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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 18 December

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A little bit of fun and a little bit of serious are blended together for our 18th Christmas Countdown special, everything a business owner needs to keep them entertained.

If you’re thinking about an office renovation in the new year then you might like to take inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland-themed development that really grabbed our attention.

News: 11,000 businesses will be reclassified as small for accounting purposes

When this story broke in September it was revealed that the reclassification from medium to small would save a predicted £8m in saved administration costs.

As it stands, businesses must submit a profit and loss account, and notes from financial statements – the detail of which depends on the size of the business. Making businesses small will reduce the time spent on complying with this.

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Interviews: These London offices are designed to look like Alice in Wonderland

Everyone business owner wants to create the best possible working environment for their staff, but this company took things the extra mile.

Gaining inspiration from the child’s favourite piece of fiction, the space is actually a shared space so available to anyone wanting to book out a room.

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Catch up with previous Christmas Countdown pieces:

Surreal Business: The most dramatic accounting scandals in history

In light of Tesco’s recent financial troubles, Real Business pulled together four of the biggest, and most notorious, examples of accounting scandals.

From Caterpillar to the infamous Enron debacle, we came away both feeling sorry for the financial heads at big business and astonished at their lack of scruples.

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Opinion: What does Facebook’s buy button mean for businesses?

Despite Facebook starting as a social tool helping you connect with or rediscover friends, it has now turned into a platform that is becoming as important as Google for some businesses.

When, at the end of the summer, Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg introduced a buy button, the gap between the consumer and advertiser was drastically shortened.

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