Dear Suralan...

suralan.jpgSod this macabre talk of plunging stock markets and wobbly currencies - it's Friday, and anyway, there are far more important topics we should be concentrating on: namely, the ongoing coverage of the desperate plight of British business from that shining paradigm of media conscience, The Sun.Today, it's opted for the grass-roots approach and gone to the people, finding out where the real problems are, and presenting the results in a sort of Dear-Deirdre-but-a-bit-less-homely agony aunt-type layout, where the Godfather of British business, Sir Alan Sugar, imparts his wisdom to the massesContinuing our up-to-the-minute coverage of the newspaper's campaign, Smarta has picked Suralan's best bits.On too much red tape..."Regulation should not be used as an excuse by anybody in business. Regulations are an occupational hazard and, like everything else, they have to be overcome. Regulations change all the time and we need to conform to different requests. It is not an excuse."On competing with big business..."Some businesses offer the personal touch, while giant organisations are cold and clinical. Certain shops such as food and grocery stores will obviously suffer in the credit crunch and, I agree, it is tough for the small shops to survive."On staying afloat..."You have to reduce your bills, keep costs under control and hold on."Ignore Suralan's advice at your peril - and stay tuned for more of Smarta's coverage of The Sun's coverage of the plight of British business.Photo by ....Tim.

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