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Small Businessman of the Week: Big companies overcharging SMEs by billions a year

Saurav Chopra is chief executive of Huddlebuy, the deals site that sells discounted business products and services to more than 35,000 SMEs

Small Businessman of the Week: Factoring in a speedier cash flow for small companies

Anil Stocker is director of MarketInvoice, which was set up a year ago to provide an alternative to traditional factoring services. It offers SMEs the opportunity to auction off outstanding invoices to investors, improving their cash flow

Global trading presents rich opportunities

Neil Kuschel's guide to international expansion for small businesses

Selling to the toughest consumer

Just over five years ago I sold my first pouch of baby food. It was actually the first pouch of baby food in the world - an innovation that launched the Ella’s Kitchen brand and started a revolution by creating a new category of premium baby food. 

Scenarios: A valuable tool in an uncertain world

While traditional models and forecasting have their place, scenario planning can be a real aid to preparing for the uncertainties of the future, says Stephen Boyle

Raising finance in a tough market

Ask entrepreneurs to name the greatest obstacle they face in their business and I would expect most to say raising finance. Even at the best of times, securing sufficient funds to get an idea off the ground is a challenge and in today’s climate entrepreneurs are finding this increasingly difficult.

A slow dawn

Almost a year since we launched our Get Britain Trading campaign there remains a real need to help small businesses create jobs and drive growth. The campaign has allowed the Forum of Private Business to raise awareness of the vital role SMEs play in the UK’s economic health, and the importance of removing the barriers that stand in their way.

Playing in the big leagues

Sports team and event sponsorship has become ubiquitous in the world of big corporate marketing, but until now has remained a closed shop to smaller companies. However, with the great power of sport to unite and excite people, it’s natural that businesses of all sizes would want a piece of the action for their brand marketing strategy.

Dissatisfaction, disruption and determination: the three Ds of success

Dissatisfaction is the single greatest driver of innovation. I started Seatwave in 2006 because I was appalled by the existing options for selling or buying sold out tickets, which at the time meant relying on eBay or street touts.

Always follow your heart

Today, more and more young people in Britain are choosing to pursue a career as an entrepreneur rather than take the conventional route of finding a job in an established company.

Finance for small businesses

Adam Tyler looks at the importance of educating SMEs about new sources of finance

Plain sailing to business success

An interview with Guy Rigby, author of From Vision To Exit

Small business is big business

The FSB is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of more than 200,000 self-employed individuals and owners of small firms.

The rise of online publishing

Digital communications have witnessed a relatively new phenomenon over the last year - the advent of e-readers such as the Kindle and the iPad. Allan Biggar looks at how business has led the game in online publishing

The role of the public information campaign

Andrew Wigley explains how public information campaigns are used to raise large scale awareness and change mindsets

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Jérôme Kerviel hugs a member of his support committee after he left jail near Paris
When he was jailed in 2010 the prosecution successfully argued that the Société Générale trader acted alone in losing the bank €4.9bn. But a recent report in the French press has stoked scepticism about that narrative, writes Martin Baker
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter shakes hands with Jerome Valcke
The stock market greeted the news that three UK-based banks have been named by the FBI in its indictment against various Fifa officials with a shrug of its metaphorical shoulders, says James Moore
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Small Business Person of the Week: Frederik Carling, CEO, Hovding
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George Osborne’s next Budget is set to usher in Austerity Mark 2
We should be mindful when we evaluate George Osborne’s AM2 Budget the impact it has on inequality and poverty, says David Blanchflower
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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice should give John Malone’s $55bn (£37bn) bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC) the green light
US Outlook from Andrew Dewson
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Ben Chu reflects on moves for a Northern Powerhouse
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The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Ben Chu reports on the case that has lifted the lid on investment bankers' astronomical rewards

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‘Pragmatic’ reforms may not be enough for the tax campaigners who protested outside Barclays’ AGM
Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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Tesco has been audited by PwC since 1983
James Moore: Change the incentives and you change the behaviour – that’s the theory
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Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union
Hamish McRae thinks that there will be a deal that enables the government to continue functioning in response for concessions that it can argue are just about within its red lines
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There are good reasons to think it will be a temporary bout, but we are not home and dry yet, says Ben Chu
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Nothing Thomas Cook could ever do would bring back the two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on a Greek holiday in 2006. But the firm’s handling of the case has been a lesson in how not to manage a crisis. Joanna Bourke reports
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