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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 5 December

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You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, it’s Real Business time – our Christmas Countdown has come to town.

Day four included the revelation of Britain’s 50 most disruptive businesses; wisdom from a failed business exit; why Starbuck is so successful, and the ten worst business decisions made.

And so we move on with day five.

News: Britain’s 10 wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs

The British entrepreneurial spirit knows no bounds, and this was demonstrated as Forbes named the country’s wealthiest entrepreneurs who started from the bottom. The Reuben brothers topped the list and have a net worth of $11.5bn from property and investments, which is inclusive of the Millbank Tower on the River Thames. And in second place…

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Interviews: “Businesses are now realising there is more to working life than four walls and a desk”

Office life can sometimes be considered rather grey, but The Office Group’s co-founder told us that businesses are now waking up to design-led interiors, working with the company’s local artists and young architects to transform workplaces, promising to be the market leader by 2020. “To maximise employee production and retention you need to dedicate the same level of design consideration to your offices as you apply to other areas of your lives such as hotels and restaurants,” he claims.

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Opinion: Why Dragons’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne was totally wrong

A Dragons’ Den entrepreneur came to Real Business for the chance to hit back at investor Bannatyne. Ganesh Rao faced the fire of the Dragons – Bannatyne especially – over his cosmetics price comparison site, but slams them saying Alan Sugar would have been far more understanding about the health and beauty pitch, and how the company has progressed since.

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Surreal Business: 8 of the best PR and marketing stunts ever

We looked at some of the finest attempts to secure press coverage, ones that went so far to think outside of the box they thought in it. Top of the list was Paddy Power which got two team members to gatecrash the Brit Awards guised as the enigmatic masked dance due Daftpunk before pulling their trousers down on the red carpet to reveal bright green and white pants emblazoned with the bookmaker’s logo.

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