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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755362268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755362264
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting book yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediatley enable you to do your day job a whole lot better

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Duncan Bannatyne is one of Britian's most recognisable entrepreneurs, as well as being a philanthropist and best-selling author. His business interests include health clubs, hotels, media, TV, stage schools, property and transport. He has starred in every series of the hit UK TV show Dragons' Den. Duncan was awarded an OBE for his charitable work. He is heavily involved with Comic Relief and UNICEF, and is a passionate anti smoker. According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2010, Duncan's wealth is an estimated £320m.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 21 Aug. 2011
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I leafed through this book in the airport and decided to purchase it on Amazon as I thought it made interesting reading. The book is easy to read and makes very interesting reading for both the seasoned business owner ( should they be a sole trader or owner of an SME) and the budding entrepreneur. Duncan sites good examples to the failures and fixes drawing on both his own pesonal experiences and that which he has learned from the Dragons Den.

Would definitely recommend this book especiallly for anyone thinking of starting their own business.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 23 July 2011
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Duncan Bannatyne 43 Mistakes Business make and how to avoid them
I have read all of Duncan Bannatynes books. I am sure he does not write them but he has a very good ghost writer who knows how to tap into what Bannatyne is good at which is giving advice on businesses.
It is an easy book to read at 225 pages.The best one is mistake 2 failure to take responsibility
I have been in business a few years and I have made every mistake in the book but it has always been my fault fir the wrong decisions. I have colleagues who confidently tell me the reasons why they are doing so badly is because of the competition. It is never because they are disorganised or lazy it is always someone's else fault.
The other main mistake is not understanding cashflow ( Mistake 20) It happens all the time n Dragons Den they talk in huge figures of what they might earn but not when the money might turn up. Without cashflow you are dead whether or not you have big contracts or not.
Mistake 39 Thinking markets will never change. I watch restaurant inspector and usually they have had a god business but it goes away because the market has changed. You should be thinking about your market on a daily basis and trying to evolve to survive
If your business is failing there are a range or reasons and a range tactics will get you out of it. This book is a great starting point all the answers are in it.
Dragons Den starts again this week and I will be watching all the episodes. It amazes me how many people are so fundamentally deludes into thinking that just because they have invested something that the world will beat a path to their door and all they need is the Dragons money to build it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KingDitch on 1 Oct. 2012
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Let me start by saying that this is a great book. I've read it three times now and it's a book that you can keep digging into and getting more from. Duncan's usual style is to say it as he sees it and that comes through in the book. It's not exactly a shoot from the hips thing but more of encouraging you to take a step back and really look at the business with fresh eyes and from a business not personal point of view. The book has lots of personal comments from Duncan's history and he talks about the mistakes we all make and what to do about them. I love it, it's a great book and well worth the few quid it costs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ihate-the min-word-count on 23 Sept. 2013
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I have been in business many years and it can be a rather lonely business with few good sources of inspiration - this is most definitely one good source, concise and to the point indicators of common mistakes we so easily make, if you are in business and only one point is applicable to you its worth the money, if you are going to start a business for the first time just buy it, you need it!
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I took this book on holiday (a gift from my wife) and thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but more importantly, on my return I gave it to two managers in my business with instructions for them to read it also, because it sets out everything that should be right, but may be wrong with a business. Most of it is common sense, or would be for a business with good customer relations and service in mind, however, it is easy to forget or miss the obvious when your head is in all the problems.

I thought it excellent; easy to read and down to earth, without any boastfulness from a man who's made millions from his own advice. I liked that particularly, because that presented the book as a manual for putting things right, not to massage the authors ego. From memory (I read it four years ago) each point Duncan makes is illustrated with practical examples of how to get it wrong, and I could see my own business reflected in those examples. It isn't a road map for making your fortune - that takes business acumen you may or may not have - but it lays down the foundation stones by which you might just achieve it. Good luck to you and good health to Mr Bannatyne.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Graeme on 10 Jun. 2011
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I own a business and I also work on the side as a business consultant. This book comes as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise overcrowded market of business books written by academics and other charlatans, most of whom would end up getting a nose-bleed if they tried to run so much as a whelk stall!

For every field of human endeavour, there are gurus and in the field of business management, gurus seem to be being hatched, a six-pack at a time. To become such a creature, you have to write a book, outlining some method or system. This could be a fashionable Japanese thing, such as `Kaizen' or `Keiretsu' or one of the `Management by Something' schools of thought, such as `Management by Walking About' `Management by Mojo' or `Matrix Management.' Despite there being hundreds of such gurus, each with his or her own pet theory, none of them seems to have actually managed anything.

It is as if all the books on fly-fishing were written by people who had never seen a river! To be hailed as a management guru, you do not actually have to know what you are talking about.

Bannatyne does!

His book speaks directly from the world of experience. It is the words of common sense that cut through all the babble of sillier management-speak spouted by others. I can honestly state that, if you are starting out in business, this is the first book you need to read. (The second will have to be 'Ogilvy on Advertising.')

When I started out in business, some 30+ years ago, this book did not exist and so I can state, with hand on heart, that at some time or other, I have made most of the mistakes listed here (except listening to my mum, I have always studiously ignored her advice, but that is another story).
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