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Our top ten small-business features of the year

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We asked our writers and marketers to come up with their top ten pieces of content that we shared in 2012.

From farming through franchising to female empowerment, there was something that appealed to all of the small business community.

Please see the list below together with the reasons why this was excellent content for business buyers, business sellers and those involved in franchising.

10. The lessons I learned from buying a cafe

Nominated by: Laurie – Marketing Comms Assistant 

Why nominated: "I work on our newsletters and found that this was the most- clicked article all year on from our BusinessesForSale.com newsletters"

9. Gordon’s Wine Bar: The History

Nominated by: Jo – Head of Communications

Why nominated: "I really like this video charting the history of one of the oldest bars in the UK"

8. Franchising and Four More Years

Nominated by: Alistair – Marketing Executive

Why nominated: "I like this because the US election was a big part of 2012 both in the USA and in Europe and it has some interesting facts "

7. Top tips for aspiring franchisees

Nominated by: Laurie 

Why nominated: "I also work on franchise content and like this article   which gives snippets from many people who know exactly what they’re talking about; it’s very helpful for franchisees"

6. The Signs of a Dubious Franchise

Nominated by: Adam – Managing Editor

W hy nominated: "People worry about getting ripped off with franchising so this was a good topic. I like the terrine-style video"

5. How to be the perfect franchisor

Nominated by: Sarah Louise – Head of Social Media

Why nominated: "Social media is all about making content fun as well as informative. I liked this piece on franchising from a different view with an added infographic, and the Franchise King commented on it"

4. Business wisdom from Dickens et al

Nominated by: Matt – Content Editor

Why nominated: "I liked this article which blended great business advice with great literary characters"

3. Meet the people who bought a farm

Nominated by: Adam – Managing Editor

Why nominated: "For business buyers this has a great interviewee full of useful advice. Plus I liked the pigs on the farm!" 

2. Why women make great entrepreneurs

Nominated by: Shaun – SEO Executive

Why nominated: "This article was popular both in Australia and worldwide. It gives good advice for female entrepreneurs who have come into their own in the last year"

1. Meet the people... oldest shop in the UK

Nominated by: Paulyne  Media Producer

Why nominated: "I really like the story of this historic business"


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