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Home from home

While many corporations remain faceless and sterile, coffee giant Lavazza has built an elegant workspace that inspires its staff and Turin’s community.

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Skeleton crew

When it comes to bones, Research Casting International is king of the dinosaurs. The Ontario restoration firm has made monsters for Hollywood, excavated an Ankylosaurus and – as the world’s museums continue to call – is…

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Business

Japan goes west to seek new openings in Russia, how retail is helping bushfire-afflicted New South Wales and the shoes start-up putting a spring in your step.

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Growth area

In the small province of Vorarlberg, 26,000 businesses power Austria’s economy. We visit three that flourish among the mountain scenery.

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Business

Business big-hitters, how Austria's retail landscape is evolving and selling tea to coffee lovers in Italy.

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Fresh start

Tyrol’s capital Innsbruck is synonymous with idyllic alpine charm but its enterprising mindset makes it fertile ground for budding businesses and energetic entrepreneurs too.

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Having a ball

Vienna’s world-famous party season has been a feature of life in Austria’s capital for two centuries. We meet the businesses keeping the tradition alive.

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Second life

Many people dream of leaving the office behind and pursuing something more fulfilling. But what happens when you actually do it? From an engineer-turned-carpenter to an accountant-cum-beekeeper, we meet six people who…

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Duty calls

More people than ever are flying, which means more shoppers pondering a buy before boarding – but how can retailers rise up and meet soaring customer expecations?

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Gentle manifesto

Fuss and hurry? They’ve been and gone. Start the new decade as you mean to go on. Take stock and choose the scenic route. Our gentle manifesto sketches a picture of taking it a little easier in the years to come.

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Waste warriors

The vast amounts of plastic dumped in Senegal is suffocating the West African nation. But it is finally waking up to the problem as companies drive forward initiatives to help the country clean up its act.

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High flyer

Japan is getting ready to take to the skies as Mitsubishi finishes off its first airplane: the slick and efficient SpaceJet M90.

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Tipping the scales

Kiyoshi Kimura splashes out to buy the first tuna of the year but the larger-than-life methods of Japan’s King of Tuna rely on getting the small details right.

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Root cause

One man is pushing for a rural return with a business-minded mix of hospitality and agricultural innovation.

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Modern niches

Whether it’s door-to-door delivery services, cutesy telegrams or ear salons, Japan is home to a host of unique businesses.

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Open book

Bookseller James Daunt has been tasked with changing the fortunes of Barnes & Noble. We take a glimpse inside the covers.

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Phoenix rising

As our report on the experiences of Waterstones and Barnes & Noble shows, rough times are part of business. But putting the right people in charge can be the difference between sinking and swimming. We profile the firms…

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Close to home

Forget dull hotel rooms and fusty apartments: a group of architects-turned-entrepreneurs are cornering the market in well-designed rentals in South Korea – and beyond.

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