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This week’s top Real Business stories: The big womenswear debate and architectural opulence

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Katie Owen, the founder of a shoe business, was particularly upset about hearing how one female office worker was dismissed from the PwC office for her footwear – insisting the industry has much to answer for.

Elsewhere readers were particularly interested in Real Business’ own developments, with details of our growth still proving to be an interesting read for many. We also announced our partnership with Amazon, which has signed up to sponsor the Growing Business Awards – an event now accepting nominations.

Our weekly columnist Charlie Mullins, meanwhile, was incensed by the education system and called schools’ lessons into question, as he revealed youngsters have no preparation for the world of work. We also spoke to Mathilde Allibe, who detailed how her expensive taste has brought in royals and billionaires as clients.

Catch the full listing, for the week 27 May – 2 June 2016, below:

(1) Should women be expected to wear stilettos in the workplace?

I started a shoe business to change an industry that insists on putting women through pain, so couldn’t believe someone was sent home for neglecting to wear high heels.

(2) Flying the flag for entrepreneurs: Real Business grows SME readership by 54 per cent

Real Business has continued to grow, attracting an audience of 191,856 in March 2016 – surpassing the 124,623 browsers recorded during the same month in 2015.

(3) Charlie Mullins: Game of Thrones addicts in flip flops – what are schools teaching?

While many kids’ exam grades meet the standards to apply for an apprenticeship, a large proportion lack an understanding of what an employer wants.

(4) Creating opulence for royals, celebrities and billionaires with architecture

When it comes to lifestyles of the rich and famous, interior designer and architect Mathilde Allibe is well placed to know exactly what’s required.

(5) Amazon partners with Real Business to sponsor Growing Business Awards

The 18th edition of the Growing Business Awards is now open for nominations and has signed up Amazon as lead sponsor.

(6) Dell: Men confront diversity issues to effect real change

With Dell in the middle of one of the largest ever technology deals, the company is prioritising talent acquisition and diversity.

(7) How to remain competitive in a saturated market

Gary Lyons, MD at online storage box retailer Plastic Box Shop, shares his thoughts on how to remain competitive in a saturated market.

(8) Annoying a job interviewer in 12 easy steps

We are recruiting and, hearing some of the tales of woe, I have been reminded of how many people have absolutely no idea how to be interviewed.

(9) World’s leading luxury hotel opens “most ambitious project” since launch

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – dubbed the “world’s most luxurious hotel” – has opened a private outdoor leisure facility “pushing boundaries of hospitality”.

(10) Deliveroo to service PizzaExpress restaurants, marking largest partnership yet

Deliveroo has bitten into PizzaExpress, bringing in the Italian restaurant chain as its largest partner to date.

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