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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.
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BBC

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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.

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English


Episodes

Franchising

6/21/2018
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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 Ros Goldstein Goldstein Legal Producer: Julie Ball.

Duration:00:28:12

Is any company ever invulnerable?

6/14/2018
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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
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Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show.

Duration:00:27:55

Will 5G revolutionise our lives?

6/8/2018
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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
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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
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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

Is strategy necessary for success?

3/9/2018
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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
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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 Business?

2/23/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Department Stores

11/16/2017
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Are you being served? Where do you shop - online, a department store or one of the large shopping centres around the country? Evan Davis looks at the competitive business of running a mixed retail outlet, or department store, and asks can they survive? GUESTS Tony Brown, CEO, Beales Department Stores Stacey Cartwright, CEO, Harvey Nichols, David Fischel, CEO, INTU Shopping Centres.

Duration:00:28:01

Foreign Investment in the UK

11/10/2017
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What makes the UK an attractive place for foreign companies to invest in? Britain has tended to enjoy high levels of inward investment thanks to its open economy. How might this change when the UK leaves the EU? Evan Davis and guests explore the topic. Joining Evan Davis are: Ian Robertson, Global Head of BMW sales and marketing Vera Wei, Chief Executive of Sloan Education David Landsman, Executive Director of Tata Limited.

Duration:00:28:22

Agents

10/26/2017
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This week the programme looks at the business of agents. What exactly do they do and are they adding value to their clients' careers? Evan Davis discusses their role with three agents from the worlds of show business, football and books. GUESTS Professor Jonathan Shalit, Chairman, Roar Global Anna Davis, Literary Agent. Founder and Creator of Curtis Brown Creative Writing course. Curtis Brown Group James Featherstone, Founder and Owner, OmniSports Producer: Julie Ball.

Duration:00:28:25

Is there a business case for having a diverse workforce?

10/20/2017
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What is the business case for having a diverse workforce? Evan Davis and guests debate whether a mix of talents in the workplace leads to better companies and translates into more profits. Joining the programme: Ruby McGregor-Smith, former Chief Executive of MITIE, and author of a government commissioned review: Race in the Workplace. Jane Farrell, group Chief Executive of Equality Works Scott Page, author of The Diversity Bonus.

Duration:00:23:34

Shake-up in the skies

10/12/2017
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What's behind the recent collapse of airlines such as Monarch, Alitalia and Air Berlin? Is it a case of supply outstripping demand or is there a larger crisis looming? Will Ryanair's cancellation of thousands of flights do the company permanent damage? What's really happening to Europe's airline industry? Evan Davis and guests discuss. GUESTS John Strickland, Aviation consultant Peter Duffy, Chief Commercial Officer, EasyJet And Roger Flynn, Chairman, Loveholidays.com.

Duration:00:28:03

There's no business like show business

7/27/2017
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There's no business like show business. Evans Davis and guests explore the success story that is UK theatre. From splashy musicals, and classic revivals to cutting edge new dramas the sector makes more than a billion pounds in ticket sales a year. But there's trouble on the horizon. Public subsidies for theatres are being cut back. Can corporate giving and donations from philanthropists continue to plug the shortfall? Guests Brenna Hobson, National Theatre of Scotland Kate Varah, the Old...

Duration:00:28:20

Cost cutting and business transformation

7/20/2017
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What is the best way of cutting costs and transforming a business? Bosses often have to prune their operations - either to reinvest the cash to grow the business in other directions or because costs have got out of control. But can cuts go too far and damage an organisation? It was reported that British Airways' computer meltdown earlier this year was caused in part because the company had moved too quickly to make efficiency savings. It now faces paying its customers millions of pounds in...

Duration:00:28:05