Joining Sarah Lowther to discuss the main market headlines of the morning is Share Radio's Nigel Cassidy, starting with Kingfisher profiting from the weak pound. We've also heard from fashion house Hermès. Plus, we check out how the pound and FTSE is fairing.
Cello Group, the UK based healthcare and consumer strategic marketing company has released their latest preliminary results today. Cello Group has two distinct businesses, Cello Health which delivers marketing advisory services to the global pharma and health sectors, and Cello Signal which delivers digitally-led insight and marketing services to global consumer and B2B clients. So how is the company doing? Mark Scott, CEO of Cello revealed to Nigel Cassidy.
Today, the London Taxi Company (LTC) announced the official opening of the UK's first car plant dedicated solely to the production of range-extended electric vehicles. This new, state-of-the-art, vehicle plant in Ansty, Coventry, is where the world's first purpose-built, mass-market electric taxi will be built. The investment and expansion of LTC has created more than 1,000 new jobs, including 200 engineers and 30 apprenticeships. So to tell us more, Nigel Cassidy was joined by Chris Gubbey, CEO of London Taxi Company.
The UK's inflation rate jumped in February to 2.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics, placing it above the Bank of England's 2% target rate for CPI inflation. Will inflation peak higher than the 2.8% predicted in 2018? Plus the Bank of England's chief economist Andy Haldane says mediocrity in UK business is to blame for the productivity crisis - is he right? John Barrass, Deputy Chief Executive of the Wealth Management Association, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to analyse these stories and more.
Inflation is up more than expected - the consumer price index rose to 2.3%, up from 1.8% in January, and is now higher than the Bank of England's target of 2%. But what does this mean for consumers and savers? And where might there be profits in the current climate? Calum Bennie at Scottish Friendly joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to explain.
Is London 'cheap' now? The capital no longer ranks among the world's most expensive cities in a key survey, dropping from 6th to 24th, its lowest position in 20 years. For more on the Worldwide Cost of Living report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, survey editor Jon Copestake spoke with Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
Investment in the UK rail network means that 6,400 more train services will be running each week by 2021. Thats according to The Rail Delivery Group. The RDG say around £50bn is being spent on the network, which would result in an 11% rise in the number of weekday services.
James Brydges spoke to Sim Harris, managing director of railenews.co.uk
Georgie Frost was joined by consumer rights expert Martyn James this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed the recently released inflation figures from this morning - rocketing fuel and food prices pushed it to 2.3%. Plus they look into why coffee shops are opening at a rate of more than three a day, but 29 pubs are closing every week. All these stories and more on The News Review.
The former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, has died at the age of 66. He was Sinn Fein's lead negotiator during the peace process in which a power-sharing agreement was reached between Republicans and Unionists. The former IRA chief made one of his last public appearances in January when he resigned over the DUP leader's handling of a botched green energy scheme. And we now know when Theresa May will officially start the formal process to take the UK out of the EU. To discuss all these stories and more, Georgie Frost was joined by Tim Evans Professor of Business and Political Economy at Middlesex University London.
Joining Georgie Frost to discuss the main market headlines of the morning is Share Radio's Nigel Cassidy, starting with Fevertree, the world's leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers. We've also heard from national housebuilder Bellway. Plus, Google have been in the news over the last day or so, after several firms withdrew their ads when some appeared next to extremist content on YouTube. How damaging has this been for the company?