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This week’s top Real Business stories: Royal leadership wisdom and premium fashion investments

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Her Majesty’s big milestone took place on 21 April, much to the delight of royal family fans around the world. And as the longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth understandably has a significant amount of experience under her crown, so we broke down the qualities that leaders can adopt for success.

Elsewhere, on our list of most-read articles, Android Pay is coming and it’s set to leave card terminals in the dust, while a rather unwelcome glitch from web host 123-reg left a series of company websites deleted.

We also discovered that storytelling is an art bosses shouldn’t ignore, while entrepreneurs should get ready to rumble – they have more in common with heavyweight boxer David Haye than they know.

Catch the full listing, for the week 15-21 April 2016, below:

(1) Ten leadership qualities bosses should look to copy from the Queen

With Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday in full swing, businesswoman Louise Third suggests that firms would soar by embracing some of her Majesty’s leadership qualities.

(2) The fashion brands you might not know are private equity owned

We look at higher end fashion brands that are contained within private equity portfolios, following US investment firm Warburg Pincus snapping up a majority stake in clothing business Reiss.

(3) Launch of Android Pay is another nail in the coffin for the card terminal

Google’s announcement that Android Pay will be coming to the UK in a few months is a hugely significant moment in the mobile payments story – one that marks a nail in the coffin for card transactions at the point of sale.

(4) Scottish football club amongst those hit by accidental 123-reg website deletions

British hosting company 123-reg is facing a barrage of criticism on social media after one of its staff ran a script with a “catastrophic error” in it and deleted a number of customers’ websites.

(5) Founders that were removed as CEOs – but were later reinstated

Being a founder CEO doesn’t prevent you from being fired, however, as these five leaders found, fate sometimes decides that you get a second chance to further grow the company you created.

(6) Storytelling is an art many leaders fail to grasp – not so for Charity: Water’s CEO

In our digital world, “storytelling” has become a marketing buzzword, but many marketers, business leaders and brands have failed to grasp what it means to tell a compelling story and the power it can summon.

(7) Common mistakes made by small firms – and how best to avoid them

I am sure you’ve heard it hundreds of times – the first year is the hardest when starting your own business – but I am going to share with you the most common mistakes new businesses make and provide advice for how you can avoid them.

(8) Why Ben & Jerry’s is openly proud that its founders got arrested

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream founders were recently arrested, but the firm took to social media and its website to reveal the news as soon as it happened, rather than hiding it.

(9) Entrepreneurs are more like heavyweight boxer David Haye than they know

Hearing from British heavyweight boxer David Haye, amidst talk of his childhood, ambitions and comeback trail to become world champion, it became clear business leaders have more in common with the fighter than they realise.

(10) The payments industry is about to turn on its head following a “Revolut-ion”

After crossing the globe, Nikolay Storonsky found bank charges had inflicted heavy damage to his wallet, which prompted the launch of Revolut – crowned Disruptor of the Yearthe Everline Future 50 Awards.


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