In this issue

PLC Awards winners: articles on all nine winners in the awards sponsored by PwC, from Company of the Year to Best Performing Smaller Company Fund

Risk-taking returns after tough year

The opening months of 2012 have brought a sharp turnround but there is a long way to go

Retail and leisure: Inspiration and innovation help lure consumers back to the shops

Claer Barrett finds all is not doom and gloom among the mid-sized High Street brands

Emerging markets: Sideshows become the main attraction

Michael Kavanagh finds mid-caps are warming to growth beyond Europe and North America

Share prices: Cyclical stocks prompt strong bounceback

Mid-caps trailed larger groups last year, but have started 2012 more brightly, says Charles Batchelor


Financing: Early-year rally points towards an end to flotation drought

But debt markets remain expensive and hard to access for smaller groups, says Simon Mundy

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2011 PLC Awards: Success shines through adversity

FT writers profile the nine winners in the accolades for UK mid-caps