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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




The Budget Explained

Wake Up To Money's Budget analysis and commentary dissecting what chancellor Rishi Sunak had to say.


Budget Day

News and insight of what we know and what to look out for ahead of today's budget.


A wage rise for millions but will it make a difference?

Felicity Hannah rounds up the steady flow of budget announcements so far.


A Twix, a Can of Sprite and a Big Red Box

Can Rishi Sunak balance the books amid soaring living costs, shortages on supermarket shelves and a health emergency that has cost us a lot?


Half Term Hopes

Felicity Hannah talks to a cafe owner in the Scottish highlands about how half term is the last big chance of the season. She hears from a panel of young entrepreneurs about what they want to see from Rishi Sunak's budget next week. And after a disappointing August, did retail pick up last month? With Felicity Hannah Join in the conversation on social media: #WakeUpToMoney


Plan B, or not Plan B?

Felicity Hannah asks, as Covid cases surge again are businesses rethinking its return to the workplace? She also takes a look at why inflation unexpectedly fell and the ongoing impact of port delays. Elsewhere we discuss a huge tax avoidance scandal, the UK's trade deal with New Zealand and hear from the boss of Scottish Power.


Zeroing in

After more green announcements, we ask whether the Government can hit its net-zero targets. And ahead of inflation figures later, we ask what price increases businesses are seeing. Elsewhere, we take a look at one supermarket's plans to recruit 15,000 seasonal staff, why competition watchdogs are delving into the music streaming sector and why a brewer and a milk substitute maker have been told off by the Advertising Standards Agency.


Pump it up

The Government unveils its plans to make households greener by ditching gas boilers for heat pumps - but will the strategy take off? Elsewhere Felicity Hannah asks whether the Leeds arm of HS2 could be axed, and who the big names are at London's Global Investment Summit. She also takes a look at why Tesco is going till-less and why The HUT Group boss is getting risd of his "golden share".


Supply squeeze

As the supply squeeze tightens its grip, we ask just how bad is the situation globally? Katie Prescott also has the latest as Covid passports come into force in Scotland and why Ford is set to invest millions in its Halewood plant.


Pigs, Planes and Pumpkins

Most fully vaccinated travellers will be able to take cheaper lateral flow tests on returning to England from holiday, rather than the more expensive PCR tests. What does it mean for the travel industry? Plus more foreign workers will be allowed in to do the jobs in abbatoirs that British workers are not filling right now. And have you been spending more on the kids this halloween? Felicity asks if, after such a rough 18 months, we're just wanting to spend more on the things we missed out...


Supply and Demand

Just 73 days until Christmas, and already businesses are warning of creaking supply chains, Felicity Hannah catches up with former Debenhams and Barclays boss Sir Ian Cheshire to discuss the issue. She also has the latest from Northern Ireland on EU moves to ease border frictions, and speaks to the woman who runs the Green Man Festival about an emotional return to live events.


Ports in a storm

Felicity Hannah looks at the impact of driver shortages on the UK's biggest port, and considers what's next for the Northern Ireland Protocol. Plus, William Shatner's not the only one with the stars in his eyes. We'll find out about the plan to launch satellites from Cornwall.


Much Ado About Energy

Felicity discusses the suggestion that the government could step in to offer loans to businesses which are heavy energy users, to help ease the gas crisis. Why are black and ethnic minority workers still struggling in many cases to get ahead in their careers? And the Mop Fair, which has been recruiting people to local jobs since medieval times returns to Stratford. #WakeUpToMoney With Felicity Hannah


Gas, Glass and Grub

There's a warning from the food and drink industry that food prices are on the rise. Plus the glass industry explains why it can't just power down its furnaces as energy prices rise. Felicity hears how bookings are rising as the travel red list is shrinking. And why are so many working mums worried about their promotion prospects? #WakeUpToMoney With Felicity Hannah


Fly me to the Toon

Felicity Hannah takes a look at what the changes to the red list mean for the travel industry and asks what Saudi Arabia's takeover of Newcastle United is really about.


The Productivity Puzzle

The PM insists that Britain will become a high wage, high skill, high productivity economy. But what actually is productivity? And how can we get better at it? Felicity investigates and listeners share their top tips. Plus after gas prices reached a record high yesterday before falling again, what does it mean for our bills? And why scams are on the rise and what you can do to protect yourself. #WakeUpToMoney With Felicity Hannah.


Government, Guts and Growth

Boris Johnson will tell the Conservative Party conference later that he has "the guts" to make Britain a high wage economy. Felicity looks into what businesses make of the idea of paying workers more. Plus the latest on Facebook's bad week; as a whistleblower cllaims the company's products "harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy". And how investors are increasingly eyeing up the music world as Adele releases her first new song for years and Tina Turner sells her back...


WhatsAppened to Facebook?

A Facebook server went down. How did it affect customers and businesses around the world? Plus the latest on how global shortages are affecting the UK's biggest car dealers.


Mistletoe and Mondays

An auction took place this weekend to buy supermarket chain Morrisons. What do we know about the winners CD&R and what its plans are for the chain? What's being done to tackle the petrol shortages continuing in some parts of the country,? And why Christmas isn't just for Christmas, it's all year round, for one company at least. #WakeUpToMoney With Katie Prescott


Cap in hand?

Fliss looks at the new energy price cap and asks what it means for household finances at a time of surging energy costs. Also, how to save money during a cost of living squeeze? Plus, the latest on the fuel crisis, and from global markets.