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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 masks are off

As Plan B ends in England, Sean Farrington takes a look at the impact for business. He also investigates what effect the Tory crisis is having and digs into results from Tesla. Plus: US intetest rates, a record Christmas for Pets At Home and more. Keep the coversation going at #WakeUpToMoney


Running out of gas?

Sean Farrington gets the latest on CO2 shortages - could there be empty shelves? He also speaks to WPP founder and advertising giant Sir Martin Sorrell to hear his views on the current Tory crisis and whether the party is good for business and the economy. Plus job cuts at Unilever and Royal Mail, more on the cost of living squeeze and how Microsoft has fared over the past six months. Keep the conversation going at #WakeUpToMoney


Taking flight

Will new rules mean a boost for the travel industry? Sean catches up with the boss of Jet2. We also get the latest from Ukraine as global markets fall on concerns of a conflict. Plus Derby County, it's already in administration - but can they prove they have enough cash to finish the season? As tech giants update investors on their performance, we take a look at what Microsoft could unveil, and can you cope with the demise of the McDonald's breakfast wrap and bagel? Keep the conversation...


Log jam to paper jam

Sean take a look at the impact of new rules for trade with the EU on UK ports and businesses. He also asks why tech investors are getting nervous and why UK airlines are calling for an end to restrictions for returning travellers. Keep the conversation going at #WakeUpToMoney


Problematic Pensions

Felicity Hannah looks at the "shameful" underpayment of pensions and asks if we're heading towards a cashless society. Plus Peloton share price pedals backwards and why we're using less cash


The big return?

Sean Farrington looks at whether people will return to the office now work from home guidance has ended Plus former Apprentice Winner Alana Spencer tells us why now is the hardest time she's had in business


Price Pressure

Sean Farrington speaks to businesses about the impact of rising inflation. Plus, why is Microsoft paying £50bn for the gaming business behind Call of Duty?


Gettin' Paid

Sean looks at the impact of rising wages, and the wider labour market. Plus, why US airlines are anxious about 5G. And, what does a BBC licence fee freeze mean for TV producers?


Take five, work four?

Covid isolation is cut from seven days to five - how do employers feel? How some countries are addressing soaring energy prices. Who's embracing the four-day week? Felicity Hannah hears from freelancers and a group campaigning for the change in our workplace culture.


Heating households

Sean looks at options to mitigate energy costs after fresh warnings that millions face fuel poverty when prices rise in April. Plus, Covid isolation changes from 7 to 5 days today - how will it benefit business? And, why does Unilever want to spend around £50bn on GSK's consumer goods division?


Political Purse Strings

Boris Johnson is facing calls to resign after he apologised for going to a drinks party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020. But what do the Tory party donors think?


Are you ready Boots? Start biddin'

Bain Capital and CVC Capital Partners are reported to be assembling a joint bid for Boots, which is currently owned by the US pharmacy giant Walgreens.


Negative Energy

It's not just households who are feeling the pinch. Businesses which use lots of gas are at the sharp end.


Nation of Isolation

Ikea has slashed sick pay entitlement for some unvaccinated staff forced to self-isolate after close contact with someone infected with Covid


The Big Squeeze

The soaring cost of wholesale gas is contributing to record high energy bills that many predict will soon get higher. The boss of energy company Ecotricity tells Felicity what he thinks can be done to mitigate a big squeeze on the cost of living which could hit in April with taxes and energy bills set to rise. Maggie Philbin used to present the BBC's iconic Tomorrow's World programme. She now helps teenagers achieve their dream jobs in science and technology. So how can we help the teen in...


Go Test

The government says it will ditch the requirement for travellers to take a pre-departure covid test before they return to the UK. The Jet2 boss tells Sean whether it's enough to give the travel industry a much needed boost. Mickey Clarke chats through the business stories of the day. Plus why gaming has grown during Covid and how showrooms are struggling to sell new cars. Join in the conversation on Twitter: #WakeUpToMoney With Sean Farrington


Testing Times

As Covid cases hit a new high we speak to businesses about the impact on their workforces.


Theranos founder convicted

The founder of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, has been convicted of defrauding investors after a landmark trial. Also, has Omicron put a stop to plans to return to offices? And, Apple becomes the first company to reach a value of $3 trillion.


22 things in 2022

Felicity Hannah looks ahead to 22 things which will or could happen in 2022


Cheers, 2021

Felicity Hannah looks back on the big business of the year and takes a look ahead to new Brexit rules coming in. Plus she discusses the world of wines and spirits with wine merchant James Tanner and Justin Urquhart-Stewart gazes into his financial crystal ball to take a look at what 2022 may have in store.