Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 3 December

Our mission to visit the past continues and today we’re looking at the most popular news, interviews, opinions and surreal business from February.

Day two included Yodel being named and shamed; words of wisdom from an aspiring entrepreneur; why fintech will be the future of finance, and the power of printed records.

Let’s tuck into day three.

News: HMRC publishes new guidance ahead of £2k cashback on jobs

HM Revenue and Customs released details on a new scheme that would save over 1.25m British businesses up to £2,000 on their national insurance contribution bills. George Osborne noted the decision was made as a “long term economic plan to back businesses investing in jobs.”

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Interviews: How Kopparberg used hipsters to take the UK market by stealth

Real Business spoke to the Swedish cider company’s UK managing director Davin Nugent about how it managed to compete in a space already dominated by Magners and Strongbow – its mixed fruit flavour being the best-selling bottled cider in pubs. Nugent revealed it was a case of over-investing to make sure the hottest bars in key cities were stocked, while supplying freebies to London art gallery campaign First Thursdays “to act almost as an advert for the brand.”

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Opinion: Dragons’ Den: The anti-entrepreneur TV show

Despite supporting the likes of Levi Roots, which has seen his sauce hit supermarket shelves nationwide, Dragons’ Den is damaging to entrepreneurs, according to breatheHR CEO and co-founder Jonathan Richards. He slammed the programme, saying: “After broadcasting Dragons’ Den for almost ten years, it’s about time the BBC refreshed its output and created some programs that more accurately represent the challenges that modern entrepreneurs face when starting a business. Until then, when it comes to Dragons’ Den, I’m out.”

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Surreal Business: 5 inspiring young British entrepreneurs

Listing a handful of talented business people aged 30 and under, Jamal Edwards comes out on top – the 23-year-old founder of media company SBTV, which started as a YouTube channel with footage shot on a handheld camera when he was 16, is now a multi-millionaire with A-list contacts. Other inspirational youngsters are in sectors including food, sport and more.

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