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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.




Good news for Lloyds and the ME Group

Ian King speaks to the chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group who says he sees business and consumer confidence returning as the bank announces record profits plus good news for the vending equipment company, ME Group - best known for its Photo-Me photo booths


Borrowing, Heathrow and business optimism

On today's episode, Ian King discusses the government's record financial surplus last month with economist Simon French. He also speaks to the chief executive of Heathrow Airport about their latest figures. And optimism among British businesses is on the up - Ian chats to the Boston Consulting Group about their annual survey.


Football finances, Barclays and infrastructure investment

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the former chief operating officer at Barclays to discuss the bank's latest results. He also discusses finances in football's Premier League with our city editor, Mark Kleinman. And Ian chats about the need for more investment in infrastructure to achieve the UK's net zero targets.


A crackdown on fire and rehire, Currys takeover, and Wizz Air.

Ian King speaks to the business minister Kevin Hollinrake following new plans to crack down on companies that fire and rehire workers on less favourable terms. He's also discussing Currys as shares surge after a Chinese e-commerce giant is confirmed as the latest would-be buyer. Plus - the Managing director of Wizz Air is on as the company grows its fleet to 200, claiming its new aircraft makes it the youngest in Europe.


Travel money, artificial intelligence and the green economy

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the UK Sustainable Finance and Investment Association, after a u-turn by Labour on its main environmental policy. He also discusses how artificial intelligence can help finance firms become more efficient. And Ian chats to Richard Wazacz from the international currency giant Travelex about its latest results.


Housing, jewellery and wind turbines

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the chief executive of Pandora about the jewellery firm's latest results. He also discusses a merger between housebuilder Barratt Developments and its smaller rival Redrow. And the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering's been awarded to two pioneers of wind power - Ian chats to the chairman of the foundation about green energy.


Retail sales, venture funding and cyber attacks

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to the British Retail Consortium about their latest figures showing the state of retail sales in the UK. He also discusses venture funding with Hector Mason, a partner at Episode 1 Ventures. And with cyber-attacks becoming more common, Ian chats to Jeetu Patel from tech firm Cisco about how firms are staying safe online.


Fashion, the tourist tax, and European investment

On today's episode, Ian King speaks to fashion designer Sir Paul Smith about plans for a so-called tourist tax. He also discusses Kurt Geiger's latest results with chief executive Neil Clifford. And European investors have the highest return expectations for the UK - Ian chats to Chris Brett from CBRE.


Water bills, a chemical giant's demerger, and electric boat racing

Emma Crosby fills in for Ian King on today's podcast. Emma is joined by David Henderson, the chief executive of Water UK, which represents the water companies, to talk about a rise in water bills. Dr Ilham Kadri, the chief executive of Syensqo - who was formerly the head of Solvay - discusses the chemical giants demerger. And chief executive at E1, Rodi Basso, speaks about the launch of the electric raceboat championship this weekend.


Interest rates, Polestar without Volvo, and Phoneix Group overachieves

Ian speaks with Sky's Economics and Data Editor, Ed Conway, about the The Bank of England saying inflation could ease to its 2% target within a few months - despite it keeping interest rates on hold again at 5.25%. Swedish carmaker Volvo said today it will stop providing funding to its electric vehicle start-up Polestar - we discuss this with Jim Rowan, Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. And, Andy Briggs, Chief Executive of Phoenix Group - the UK's biggest long term savings and retirement business, talks to Ian about it hitting their 2025 target for new business cash generation two years early.


Microsoft, weight loss drug sales, and GSK profits surge

In today's episode, Ian King speaks with Dan Ives - managing director of the brokerage and advisory firm Wedbush Securities - to discuss Microsoft's revenues and AI. Ian Johnston, global pharmaceutical correspondent at the Financial Times, discuses sales of popular weight loss drug 'Wegvoy', made by Novo Nordisk - as they say their sales almost quadrupled last year. And, Ian discusses GSK's operating profit of £8.8billion for 2023 with strong selling medicines including its HIV and shingles medication.


Grocery price inflation, shares of Diageo fall, and HSBC is fined

Figures show grocery price inflation continued to fall this month, but at a slower pace than in December, Ian is joined by Fraser McKevitt - Head of retail & consumer insight at Kantar. He also speaks to Debra Crew - the Chief Executive of spirits company Diageo - after a drop in its sales and profits. Plus, HSBC is hit with £57m fine by the Bank of England over deposit protection.


Ryanair, profit warnings and the housing market

On today's episode, Ian King is joined by the chief financial officer of Ryanair to discuss their latest results. He also speaks about profit warnings issued by listed companies. And Ian's joined by Zoopla's Richard Donnell to discuss the housing market's strong start to the year.


Rising consumer confidence, CityFibre sales increase, Hitachi talks renewables

On today's show, Ian King speaks to Joe Staton, from the German market research company GfK, about a rise in consumer confidence. CityFibre's Chief Executive, Greg Mesch, reports on their annual sales. And Claudio Facchin, chief executive of Hitachi Energy, has the latest on overcoming potential barriers to the rollout of renewables.


US economic growth, Foxtons results, car market boost

On today's show, Ian King has the latest figures showing surprisingly strong growth in the US economy. Ian also talks to Guy Gittins, Foxtons chief executive, about the estate agent's performance and expectations for the future. And Emma Butcher, from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, discusses the recent revival in car production and the wider motor industry.


Royal Mail reforms, Co-op expansion, and London beats the best

In today's episode, Ian King discusses Ofcom's plans for the future of Royal Mail, and what it means for customers. Chris Hayward, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, talks about research showing the UK capital's the world's top global financial centre. And he's joined by Kenyatte Nelson, Co-op's chief membership and customer officer, to delve into their proposals to expand their retail business.


Tech start-ups, IPO listings, and public borrowing

On today’s show, we've got the latest reports about potential cutbacks at fund manager abrdn. Ian King speaks to Carina Namih, partner at Plural, about a new €400 million fund to back the next generation of start-ups. Yoko Spirig, co-founder and chief executive of Ledgy, discusses research showing almost three-quarters of UK tech companies would prefer to launch their initial public offerings in the UK over any other destination. Plus there's the latest on UK public borrowing figures, and trading updates from Primark's owner Associated British Foods.


Growth forecasts improve, accounting rules, and young investors

On today's show, Ian King speaks to Peter Arnold, chief economist at the EY ITEM Club, about their forecasts for the UK economy. The chief executive of the Financial Reporting Council, Richard Moriarty, is discussing new rules for directors, after complaints they will harm the UK's competitiveness. And Myron Jobson, senior personal finance analyst at Interactive Investor, talks about why younger private investors have been outperforming their older peers.


Tata Steel, Centrica and retail sales

On today's episode, hear the latest news on Tata Steel which has confirmed it plans to close blast furnaces at its plant in Port Talbot, South Wales - with 2,800 people losing their jobs. Ian also looks at the latest retail sales for December which showed a 3.2% drop. And hear from the boss of British Gas as the chief executive of Centrica, Chris O'Shea, is on the show to talk about what to expect from our energy bills this year.


Curry's shares surge and women's health and the economy

On today's episode Ian speaks to Curry's chief executive Alex Baldock after figures revealed their shares have surged after saying their profits this year would be better than expected. Also a new report has been published at the World Economic Forum in Davos that says improving women's health could boost the global economy. Ian speaks to the President of Ferring Pharmaceuticals Per Falk.