George Osbourne stated in his budget speech on Wednesday, that Britain is "Open for business". Matt Cox spoke to Justin Urquhart Stewart, Co-Founder of Seven Investment Management, about the announcement and what it means for UK businesses.
Share Radio Senior Anlayst, Ed Bowsher and Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management join Investment Perspectives host Ed Mitchell for a review and analysis of the Chancellors 2016 budget immediately after it was heard in the Commons.
Warm Up, who produce market-leading underfloor heating products, makes an annual turnover of £20 million and employs 170 people. Its fast growth has mirrored the advent of the single European market, but life after a Brexit could spell a very different future for the company. CEO, Andrew Stimpson, spoke to Share Radio’s Nigel Cassidy about his fears if the UK was to leave the European Union.
Dan Hodges, Political Commentator at the Mail on Sunday, joins Sarah Lowther and Chris Bailey to look ahead to the budget. The focus in the build up to the budget has turned to education after it was announced that all schools will be changed to academy status. Dan discusses this as well as George Osborne’s position in the leadership contest.
The House of Lords will consider a series of amendments to the government's controversial Trade Union Bill when it goes before peers on Wednesday. Condemned by critics as "undemocratic", the bill would only allow workers to go on strike if more than 50% of them voted for industrial action. Employers would also have the authority to hire agency staff to cover the jobs of workers who go on strike. However the greatest outrage has arisen from proposals to change the way that union members pay their dues, which according to Labour, could lose the party up to £8 million a year. Joining Investment Perspectives host Juliette Foster for more analysis of that story is Matt Wrack, Head of the Fire Brigades Union, and Professor John Weeks, Share Radio's regular economics commentator.
Ahead of the Budget, the Momentum UK Household Financial Wellness Index highlights the areas of concern for the financial welfare of UK consumers. Financial journalist Harriet Meyer joins Georgie to talk this and all stories making the headlines today.
The Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged Tuesday but downgraded its view of the economy. Sarah Lowther discusses the decision and outlook with Seijiro Takeshita, Professor of Management and Information at University of Shizuoka, Japan
On Wednesday, the Chancellor George Osborne will present his latest Budget. Aside from a sighting of the fashionable red box, what can we all expect? Normally, a Budget four years out from a general election is when a government takes some risks. So what will happen to pay, pensions and petrol prices - all on the agenda. Ed Bowsher joins Georgie Frost to discuss this and all stories making the news today.