Conrad Ford, Chief Executive of online business finance supermarket, Funding Options, discussed the record £32.4 billion that was paid in corporation tax by 'real economy' UK businesses last year. So is there now scope for the government to reduce the corporation tax rate for SMEs?
The G20 summit is drawing to a close in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, and for many the worry is this could herald an end to the so called gold age of mutual trade relations cultivated between Bejing and Britain. Dr Kegang Wu, Executive Director at BCC LinkToChina, discussed whether wider trade relations could be impacted.
Theresa May's Brexit Brainstorm at Chequers did make one thing clear: limits on migration from Europe will be prioritised over preserving access to the single market for goods and services. Andrew Stimpson, Founder of underfloor heating specialists, WarmUp, has been a big beneficiary of the European single market. How has his business been affected?
The 45th English Wine Festival is taking place this weekend. The event being held in Purleigh, Essex is the longest running wine festival in England, and it comes after figures earlier this month revealed that sparkling wine sales in the UK have nearly doubled in the last five years. Lucy Winward, a wine expert at New Hall Vineyard, who are hosting the event, explained how the English wine industry is doing.
New TV licensing rules are making it illegal to use the BBC iPlayer app to watch the corporation's programmes without paying the licence fee. Up to now, only live content has been covered by the £145.50 annual licence, with online viewers having to confirm they have paid before they can watch a live feed of BBC channels. This policy is being extended to the catch-up service.
Media Commentator Maurice Smith joined the show to discuss further.
There are some new headwinds for UK airlines one way or another.
Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary, has said he expects Brexit to cost the no-frills airline 5 million passengers next year, as he predicted the UK would end up looking “pretty stupid”. Easyjet meanwhile has remained silent on market talk of a possible bid.
But bucking the trend, holiday airline Jet2.com has announced plans to create almost 1000 new jobs: hiring in pilots, cabin crew, and engineers starting in September to work from eight regional airports.
Is this a a savvy move or a mistake?
Matt Cox has been scoping out the airline sector with John Grant, Partner at aviation data and analysis specialists MIDAS Aviation.
Has the Apple tax debacle further poisoned an already difficult environment for talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? The planned free-trade agreement between the US and the EU, also known as TTIP, has been surrounded by controversy, and some European leaders have now called the talks dead. Professor Anand Menon, a director of a research body based at Kings College, shared his thoughts.
Jobseekers are over £1,000 worse off in real-terms as rising inflation hits earnings, according to a new report from jobs website Adzuna. Advertised salaries fell to £32,688 in July, down 2.4% annually from £33,505 a year ago. Becky Harkins, spokesperson for Adzuna, joined Share Radio to offer an insight.