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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




The Staycation Scramble

Felicity Hannah looks at the demand for domestic holidays as lockdown eases. Plus, how's the past week been for businesses that were allowed to open on April 12? And, why is Marks & Spencer taking legal action over a cake?


Under the Influence

Sean Farrington looks at the world of lobbying as pressure mounts over Greensill Capital. Plus, we hear from one of the 500 British Gas workers to lose their job. Plus, we get the latest on Northern Ireland as the Brexit minister travels to Brussels to meet his EU counterpart. And, what's it like waiting for the Ever Given to arrive?


Supermarkets, scandals and switching off

Sean Farrington looks ahead to Tesco results. He also takes a closer look at the Greensill scandal and the right to switch off from work when you're not actually on the clock.


How was it for you?

Sean Farrington finds out how businesses fared on the first day of re-opening in England as he catches up with the boss of Anytime Fitness, a tea room owner, a hairdresser and even a model village owner. He also looks ahead to what we can expect from upcoming data on the economy.


Grand re-opening

Sean Farrington heads to Barnsley to see how retailers are preparing for the next step out of lockdown. He'll be catching up with market stall holders, pub and book chain bosses. He also takes a look at the influence of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards on the business world


The Trouble with Travel

Felicity Hannah talks travel, tax and up and coming trips to the charity shops.


Vaccination reputation

Sean Farrington looks at what the medicine regulators' findings means for AstraZeneca.


Hiring (and firing)

Sean Farrington looks at the practice of fire and rehire, as well as a push for companies to employ more people with Down's Syndrome. He also catches up with a hairdresser to find out how her prep for re-opening is going.


Travel turbulence

After the prime minister's Covid briefing confirmed a return for non-essential retailers, gyms and outdoor pubs and restaurants next week, where does that leave travel?


Pub rules ok?

As some pubs prepare to reopen, Felicity Hannah looks at the state of the industry and the new covid rules landlords will have to work with. Plus, why's there a plastic shortage, and how likely is foreign travel this summer?


Deliveroops (and Bet365)

Deliveroo's shares plunged yesterday as it made its stock market debut in one of the biggest floats in a decade. Sean looks at what went wrong. And what do we make of Bet365 boss Denise Coates who's yet again hit the headlines with her eye watering salary. She made £421m in 2019. But she also pays taxes and donates to charities. And we remember Doreen Lofthouse who's died at theage of 91, entrepreneur, philanthropist and boss of iconic lozenge brand Fisherman's Friends. With Sean Farrington...



It could be the biggest initial public offering in London for a decade, so why are some investors reluctant to dive into Deliveroo shares when it goes public later? Behind the scenes of the Suez rescue: the boss of the tug company that helped free the Ever Given tells Sean how the giant container ship was refloated. And is it Volkswagen or Voltswagen? VW causes confusion as an April fools name change goes wrong. With Sean Farrington Get involved in the conversation: #WakeUpToMoney


Glaxo - Vaccines special

GlaxoSmithKline is linking up with Novovax to help the UK manufacture 60 million doses of another vaccine at its base in Stockton-on-Tees. Its boss Roger Connor tells Sean what's involved and what it's like heading up a vaccines company during the Covid crisis.


Boat refloat

As the government has rejected a request for £170m in financial support for Liberty Steel, Sean Farrington looks at what its options are. Re-opening the UK. As restrictions begin to ease, Sean looks at what it means for trips away and days out. And as a queue of ships grows, there's finally some positive news from the Suez Canal.


Inside a vaccine factory

Felicity Hannah discovers more about UK covid jab production and how the Suez blockage could hit trade. She also speaks to the boss of Beales - a department store making a comeback on the High Street.


'No jab no pint' and John Lewis shutting up shops

Sean Farrington looks prospect of pubs being able to ban drinkers who have not had a Covid vaccination or a recent negative test and John Lewis store closures.


Risky business

Sean looks at a warning from the City regulator that young people are getting sucked into high risk investments. He's also joined by Kia Commodore and Reggie Nelson to revisit Your Work Your Money and some of the people they helped last year.


One year on

Sean takes stock a year since the first lockdown - what's been the impact on our lives and livelihoods? He's also joined by Sir Ian Cheshire who's led some of the UK's biggest companies, including Barclays, Debenhams and Kingfisher. Plus, is the business rates system facing real reforms? And, what do magazine publishers make of Waitrose's decision to stop selling children's magazines containing disposable plastic toys.


Holidays in the Sun?

Sean looks at the prospects for foreign travel this summer. Plus, how does the boss of one of the biggest workplace providers see the future of the office? And, a year on from the first lockdown, how has your life changed?


Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Grace Beverley, influencer and founder of sustainable style brand TALA

Sean Farrington chats with Grace Beverley about how she built up a million followers on Instagram before going on to launch her own fitness brand Shreddy and sustainable style brand TALA. Photo courtesy: Andy Cuthbert