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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 10 December

Moving on from day nine’s focus on social media campaigns, the startup survival rate and Airbnb, we introduce the delight that comprises today’s list of Real Business greats.

News: Top 10 UK exports

The emphasis on exporting has significantly increased over the course of 2014, with Britain’s top ten exports accounting for 74.6 per cent of the overall value of its global shipments in 2013. But what exactly are the UK’s fastest-growing export categories From pearls to plastics, there might be a few products that surprise you.

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Interview: How Hungryhouse plans to beat Just Eat

In the past ordering a takeaway could be a bit of a faff. Relying on the handfuls of paper menus stuffed through your door and having enough cash on you to pay the driver could make for a less than convenient experience. In the last few years, however, online ordering portals have emerged, helping consumers discover what’s available in their area and pay online. And, arguably, Just Eat has become one of the popular portals. But Hungryhouse is looking to beat the competition. Real Business talks to MD Scott Fletcher about his plans.

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Opinion: What’s the obsession with SME’s needing investment !

We’ve seen them all before, the media headlines suggesting that ‘businesses are unable to access funding from banks, we have to get the banks lending again and that we need to make alternative funding available’. This viewpoint hasn’t changed much since 2008. But entrepreneur Samantha Acton is not convinced that the need for all of this ‘alternative’ funding is as important as it is portrayed.

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Surreal Business: 10 real-life intern mistakes

Ever stopped all departures from London Heathrow or turned off a city-wide network with the push of a wrong button What about shutting down a famous Wall Street building’s network for three days or had the FBI swarm your office one supposedly average day These ten companies have faced some of the most surprising, and often humorous problems. And they all had one thing in common: it was done by an intern.

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