Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 24 December

The past year has been a highly enjoyable ride for the editorial team at Real Business, and we thank you for sharing with that whether you’re a new or existing reader.

In our final, and 24th, advent offering we’ve pulled together some great pieces from the month of December which combine scandal, sports stars and ice cream. We hope you enjoy!

News: American Apparel’s Dov Charney fired for sexual misconduct and replaced by female

The end of a drawn-out saga saw the founder and creative brain behind the American fashion chain finally kicked out of his own business.

After a number of incidents that must have had the American Apparel PR department pulling their hair out, it will be interesting to see if the brand can regain the ground it lost during the turmoil.

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Interviews: Using Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas as a distribution network for video

Getting some angel investors to back your business early on is great, but imagine if they were also world-renowned footballers who could network for you?

Well that is exactly what social video platform Grabyo has done, and now the technology business hopes to use its four new backers as brand ambassadors as well.

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Catch up with previous Christmas Countdown pieces:

Opinion: A look at Boris Johnson’s record as London mayor

As part of our December focus on What to expect in 2015, this piece served as a look back ahead of Johnson’s last full year as mayor.

The blond-haired Conservative is set to become an MP in May when the country goes to the polls, but we couldn’t find much he had done for business during his reign.

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Surreal Business: Britain has unveiled its most high-tech fleet of ice cream vans

It seems every walk of life is receiving its own technological makeover, the latest of which is the childhood favourite ice cream van.

Whereas the most advanced it got before was different songs over the sound system, the fleet contained in this feature now have the capacity to manage booking schedules and develop routes.

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