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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.




COP 28, Castore and the Markets

Ian King speaks to Coen van Oostrom - the founder and chief executive of property developer Edge, about reducing emissions. Founder of sportswear brand Castore Tom Beahon talks to Ian about the company being valued at £950million. And George Largarias -- Chief Economist at Mazars Wealth Management discusses latest developments in the markets


Alistair Darling, Robinhood and the markets

Former Chancellor Lord Alistair Darling has died, Ian King is joined by David Smith, Economics editor of The Sunday Times to discuss his work. The trading app Robinhood launches in the UK, its co-founder anc chief executive, Vlad Tenev discusses the move. Scott Douglas, Director at the corporate finance advisors Centrus joins Ian to speak about the markets.


Brand prices, Amazon shop and newspaper sale

Ian King speaks to CMA chief executive Sarah Cardell as the body has accused branded goods' suppliers of contributing to higher price inflation. Amazon's UK country manager John Boumphrey also speaks, as the tech giant launches an in-person pop up store in the run up to Christmas, where shoppers can buy quality returned products for the first time. And there's an update on the sale of the Telegraph and Spectator newspapers - Sky News City Editor Mark Kleinman speaks on this.


Green aviation, stocks and deep tech

On today's episode, Ian discusses the first flight to travel from London to New York powered only by plant-based fuel, such as cooking oil. He also talks to Dr Jeremy Silver, Chief Executive of Digital Catapult, about deep tech. And speaks to Guy Ellison, Head of Listed Equities at Investec Wealth and Investment about three major US stock indexes being on track for the best monthly performances in more than a year.


Global Investment Summit, Rightmove shares

On today's episode, Ian King talks to the Investment Minister, Lord Johnson - as Rishi Sunak hosts The Global Investment Summit at Hampton Court Palace in London. Another guest is Russ Mould - Investment Director at AJ Bell - who discusses some of the other top business stories making the headlines.


Nissan boost, Boots deal, green trucks

On today's episode, Ian discusses the news that Nissan is making a big investment in its Sunderland plant - which the Prime Minister's hailed as a 'massive vote of confidence' in the UK. He also looks at a deal between Boots and Legal & General, and speaks to the boss of lorry maker Scania.


Tax cuts, Vodafone acquisition and Black Friday

Ian King is joined by Economics and Data Editor, Ed Conway, to discuss yesterday's Autumn Budget and the news that business activity has risen this month. He also speaks with Eamonn O'Hare, one of the founders of Zegona - a UK-listed business set up to invest in telecoms assets - which is buying Vodafone's Spanish business for 4.3 billion pounds. And as Black Friday looms, value-for-money car brand Dacia is shutting down its entire online sales for the day to prove it's just a gimmick. Brand director Luke Broad tells Ian King why.


Tax, universal credit and national insurance

Ian King looks at the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. Richard Hughes, Chair of the Budget watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility, or OBR speaks about the Autumn Statement and the economic outlook. Dr Sai Shivareddy, Chief Executive of tech firm Nyobolt reacts to the announcements. Ian King is also joined by Steve Hare, Chief Executive of the FTSE100 accounting software company The Sage Group.


Borrowing less than expected, job security fears, and AO World's results

On Ian's show there's Trade Policy Minister, Greg Hands, talking about a potential new trade deal with South Korea - and they touch on government borrowing, as well as the Autumn Statement and tax cuts. The UK workforce doesn't apparently feel secure in their jobs - Ian speaks to Vikram Jain from the management consultancy JCURV about that research. John Roberts from AO World discusses their results, and explains what's driving their profits. And there's John Wyn-Evans from Investec Wealth and Investment with a look at the markets.


OpenAI drama, Italy's public debt, and Huel sales surge

On Ian's show - the drama at OpenAI, one of the hottest tech companies on the planet. Isobel Asher Hamilton, from The Daily Upside, talks us through that sacking of CEO Sam Altman - who's now been snapped up by Microsoft. There's also a focus on Italy's public finances and the country's credit rating - Ian speaks to Angelica Donati at Donati Spa. And James McMaster from Huel - the sustainable nutrition brand - discusses their recent results, off the back of a surge in sales. Plus there's analysis of the markets by Haig Bathgate from investment advisors, Atomos.


Retail sales fall and latest on Manchester United takeover

Ian King looks at the latest retail figures which fell last month to their lowest level since 2021 - he gets the view of Victoria Clarke from Santander CIB. And there's Specsavers Chief Executive, Dame Mary Perkins, speaking about their call for a change in rules to allow more home visits.


Sweet deal for Hotel Chocolat and Investec profits

In today's epsiode, Ian King looks at the 534 million pound takeover of Hotel Chocolat by confectionary giant Mars. Plus Ian speak with Investec's Chief Executive after it reported a jump in half year profits.


Wage growth and investment in the commercial property sector

In today's epsiode, Ian King looks at wage growth figures. Plus he speaks to the CEO of Britain's biggest property company, which predicting investment in the sector will revive next year.


David Cameron and business confidence

Ian King speaks to an expert about business confidence in the UK which fell last month to its lowest level. Plus, we hear about David Cameron's history with Grensill Capital.


Economic growth and NatWest's de-banking row

Ian King speaks to the chief economic strategist at Netwealth about the latest GDP figures. Plus, we hear from our city editor Mark Kleinman, about the former head of NatWest who's losing out on 10-million pounds of a potential payout.


AstraZeneca profits, Wizz Air boost and Auto Trader shares

Ian King speaks to a pharmaceuticals analyst at Shore Capital about drugs giant AstraZeneca. Plus, hear from the chief executive and Founder of Wizz Air about summer trading and its record passenger numbers. And the CEO of Auto Trader joins the show to discuss its latest shares.


M&S boost, Norse Atlantic and Smiths News

Ian King speaks to a retail analyst at Peel Hunt as Marks and Spencer reveals stronger-than-expected profits. Plus, we hear from the chief executive of Norse Atlantic about the first profitable quarter in its history. And the CEO of Smiths News joins the show to discuss its latest profits.


The King's Speech, UK retail and consumer spending

Our business correspondent, Paul Kelso, joins the show as he takes us through the King's Speech, which laid out the government's plans for the coming year. And hear from the chief executive of department store Fenwick about retail sales.


Ryanair profits, world travel and the King's Speech

Ian King speaks to Ryanair's group chief financial officer about its latest results. Plus hear from Thomas Cook's chief executive about global tourism post-Covid. And the government's expected to announce annual North Sea oil and gas licensing rounds as part of the King's Speech.


Manchester United, crypto fraud and cyber security.

an King talks to Sky News' city editor Mark Kleinman about the future of Manchester United. He also speaks to the founder and chief executive of Venrai, Jason Tuicker Feltham about Sam Bankman-Fried - who's been found guilty of crypto fraud. And Mary Aiken, Professor of Cyberpsychology at Capitol Technology University, Washington is interviewed about cyber security.