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In this issue

Opportunities abound for those who can ride out the turmoil and make the most of overseas markets

‘Golden era’ for those with confidence

Opportunities abound for those who can ride out the turmoil and make the most of overseas markets, says Andrew Bounds

Private equity: Tighter loans make for smaller deals

The lower end of the market in the UK is doing well, says Stanley Pignal

Selling a business: Valuation can be more of an art than a science

Various factors come into play when you try to look for a buyer, reports Jane Bird

Investment: Innovation is key to staying in the game

Spending to develop products and services is vital to growth, reports Rod Newing

Access to finance: There is more than one way to fund a company

Entrepreneurs have other options than the banks to obtain cash, says Andrew Bounds

Corporate ethics: Freedom can boost sustainable credentials

The alternative ownership structure offers notable advantages, says Sarah Murray

Entrepreneurs: Time to recognise and help start-up founders

We should celebrate the success of homegrown businesspeople as it benefits all, writes Ruby Parmar

Communications: Companies still need to employ a mixture of methods

Social media have emerged as an important, if sometimes uncertain, means of communicating with consumers, writes Charles Batchelor

Private Business Awards: Entries surge in second year

Andrew Baxter reports on the judges’ findings and looks at the stories behind the winners in each category

Methodology: How the awards were chosen

The co-chair of the judging panel explains how the judges came to their decisions and what they were looking for in each of the 10 categories