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2016111720161119 (R4)From eBay to multi-million dollar deals. Evan Davis and guests discuss auctions.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

20210304Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

2021030420210306 (R4)Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

20210311Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

2021031120210313 (R4)Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

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Activist Investors2016102020161022 (R4)Are activist investors good or bad for the firms they target? Evan Davis presents.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Advertising2018071920180721 (R4)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.

Evan Davis and guests discuss whether data is killing creativity.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

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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, InterTalent Rights Group

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.

Evan Davis talks to three agents, in the fields of show business, football and books.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Anti-biotic Resistance20190601Antibiotic resistance is a global problem but there have been no new drugs produced since the 1980s. So who is to blame? The public's over-consumption or the current economic model for drug research and production? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Seema Patel, Medical Director, Hospital Business, Pfizer, UK, Ireland and the Nordics

Lord Jim O'Neill, Chair Anti-Microbial Resistance Review (2016), Former Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs

Professor Colin Garner, Co Founder and Director, Antibiotic Research UK

Is economics one of the reasons for the growth in antibiotic resistance? With Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Are Auditors Fit For Purpose?2019022120190223 (R4)What's the point of an audit if it fails to detect when a company's about to go under? The sudden collapse of BHS, Carillion and Patisserie Valerie has dented public confidence in the firms that audited them and prompted calls for a shake-up of the audit industry. Would more competition in the sector, which is dominated by four big players, drive audit quality up? Do accountants need to be more robust in challenging company figures?

Joining Evan Davis for The Bottom Line:

Bill Michael, UK Chairman and Senior Partner at KPMG.
Jac Berry, Audit Partner and UK Head of Quality at Mazars
and Christopher Humphrey, Professor of Accounting at the Alliance Manchester Business School

In the wake of accounting scandals, does the audit business need to be overhauled?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Batteries2017100520171007 (R4)Is battery technology the key to decarbonising energy and reinventing transport? If so, can the current technology, Lithium-Ion batteries, evolve quickly enough to meet growing demand. If capacity is the problem, is Lithium-ion the answer and what are the alternatives? Can we expect to fly in battery powered aeroplanes in the near future?

Join Evan Davis and his guests as they discuss the future of the power of batteries.

GUESTS

Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO Oxis Energy

Cyrille Brisson, Vice-President, Eaton

Chris Morrison, Head of Peaking Plant, Centrica.

Is battery technology the key to a sustainable and emission free world? Evan Davis chairs.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Behavioural Science In The Workplace2019021420190216 (R4)Understanding how humans think and what makes them tick can be enormously helpful if you're running a company. Luckily behavioural science is on hand to do just that. How far can its use improve decision making in businesses?

Joining Evan Davis are:

Octavius Black, CEO and Co-founder of MindGym
David Halpern, CEO, The Behavioural Insights Team
Kim Atherton, Chief People Officer, Ovo Energy and CEO and Founder of Just3Things

Can behavioural science make us more productive and improve the workplace?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Bolton Business2020102920201031 (R4)Bolton has perhaps suffered more than most English towns from this pandemic. Not only was it subjected to the national lockdown, but it subsequently became a hotspot, under even tighter restrictions. With a town centre that was already in decline, how has the pandemic affected local businesses and what does the future hold for the town? Evan Davis and guests discuss.
Producer: Julie Ball

How has the pandemic affected commerce in one English town?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Bonuses And Incentives2020031920200321 (R4)Is a large bonus the best way to incentivise staff? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Brave Or Naive?2016071420160716 (R4)Lessons learned from pursuing the entrepreneurial dream, presented by Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Brexit: What Next?2016100620161008 (R4)Evan Davis and guests discuss doing business in times of uncertainty.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Britain's Nuclear Future20170330Britain's multi-billion pound nuclear dream. EDF is building the country's first new nuclear power station in decades at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. But that's just the start. Two other companies also have dreams of bringing nuclear to sites in Cumbria and on Anglesey. But the financing and logistics of these projects are tough. Power stations cost billions to build and investors won't see returns for more than five years. Critics of the nuclear option argue that renewables - wind and solar power - would be a better option to generate electricity. Just what are the options and the costs involved? Three nuclear rivals join Evan Davis.

Guests:
Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director, nuclear new build, EDF Energy UK
Duncan Hawthorne, chief executive, Horizon Nuclear Power
Tom Samson, chief executive, NuGeneration Nuclear Power
Dame Sue Ion, chair of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board.

Britain's multi-billion pound nuclear dream. Three nuclear rivals join Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Business Gurus2019110720191109 (R4)Do business gurus really hold the secret to success? Peter Drucker, Michael Porter and Gary Hamel are some of those who've found fame and influence via best-selling business books. But can following their lead transform a company - or are they really just selling themselves? Evan Davis and guests assess the pros and cons of buying from the ideas merchants.

GUESTS
Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice, London Business School, CEO The Hot Spots Movement
John Kay, economist, author and consultant
Eddie Obeng, founder and director of Pentacle

Producer: Julie Ball
Editor: Hugh Levinson

Do business gurus really hold the secret to success and can they transform companies?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Business Hype2020031220200314 (R4)Can new businesses survive without some form of hype or over-promotion? Or will consumer or investor disillusionment inevitably correct this? One recent example where hype came back to bite a company founder is that of the shared office space provider, WeWork. Its stock market valuation fell from $50bn to near bankruptcy over the course of a few weeks.

GUESTS

Brent Hoberman, serial entrepreneur and investor, chair and co-founder of Founders Factory and First Minute Capital
Kerry Baldwin, Managing Partner at IQ Capital,a venture capital investment firm
Rory Sutherland, Vice Chair of Ogilvy, the global advertising and marketing agency

Can businesses get off the ground these days without some form of hype?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Are we heading towards a shorter working week? With more discussion being had on four day work weeks and more companies adapting to a shorter week are all businesses on course to take a day off?

What benefits and challenges would it bring and could it bring and could it be the answer to the fear that robots are taking over our jobs.
Mental health and burn out is the biggest driving force behind companies adapting this strategy but can more leisure time be the fix to this and what pressures could it put on some industries?

Lord Skidelsky, Economist Historian
David Stone, Founder and CEO, of MRL Recruitment
Kate Cooper, Head of Research, The Institute of Leadership & Management

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Business In The Era Of #metoo2018112220181124 (R4)Has the #MeToo movement made businesses change the way they deal with sexual harassment and gender equality claims in the workplace? Does the law around non-disclosure agreements - often used to hush up this kind of behaviour - need to be changed? Evan Davis and guests discuss.
GUESTS

Samantha Mangwana, Employment Lawyer, Partner, CM Murray

Zelda Perkins, Campaigner and Theatrical Producer

Octavius Black, CEO and Co-founder, TheMindGym

What challenges does the #Me Too movement present to business? With Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Can Science Save The Economy?20200702How British businesses can be helped to exploit our research strengths more effectively.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis and guests ask if now is the time to exploit scientific research more effectively to help business recover from the coronavirus crash. The UK has traditionally been better at basic science research than its commercial exploitation - with examples ranging from computing to the discovery of graphene, where international companies have benefited more from those discoveries. The Bottom Line examines the government’s idea of creating an agency, similar to the legendary US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to invest in, and commercialise UK science and technology projects.

The US agency DARPA, was set up to invest in technology after they got behind in the space race with the Russian launch of the Sputnik in the 1950's. Although the agency's remit is to work on defence projects, several of its discoveries have spawned more commercial uses, most famously the Internet.

Now the UK government wants to emulate this success for civil applications in the hope of encouraging new business sectors of the economy, post-Covid 19. Can it work? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Guests:
Mariana Mazzucato, professor in the economics of innovation and public value, University College London
Luke Georghiu, professor of science and technology management, Alliance Manchester Business School
Arati Prabhakar, former director, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Naomi Krieger Carmy, head of Societal Challenges Division, Israel Innovation Authority
Producer: Julie Ball
Produced in partnership with The Open University

Can science save the economy? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Care Homes2017020220170204 (R4)The care home business is heading for a crisis according to Evan Davis's guests in this edition of The Bottom Line.

The cost of providing care in this labour-intensive business has increased significantly because of the introduction of the National Living Wage. The fees paid by local authorities on behalf of poorer residents no longer cover the cost of providing accommodation, food and staffing. Care homes make up the shortfall by charging higher fees to privately funded residents. Social care analyst William Laing tells Evan Davis that private payers subsidise publicly funded residents by, on average, £8000 per annum. But this is not an option in less affluent areas with a shortage of fee paying clients.

John Ransford of the HC-One group provides care for mainly publicly funded residents. He tells Evan that 24 hour care for the elderly has to be provided for less than the cost of a night in a Travelodge.

Evan's guests believe that the care sector's business model is unsustainable. Find out what they think will happen next.

Guests:

Dr. Jane Townson. Chief Executive Officer, Somerset Care Group

John Ransford, Non-Executive Director, HC-One

William Laing, Founder and a Director of Laing Buisson, Healthcare Intelligence Company

Producer: Julie Ball.

The care home business model is unsustainable. Evan Davis discovers why.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Careers Without College2016101320161015 (R4)Why are top employers offering the school leavers a fast track career without university?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

China20200611Will Western economies and companies decouple from China? With Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Will Western economies and companies decouple from China? For decades, the world has relied on this rapidly emerging economy as its factory, producing everything from toilet rolls to iPhones. But post Covid-19, US trade wars and tensions with Hong Kong, is that all about to change? Evan Davis and guests discuss

GUESTS

Liam Casey, CEO and founder, PCH International

Diana Choyleva, chief economist, Enodo Economics

Dr. Yu Jie, senior research fellow, China, Chatham House

Commerce And Crime2019062020190622 (R4)From Somali pirates who've turned kidnapping into a global enterprise to cybercrime and fraud - the worlds of business and wrongdoing potentially have much in common. Clever criminals build business empires and fraud is sometimes carried out by well paid workers at legitimate companies. What the two worlds can have in common is a pursuit of profit and a series of apparently rational calculations. Evan Davis and guests explore why some bright, talented people try to get rich the wrong way, while others manage to do it within the rules.

Guests

Barrister, Sara George, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Michael Corrigan, Chief Executive at Prosper 4 - a training and recruitment firm for former prisoners
and Dr Anja Shortland, Reader in Political Economy at King's College, London.

What do the worlds of business and crime have in common?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Commercial Property Wars2020110520201107 (R4)Commercial landlords and tenants are at odds over unpaid rents due to the pandemic. Many retail, hospitality and leisure businesses are suffering acutely. Most have landlords who collect rent for their premises. In turn, many landlords have to pay interest on their loans to the banks. The pandemic is upsetting that delicate financial balance. It's estimated that billions of pounds is owed to landlords in unpaid rents. Threats of legal action against tenants are hitting the headlines. Just who should take more of the financial hit - commercial landlords or their tenants?

Guests

Edward Ziff, Chair and CEO of Town Centre Securities, a property investment firm
Mark Dixon, CEO of International Workplace Group, which rents, develops and sublets office space
and Charlotte Heyes, director of the small pub chain, Common and Co

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Competence2020111920201121 (R4)From the NHS Test and Trace Service to the lack of PPE at the start of the pandemic - both projects branded as having been incompetently delivered. But do we fail to notice the constraints their senior leadership team operate under? Evan Davis and expert guests discuss why some big public projects like the London 2012 Games went well. While others, like Crossrail, get bogged down in delays and a budget overspend. Just how is competence measured and delivered?

Guests:

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, former Chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority
Dame Jackie Daniel, CEO of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Justin King, former CEO of Sainsbury's, and Vice Chair of Terra Firma

Are decision-makers incompetent? Or do we just fail to notice the constraints they face?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Consumer Habits After Lockdown20200618What have you craved and what do you barely miss? Have consumer habits changed for good?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

What have you learned about yourself in lockdown? What is it you crave, what have you found you barely miss? Evan Davis and guests contemplate life after lockdown and changing consumer habits. A surge in the sale of bikes, toilet roll panic buying, and flour flying off the supermarket shelves. Will these consumer habits stick? Have we learned to value other things in life than shopping? Or will we just want to borrow and spend at the first possible opportunity?

Guests:

Kate Ancketill, founder and CEO, GDR Creative Intelligence
Richard Walker, managing director, Iceland Foods
Jonathan Cole, managing director, Velorution
Kate Nicholls, chief executive, UK Hospitality

Producer: Lesley McAlpine

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Coronavirus And Business2020030520200307 (R4)How will the infection affect commerce in the UK and around the world? Evan Davis and a panel of guests discuss what's happening to the economy and look at likely scenarios.
Jennifer McKeown, Chief Global Economist, Capital Economics,
Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Tim Power, MD of maritime and shipping container research firm Drewry.

Producers: Lesley McAlpine and Julie Ball
Researcher: May Cameron

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Corporate Espionage2017061520170617 (R4)Corporate theft has played a big part in business history from Porcelain and Tea from China, to the French attempting to get their hands on the blueprint for the Spinning Jenny. In this week's programme Evan Davis and guests discuss more modern copyright infringement and how to protect against it.

GUESTS

Chris Morgan-Jones, Crime fiction author and Consultant, K2 Intelligence

Vicki Salmon, Lawyer and Patent Attorney, IP Asset Partnership, Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and Chair of CIPA's Litigation Committee

Mandy Haberman, Director and Founder of Haberman Products Limited.

How do businesses protect themselves from copyright infringement? With Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Cost Cutting And Business Transformation2017072020170722 (R4)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 compensation. Evan Davis and panel discuss the good, bad and the ugly of cost cutting and business transformation.

Guests:

Ashley Almanza, Chief Executive of G4S
Gavin Oldham, founder of Share Radio
Marco Amitrano, head of consulting at accountants, PWC.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Couples In Business2019112120191123 (R4)What are the pros and cons of running a business with your life partner and how do you keep the personal out of your professional life? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Sophie Mirman and Richard Ross, founders and owners, Trotters childrenswear and accessories

Claire and Andy Burnet, founders and owners, Chococo artisan chocolatiers

Peter Leach, author and Adjunct Professor in Family Business , Imperial College Business School

Producer: Julie Ball
Editor: Hugh Levinson

The pros and cons of running a business with a life partner.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Covid-19 And The Gig Economy2020102220201024 (R4)Is the pandemic a spur to a world of temps and zero hour contracts? Hundreds of thousands of people have been losing their jobs during the crisis. Many are turning to the gig economy to boost their income. Should we welcome the acceleration of the move away from conventional employment? Evan Davis and guests discuss the pros and cons of the expanding gig economy.

Guests

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO of People Per Hour
Lorna Davidson, CEO of Red Wigwam
Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
and Ed Cross, self-employed courier for Hermes

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Co-working Spaces2018060720180609 (R4)Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show.
Cryptocurrencies2019101020191012 (R4)Will Facebook's launch of its own cryptocurrency be a game changer? What will this mean for established currencies and the global banking system? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Jutta Steiner, Chief Executive Officer, Parity Technologies

Dr. Catherine Mulligan, Chief Technology Officer of Gov Tech Labs and Data Net at University College, London

Barbara Mellish, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Government

Presenter: Evan Davis

Producer: Julie Ball

Will Facebook's entry into the world of cryptocurrency be a game changer?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Customer Service2016021120160213 (R4)Recovering from a reputation for poor customer service. Evan Davis and guests.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Cybersecurity2020101520201017 (R4)In modern business it's impossible not to be worried about a cyber attack of some form. But how do you lower your chances of attack and what do you do if someone manages to get in your system and data? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Sian John, director, EMEA, cyber security strategy, Microsoft UK

Geoff White, author, 'Crime Dot Com' and investigative technology journalist

Jake Davis, consultant, Hacker Culture

National Centre for Cybersecurity - Cyber Essentials advice for businesses https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberessentials/advice

Presenter: Evan Davis
Producer: Julie Ball
Editor: Hugh Levinson

How big a threat has cybercrime become for businesses and what can they do to prevent it?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How big a threat has cybercrime become for business and what can they do to prevent it?

Data Privacy2016021820160220 (R4)How do businesses use customers' personal data to make money?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Department Stores2017111620171118 (R4)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.

Are you being served? Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of department stores.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Dismissing Staff2019111420191116 (R4)What are the rules when people have to lose their jobs? It's always a difficult situation - which is why it's often handled badly. Evan Davis and guests ask if there is a better way of doing it.

GUESTS

Angela O'Connor, Founder and CEO, The HR Lounge Consultancy

Sian Keall, Partner, Employment Law, Travers Smith LLP

Kate Griffiths-Lambeth, Group HR Director, Charles Stanley, Wealth Managers

Producer: Julie Ball
Editor: Hugh Levinson

What are the rules when people have to lose their jobs? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Do Corporate Headquarters Still Matter?2018031520180317 (R4)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 leaders.

Guests:
Ken Shuttlewoth, founder of Make Architects
Helen Berresford, head of interior design at Sheppard Robson Architects
and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum.

What does a corporate HQ tell us about a business? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Economic Lessons Of 194520200528Can anything be learned from how the UK restored its economy after the Second World War?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Businesses mothballed or trying to get back on their feet. The government paying the wages of more than seven million employees. Working from home as the new norm. Could we have predicted the impact that Covid-19 would have? Not necessarily. But perhaps there are lessons to be taken from another era that experienced a huge shock - 1945, at the end of World War Two. Getting back to a peacetime economy from a war footing was a big leap for British businesses. Evan Davis and guests discuss whether that era highlights the do’s and don’ts of how to kick-start our present day economy.

Margaret MacMillan - Emeritus Professor of International History, University of Oxford
Catherine Schenk, Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Oxford
David Edgerton, Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History, King’s College London.
Jim Tomlinson, Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow.

Produced in association with The Open University

Producer: Lesley McAlpine

Eu Referendum2016052620160528 (R4)Whether it is trade deals or red tape, how does EU membership help or hinder UK business?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Eu Vs Us Culture2020021320200215 (R4)Now that Britain is out of the EU, and a free agent. Evan Davis and guests discuss whether the UK should be more like the US or the EU when it comes to business and economics?

GUESTS

Allyson Stewart-Allen, CEO International Marketing Partners and author of 'Working with Americans'

Dame Inga Beale, Deputy Director, London First and former CEO, Lloyds of London

Erin Meyer, Professor , INSEAD Business School and author of 'The Culture Map'

Should a post-Brexit Britain's business culture be more like the US or the EU?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Feedback Frenzy2019032120190323 (R4)It's hard to buy anything these days without being asked to rate or review it. Evan Davis and guests look at how have businesses such as Tripadvisor, Feefo and Checkatrade have altered the relationship between companies and consumers? Do you trust the wisdom of crowds more than an expert's view?

Guests
Matt West, Chief Executive of Feefo
Rob Paterson, Chief Executive of Best Western Hotels GB
Caroline Wiertz, Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in LOndon

How do ratings and review sites alter the relationship between businesses and consumers?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Fintech2017031620170318 (R4)The UK is a world leader in financial services technology, otherwise known as fintech.

Presenter Evan Davis asks how Britain has beaten Silicon Valley and what challenges fintech poses to traditional banking?

Guests:
Antony Jenkins, Founder and Executive Chairman, 10x Future Technologies
Ishaan Malhi, Founder, Trussle.com
Eileen Burbidge, Co-founder, Passion Capital

Producer: Julie Ball.

Does financial services technology - fintech - pose a threat to traditional banking?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Foreign Investment In The Uk2017110220171104 (R4)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.

What do foreign companies bring to the UK? Evan Davis and guests explore the issue.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Franchising2018062120180623 (R4)Is opening a franchise a low-risk way to start a business? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Horse Racing2016031020160312 (R4)Evan Davis finds out who profits the most from horse racing.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How Does Stuff Get To Us?2017030220170304 (R4)How does a can of Italian tomatoes reach the supermarket shelf and a car manufacturer receives its parts in time? Evan Davis finds out about the hidden transport networks that bring goods from around the world to our high street shops and factory floors.

Joining Evan to discuss the business of logistics are:

Paul Dyer, CEO of DHL Supply Chain
Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of the Rail Freight Group , the representative body for rail freight in the UK
Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway

Producer: Julie Ball.

A hidden industry that makes globalisation work: Evan Davis and guests discuss logistiscs.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How Does The Commodities Business Work?2018071220180714 (R4)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.

Commodities make the global trading system go round. With Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How To Build A Bridge2018020120180203 (R4)
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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 Engineer, WSP Engineering Consultancy.

How do you build a bridge? Evan Davis asks three civil engineers.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How To Build A Racially Diverse Business20200723The Black Lives Matter protests have prompted boardroom soul-searching about how to engage a more racially diverse workforce. Good intentions have been around for decades and have encouraged much talk about removing biases from mainly white corporate cultures. But this has still not led to the change people want. Hardly any large UK firms have black, Asian or minority ethnic chief executives.

Evan Davis and guests explore the practical solutions to achieving racial equality at work and the potential benefits to the economy.

Guests

Karen Blackett, OBE, UK head of the ad giant WPP

Dr Kamal Munir, reader in strategy and policy at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Judith Hackitt, independent director at HS2 LTD

Kike Oniwinde, founder and CEO of The Black Young Professionals Network

Producer: Lesley McAlpine

Produced in association with The Open University

Practical solutions for companies that want to have a more racially diverse workforce.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How To Build An Olympics2016072120160723 (R4)Olympic economics. Evan Davis discovers how the world's biggest sporting event is managed.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How To Negotiate2016062320160625 (R4)Evan Davis and guests discuss the skills and techniques needed to reach a win-win deal.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How We Work Now - Lessons From Lockdown20200709Zoom meetings and working from home. Two habits which office workers have picked up during the enforced lockdown. But will these behaviours habits stick?
Some believe that if more of us choose to work from our spare rooms on a regular basis, this will have profound implications for offices, commuting, human interaction and productivity. Evan Davis and guests discuss whether current predictions about the death of the office are over-exaggerated.

Guests

André Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, City's Business School, University of London
Rachel Higham, Managing Director of IT at BT
Katrina Kostic Samen. Head of Workplace - Strategy and Design, Development. KKS Savills

Produced by Lesley McAlpine

The programme is produced in association with The Open University

Working from home and Zoom meetings. But which habits will stick when normality returns?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Insolvency2019102420191026 (R4)The number of companies in 'financial distress' in the UK is on the rise. What's causing the problems and what exactly happens when a company goes into administration? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Guests:

Julie Palmer, Insolvency practitioner, Begbies Traynor

Andy Scott, Chairman, REL Capital

Dr Rebecca Parry, Director, Centre for Business and Insolvency, Nottingham Trent University

Producer: Julie Ball

What happens when a company goes in to administration? With Evan Davis and guests.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Internships2019031420190316 (R4)For many graduates an internship has become the default route to full-time, paid employment. But getting a good placement is competitive and in some cases poorly paid or unpaid. What does this mean for social mobility and diversity in the workplace? Evan Davis and guests discuss the pros and cons of internships.

GUESTS

Sarah Churchman, UK Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing, PwC
Amalia Illgner , Freelance journalist and a former intern
Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder, Rate My Placement

How useful are internships as a route into full-time, paid employment?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Is Any Company Ever Invulnerable?2018061420180616 (R4)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 School, University Of Cambridge
Martin Franklin, Head of Global Marketing at Polaroid Originals.

Are any companies truly unassailable?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Is Strategy Necessary For Success?2018030820180310 (R4)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 Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at The London Business School.

Jacqueline de Rojas, President of Tech UK

Ann Cairns, President of International Markets, MasterCard.

What is strategy and why do businesses need it? Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Is There A Business Case For Having A Diverse Workforce?2017101920171021 (R4)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.

What is the business case for having a diverse workforce? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Land - The Mother Of All Monopolies2017062920170701 (R4)Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Lessons Of Theranos2019071820190720 (R4)What can we learn from how one medical start-up fooled Silicon Valley and the world? Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to start Theranos. She promised investors and the public a revolutionary blood diagnosis machine which would be less painful, accessible and affordable than ordinary lab tests. She managed to raise $9 billion in funding. Now the company is worth nothing. Holmes and her business partner may face up to 20 years in prison for fraud. How did she manage to deceive some of the world's cleverest minds - and is there something about start-up culture and the cult of the visionary leader which encourages charlatans? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS
Rebecca Jarvis, chief business, economics and technology correspondent, ABC News
Margaret Heffernan, author and entrepreneur
Jos White, entrepreneur and partner, Notion Capital

Producer: Julie Ball

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

What can we learn from how one medical start-up fooled Silicon Valley and the world? Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to start Theranos. She promised investors and the public a revolutionary blood diagnosis machine which would be less painful, accessible and affordable than ordinary lab tests. She managed to raise $9 billion in funding. Now the company is worth nothing. Holmes and her business partner may face up to 20 years in prison for fraud. How did she manage to deceive some of the world's cleverest minds - and is there something about start-up culture and the cult of the visionary leader which encourages charlatans? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Life After A Blockbuster2016032420160326 (R4)How to sustain business success after achieving a blockbuster hit in apps, drugs and oil.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Life After Brexit2016063020160702 (R4)How will the vote to leave the EU affect businesses big and small? Evan Davis presents.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Lonely At The Top?2016031720160319 (R4)What goes on between a manager and his or her coach? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Magazines2019022820190302 (R4)There are more than two-and-a-half thousand consumer and business magazine titles on sale in the UK. What is the appeal of magazines and how does the business endure in spite of falling advertising revenues and declining circulation figures?

GUESTS

Wolfgang Blau, President, Conde Nast International

Terri White, Editor-in-Chief, Empire Magazine

Rebecca McGrath, Senior Analyst, Media, Mintel

Why do printed magazines endure in an era of declining advertising revenue and sales?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Managing Conflict2019103120191102 (R4)How should businesses deal with workplace quarrels? At a time when the nation seems increasingly divided and hot-tempered, is there a way to bring harmony among staff when there are differences of opinion and personality? Evan Davis and his guests explore what can go wrong and look for some possible solutions. In a very cooperative spirit, naturally.
GUESTS:
Naomi Shragai: psychological business consultant and Financial Times contributor
Roxana Mohammadian-Molina, Chief Strategy Officer, Blend Network
David Liddle, founder and CEO, The TCM Group

Producer: Julie Ball

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Managing The Boardroom2016012820160130 (R4)How should company boards operate, and what is the best way to make them work?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Managing Workplace Relationships2017021620170218 (R4)We spend a third of our life at work so it's inevitable that relationships blossom, whether it's a one night stand at the Christmas party or one that becomes a long term partnership. How do companies handle the issues that can arise from office romance? Evan Davis and his guests discuss the solutions.

GUESTS

Neil Morrison, Director, Strategy, Culture and Innovation. Penguin Random House

Helen Farr, Partner, Employment Law Group, Fox Williams

Danielle Harmer, Chief People Officer, Metro Bank.

How do you manage employees who have become involved in a relationship?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Migrant Entrepreneurs2017032320170325 (R4)Migrant entrepreneurs create one in seven businesses in the UK. This week Evan Davis talks to three entrepreneurs who all arrived from overseas with very little and then went on to create a successful business.

GUESTS

Tony Kitous, Founder, Comptoir Libanais

Razan Alsous, Yorkshire Dama Cheese

Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman, Arora Group.

Migrants create one in seven businesses in the UK. Evan Davis meets three of them.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Negotiating A Trade Deal2017012620170128 (R4)Brexit means the UK government will have to negotiate trade agreements with the EU and the rest of the world. Trade deal experts share their tips with presenter Evan Davis.

Guests include:

Janice Charette, Canadian High Commissioner to the UK
Tim Cullen, founder and director of Oxford Programme on Negotiation

Producer: Julie Ball.

How to negotiate international trade deals after Brexit. Evan Davis meets the experts.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Net Zero In The House2021021820210220 (R4)What are the business opportunities in turning our old housing stock green? The UK has some of the least energy-efficient housing in Europe – most of it built before environmentally efficient design was regulated. It’s estimated around a quarter of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy we use for heating, lighting or running appliances in our homes, public buildings or workplaces – and energy used in our homes is the most significant source.

How soon can heat pumps, solar panels and better insulation around the house help the UK Government achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2050? And will this ramping up of energy efficiency measures really lead to a green jobs revolution?

Presenter: Evan Davis
Producer: Lesley McAlpine

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Now We Are Ten2016022520160227 (R4)A look back on how the business world has changed in the past decade. Evan Davis presents.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Old Dog, New Tricks2016060920160611 (R4)How big businesses are 'incubating' tech start-ups in an attempt to innovate.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

One Company, Many Brands2017070620170708 (R4)Evan Davis discusses the reasons why some companies have multiple brands. Is it to bamboozle or does it help consumers navigate the wide variety of choices? Can there be too many? When does product proliferation make sense? Evan talks to three guests: a brand consultant, a marketing executive from drinks company Diageo and a representative from Johnson & Johnson about how we can better understand the world of brands.

GUESTS

Robert Jones - Brand consultant at Wolf Olins and a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia
Jana Ignatova - Head of Baby global franchise for EMEA at Johnson & Johnson
Ed Pilkington - European Marketing and Innovation Director at Diageo.

Why do some companies have multiple brands? Evan Davis discusses with industry experts.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Pets Mean Pounds2017110920171111 (R4)In the UK we spend £4.5 billion a year on domestic pets. Where does the money go? Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of keeping pets.

GUESTS
Lynne Hill, Chief Executive of Linnaeus Group of veterinary practices
Dean Richmond, Managing Director of retailing chain, Pets Corner
Ashley Gray, Managing Director of Vetsure Pet Insurance.

The UK spends \u00a34.5 billion a year on pets. Where does the money go? Evan Davis chairs.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Pivoting2019062720190629 (R4)Can a sudden change in direction save a new company? Evan Davis and his guests hear stories about the start-up's nightmare: the original product is not selling, and cash is running out. Can changing focus - with a new service or product - pluck success from the jaws of doom? Speaking to entrepreneurs and experts, he learns about how in a range of sectors, from sanitary products to event ticketing, the key is to shift while staying true to the original vision.
Guests:
Celia Pool, cofounder DAME
Edmund Glover and Nick Stone, FIXR
Ramdane Mir, cofounder Cobbleweb

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Planning And Developing2020022020200222 (R4)The UK has a housing shortage whichis particularly acute in the affordable homes market. So what are planners and developers doing to solve this problem? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Alice Lester, Operational Director Regneration, Growth and Employment, Brent Council

Dr. Janice Morphet, Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, University College of London

Stephen Pratt, Co-founder and Group Land Director, Godwin Developments

Producer: Julie Ball/Sean Allsop

Editor: Hugh Levinson

Is the UK housing shortage down to the relationship between planners and developers?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Planning For Uncertainty2019032820190330 (R4)Every business faces uncertainty. In the final programme of the series Evan Davis and guests ask what businesses should do when faced with uncertainty.

Guests:
Jeremy Bentham, Head of Scenarios, Shell
Nick Allan, CEO, Control Risks
Dr Sandra Bell, Head of Resilience Consulting, Sungard Availability Services

Can business plan for uncertainty? Evan Davis and guests discuss

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Plant-based Foods20191017How can business benefit from the popularity of vegetarian and vegan products in supermarkets and restaurants? One in eight of us identifies as vegetarian or vegan, but that's not enough to have boosted the market so significantly. So what is happening and is it sustainable? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Kevin Brennan, CEO Quorn

Tommaso Chiabra, venture capitalist and CEO Tommaso Chiabra Holdings

Rachel Hugh, Co-founder, The Vurger Company

Producer: Julie Ball

How can business benefit from the popularity of vegetarian and vegan eating?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How can business benefit from the popularity of vegetarian and vegan products in supermarkets and restaurants? One in eight of us identifies as vegetarian or vegan, but that's not enough to have boosted the market so significantly. So what is happening and is it sustainable? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Plastics2018102520181027 (R4)Plastic is arguably one of the world's greatest inventions. Its' qualities allow it to be used in everything from food packaging to clothes and cars. But discarded plastic clogs up our rivers and oceans threatening marine life creating a consumer backlash. So what can the industry do to restore its reputation and how? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Lubna Edwards, Global Sustainability Director, Klockner Pentaplast

Roger Baynham, Managing Director, Philip Tyler Polymers and Chair of the Recycling Group, British Plastics Federation

Adrian Griffiths, CEO and Founder, Recycling Technologies.

Making plastic is big business but its reputation is in tatters. Can it save itself?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Post-pandemic Resilience20200625Will businesses learn to value resilience over mere efficiency in future?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

During the pandemic, businesses have faced severe tests, from supply chain shocks to fluctuations in consumer demand. How resilient are companies in dealing with the unknown? In recent years the focus has been on getting costs down, creating lean supply chains, and delivering returns to shareholders. But has that emphasis left supply chains insecure in the face of shocks? Will companies learn to value resilience over mere efficiency?

Guests

Dr Sandra Bell, founder and chief executive of The Business Resilience Company.
Michael Davies, guest lecturer at the London Business School and founder and chairman of Endeavour Partners
Poonam Gupta, founder and chief executive of PG Paper
Guy Gratton, associate professor in aviation and the environment at Cranfield University

Profit Or Plunder?2016060220160604 (R4)Asset management - or asset stripping? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Renewable Energy2016020420160206 (R4)The green energy firms generating power from the sun, the wind and from cheese.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Return To Brexit2021020420210206 (R4)Almost five years ago on The Bottom Line - just before the EU referendum – debated the pros and cons of being in the EU. In a tribute to Radio 4’s The Reunion, the programme has reassembled most of the original contributors to get a sense of whether hopes and fears have been delivered. From current customs glitches, aspirations to increase UK global exports, to Brussels red tape versus ease of trading in a European Single Market. What do guests think now?

Joining Evan Davis will be:

Jon Moynihan, venture capitalist
Rachel Kent, head of financial services regulation at the law firm Hogan Lovells
Julia Gash, artist and entrepreneur
and Christopher Nieper, managing director of clothing manufacturer David Nieper,

Five years on, we reassemble a panel that debated leaving the EU.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Rewriting The Rules Of Business2018100420181006 (R4)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

Do the rules governing business need rewriting? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Saving Companies20200604Should we be saving businesses from collapse post-Covid 19 and if so how do we choose?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Should the government continue to bolster companies, large and small when lockdown is finally eased? If so what businesses do you choose to save and what are the criteria? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Michael Jacobides, holder of the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, London Business School

Julie Palmer, Regional Managing Partner, Begbies Traynor, Insolvency practitioners

Mark Blyth, Director of the William R Rhodes Centre for International Economics and Finance, Brown University

Produced in association with The Open University

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Sector Shutdown2020111220201114 (R4)How are industries like live music, travel, conferences and events coping with the pandemic recession - and what plans do they have for survival? These business sectors have been hit disproportionately hard by the dramatic changes in our ways of life. In a programme recorded before the recent announcement of an apparently successful vaccine trial, Evan Davis discusses with business leaders from across these industries.
Producer: Julie Ball

GUESTS

Tim Hawkins, Chief Strategy Officer, Manchester Airports Group

Charlotte Gough, Divisional Director, Corporates, MCI Group

Peter Marks, Chief Executive, The Deltic Group

How can industries like live music, travel, conferences and events survive?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business

Selling Corporate Baby2016102720161029 (R4)Evan Davis and entrepreneurs discuss selling your company.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Shake-up In The Skies2017101220171014 (R4)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.

What is really going on in Europe's airline industry? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Shortages2018101820181020 (R4)No supply chain is immune from disruption and shocks. From extreme weather to strikes and cyber crime, what causes a supply chain to fail? Join Evan Davis and guests.

Guests

Tim O'Malley, Managing Director of Nationwide Produce
Richard Oldroyd, Regional Managing Director of Persimmon Homes
Liam Fassam, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Geography and Research Director at the University of Northampton

What do businesses do when their supply chain fails?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Should Ceos Have Term Limits?2018062820180630 (R4)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.

Would it be good for businesses if CEOs faced term limits?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Sir Terry Leahy2017112320171125 (R4)Evan Davis and an invited audience question Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Super-premium Drinks2018110820181115 (R4)
20181117 (R4)
There has been an explosion in the number of craft ale breweries and small-scale gin distilleries in recent years. The so-called super premium alcohol sector is growing. Why are these drinks popular among consumers? Is this a passing fad or is the drinks business facing fundamental change? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Guests:

Tina Warner-Keogh, partner and co-owner of Warner Edwards Gin Distillery
Laura Edwards, general manager at Meantime Brewing Company
and Andrew Geoghegan, global consumer planning director at Diageo

Craft ales and small-scale distilled gins are popular but pricey. What is their appeal?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Synthetic Biology2020020620200208 (R4)Synthetic Biology is a process that allows the re-engineering of cells in everything from humans to plants and even mosquitoes. It allows scientists to manipulate DNA to make nature do things it wouldn't naturally, for example mosquitoes that don't pass on malaria. But it has applications in healthcare, agriculture and could even stop our reliance on oil. This is why the UK government is investing heavily in the science as they believe it could be worth around 400 billion. Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of Synthetic Biology.

Synthetic Biology - what is it and why is the government investing in its future?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Synthetic Biology is a process that allows the re-engineering of cells in everything from humans to plants and even mosquitoes. It allows scientists to manipulate DNA to make nature do things it wouldn't naturally, for example mosquitoes that don't pass on malaria. But it has applications in healthcare, agriculture and could even stop our reliance on oil. This is why the UK government is investing heavily in the science as they believe it could be worth around 400 billion. Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of Synthetic Biology.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Tax Avoidance2016030320160305 (R4)How much tax should global companies like Google and Starbucks pay in the UK?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Teenage Business Entrepreneurs2018032220180324 (R4)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.

How do you run a successful business while still at school? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Bottom Line: Can We Trust Big Business?2017060120170603 (R4)Business and its place in society is a prominent issue at the moment. Zero hours contracts, executive pay, tax avoidance are all issues where opinion has shifted dramatically. Has Shareholder driven capitalism finally gone too far?
In a special programme recorded at the Royal Academy of Engineering in front of a live audience, Evan Davis talks to the former BP CEO, Lord John Browne on his thoughts about big business as it relates to society. And asks whether it's now time to trust big business?

Is it time to trust big business? Evan Davies asks the former head of BP, Lord Browne.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Challenges Of Running A Charity2017020920170211 (R4)How can people running charities balance doing good, maximising income, while retaining public trust? The sector is undergoing changes in regulation in the wake of scandals involving fundraising and governance. Evan Davis meets the experts. Taking part are: the chairman of the new Fundraising Regulator, Lord Grade of Yarmouth; Jayne Clarke of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Simon Gillespie from the British Heart Foundation.

The challenges of running a charity. Evans Davis meets the experts.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Covid Hangover20210211What are the long-term implications for the Covid crisis for the British economy. The government has borrowed more money over the last 12 months than ever before in peacetime. The ratio of public debt to national income is above 90%. If it rises even further do we need to worry? How will the chancellor manage the economic pain caused by coronavirus? What will it mean for tax and spending - and is there a route back to growth? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS
John Kay, economist, author, consultant
Dame Minouche Shafik, director of London School of Economics and Political Science, former deputy governor of the Bank of England
Gemma Tetlow, chief economist, Institute for Government

Producer: Julie Ball
Editor: Hugh Levinson

How much pain will we have to endure in public tax and spending to pay for Covid?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Covid Hangover2021021120210213 (R4)What are the long-term implications for the Covid crisis for the British economy. The government has borrowed more money over the last 12 months than ever before in peacetime. The ratio of public debt to national income is above 90%. If it rises even further do we need to worry? How will the chancellor manage the economic pain caused by coronavirus? What will it mean for tax and spending - and is there a route back to growth? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS
John Kay, economist, author, consultant
Dame Minouche Shafik, director of London School of Economics and Political Science, former deputy governor of the Bank of England
Gemma Tetlow, chief economist, Institute for Government

Producer: Julie Ball
Editor: Hugh Levinson

How much pain will we have to endure in public tax and spending to pay for Covid?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Discounters2019070420190706 (R4)Poundland, Lidl, B&M Bargains and Primark are thriving successes on the High Street, while more mainstream retailers have seen their profits hit. Just how do the discounters keep their prices so low? Keeping the business model simple, supply chains lean and costs down are key parts of the story.

Guests:
Barry Williams, Managing Director of Poundland
Simon Arora, Chief Executive, B&M Bargains
Catherine Shuttleworth, Chief Executive of Savvy Marketing

How discounters like Aldi, Poundland and B&M Bargains are thriving on the high street.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Economy - Winter Is Coming2020100820201010 (R4)The second pandemic wave means UK businesses have to live with uncertainty for at least another six months. Those economic green shoots and the summer of 'eat out to help out ' seem a while back. So what are the implications for jobs and overall business viability in this climate? Difficult conversations are going on in boardrooms across the country. Evan Davis with expert guests reflect on the choices businesses face in these extraordinary times.

Guests
Nobel economist, Professor Joseph Stiglitz
Wendy Carlin, Professor of Economics at University College London and member of the advisory panel to The Office for Budget Responsibility
Entrepreneur Paul Campbell, founder of Hill Capital Partner
Hannah Bernard, Head of Business Banking at Barclays

What are the key challenges UK businesses face as the pandemic continues to bite?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Ethics Of Business2018030120180303 (R4)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.

Are 'ethical' businesses all they are cracked up to be? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Experience Economy2018110120181103 (R4)There is some evidence to suggest we are falling out of love with buying material things. Instead, we want to splash out creating memories that last a lifetime. What does the growth of what's known as the experience economy mean for businesses? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Guests

Tristram Mayhew, Group Chairman, Go Ape!
Myf Ryan, Chief marketing officer Europe, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Nick Johnson, Founder and co-Director, Market Operations

Would we rather splash out on creating memories than buy material stuff?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Festival Business2018072620180728 (R4)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 and director of the Bradford Literature Festival
Ian Stockley, chief executive of the Bath Festivals.
Simon Taffe, co-founder of the End of The Road Festival.

Millions go to festivals each summer, but how do festivals make money?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Finance Of Films2016061620160618 (R4)From script to screen: how to finance a film. Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Fitness Industry2019061320190615 (R4)Who wins and loses in the cut-throat exercise market? Looking good and being fit has become more important as we have become more wealthy. Yet most new gyms and fitness centres fail. Evan Davis and his guests work out the secrets of success in this growing industry, which is is worth over £5 billion in the UK.

GUESTS

Stuart Broster, CEO, Anytime Fitness UK

Tommy Matthews, Managing Director, Be Military Fit

Dawn Tuckwell,, Director and Co-founder, Action PR

PRESENTER: Evan Davis

PRODUCER: Julie Ball

Who wins and loses in the cut-throat exercise market? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Future Of Commercial Aviation2019072520190727 (R4)How can the aviation industry marry sustainability with increasing passenger numbers? Since the deregulation of Europe's airlines in the late 1990s, more and more of us have been flying every year. Whilst this may be good news for the airline industry, it's not good news for the environment. Manufacturers are trying to make models lighter and more fuel efficient, with a pledge by IATA to cut emissions to 50% by 2050. Nevertheless, experts say we are at least fifteen years away from hybrid engine powered flight. Evan Davis and guests ask whether commercial aviation can meet its climate targets through new technology and more fuel efficient engines, whilst keeping costs down for the airlines and the customer?

GUESTS

Paul Kahn, president, Connectivity, Cobham Plc

Volodymyr Bilotchak, economist, author of The Economics of Airlines

Rob Morris, head of Global Consultancy, Ascend by Cirium

Presenter: Evan Davis

Producer: Julie Ball

Editor: Hugh Levinson

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

How can the aviation industry marry sustainability with increasing passenger numbers? Since the deregulation of Europe's airlines in the late 1990s, more and more of us have been flying every year. Whilst this may be good news for the airline industry, it's not good news for the environment. Manufacturers are trying to make models lighter and more fuel efficient, with a pledge by IATA to cut emissions to 50% by 2050. Nevertheless, experts say we are at least fifteen years away from hybrid engine powered flight. Evan Davis and guests ask whether commercial aviation can meet its climate targets through new technology and more fuel efficient engines, whilst keeping costs down for the airlines and the customer?

Volodymyr Bilotkach, economist, author of The Economics of Airlines

Presenter: Evan Davis

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Future Of Farming2017060820170610 (R4)What's the future for UK Farming? Evan Davis meets three food producers from across the country to talk about the daily challenges of farming in Britain today. Guests include one of the biggest carrot producers in the country, a Wiltshire Beef farmer and Deputy President of the National Farmers Union and a lowland sheep farmer whose herd shares the land with cadets from the Ministry of Defence in Kent.

GUESTS

Guy Poskitt, Managing Director, M H Poskitt Ltd

Marie Prebble, Lowland Sheep farmer

Minette Batters, Beef farmer and Deputy President of the National Farmers Union.

What is the future for UK farming? Evan Davis discusses with three food producers.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Future Of The Car Industry2016111020161112 (R4)The future of the car industry - is it driverless? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Internet Of Things2019013120190207
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The 'Internet of Things' will allow businesses and consumers to manage their day remotely, as an increasing number of things become connected to the internet. But what exactly is the Internet of Things and how dramatic will the changes be for business and consumers? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Caroline Gorski, Director of Global EcoSystem at R2 Data Labs, Rolls Royce

Tom Guy, Chief Product Officer, Centrica Hive

Paul Beastall, Consulting Director, Cambridge Consultants

What is the Internet of Things, and how will it impact business and consumers?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Internet of Things promised to revolutionise the way we live and work but what has it delivered and what more is it capable of doing? Join Evan Davis and guests as they discuss The Internet of Things.

Kevin Ashton, Author who coined the phrase the Internet of Things

Caroline Gorski, Global Director of R2 Data Labs, Rolls Royce Plc

Paul Beastall, Head of Strategy, Cambridge Consultants

Can the Internet of Things transform how we work and live? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

The Investment Industry - Luck Or Judgement?2019071120190713 (R4)You trust financial professionals to grow your long term savings and pension pot. But how do you know if they are investing it wisely? The UK investment industry is awash with complicated terms and conditions, and unclear and sometimes high charges, which can eat into your monetary returns. The woes of star fund manager Neil Woodford, who has temporarily frozen one of his funds to its investors after poor performance, highlights just how complicated an industry it is. Is some clarity starting to emerge? Evan Davis and expert guests look under the bonnet of the UK investment industry.

Guests:

James Anderson, partner at Baillie Gifford, who jointly manage the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust
Bella Caridade Ferreira, chief executive and founder of Fundscape
Sean Hagerty, managing director of Vanguard Europe

Producer: Lesley McAlpine

Looking under the bonnet of the UK investment industry. Do investors get a good deal?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

You trust financial professionals to grow your long term savings and pension pot. But how do you know if they are investing it wisely? The UK investment industry is awash with complicated terms and conditions, and unclear and sometimes high charges, which can eat into your monetary returns. The woes of star fund manager Neil Woodford, who has temporarily frozen one of his funds to its investors after poor performance, highlights just how complicated an industry it is. Is some clarity starting to emerge? Evan Davis and expert guests look under the bonnet of the UK investment industry.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Last Mile2019060620190608 (R4)The package brought to your door may have crossed the globe - but the most expensive and fiddly bit of the journey will undoubtedly be what's known as 'the last mile'. Delivery firms are constantly innovating how they do this - using electric vehicles and e cargo bikes, robots, or offering customers a click and collect option at a local store of their choice. Consumers take it for granted that they will get free delivery in many cases. But is the whole 'last mile' industry sustainable? Delivery vans add to traffic congestion and consumers are ordering more than they need and returning unwanted goods for free.

Evan Davis and guests discuss the latest trends in the logistical puzzle of 'the last mile.'

Guests

Jon Ormond Operations Director of Hubs and Depots at parcel carrier, Hermes.
Nick Hale, Managing Director of BT Ventures.
and Catherine Weetman, founder of Re-think solutions.

The journey is expensive and fiddly. How are goods and services delivered to our homes?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

The Personalisation Revolution2019030720190309 (R4)Technological advances have made it easier for businesses to offer us more personalised goods and services, from customised cars to clothes that fit better and pioneering cell and gene therapies to target serious illnesses. How far can this personalisation revolution go?

GUESTS

Darrin Disley, Chief Executive of cell therapy company, Mogrify
Georgina Silvester, Chief Operating Officer (designate), Handelsbanken UK
Karl Howkins, Managing Director, Citroen UK
Kate Ancketill, Chief Executive of GDR Creative Intelligence

Technology has made personalisation of goods and services easy. How far can it go?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Price Of Life2016070720160709 (R4)How do drugs companies and the NHS decide the value of prescription medicines?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Reddit Revolutionaries20210225The rush on shares by individual investors, into struggling US video game store chain Gamestop was portrayed as an attempt by a new breed of retail investors to thwart hedge funds which were shorting the stock. Some investors won big, others lost everything and one hedge fund, Melvin Capital, lost half of its $13bn fund. Was this really a David and Goliath fight, signalling a win for retail stock pickers, collaborating on social media platforms like Reddit? And has it changed the future of investing? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS
Holly MacKay, Founder and MD, Boring Money
Jack Inglis, CEO of Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
Mo and Danny, Online retail investors

Did the recent rush on Gamestop shares herald a new era for the retail investor?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Reddit Revolutionaries2021022520210227 (R4)The rush on shares by individual investors, into struggling US video game store chain Gamestop was portrayed as an attempt by a new breed of retail investors to thwart hedge funds which were shorting the stock. Some investors won big, others lost everything and one hedge fund, Melvin Capital, lost half of its $13bn fund. Was this really a David and Goliath fight, signalling a win for retail stock pickers, collaborating on social media platforms like Reddit? And has it changed the future of investing? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS
Holly MacKay, Founder and MD, Boring Money
Jack Inglis, CEO of Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
Mo and Danny, Online retail investors

Did the recent rush on Gamestop shares herald a new era for the retail investor?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion providing insight into business.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Secrets Of Fixing A Price2017030920170311 (R4)From budget airline seats to insurance premiums, Evan Davis discovers the secrets of complex pricing and how to get the best deal.

Are you bewildered by constantly changing air fares when searching online? Or curious why insurance premiums can be haggled down if you pick up the phone? Welcome to the world of complex pricing. You, the consumer, may be paying more for the same goods or services than your neighbour. Businesses are coy about revealing exactly how they price their goods and services. In this programme we hear some of the secrets.

Guests:
Sophie Dekkers, UK director, Easyjet
Simon Warsop, chief underwriting officer personal insurance, Aviva
Dr John Thanassoulis, Professor of Financial Economics, Warwick Business School

Producer: Lesley McAlpine.

From budget airline seats to insurance, Evan Davis discovers the secrets of pricing.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Shock Of The New2018020820180210 (R4)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.

Evan Davis and guests discuss the relationship between science, business and consumers.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Uk Space Industry2017022320170225 (R4)The UK space industry is growing faster than the wider economy. Its application is broad - from manufacturing satellites, earth observation projects, to advanced research and design for space exploration. The government aims to capitalise on all this activity and wants the UK to have its own space port for commercial flights and satellite missions. The programme will hear from the country's top small satellite manufacturer and from a firm developing a revolutionary hypersonic propulsion engine. Evan Davis's guests are:

Catherine Mealing-Jones, UK Space Agency
Mark Thomas, Reaction Engines
Patrick Wood, Surrey Satellite Technology

Producer: Lesley McAlpine.

Evan Davis does some black sky thinking as he hears about the growing UK space industry.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Working Week2020022720200229 (R4)Is our working week due for major reform? Will a move to a four day week - as proposed by the Labour Party in its recent General Election manifesto - ever happen? From shorter hours to more flexibility in the workplace, what will the modern world of work be like in ten years time? Evan Davis and guests discuss the latest trends.

Guests appearing on The Bottom Line

Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy & Standards, Institute of Leadership and Management
David Stone, CEO of MRL Recruitment
and Karen Jansen, Professor in Leadership Challenge at Henley Business School

Will the four day working week ever become a reality?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The Youth Market2016110320161105 (R4)Evan Davis explores how companies are trying to sell their stuff to young people.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

There's No Business Like Show Business2017072720170729 (R4)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 Vic, London
Rachel Tackley, Chichester Festival Theatre.

There's no business like show business. Evan Davis examines why UK theatres are thriving.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Theresanomics2016092920161001 (R4)Theresa May wants a bigger role for government in business. Will it happen? Can it work?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Transport After The Pandemic20200716Has staying at home during lockdown made us think more about our travel habits? Are you less likely to want to get on a bus or a train to get to work or are you itching to get on the next available flight? And what about the business travel industry? Are companies realising tele-conferencing is now just as acceptable and a cheaper option than a business flight? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Laura Shoaf, managing director, Transport for West Midlands

Simon Jeffrey, policy officer, Transport and Devolution, Centre for Cities

Michael Valkevich, vice-president, Global Customer Group, EMEA, CWT

Presenter: Evan Davis

Producer: Julie Ball

Editor: Hugh Levinson

What effect has Covid had on our travel and transport habits? With Evan Davis.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Turning Tables2018021520180217 (R4)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.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Tv Streaming2020032620200328 (R4)There's a battle for our eyeballs in the market for video on demand. Who will win? 20 years ago Netflix was a company that rented DVDs to its customers. Now its a billon-dollar enterprise streaming its own content and movies. But new challengers are entering the market, like Disney Plus, Apple TV and the UK's Britbox. So what does it take to grab the viewers? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

GUESTS

Richard Broughton, Ampere Analysis

Reemah Sakaan, Group Director ITV SVOD (Britbox)

Jane Turton, CEO, All3Media

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

The business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

University Businesses2019013120190202 (R4)Universities generate billions to the UK economy. Are they sustainable businesses?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

University Businesses2019020720190209 (R4)Higher education in the UK is an astonishingly successful British industry, with an income of almost £35 billion a year. Universities have expanded hugely with more students from home and abroad. But uncertain times lie ahead. Tuition fees are under review and some people in the sector argue Brexit may make it harder to attract students from EU countries. Are universities sustainable as businesses?

Guests:
Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton
Professor Trevor McMillan Vice-Chancellor of Keele University
Dr Helen Carasso, Department of Education, Oxford University

Universities have expanded over the last decade. Can they be successful businesses?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

When Robots Take Our Jobs2017062220170624 (R4)Are white collar workers under threat from the new robotic workforce? Manufacturing companies have been replacing production line workers with robots for years, but as the technology becomes more advanced, they are being increasingly used in healthcare, law firms and HR departments. So is the white collar worker under threat? Evan Davis talks to three guests, a roboticist, an Artificial Intelligence consultancy worker and the CEO of a hotel chain who is already using robots in his business.

GUESTS

Thrishantha Nanayakkara - Roboticist, Imperial College

Dr. Michael Chui - Partner, IT and innovation, McKinsey Global Institute

Hubert Viriot - CEO, Yotel.

Will robots take our jobs? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Who Owns British Companies?2018022220180224 (R4)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.

Evan Davis and guests discuss who owns British companies and why that matters.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Who's Sorry Now?2017071320170715 (R4)When things go wrong in the corporate world the public expects an apology from the man or woman in charge. So why are some CEO's more comfortable with saying sorry and why won't some shoulder the blame? Evan Davis and guests discuss why sorry is sometimes the hardest word in business.

GUESTS

David Kirk, Partner, McGuire Woods

Mark Selby, Co-founder Wahaca, Mexican restaurant chain

Paul Charles, CEO and Founder of reputation management consultancy, The PC Agency

Producer: Julie Ball.

When should a business leader apologise? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Why Do Companies Do Bad Things?2018070520180707 (R4)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 School.

Evan Davis and guests explore what happens when things go wrong in business.

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show

Will 5g Revolutionise Our Lives?2018053120180602 (R4)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 Evan Davis for the debate will be:

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer at Telefonica UK, which owns O2.
Professor Dimitra Simeonidu, Director of the Smart Lab at Bristol University
and Kyle Brown, Head of Technology at Samsung Electronics.

Will the next generation of mobile technology - 5G - revolutionise our lives?

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show