The Bottom Line-logo

The Bottom Line

BBC

Insights into business from the people at the top; Evan Davis meets 3 or 4 powerful business leaders for a Saturday evening round table conversation exploring their passions, their products and their relationship to consumers.

Insights into business from the people at the top; Evan Davis meets 3 or 4 powerful business leaders for a Saturday evening round table conversation exploring their passions, their products and their relationship to consumers.
More Information

Location:

United Kingdom

Networks:

BBC

Description:

Insights into business from the people at the top; Evan Davis meets 3 or 4 powerful business leaders for a Saturday evening round table conversation exploring their passions, their products and their relationship to consumers.

Language:

English


Episodes

Rewriting the rules of Business

10/4/2018
More
Business has undergone seismic changes over the past decade; do the rules of business need to be re-written? If so, who should write them and what should they say? Evan Davis and guests discuss. GUESTS Ian Taylor, Chairman, Vitol Dame Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management Wendy Tan White, Partner, BGF Ventures

Duration:00:28:13

The Festival Business

7/26/2018
More
There are thousands of festivals in the UK each year and millions of us go to them. But as an organiser how do you make any money? Do logistics and the British weather make them a risky business? Every year festivals get cancelled and some cease trading. Profit margins are tight, say organisers, and set-up costs are high. A big festival may have to pay more a million pounds to secure a top headline act. Evan Davis and guests discuss mud, music and hard cash. Guests: Syima Aslam, co-founder...

Duration:00:28:00

Advertising

7/19/2018
More
The UK has been a global leader in the Advertising Industry since the end of the last century. But like many businesses it's now facing disruption from technology. Pop up banners on the internet and social influencers are cheaper and more immediate. Evan Davis and guests discuss whether a data driven approach to advertising will eventually kill creativity. GUESTS Sir John Hegarty, Co-Founder BBH Rohan Midha, Managing Director, PMYB Rory Sutherland, Vice-chairman, Ogilvy Producer: Julie Ball.

Duration:00:28:19

How does the commodities business work?

7/12/2018
More
Commodities are the raw materials which oil the wheels of the modern economy. From minerals to crude oil to coffee, Evan Davis and guests look at how the business of buying and selling commodities works and why it matters to all of us. GUESTS Andrew Gowers, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Trafigura Jean-Francois Lambert, Founder, Lambert Commodities Colin Hamilton, MD Commodities Research, BMO Capital Markets.

Duration:00:28:23

Why do companies do bad things?

7/5/2018
More
Social media giants mishandle data, banks mis-sell PPI insurance, engineers arrange for cars to cheat emissions tests. Why do companies sometimes do bad things? Evan Davis and guests discuss whether it's by accident or deliberate. Coverage of business wrongdoing often focuses on bad individuals but how far can a company's culture be blamed? Guests: Nick Leeson, the original 'rogue trader' Sara George, Partner, Stephenson Harwood Adrian Furnham, Professor of Psychology, Norwegian Business...

Duration:00:28:01

Should CEOs have term limits?

6/28/2018
More
In some countries politicians have fixed term limits. What would happen if the same principle applied to CEOs? On average bosses in the UK stay for just under six years. But founder chief executives stay much longer. Evan Davis and guests discuss whether chief executives know when their time is up? Guests: Martin Gilbert, co-ceo, Aberdeen Standard Investments. Margaret Heffernan, author and entrepreneur Catherine Bright, a leadership consultant with Spencer Stuart.

Duration:00:27:55

Franchising

6/21/2018
More
Is becoming a franchisee a good way to start your own business? Evan Davis and guests discuss the ups and downs of franchising. GUESTS Ken Deary, Franchisor Right at Home Rachana Pancholi, Franchisee, Subway Roz Goldstein Goldstein Legal Producer: Julie Ball.

Duration:00:28:12

Is any company ever invulnerable?

6/14/2018
More
Facebook, Apple, Google, or Amazon. Dominant companies that today look unassailable. But similar claims were made about MySpace, Tesco, Microsoft, Kodak and Polaroid. However, these companies turned out to be more vulnerable than anyone thought. Evan Davis and guests discuss invulnerability, complacency and hubris in corporations. Guests: Sean Percival, entrepreneur and former Vice President for Online Marketing at MySpace Dr Kamal Munir, Reader in Strategy and Policy at the Judge Business...

Duration:00:28:09

Co-working Spaces

6/8/2018
More
Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show.

Duration:00:27:55

Will 5G revolutionise our lives?

6/8/2018
More
The next generation of mobile technology - 5G - will be rolled out from 2019. It will enable faster streaming on our mobile phones and tablets and speed up the 'internet of things', allowing thousands of computers to 'talk' to each other. The fifth generation mobile network also has applications that could be used in public safety and healthcare. But will the UK build the infrastructure - installing more fibre and small communications masts - to benefit from this new technology? Joining...

Duration:00:23:42

Teenage Business Entrepreneurs

4/10/2018
More
As children few of us have had experience of running a business. But this week we'll be hearing from four teenage entrepreneurs who have been honing their business skills in one case, since the age of 6. Evan Davis hears their stories. GUESTS Kate and Annie Madden, Co-founders, FenuHealth Henry Patterson, Founder and Director, Not Before Tea Rebecca Patterson, Not Before Tea Akshay Ruparelia, Founder and CEO, Doorsteps.co.uk.

Duration:00:28:09

The EU after Brexit – A special programme together with The Briefing Room

3/29/2018
More
Radio 4’s Bottom Line and Briefing Room will combine in a special hour-long programme examining the economic and political future of the EU once Britain has left. Evan Davis meets Jean-Claude Trichet – former president of the European Central Bank – and is joined by a panel of business leaders from across the EU. David Aaronovitch will look at the politics of the EU and its future direction. France’s President Macron has outlined a vision of a profoundly transformed and more unified EU....

Duration:00:55:16

Do corporate headquarters still matter?

3/15/2018
More
The tech giant Apple has just spent five billion dollars building a campus in California's Silicon Valley. It's not alone in its architectural ambitions. The new Facebook HQ in London features trees, grass and plants. So what does a corporate headquarters tell us about a business? Is it an opportunity for a company to show off its wealth and attract the best talent or is it folly? Evan Davis and guests explore what the latest trends in corporate architecture reveal about our business...

Duration:00:08:37

Is strategy necessary for success?

3/9/2018
More
What is strategy and why do businesses need it? What distinguishes a good strategy from a bad one or a non-strategy? Not to be confused with goals or a company's ambition, strategy is a word that is often mis-used and misapplied. But in reality it can make the difference between success and failure - especially if it's adaptable to changes in the market. Evan Davis looks at where companies have got strategy right and where it's gone badly wrong. GUESTS: Michael Jacobides - Associate...

Duration:00:28:03

The Ethics of Business

3/1/2018
More
Are 'ethical' businesses all they're cracked up to be? Evan Davis and guests discuss the newest type of certification in ethical business, the B Corp, and ask if it'll catch on. GUESTS Katie Hill, Executive Director, B Lab UK Wendy Chapple, Associate Professor in Management and member of the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab, Nottingham Business School Jean-Cristophe Laugee, Vice-President, Nature and Cycle Sustainability, Danone.

Duration:00:28:06

Who Owns British Companies?

2/23/2018
More
What has happened to Margaret Thatcher's dream of creating a nation of shareholders? Over the last decade there's been a big increase in the amount of foreign ownership. ONS figures show foreign investors now own over fifty per cent of shares listed on the stock exchange. Evan Davis and guests discuss why this has happened and whether it matters. GUESTS John Dawson, Founding Partner, Statera Gillian Karran-Cumberlege, Founder, Fidelio Partners Gervais Williams, Fund Manager, Miton Group.

Duration:00:27:50

Turning Tables

2/15/2018
More
Evan Davis and guests discuss why some restaurant chains thrive and others fail. Why are so many chains closing down branches now? GUESTS Paul Campbell, Founder, Hill Capital Partners LLP Angela Hartnett, Chef and Owner of Murano, Café Murano and Merchants' Tavern Sarah Willingham, Entrepreneur and Investor.

Duration:00:28:06

The Shock of the New

2/9/2018
More
Evan Davis and guests discuss the relationship between three important pillars of modern society: science, business and the consumer. Is the public right to be suspicious of business and the science it's selling? Why do some us fear GM foods, nanotechnology, AI and gene editing? GUESTS Jackie Hunter, Chief Executive, Benevolent Bio Justin King, Vice-Chairman and Head of Portfolio Businesses, Terra Firma Kriti Sharma, Vice-President of Artificial Intelligence, Sage.

Duration:00:27:50

How to Build a Bridge

2/2/2018
More
Civil engineers would argue they are the unsung heroes of the railways, roads and bridges we all take for granted. But building major infrastructure projects is a complicated business. So how do you go about putting up a bridge? Are you limited by engineering or economics? Evan Davis tries to find the answer from three civil engineers. GUESTS Mike Glover, Arup Fellow Louise Hardy, Civil Engineer, Non-Executive Director Sirius Minerals and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Katy Toms, Senior...

Duration:00:27:45

Sir Terry Leahy

11/23/2017
More
In the final programme of the current series Evan Davis will be talking to Sir Terry Leahy, former Tesco CEO, in front of an invited audience at Sir Terry's old school, St. Edward's College, Liverpool.

Duration:00:27:44