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Chapter 11: Reporting Business
A World of Stories
Business is full of intriguing stories. Here are two: Redundant solicitor starts her own business as a pop-musicians’ lawyer (MEN, 17 03 09); How an Australian became Central Europe's used car king (FT, 17 12 07).
Business stories can have drama:
Shafiq, who imports garments from Pakistan, was horrified when he heard on the grapevine that his UK distributor was going under. All those unpaid-for leather jackets hanging in the warehouse in Blackburn. Hundreds of them. Worth thousands. The money would disappear into the maw of the company's collapse. It would wipe him out.
So he phoned his brother. They took the van and went over. The loading door of the warehouse was open. They walked in. They were pushing the rails ...