What would it take to retrain people to use computers and the internet more effectively? The UK is currently in the grip of an IT skills crisis with an estimated 12.6 million lacking even the most basic digital skills. Byron Nicolaides, President of the Council of European Professionals Informatics Societies (CEPIS), discussed.
This month, Scottish wind farms have received a record £5.5 million to shut down. It’s after hurricane-force gusts produced more electricity than could be consumed. August 7th saw winds blowing as high as 115 miles an hour, while demand for power fell to record lows. But Renewable UK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, told Share Radio's James Brydges that wind farms turning off was actually the least expensive solution.
David Pitt-Watson is the former head of the Hermes shareholder activist funds in Europe, and an executive fellow of finance at the London Business School. He's one of the authors of “What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us and How to Fix it”. He spoke to Share Radio about executive pay.
Scotland’s public spending deficit has reached almost £15 billion, more than twice the size of the UK figure, and at 9.5% of GDP its higher than that of Greece at 7.2%. North Sea oil revenues also plunged from £1.8 billion in 2014/15 to just £60 million last year. Our commentator in Scotland, Maurice Smith, discussed.
Mark Hayward, Managing Director, National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), joined Nigel Cassidy to talk on 'Brixit'. Is a shortage of bricks a factor in rising house prices and housing deficit post-Brexit?
Alex Lydall, Senior 360 FX Dealer at corporate forex broker Foenix Partners, joined Morning Money’s Directors’ Briefing sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, to discuss retail sales and the post-Brexit impact thus far. Alex also discusses last week’s FOMC Statement and the ongoing outlook of US rate hikes this year.
It seems a number of Hedge Funds are investing in "tiny satellites", which have the ability to take high frequency images of "economically sensitive" spots. To find out more, Joe Aldridge has been speaking with Stuart Martin, CEO of independent innovation and technology company, Satellite Applications Catapult.
British households remain confident in the rising value of their homes, even after the vote to leave the European Union.
That's according to Knight Frank's Sentiment Report, which shows 15% of homeowners surveyed by Knight Frank believed the price of their own house had risen last month... more than the ratio who believed house prices had fallen.
Grainne Gilmore, head of Knight Frank UK Residential Research joined the team to discuss further.
Another piece of post-Brexit economic data may give us a better scope of how Brexit has affected the UK: Public sector borrowing figures may suggest a deterioration of the Government's finances in the months to come.
Chris Hare, Economist at Investec, joined the Morning Money team to discuss what this new information means.
Now the cynic might say, who would want to sponsor the Olympic Games, what with doping scandals, corruption, venue deficiencies and the Zika virus. Whatever the true ideals of the movement, the Olympic brand and its many parts aren’t seen as trustworthy. So will any of that rub off on the prominent brands that are paying untold millions to be there? Izzy Pugh, Director of Culture at Added Value, a strategic brand consultancy, talks to Share Radio to discuss the games and the brands involved.