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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 17 December

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The last 12 months have been interesting for a number of different reasons in the British business scene. We’ve seen growing businesses come of age, overnight successes spring up and, unfortunately, some go under.

One of those to not make the cut features in our Christmas Countdown, with September being the month that Phones 4U pulled the plug. Our other festive picks include an examination of whether Apple is becoming less innovative.

News: Phones 4U to go into administration despite £100m profits

When its sole remaining partner, EE, decided it didn’t want to deal with the retailer any more, Phones 4U was left with little choice than to bring to an end a set up which consisted of 720 shops and 6,000 staff.

Founder John Cauldwell, who had sold out far ahead of the collapse, took to Twitter to voice his frustration about about a business “brought to its knees by ruthless so called ‘partners’ moving in for the kill”.

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Interviews: Bertie Stephens: Doing the conga in Trafalgar Square dressed as a superhero

As a publication always on the look out for quirky entrepreneurs, Bertie Stephens and his story of a marketing stunt in the centre of London was too good to miss.

Stephens has set up a business providing desired products for a cheaper price and lives by the mantra: “The only way a company fails is by running out of money”.

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Catch up with previous Christmas Countdown pieces:

Surreal Business: 6 brands you didn’t know were British-owned

We’re always proud of what we’ve achieved in the UK, but it’s even better when you find out those amazing brands you thought were international are actually held by a Brit.

From Speedo to Ben & Jerrys, our Surreal Business feature found some amazing brands that had been snapped up by UK-based companies.

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Opinion: Has Apple lost its innovative edge?

Technology behemoth Apple started by revolutionising the home computer and most recently unveiled its smartwatch offering. The company has always been a titan of innovation.

However, with recent product launches mainly highlighting improvements in previous devices, Real Business questioned whether a share price fall and rise in competitor options was the result of Apple failing to innovate.

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