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In this issue

Often in the shadow of their quoted rivals, Britain’s growing number of private businesses are coming to the fore

Swimming against the tide brings its rewards

Often in the shadow of their quoted rivals, Britain’s growing number of private businesses are coming to the fore

Next generation: Start planning early to avoid family failures

Handing a business down through the family is never easy

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Overseas sales: Economic recovery raises hopes of an export boost

Private companies can be at an advantage when it comes to selling to new markets

John Lewis
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Alternative structures: Call for more staff-owned companies

An increasing number of UK businesses – large and small – are offering stakes to their employees

Corporate culture: Soft skills are needed to keep your imprint on a growing business

Bosses are using a variety of means to stay connected to their companies

Funding options: Alternative financials fill gap left by the banks

New channels are opening up as companies are deterred by high prices and onerous conditions

Family businesses: Use your loaf and bring in the experts

Outside hires can be the key to success for even the most traditional groups

Corporate responsibility: Taking the long view helps build a ‘better company’

Private owners are better able to resist short-term concerns

Sheffield Forgemasters

Awards: Forging the way towards a brighter future

The record number of nominations this year underscores how many UK private businesses are thriving

Silicon roundabout

Tech City still waiting for its first IPO

Financing can be hard to come by for the new wave of start-ups