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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.




Power cuts, Poundland and public borrowing

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the director of corporate affairs at the National Grid about the prospect of power cuts. He also discusses Poundland's profits and its new board. And Ian chats to the Institute For Fiscal studies about a predicted rise in public borrowing.


North Sea Oil, wine and the Sunshine State

On today's episode, Ian King discusses the development of Rosebank - the UK's largest untapped oil and gas field. He also speaks to the Mayor of Jacksonville about investment in Florida. And Ian chats to the chief executive of Chapel Down, the UK's biggest winemaker about its profits.


High speed rail, airport scanners and water bills

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the chief executive of construction firm Mace about reported plans to axe part of the HS2 rail line. He also discusses the water regulator's orders to cut bills in England and Wales as a punishment for underperformance. And Ian chats to Paul Keel, whose company Smiths Group has posted record earnings.


HS2, Auto Strikes and Nigerian Investment

On today's episode, Ian discusses reports the Prime Minister is planning to scrap part of the HS2 high-speed line in the north of England. He also speaks to a reporter in Michigan, where vehicle workers have been on strike over pay and conditions. And the Nigerian Stock Exchange is carrying out a number of roadshow events in the United States and the UK to encourage investment.


Microsoft gaming takeover approved, retail sales recover, interior design tech platform

Ian King's show looks at the biggest gaming deal in history - he's speaking to Sarah Cardell from the Competition and Markets Authority about their approval of Microsoft's takeover of Activision Blizzard. There's analysis of the latest retail sales figures by John Stevenson from Peel Hunt. And Sashola Prestcote and Stella Pozzi, the co-founders of InteriorNet, talk about their interior design platform, aiming to tap into the new generation of home decor enthusiasts.


BoE rates on hold, Murdoch retires at 92, profits up at JD Sports

Ian King has all the detail behind today's Bank of England decision to keep the base rate on hold - and speaks to Rob Wood from Bank of America. Matthew Garrahan from the Financial Times discusses the retirement of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch at the age of 92. Plus there's Shirine Khoury-Haq from the Co-operative Group talking about their latest results. And Régis Schultz from JD Sports reacts to better-than-expected sales.


Shock inflation fall, interest rate predictions, and climate handbrake turn

Ian King has the latest analysis on the shock fall in inflation with our Economics and Data Editor, Ed Conway. But what does that mean for interest rates? We get the view of Melissa Davies from Redburn Atlantic. Ian's also speaking to Mike Hawes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders about reports of a delay on the ban on new petrol and diesal cars. And there's analysis of the markets from Rachel Winter, Partner at Killik and Co.


Co-op bank bid, farmers plea for support, and ex-BoE governor on inflation

Ian King's speaking to Guy Singh-Watson from Riverford about an appeal for supermarkets to treat farmers more fairly; former Governor of the Bank of England Lord Mervyn King talks about inflation; there's also Colin Hunt from Allied Irish Bank, as well as Rich Wagner from Cashplus Bank; and we get analysis of the markets from Dr Jimmy Muchechetere from Investec Wealth and Investment.


Liz Truss makes first major speech on the economy since leaving office, recession fears and software company Bango has had a good year.

Ed Conway joins Ian King for analysis of former Prime Minister Liz Truss' speech on the economy - her first since leaving office. Ian also talks to Sir Martin Sorrell about recession fears making advertising clients nervous and Paul Larbey, Chief Executive of Cambridge-based software company Bango discusses a rise in sales.


Job losses at Tata Steel despite government rescue, US car makers go on strike and a takeover of Everton Football Club

Britain's biggest steelworks is to receive 500 million pounds in government support - but at a cost of thousands of jobs. Ian King is joined on the programme by Gareth Stace, Director General of UK Steel. The Financial Times' Motor Industry Correspondent, Peter Campbell discusses the walkouts among US car makers in one of the sector's biggest pay disputes in decades. And - a takeover of Everton FC has been announced.


UK chip designer floats on the NASDAQ, a setback for John Lewis and a rise in private Healthcare

All eyes will be on Wall Street this afternoon, as the UK-based chip designer - Arm Holdings - returns to the stock market. Ian King is joined by Senior Technology Reporter, Arjun Kharpal from CNBC to discuss its significance. Ahead of an ECB decision on interest rates today, he's also joined by Sphia Salim of Bank of America. While Justin Ash, Chief Executive of Spire Healthcare discusses the demand for private healthcare.


BP chief executive resigns, UK economy contracts and Go Pro launches a new camera

Following the shock resignation of BP chief executive Bernard Looney, Ian King speaks with the firm's former head of strategy, Nick Butler to find out what it will mean for the business. The UK economy shrank by 0.5% in July according to official figures. Ian discusses the reasons why with the head of Saxo UK, Charlie White Thomson. He also speaks with the founder of Go Pro about their latest product launch.


Wages, groceries and the future of The Telegraph

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the head of retail at Kantar about prices at the supermarkets. He also discusses how wages are outstripping inflation for the first time in two years. And Ian speaks to our city editor Mark Kleinman about the future of The Telegraph.


BMW, Wilko and growth in the health and beauty sector

Ian King and Sky's business correspondent, Paul Kelso talk about confirmation BMW will build its next-generation electric Mini in Oxford. A rescue deal to buy some Wilko stores has collapsed, Ian speaks to Julie Palmer, Regional Managing Partner at the corporate rescue and recovery practice, Begbies Traynor Group about what this means for employees. Andy Lightfoot, Space NK's Chief Executive joins Ian to talk about the company's performance and plans.


Cleaner energy, Zopa Bank and City of London recommendations

Ian King speaks to the chief executive of Scottish Power about why there’s been a blow for ministers and their plans for a greener UK. Plus, hear from the chief executive of Zopa Bank about its planned expansion. And chairman of the policy committee at the City of London Corporation joins the show to discuss a package of reforms and initiatives that could apparently boost the UK's GDP by 225-billion pounds.


Aldi announcement and a new era for Vauxhall

Ian King speaks to Aldi's UK and Ireland chief executive about its new target of opening another 500 stores. Plus, we hear from Vauxhall's managing director as the firm's plant in Ellesmere Port becomes the first in the UK to solely manufacture electric vehicles.


NatWest's new chairman and TRG results

Ian King speaks to our City Editor, Mark Kleinman, about who's potentially being lined up as the new chairman of NatWest Group. And the chief executive of The Restaurant Group joins the show to discuss its latest underlying earnings.


Wilko rescue, retail figures and commercial broadcasting

Ian King speaks to our City Editor Mark Kleinman about Wilko's latest lifeline. Plus, hear from the director of insight at the British Retail Consortium about UK sales and consumer confidence. And the chief executive of STV Group joins the show to discuss its latest profits and why it's a tough time for commercial broadcasters.


Fuel prices, ATC failure and Belvoir results

Ian King speaks to an oil markets analyst from Energy Aspects about the latest fuel prices. The chief executive of UK letting and estate agents firm - Belvoir - joins the show to discuss its pre-tax profits. And we hear how last week's failure at National Air Traffic Control affected Ryanair.


NatWest, housing demand and sustainable bottles.

Ian King looks at half-year results from NatWest and the ongoing fall out after Nigel Farage claimed his bank account was shut. The Executive Director of Zoopla joins Ian to discuss how the increase in interest rates is impacting the housing market, and the Chief Executive of Frugalpac Malcolm Waugh discusses the sustainable bottling company with him.