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A new world order

Given the collapse of the banking system, hysteria in the public markets and unemployment reaching record levels, our yearly Rising Stars article, where we identify the top 50 fastest-growing UK companies, may seem like the equivalent of turning up to a funeral in a gold lamé suit.

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Get in shape for the slowdown

I’m not anti-fat people. Let’s get that clear from the off. However, when I listen to large folk talking about ‘new diets’, ‘going to the gym’ and ‘personal trainers’, that starts to get under my skin. If you don’t like being overweight, eat healthily and do some exercise. It’s not difficult.

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What I’m reading now – Private Label Strategy: How to Meet the Store Brand Challenge

Private Label Strategy: How to Meet the Store Brand Challenge, by Nirmalya Kumar and Jan-Benedict EM Steenkamp - reviewed by Andrea Davis, president of Fellowes Europe.

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What makes a great business?

A common theme linking successful companies is often the simplicity and directness of the business proposition. Indeed, the world of business is probably the harshest environment for punishing those who become too clever for their own good.

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Angels must raise their game

There’s a scene in the Martin Scorsese movie Goodfellas where Tommy (played by Joe Pesci) thinks he’s going to be “made” and become a fully fledged member of the mafia. Instead, he’s ushered into an empty room and unceremoniously “whacked”

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The joys of running a lifestyle business

Running a company to give you time to pursue a life of leisure may be no bad thing, writes Michael Jackson

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Dealing with delinquency

Offices are breeding grounds of malcontent. No matter how inventively you encourage employees, send them on training courses, nurture their self belief, or ply them with bribes â“ a trip to the races, a bowling alley, karaoke â“ there’ll always be a tiny, po-faced coterie, happy to criticise the company.

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The lure of foreign shores

Expanding overseas sounds exciting but it’s scarily easy to burn money on a venture that seemed like a no-brainer in the boardroom, where exuberance can get the better of reason.

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Dealing with delinquency

Offices are breeding grounds of malcontent. No matter how inventively you encourage employees, send them on training courses, nurture their self belief, or ply them with bribes â“ a trip to the races, a bowling alley, karaoke â“ there’ll always be a tiny, po-faced coterie, happy to criticise the company.

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The lure of foreign shores

Expanding overseas sounds exciting but it’s scarily easy to burn money on a venture that seemed like a no-brainer in the boardroom, where exuberance can get the better of reason.

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Beating the Blockbuster effect

Dying businesses are interesting to watch. Remember the video chain, Blockbuster? Those punchy ads on TV where a singer would cry, 'Oh what a difference, Blockbuster video.'

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Shades of green

Green business is a fad. Take the weighty corporate social responsibility reports produced by corporations; more often than not they amount to nothing more than PR puff.

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‘Green credentials’ important for businesses

Maurice Fitzpatrick, economist and tax expert at Grant Thornton, considers the hot topic of ‘green issues’ and measures likely to affect UK businesses in the coming years.

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Overcoming fear of change

One man’s exciting challenge can be another’s nightmare. All too often that’s exactly how change is viewed by an organisation...