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News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe

News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe


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News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe




TGI Black Friday

Black Friday seems to be getting bigger, but are small businesses losing out? Felicity Hannah speaks to one business who is shunning the sales this year. Also on the show, from tracksuits to tailoring, the owners of Sports Direct head to Savile row. And has your favourite restaurant dish disappeared from the menu? We'll be looking at how the hospitality industry is coming up with fresh ways to survive.


Workplace pensioners?

As the UK jobs market continues to have a high demand for workers, the boss of Halfords tells Sean Farrington how it's trying to coax people out of retirement. Plus, MPs hear about a £500bn hit to UK pension funds as a result of the mini-Budget, and as Balenciaga pulls a controversial advertising campaign, a brand consultant examines how much damage it could do.


Old Trafford, new owners?

Sean has the latest as Manchester United's owners, the Glazers, consider selling up and bringing their 17-year ownership to an end. Plus, a bankruptcy court in Delaware hears FTX's founder ran a "personal fiefdom" at the cryptocurrency exchange, and are we still spending big on Black Friday?


Lions, dragons and an intolerance of love

Sean speaks to a pub on the England/Wales border after both teams start their 2022 World Cup campaigns. Plus, all the reaction to the Prime Minister's CBI Conference speech, and why one of Denmark's biggest businesses is investing a lot of money in Greater Manchester.


The World Cup heats up as the economy cools down

The World Cup heats up in Qatar as the economy cools down back here.


Autumn Statement Analysis

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.


The wait is over

Sean Farrington is live in Gloucestershire, speaking to businesses and local leaders about how the cost of living crisis is affecting people there, with just hours to go until the Chancellor sets out his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons.


No signs of slowing down?

Sean hears from market stallholders in Norwich about the impact inflation's having on their businesses, with the latest price rise data set to be released. The new UK boss of Uber says the squeeze on consumer spending isn't affecting the ride-sharing app. Plus, are the deep-pocketed corporate guests staying away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar?


Kentucky Fried Careers

Sean Farrington previews the latest unemployment figures and asks KFC how it plans to boost its workforce amid a tight labour market. He also finds out how cryptocurrencies are facing more scrutiny after the collapse of FTX and with the FIFA World Cup just days away from kick-off in Qatar, are we seeing fewer advertisers proudly showing off their sponsorship?


Taxing Times

Sean Farrington looks ahead to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on Thursday, with Jeremy Hunt warning that everyone will have to pay more tax. As chaos at Twitter continues, Sean finds out what impact Elon Musk's takeover is having on small businesses who rely on the platform. Plus, some good news from a former winner of The Apprentice.


Economic health check

After warnings of a long recession, we await the nation's latest GDP figures.


Meta in reverse?

Sean Farrington looks at what job cuts at social media giant Meta could mean for the UK tech industry. The boss of one of the country's biggest retailers, Next, talks Brexit, recruitment and the challenging times ahead on the high street. Plus, after 64 years away, what does Wales competing in the 2022 World Cup mean for the country's hospitality sector?


Midterm About-turn?

Sean Farrington hears how markets are feeling about the US Midterm Elections. Plus a board room survey shows too few women are in decision making positions in FTSE 350 companies. Also an interview with the UK Tech company which is working with Instagram to try and verify the age of users.


Midterm mania

Sean looks ahead to the US Midterms. Voters in the US go to the polls today with issues of the economy and inflation dominating discussions.


Will it be much COP?

Leaders, diplomats and interested parties from all over the world are meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for the UN climate summit, COP27 - Sean Farrington asks what businesses will be watching to come out of the talks. Plus, as birds are brought indoors to protect them, an egg farmer describes the atmosphere in the industry; and what could become of Twitter's UK staff as new CEO Elon Musk cuts the social media giant's workforce? And Good Mood Monday continues as a high-flying watch seller...


Reeling from the rate rise

The Bank of England raised interest rates and warned a recession in the UK may last longer than first predicted. We ask how this will impact mortgage rates, tax and spending policies, and even how this year's Christmas advertising campaigns may sound



News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.


Batteries losing power?

After the start-up Britishvolt - and its £3.8bn electric vehicle battery factory in Northumberland - secures new funding amid administration speculation, Sean Farrington speaks to one of its co-founders about its prospects. Plus, an update on the grain transports struggling to get out of Ukraine and what that means for inflation, the people struggling to get their Energy Bill Support vouchers, and just how much money could the ball Maradona scored with the 'Hand of God' go for at auction?



News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.


Help to Buy bye

The Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme closes to new applications today -- Sean Farrington finds out where this leaves first-time buyers and what it means for the housing market. Plus, the latest on bird flu as farmers warn it's out of control, and in good news one northern business owner describes how they're managing to expand despite the economic headwinds.