Dragons Den rejection meant nothing to the 2014 success of these 4 companies

With recent research suggesting that SMEs currently have a worse survival rate than before the recession, and with small businesses struggling to find the finance they need from banks time and time again, it comes as no surprise that such companies are increasingly looking toward alternative finance for a chance to make it past their fifth birthday's. One such method is Dragons Den, with entrepreneurs Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Piers Linney and Peter Jones looking to invest their cash.

What business owners need to know about the festive period around the world

Living in the UK makes it all too easy to become preoccupied by our own Christmas traditions. The last minute panic on the 24th, excessive eating on the 25th and chaotic 'Boxing Day' sales on the 26th, are all part and parcel of the UK holiday season. But there’s a whole world out there; a world in which many countries and cultures don’t celebrate Christmas, and if they do… well it’s not like any Christmas we’ll ever experience.