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The Business Class 2013: Season 1

ABOUT THE BUSINESS CLASS

CNBC brings together one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs, James Caan and six of the country's most exciting start-ups. The result is a new seven-part series which discusses the key issues facing today's SME's, the resources available to them and what is needed to become profitable.

Each 30 minute episode features an innovative business which is seeking guidance to help it grow in today's market place. With James' incredible track record of creating successful companies he uses his first-hand knowledge to discuss the SME's challenges with the experts, each providing innovative information and growth strategy. But how will the SME's react to the advice? Can James and his experts help boost the profits and improve its business model?

Season 1

Lux Fix Tue, 9 Oct '12 | 5:41 PM ET

Lux-Fix are a members-only ‘e-tailer’ offering luxury current-season fashion products from the most exciting new and established British designers.

Kwickscreen Tue, 9 Oct '12 | 5:41 PM ET

Kwickscreen create portable retractable and bendable screens and room dividers, Kwickscreen maximises space in hospitals, schools and offices.

Imagematch Tue, 9 Oct '12 | 5:41 PM ET

Imagematch Social Enterprise CIC is a training company working with young and long-term unemployed people to support them in the transition to permanent employment.

Shutl Tue, 9 Oct '12 | 5:41 PM ET

Shutl are a web-based technology company who aggregate courier delivery options in order to deliver customer’s online shopping within 90 minutes of purchase or within an hour long window of their choice.

BrewDog Tue, 9 Oct '12 | 5:41 PM ET

BrewDog is a range of craft beers, produced in the UK at the company’s own brewery in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

Ovo Energy Tue, 9 Oct '12 | 5:41 PM ET

Ovo are a Gloucestershire-based independent energy supplier offering a fresh perspective in a competitive market by promoting themselves as a cheaper, greener and simpler than their competitors.