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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


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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




Christmas trimmings

As we head towards a high cost of living Christmas, Felicity Hannah and her guests break down the impact, as new research for the BBC finds the cost of a festive dinner has gone up more than 20 per cent. 'Tis the season of strikes - journalist Alan Jones joins us to talk through all the upcoming winter walkouts. And as Christmas costs rise, are people turning away from trees? A Christmas tree farmer joins us to explain.


Wake Up to Money: Christmas trimmings

Felicity Hannah and guests discuss festive finances.


Over-budget Britons

Citizens Advice have told the BBC there's a 'ticking time bomb of debt' as they see the number of people going into the red rise; Sean Farrington speaks to a debt advice charity about what's pushing people over-budget. Meanwhile, avian flu has led to warnings of turkey shortages ahead of Christmas - we hear from a poultry farmer who's had to cull his entire flock. Plus, the EU has told Elon Musk it must make Twitter compliant with its new disinformation rules or face a potential ban - how...


Wake Up to Money: Over-budget Britons

With warnings of more people going into debt, what's driving them into the red?


Going off track

As the Office for Rail and Road reveals train cancellations are at their highest since records started eight years ago, Sean Farrington finds out the mood around talks between the Transport Secretary and northern mayors to solve the problem. Also, we hear how two months of lockdown is affecting a British business owner in China. Plus, we return to the pub on the Wrexham/Shropshire border to what the World Cup has meant for trade and what they see happening now Wales in out of the contest.


Wake Up to Money: Going off track

Train cancellations are at their highest since records began; can leaders find a solution?



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Wake Up to Money: 29/11/2022

News and insight from the business world.


Crypto calamity

Cryptocurrency platform BlockFi has filed for bankruptcy in the US, not long after FTX did the same - Sean Farrington finds out what's happening and what it could mean for the industry. Meanwhile in the UK, National Grid has been considering energy-saving measures after a capacity alert, and with the chemicals industry being one of the most exposed to high energy costs, we speak to the trade association boss. Plus, England and Wales play each other in the World Cup today - so how well are...


Wake Up to Money: Crypto calamity

As cryptocurrency platform BlockFi goes bankrupt, what does it mean for the industry?


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

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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.