Telling the truth about SME life today

July/August 2010 edition of Real Business magazine

* Dave Dodd spent years avoiding the press. Now, at last, the retail genius and co-founder of Poundland opens up about landlords, MBOs, suppliers and making the crossover from discount to luxury retail.

* Queen of Opticians Dame Mary Perkins and her daughter Julie talk milestones and mistakes.

* We put your questions to small business minister Mark Prisk.?

* A boutique hotel in Leeds. American Express. Hilton Hotels. Pharmaceutical firm IDIS. Peter Knight gives four examples of outstanding service.

* 27 ways to improve your cash flow: Cash is the fuel that every company runs on. Here are tried-and-tested tactics for filling your tank.

* ?Why run a business when we can all make a living from filling in forms and being inspected asks Ross Clark.

* Buy Candy: Real Business readers show off their most exclusive products. And yes, that includes Ukrika Johnson’s bed.

* Peter Knight on how the high street is fighting back.

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