a middle manager - and did it effectively - for fifteen years. He now helps others do it on a daily basis through his seminars and workshops. Alan knows the real challenges that managers and team leaders face every day with their people. He's used the "3 Secrets of Motivation" described in this book. They worked for him and they'll work for you. You'll discover how to: pick the right people and communicate what's expected of them; reduce absence from work, reduce staff turnover and the time spent on resolving staff issues; deal with difficult team members; and, develop a highly motivated team who increase customer satisfaction, boost sales and make a positive contribution to the business.Contents: 1. Tough enough to care; 2. The Five Factors of Success; 3. Pick the right people; 4. Spend some quality time; 5. Two Types of feedback;6. Be a believer; 7. Power listing; 8. Problems can be a problem;9. Give them what they want; Index.

How To Be Your Own Estate Agent 2nd Edition

By Tony Booth
Tony Booth
Selling property is not rocket science - though some agents would have you believe otherwise. With this unique book you benefit from the inside knowledge of an estate agent, cut out the middle man entirely, and keep the commission fee to yourself. You will discover the following essentials: The best times to sell; The secrets of successfully marketing your property; How to prepare for the viewing; How to negotiate the best deal; Full understanding of the legal processes; How to work efficiently with your solicitor; The top ten selling and moving tipsContents: 1. The best time to sell; 2. How to create the 'des res'; 3. Gathering information; 4. Valuing your property; 5. Working with your solicitor; 6. Creating a property brochure; 7. Photographing the property; 8. Marketing the property; 9. Preparing for viewings; 10. How to conduct a viewing; 11. Receiving offers; 12. Heads of terms; 13. If no offer is received; 14. The top ten selling and moving tips
  • Hunting Party

    By Elizabeth Moon
    Elizabeth Moon
    Heris Serrano was an officer born of a long line of officers, and a life serving in the ranks of the Regular Space Service was all she had ever known and all she ever wanted - until a treacherous superior officer forced her to resign her commission. This was not just the end of a career path; it was the end of everything that gave her life meaning. But even ex-Fleet captains have to eat, and Heris finds employment as 'Captain' of an interstellar luxury yacht, working for the eccentric Lady Cecelia de Marktos. Being a rich old lady's chauffeur isn't quite the same as captaining a Fleet cruiser, but nothing Heris will ever do again will compare with that. Or so she thinks . . .For all is not as it seems aboard the Sweet Delight. The smuggling ring is only the start of it. For on a visit to a seemingly innocuous pleasure planet, Heris stumbles across a very sinister hunting club and finds herself fighting for her life - and for the lives of friends she thought she'd never see again.
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