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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 19 December

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It’s almost time for everyone to get their festive hats on as the last minute food shopping and tree decorating is done. Joining in on the festive spirit, today’s latest advent brings you inspirational stories, such as how Rami Ranger climbed to entrepreneurial success and how six amazing women went from rags to riches.

News: One in eight workers admires absolutely nothing about their boss

The HR organisation Investors In People conducted research which found one in eight workers – equivalent to 3.7m workers – could not name one quality they liked about their boss. And three in four admitted to talking about their boss’s management or work style behind their back, with 37 per cent doing this regularly.

This obviously means that Britain’s bosses need to up their game in order to keep staff happy and productive.

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Interviews: The inspiring entrepreneurial journey of Rami Ranger

Every recent graduate with an idea, a Mac and some shared workspace in east London seems happy to use the label of entrepreneur. Though this proactive attitude is to be admired, it’s rare to meet someone who shows genuinely moving entrepreneurial mettle and has had the fortune to turn this into a stellar business success.

Jack Torrance find out more about one such person, Dr Rami Ranger, chairman and founder of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) export company, Sun Mark Ltd, and his astounding journey to the top.

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Catch up with previous Christmas Countdown pieces:

Opinion: Why has Uber cut costs so deeply that it makes a loss on each fare?

Uber, the taxi network company, slashed prices for its budget Uber X service in July by 25 per cent, meaning it now makes a loss on all fares. This followed similar carpooling app Lyft’s decision to stop taking any commission at all on its fares.

Jack Flanagan delves into the world of e-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft and why they have always been at war with one another. It seems that not even profit is sacred.

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Surreal Business: 6 women’s inspirational rags-to-riches stories

We may have come a long way in the past few decades, but British women still face economic inequalities. Although the number of women on boards has increased, the average woman still earns 19 per cent less per hour than men, according to Fawcett Society research.

From impoverished homes to underprivileged backgrounds, Real Business took a look at six women who started with nothing and, through hard work, rose to the top.

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