Editor's Note

Friday 12 August

Oliver Milman /

Oliver MilmanToday on StartupSmart, we are helping you avoid becoming another statistic by steering clear of some common start-up mistakes.

Worrying new figures show that business insolvencies rose by 5.9% in the 2011 financial year. We’ve outlined the 10 fatal errors you can’t afford to make if you plan on sticking around.

Elsewhere, mentor Deb Templar has some tips on how to craft an impressive business card and we round up the best of the week’s entrepreneurial reading.

Talking of which, do you fancy winning a copy of Expand Your Brand, a fantastic guide to growing your business, penned by former McDonald’s executive Merrill Pereyra?

We have 25 copies of the book to giveaway. Simply email your name and address to [email protected]. The first 25 emails get a copy of the book, simple as that.

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