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A festive selection - our top 10 business features from 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close here at, we have taken a moment to reflect on another great year of business editorial.

Here are our top picks from 2014:

1. It's a classic and, after all, buying and selling businesses is why we're all here. '10 steps to buying a business' is one of our most read articles of all time, so this year we gave it a little face-lift. Enjoy!

The NEW 10 steps to buying a business


2. There are a few self-confessed movie-buffs here on the editorial desk at and we always like to look to Hollywood for inspiration and motivation. This article celebrates a selection of films with a clear message for prospective business buyers.

6 lessons aspiring business owners can learn from the movies


3. Choosing the right business is never easy - there's a lot to consider, including your personality type. It's no use rushing in and buying a bar if you don't like talking to strangers...and you'll be no good to anyone owning a bookshop when you thrive on adrenalin. This feature looks at introverts and extroverts and the types of businesses that might suit them.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? (And how this should affect your choice of business)


4. Running a successful business requires a lot of skill and intuition. We really enjoyed talking to this London based bar/restaurant owner. Purchasing the Troubadour in the late nineties, Susie Thornhill discovered that creativity, respect for the bar's history, adaptabilty and seriously hard graft have been the secret to her business and learn...

Top tips from The Troubadour - the classiest bar in town


5. Buying a business is better than starting one. There - we've said it (and we would, wouldn't we?) But don't take our word for on if you are in two minds.

10 reasons why buying a business is better than starting up


6. This year's Oscars boasted a bumper crop of hard-hitting movies. Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of the high flying, low living entrpreneur Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street was an instant hit. But we were troubled...why were we watching yet another portrayal of male dominance in the world of business....

Where is the She-Wolf of Wall Street?


7. We love meeting new business owners, especially when they are as passionate as Richard Klein who set up protein based healthfood restaurant 'Gym's Kitchen' in 2012 with his partner Steven Mavrou. Chanelling their dedication to fitness and good diet into a business venture, they created a unique restaurant which offers carefully sourced, calorie counted, carb free food, along with individually tailored diet plans. Inspired by L.A. living, but situated in the heart of Essex...these guys have deserved hopes for serious growth in 2015.

Gym's Kitchen


8. We all know the best gifts come in small packages, and here at we think the same applies to business. Running your own business is exacting, exciting and immensly satisying if you get it right. This article looks at the challenges faced by small business owners in the face of large corporations, and how to overcome them.

10 knockout reasons why a small business can beat a corporation


9. Only one thing is certain in life - and that is death. Any business based on a 'sure-thing' will likely do well. We love an unusual business angle so when Billy Connolly went on a quest in the US earlier this year to meet people making money out of the 'death industry', we were inspired to investigate further. Have a look at our Halloween special...

Dealings with death - businesses to die for


10. If you are thinking of selling your business, you've come to the right place. It's never an easy decision or process. Our advice and features section is jam-packed with resources to help you with all aspects of a sale. But first, let's decide if you really want to sell...

Should I stay or should I go? 3 questions to ask yourself before selling your business


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