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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 23 December

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For those getting a little bit nostalgic about the last year, our December advent calendar has been gazing back into the past and pulling out the biggest stories of 2014.

Bringing together the vest best of news, opinion, interviews and our own Surreal Business section, it should hopefully have given you a really good flavour of what has happened. 

News: Dragons’ Den investor Duncan Bannatyne’s FD arrested on suspicion of fraud

The problem with being a reality TV star is that every move you, or your business, makes will be thrust into the public spot light.

Bannatyne’s FD being grilled by the police was no different and should hopefully make for some witty banter when the show returns to our screens.

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Opinion: Charlie Mullins: I’m no Scrooge, but would rather do something different

Our resident columnist Mullins was all about the festive cheer with this offering, but in a slightly different way.

Rather than handing out bonuses or throwing grand Christmas parties, the plumbing entrepreneur is rallying his business and community around raising much needed funds for an ill child.

Catch up with previous Christmas Countdown pieces:

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Interviews: The technology boys who built a hummus business

There are no shortage of technology startups in today’s business landscape, so god bless the two economics and computer science graduates who decided to buck the trend.

Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon saw a gap in the high street, and ultimately corporate, market for a restaurant providing everybody’s favourite healthy snack food – hummus.

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Surreal Business: 5 British business collapses during 2014

We all love a failure story, even if we won’t admit it. The past year has seen some big brands bite the dust, and some linger on the edge, including Phones 4U and La Senza.

This December feature, held within the confines of Surreal Business, profiled five of those collapses and showed that nobody is immune from shifts in the market.

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