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The Ian King Business Podcast

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Catch up on the day's big business and economics stories Monday to Friday with Sky News' business presenter Ian King. Reports, discussion and interviews from the heart of the City and beyond.


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Catch up on the day's big business and economics stories Monday to Friday with Sky News' business presenter Ian King. Reports, discussion and interviews from the heart of the City and beyond.




Cars, cruises and the cost of a house

Today on the Ian King Podcast, Wilfred Frost speaks a senior economist at Nationwide about house prices. He also discusses the difficulties in the car market due to supply chain issues with Autotrader's chief executive. And could sustainable cruise ships transform the industry? Wilfred speaks to the executive chairman of MSC Cruises about becoming more energy efficient.


Burgers, books and mortgages

On today's episode, Wilfred Frost sits in for Ian King. He discusses the removal of mortgage deals and the impact on house buyers. Wilfred also speaks to the chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing about record book sales. And it's been a Hollywood fairytale for Neat Burger - hear from boss Zack Bishti.


The price of food, bosses pay and bowling

Wilfred Frost stands in for Ian King and talks to Stuart Rose, the head of Asda, about hopes that food inflation in the UK might have peaked. Marta Krupinska, co-founder and chief executive of Curate, and UK Lead at Google for Startups discusses carbon extraction with Wilfred and Chief Executive of Hollywood Bowl, Stephen Burns, is interviewed about his company's pre-tax profits.


Inflation, debt, retail and AI

Ian King hears from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, who says the government will do whatever it takes to bring down inflation, even if that means a recession. He also speaks to Nick Harding, the Chief Executive of consumer lender Fluro as analysis by PwC shows that total household debt in the UK has exceeded 2-trillion pounds for the first time. Ian also explores stronger than expected retail sales last month and asks if it is possible to regulate AI.


Migration, Energy and AI in the workplace

Ian King looks at the latest net migration figures which have been published by the Office for National Statistics. Plus, household energy bills change from July - we hear what it means for firms with Sky's business Correspondent Paul Kelso. And the CEO of one of the world's biggest online learning platforms Coursera joins Ian to discuss Artificial Intelligence in the workplace.


The Podcast Show, M&S and Inflation

Ian King's at the Podcast Show in north London finding out about the thriving sector and where it goes from here. Plus, there's been a fall in inflation. Ian dissects what it means with Ivestec Economist Sandra Horsfield. Ian also speaks to special guests including Tim Burgess from the Charletons and Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt.


Borrowing, groceries and the avoidance of a UK recession

Ian King speaks to a retail analyst from Kantar about grocery inflation. Plus, hear from senior figures from the Bank of England who have been questioned by ministers in the House of Commons. And Sky's Economics Editor Ed Conway tells us about the International Monetary Fund's dramatic upgrade of the outlook for the UK economy.


Record fine for Meta, Ryanair profits and house prices

Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, has been fined $1.3billion by the European Union's privacy regulators for sending user information to the US. Ryanair's Chief Financial Officer, Neil Sorahan, joins Ian to talk about their profit report and upcoming plans. And Ian talks to Tim Bannister, Rightmove's Director of Property Science, about asking prices for properties coming to market hitting an all-time high this month.


PM at G7, boost to the UK's chip industry, and Nationwide's cash handout

Ian King's speaking to Scott White from Pragmatic Semiconductor; Debbie Crosbie, the Chief Executive of Nationwide; Mark Ashton, the Chief Executive of Ipswich Town; CEO of Orbital Witness, Will Pearce; and there's analysis from Financial Markets Commentator, Neil Collins.


Water firms apologise, BT shrinks workforce, and Royal Mail in the red

Ian King's speaking to Rain Newton-Smith from the CBI; the chair of Water UK, Ruth Kelly; Holly Bishop, Chief Operating and Commercial Officer at NME Networks; Ruth Mortimer, Global President of Advertising Week Europe; Nick Burns, the Chief Executive of Reward Gateway; as well as Investec's Group Chief Executive, Fani Titi.


Labour's planning reforms, post-Brexit trading, and the energy windfall tax

Ian King's speaking to Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer about his vision for reforming planning laws; there's also Brian Gilvary, the chairman of Ineos Energy; Inmarsat’s Chief Executive, Rajeev Suri; JD's chief executive Regis Schultz; Sage's CEO Steve Hare; GXO Logistics' chief investment officer Mark Manduca; and analysis of the markets with Victoria Scholar from Interactive Investor.


Food summit, jobless rate rises, and Vodafone cuts workforce

Ian King's speaking to Andrew Opie at the British Retail Consortium about today's summit looking at food inflation and supply issues; there's Chris Gray, Director at ManpowerGroup UK, react to rising unemployment figures; Jaeger Glucina, who's the MD of AI company Luminance, talking about law-focused Artificial Intelligence; and there's analysis of the headlines from The Times' Economics Correspondent, Arthi Nachiappan. Also on the show: Arsjad Rasjid from Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and ASEAN’s Business Advisory Council talks about the country's economic growth; and the chief executive of Land Securities, Mark Allan explains why it's had to write down the value of its assets.


The economy shrinks, a software tycoon extradited and a new boss for Twitter

Ian King speaks to James Stafford from Eurovision sponsor TikTok and Barak Eilam from global enterprise software provider NICE. And our correspondent has the latest on the extradition of businessman Mike Lynch.


Rail services, rental markets, and rates

Ian King speaks to Liz Martins, the Head of Economics at HSBC UK Commercial Banking. Also on the show: Sky's Tamara Cohen has the latest on Transpennine Express after the government decided not to continue its contract and Ian speaks to the chief executive of Grainger about the outlook for the rental market.


Green investment, all change at Royal Mail and bubble tea

Ian King speaks to Esme Harwood from Barclays about consumer spending, which looked pretty subdued before the Coronation weekend. Also on the show: the latest from Royal Mail, where the chief executive looks set to leave, and why bubble tea is turning into one of Taiwan's biggest exports to the UK.


Shell results, cyber security and sustainable travel

Ian King speaks to an energy economist as oil firm Shell reports better than expected profits. Plus, hear from the chief executive of the Norwegian cybersecurity firm Promon about the latest breeding ground for hackers. And the chief special adviser to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Tourism joins the show to discuss global tourism.


UK listing rules, house prices and Pandora sales

Ian King speaks to the chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority about its proposal to simplify the UK's listing rules. Plus, hear from Zoopla's executive director about latest housing trends. And the CEO of Pandora, the world's biggest affordable jewellery retailer, joins the show to discuss its latest results.


Boost to business confidence, Greene King profits soar, and the power of AI

Ian King speaks to the National Chair of The Federation of Small Businesses about a rebound in confidence. Plus, hear from Greene King's chief executive about its latest results. And an AI expert joins the show to discuss concerns that technology is distorting the benefits of exercise.


Gambling regulations, electric refuse lorries and Klarna

Sarah Cardell, the Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority talks to Ian King about why they blocked Microsoft's takeover of Activision Blizzard. Neil Banbury, the UK General Manager of the gambling operator, Kindred Group, discusses regulation of the gambling industry. Ian also interviews Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the chief executive of Klarna, about the company's products, plus Chief Operating Officer at Biffa, Maxine Mayhew, reveals more details about plans to convert the first ten of its 2,900-strong fleet of diesel lorries to electric


Microsoft shares, bio gas and hospitality

Dan Ives, who's Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst at Wedbush Securities talks to Ian King about a surge in Microsoft shares. Plus James Pirie, Vice President for Planning and Logistics at Arla discusses a possible scheme to help farmers convert million of tonnes of cow dung into biogas. Ian's also joined by Pano Christou, the Chief Executive of Pret-A-Manger about how changing work patterns in London have affected their business and Pamela Harper from luxury goods maker Halcyon Days talks about opportunities offered by the Coronation.