Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 6 December

Day five included the UK’s ten wealthiest entrepreneurs; beautiful businesses; Dragons’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne being mistaken, and the eight best PR stunts.

So, on we march with day six.

News: 8 great brands that were axed in the UK

Remember C&A? Well, if not, don’t worry. The first C&A store opened in the Netherlands in 1861 before coming to the UK in 1922.  However, after operating nationwide for 78 years, the business was forced to cease operations in the country in 2001 after continuous losses of £250m over a five-year period. Check out the other seven brands that were forced to retreat.

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Interviews: “Our vision is to retain our identity and promote from within”

Darlingtons Solicitors’ senior partner James Swede spoke to Real Business about standing apart from rivals by understanding that law firms are businesses too, recognising digital with a unique voice on its website and social media. He also offered guidance, saying: “Lawyers and law firms are traditionally slow to adapt. Those that don’t adapt fast will be in real trouble. Also, every lawyer is now a marketer and lawyers and law firms that aren’t real team players will also suffer.”

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Opinion: Is improvisation the key to entrepreneurial success?

Some say innovation will take your business to success, but according to Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright, entrepreneurs can sometimes forget to sit back and enjoy the ride, which is why she acknowledges improvisation as a tool in creating a successful venture.
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Surreal Business: 20 greatest inspirational leadership quotes from famous leaders

this weekend you may find yourself down at the pub with your friends, perhaps you have a hot date or just really want to confuse your family – alternatively, of course, you may want to lead your colleagues to victory on Monday morning. If any of those sound about right, we’ve got 20 inspirational quotes right here for you to pass off as your own – Nelson Mandela comes top of the list.

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