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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 7 December

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Day six in our review of 2014’s top news, interviews, opinions and surreal business included the eight brands that were given the chop in the UK; guidance on innovating in the law sector; improvisation, and 20 inspirational quotes.

Let day seven commence.

News: Top 10 ranking: Where is the best place to start a business in the UK?

Planning on starting a business? You might wonder where the best possible location is, and while you may think the capital city of London will lead the way forward, you’d be wrong. In fact, the South East of England was hailed as the best place to head to, according to the UK Startups Ecosystem Report.

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Interviews: Q&A: Kathleen Saxton

We spoke to CEO and co-founder Saxton about executive headhunting firm The Lighthouse Group, as she explained a “psychology to talent search and representation.” She recognises that digital is an opportunity and threat, saying: “Whilst there is a measurable amount that can only be performed and indeed improved by a talented and experienced individual, there are doubtless many areas of our industry which can now effectively and efficiently be performed by a super computer.”

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Opinion: 9 ways the high-growth startup scene is like Snakes and Ladders

Head of the Alba Innovation Centre, Peter Andrew, gave his thoughts on why the startup scene is comparable to the classic board game with serpents and DIY equipment. He puts it down to the fact that “risk and uncertainty can represent both snakes and ladders for a high-growth startup. By implication, as an innovator, you’re likely to be a risk-taker. Taking calculated and considered risks can pay off nicely if you have all your business ducks in a row. The downside of risk is that sometimes you’ll get it wrong.” It’s unclear whether he considers rival businesses the snakes though…

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Surreal Business: Over a third of UK workers fall asleep during meetings

On 2 December, we reported that more than a third of people working from home do so in their pyjamas, with some being distracted by the TV and the urge to have a bath. However, back in March we found that 34 per cent of Brits admit to falling asleep in meetings, while ten per cent have found the gatherings so dull they’ve had to leave.

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