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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…


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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…