Next week the Chancellor George Osborne will unveil his spring budget to the House of Commons as speculation grows over whether he's likely to make any cutbacks or if he's course to pay down the nation's debts. Mr Osborne is saying nothing although he's dropped plans to end or alter tax relief on pension contributions in a move which campaigners believe is a missed opportunity to help the low paid. Yet regardless of what the Chancellor does on Wednesday, his calculations will have been influenced by an econimic model that critics claim is flawed and past its sell by date. Neo-classical economics may be Treasury's guding light, but has it done more harm than good? Is it time to look at the alternatives? Juliette Foster was joined in the studio by Professor John Weeks, Share Radio's regular economics commentator, and Professor Steve Keen of Kingston University London. Steve is also the author of the best-selling book "Debunking Economics".
Ninety six seconds was all it took to raise £1 million pounds, in Mondo's crowdfund via the Crowdcube platform. The mobile first challenger bank is allowing customers to become shareholders through the initiative. Tom Blomfield is the Chief Executive of Mondo, and he explains what the company does, whilst also looking ahead to the future for the bank and the industry.
The Virtual Technology Cluster Group is just 24 hours old. Launched on Monday, the group's model enables major multi-national companies to attract emerging and disruptive technology innovators into their supply chain. Chief Executive, Auriol Stevens, joined Sarah Lowther and Chris Bailey to discuss just how the group works and who its members are.
Share Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher joins Georgie Frost in the studio to discuss a fall in London tourism, NPower cutting over a fifth of its workforce, Chancellor Osborne's u-turn on pension changes, fee-free accounts, and Moonpig apologising for Mothers' Day bungle.
The Digital Media Strategies Conference is an annual affair organised by the Media Briefing Organisation and has publishers from all over Europe sharing problems and best practice. Digital Strategist, Nic Newman, is speaking at the event and he joins Share Radio to discuss his talking points.
Sarah Pennells talks about banking and accounts with guests Tashema Jackson of uSwitch, and Hannah Maundrell from money.co.uk, and Matt Saunders from GoCompare. Together they discuss whether it is possible to open a bank account if you have a history of debt, if you can open an account if you’ve moved to the UK from abroad and what the best accounts are if you’re constantly in your overdraft or similarly, always in credit.
Sarah Pennells looks at how to save money on your food bill. Dawn Quest, joint founder of mealsourkidslove.com, joins Sarah with fellow guests Helen White, from Love Food Hate Waste and Annie O’Leary from Netmums. Together they discuss how supermarket offers can make customers spend up to 20% more than they plan to, despite food costs going down. The guests share tips on how to reduce food waste and how to cook food in a creative and healthy way, they also say that encouraging children to take part in buying and preparing food will help promote healthy eating.
The team from This Is Money, the award winning financial website, are back in the studio with Georgie for their weekly catch up. This week they take a look at: an alternative to Trump's doom-and-gloom rhetoric; automation is creeping into every aspect of our lives, and the British auto industry shines in Geneva.
Bill Gibbons, Director of industry body Discover Ferries, joins Share Radio to talk on the UK ferry industry after the release of new statistics. 2015 Ferrystat figures, released by Discover Ferries, shows 8.61 million cars were carried by UK operators last year, an increase of 1.3% on the previous year. So how has the ferry industry adapted and what challenges does it face?