Have you ever fantasised about leaving your job and starting your own business? Well that's exactly what one investment banker did after being made redundant in 2013. She didn't head back to the city but decided to do something completely different! Lavinia Davolio set up a sweet business--Lavolio Boutique Confectionery and has gone on to supply Fortnum and Mason, Ocado and Amazon and joined Georgie Frost in the studio.
More feisty fisticuffs from Money Fight Club with financial heavyweight Lindsay Cook; this week estate agency fees are in the firing line along with charities that hound us after making a donation, and if we should boycott the companies that are shrinking the Christmas sweet contents yet not reducing the price.
We've certainly seen plenty of stories about new developments in robotics and AI across different industries. Science fiction is filled with examples of highly advanced robots replacing humans and taking over the world but could they be starting with your job? According to one study about 35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of automation over the next 20 years. Our reporter Tom Hill spoke to UK Think-tank Future Advocacy’s founder Olly Buston to investigate what the future holds for the job market in this robotic age.
From virtual reality to drones this year has certainly seen a range of futuristic new products on the market. All this means there's ever more to choose from when trying to find the perfect present for any gadget obsessed friends and relatives. Talking to Georgie Frost through the best of this year’s consumer tech is Chris Hall, editor at Pocket Lint, the Tech review website.
As 2016 is almost over, it is time to look back over the year. Georgie Frost checked in with Mr Moneyblogger himself, Andy Webb from the Moneyblogger community to find out about the money highlights, including the money heroes and villains from 2016.
There is widespread concern after British Airways and the Post Office joined Southern Rail in striking over the Christmas period. According to the latest figures by the Office for National Statistics, 281,000 days were lost to strike action up until the end of October 2016, which is over 100,000 more days than the same time last year. Share Radio’s Matt Cox investigated this new era of strike action with industrial action expert Professor Chris Rowley, Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and Professor Emeritus at Cass Business School.
Sue Dougan is joined on the line with Hannah Maundrell, editor of money.co.uk. Today on the agenda, they discussed potential Christmas electricity blackouts, a 51% alcohol tax and have you finished your Christmas shopping if you're under 40? A poll says three quarters haven't. All these stories and more on The News Review.
In the careers clinic, we discuss how it's not always easy to find a new job, but changing your career is even more challenging. For many burned-out or multi-talented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their marbles. To discuss this further, Sue joined by James Innes, founder of the CV centre and author of five best-selling careers books.
Office perks may be a thing of the past, with less than a quarter (24%) of companies planning to throw an office party this Christmas. New research reveals almost a third of Brits (31%) will work until Christmas Eve this year and just under one in five (18%) will be in the office throughout the Christmas period. Tom Hellier from Willis Towers Watson, a human resources consulting firm told Share's Melanie Wray what they had found.
We are being urged to check our energy prices and consider fixing, as experts warn that gas and electricity prices are likely to continue rising in 2017 by as much as 5%. According to energy comparison website Energyhelpline.com, over the past six months the cheapest energy prices have risen from £734 a year in June to £870 a year now. This all comes as customers of Big Six energy provider EDF are facing the first bill hike in three years as power costs rise. To find out more, Sue Dougan spoke on the line to Energyhelpline's Mark Todd.