2012: The year of the UK SME

Real Business explores the common characteristics of UK's successful SMEs to find out what has separated the winners from the losers.

A manifesto for localising Britain

On the eve of the Growing Business Awards, the 2011 “Local Hero of Enterprise” puts forward his roadmap (and voices some serious concerns) for creating a truly local UK economy.

HP and Autonomy: UK companies should stand their ground

Hewlett Packard’s effective declaration of war on Autonomy, a company it spent over $10bn acquiring last year, is a dramatic, but by no means novel, development in the context of the tech giant’s chequered recent history.

How to market on a budget

Rebecca Scully discusses the importance of SMEs communicating with the media on a regional and trade level – while staying on a budget.