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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




End of the line?

Felicity brings you the latest from the by-election counts in Wakefield and Tiverton. What will the result mean for Boris Johnson and his government? She also asks how listeners have managed during this week's rail strikes. And as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone celebrates 25 years in print, Felicity chats to the publisher that made it happen.


Ding Ding Round 2

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


The inflation affect

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Rail fail

Many thousands of commuters face travel disruption and a return to remote working today, with city centres expected to be emptier, after tens of thousands of RMT union members went on strike. Meanwhile the global CEO of media giant Paramount joins the programme to talk about why its joining the streaming wars.


Striking out

There was no last-minute breakthrough between unions and industry bosses, meaning commuters and businesses will face a week of travel chaos from tonight. Meanwhile the Government has announced the changes it wants to see to the Buy Now, Pay Later sector.


Counting the Cost

Felicity Hannah examines new BBC research into the cost of living crisis hearing from consumers, businesses and listeners changing their spending habits.


Interesting Times

Sean Farrington hears reaction to the US Fed decision and a look ahead to rate rises closer to home. Plus how will the train strike affect your journey to work.


Gas Price Gasp

Sean Farrington discovers that world events are driving up the cost of gas here in the UK, and what's being done to stop long queues at airports this summer.



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Taking a look under the bonnet of the fuel market

The UK competition watchdog looks to investigate the pricing of petrol and diesel - and whether the duty cut was passed on to drivers - while the Department for Business looks to reduce the influence of gas prices on electricity prices.


Growing pains

As high petrol prices make at-home carers rethink their careers, Boris Johnson's speech in Blackpool suggested his Government's high tax-and-spend policies will end and the way out of current cost of living crisis is through economic growth.


Time to clean house?

Boris Johnson is set to announce reforms to lending rules to increase home ownership in the UK as higher fuel and energy costs put pressure on household budgets. The same economic conditions have put more businesses off investing for the future, according to the latest British Chambers of Commerce UK economic forecast, which shows GDP is expected to contract.


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

With travel disruption set to continue, Sean looks at the impact of rail strikes planned in June, and how changes to pilots' licences could make aviation staff shortages worse. He also hears what's behind job cuts at online car seller Cazoo, and what it means for the wider tech sector.


The Morning After the Vote Before

As Boris Johnson wins a confidence vote of Conservative MPs, Sean asks what it means for economic policy. There's more on fuel price rises and travel disruption, and Sean looks at the big news from Silicon Valley, with Apple's latest launch and Elon Musk's Twitter takeover.


Travel Tribulations

Sean looks at what's behind the latest air travel disruption, and how hospitality businesses fared during the jubilee bank holiday weekend. He also speaks to a company taking part in a major four-day week trial. Plus, Love Island is back - what can its brand partners expect as a new group of hopefuls heads to the villa?


Flight Frustrations

With flight cancellations throwing thousands of passengers' half-term holiday getaways into disarray, Sean looks at what is causing the air industry's current woes. He also hears how record fuel prices are affecting coach operators. And, on the last programme before the weekend's Jubilee celebrations, Sean speaks to businesses about the impact of the country's party plans, as the UK prepares to mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.


Struggling Sterling

Sean Farrington speaks to Legal and General's Justin Onuekwusi to unravel why the Bank of America said the pound sterling is facing an "existential crisis," with only the currencies of Norway, Sweden and Japan having fallen further than the UK. Plus, we discuss the pros and cons of the upcoming bank holiday weekend and ask whether it could be here to stay. And, as Missguided has called in the administrators, we ask why rival Boohoo could be interested in snapping up the struggling fashion...


Big Problems for Small Businesses

Sean Farrington hears from the Federation for Small Business who want an urgent meeting with the government to secure help. Plus airport delays for some at the start of half term.


Rishi's rescue plan revealed

As the Chancellor announces a multi-billion pound plan to help struggling families with the cost of living, Felicity Hannah and her panel of experts dissect the support that's being offered - and how much it will really help. Plus, an exclusive interview with P&O boss Peter Hebblethwaite after that controversial sacking of 800 workers. And it's dubbed 'the richest game in football' - we talk the Championship playoff final, as well as the Chelsea takeover.


Support for soaring bills

Our panel of business leaders and financial experts discuss what the Chancellor plans to announce to help with the cost of living crisis - and what they would like to see. Plus - as Sue Gray's 'Partygate' report finally lands, we talk to the civil servants union about the workplace culture at Downing Street. And a red card for the JD Sports boss - we discuss what his quick exit will mean for the business.