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Becoming an entrepreneur: start with a 2013 growth plan

Thinking about challenging the crisis and starting a business next year? One of the classic first steps is the SWOT analysis: it will only take you about 20 minutes to list your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The more you’ll think out of the box, the more interesting results you’ll get…


Growth in UK economy depends on 5pc core small businesses

LONDON | Less than 5 percent of all small businesses play the biggest role in boosting the UK economy, a new report by Santander Corporate Banking has concluded. The study, released Tuesday, also indicated that this same small fraction of SMEs accounts for two-thirds of all private-sector employment. Santander analysts found that a very limited number of small businesses have a significantly higher economic impact than the rest of the UK small…