Telling the truth about SME life today

October 2010

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* Ten companies that will change your life: Somewhere between 350,000 and 400,000 new companies are set up each year. Many will fail immediately, others will last longer. Only a tiny fraction will go on to become great. Meet the select few.

* Stephen Less, the colourful entrepreneur behind Secrets, gives a racy insider’s account of the table-dancing industry.

* Worried about putting your business on the market” Don’t be. Here’s everything you need to know before selling up.

* Making businesses pay for the right to pollute is nonsense, argues Ross Clark. It’s only pushing them further afield.

* Chipotle Mexican Grill made a big name for itself in the US by breaking the rules. Its founder Steve Ells is now taking on the British market. Heffernan explores why he will succeed.

* Funding remains incredibly tight, but alternatives to high-street banks are popping up. We speak to the chief exec of HayFin.

* Agony Uncle Timpo on how to keep your spouse out of the business, and more.

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