A big legal defeat has driven Uber out of Denmark. A new law requires all taxis to have expensive seat sensors, meters, and video surveillance, meaning Uber is an "illegal taxi service" and not a "ride sharing app" as it claims. The ride-hailing company says it's closing it's business from mid-April. Matt Cox spoke to Paul Henty, Partner and competition law expert at law firm Charles Russell-Speechlys.
Truckman, the West Midlands-based automotive manufacturer, has made a sharp U-turn on its stance on Brexit. The company was firmly anti-Brexit and has now become a supporter of leaving the EU and has set it's sights on doubling its export activity by targeting countries including Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Sweden. Chairman Mike Wheeler joined Nigel Cassidy to discuss the change of heart.
Theresa May will trigger Article 50 later. There'll be much scrutinising of the text of hints about where the coming negotiations are going, both in Brussels and London. The tone and the contents will form the basis for the EU's response. Joining Nigel Cassidy is Chris Bailey, Founder of Financial Orbit.
The pharmacy industry is trying to assess the likely impact of a £128 million government move to stop GPs writing prescriptions for 'low-priority' items. You could soon be stopped from getting travel jabs, gluten-free foods and omega-3 supplements on the NHS. You may have heard it confirmed yesterday that 10 treatments are involved in the first round of the shake-up by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens. What difference will this make? Galen Rosenberg, owner of the Maple Leaf Pharmacy spoke to Nigel Cassidy to discuss this further.
Theresa May's letter signalling our EU exit will be delivered in around 4 hours in Brussels firing the starting gun on the UK's formal exit negotiations. Despite May's positivity, many will be asking 'what does this mean for me?', including investors. Joining Nigel Cassidy to discuss what investor's might look forward to over the next couple of years is Richard Stone, CEO of The Share Centre.
Today, the new 12-sided pound coin is entering circulation. The coin has not changed in 30 years, however due to the high volume of fake pound coins in circulation - up to three in every 100 - Royal Mint and The Treasury had no choice but to protect the integrity of currency in the UK and change the coin. So what does this huge change mean for the vending industry? There's half a million vending machines which will require a software upgrade. Jonathan Hart, CEO of Automatic Vending Association spoke to Nigel Cassidy this morning.
According to the latest Adzuna Job Market Report, the total number of job vacancies has increased by 3.5%, highlighting the growth within the jobs market and the diversity in terms of opportunities available for jobseekers. In terms of salaries, monthly wage growth has started to pick up speed, rising 0.3% between January and February. Generally the report looks positive, however with Theresa May about to trigger Article 50, the job market could see another shake-up. Joining Nigel Cassidy is Becky Barr, author of the report to discuss further.
Inland Homes, a leading brownfield regeneration specialist and housebuilder has released it's half year results today. Earlier last week the company also announced it had received planning permission to develop a site in High Wycombe and has secured resolutions for planning consent to be granted at a number of other sites, taking its total pipeline to 2,340 permitted plots. So, good news for the housebuilders. How are the numbers looking? To tell us more, Nigel Cassidy was joined by Stephen Wicks, Chief Executive of Inland Homes.
Totally Plc, the company providing out-of-hospital healthcare across the UK, released it's latest full year results today. The AIM-listed company has big ambitions and is aiming to become the UK's leading provider in it's sector. The company's prospects have certainly appealed to some, Chairman Robert (Bob) Holt (also Chairman of Mears Group, DX, Lakehouse and a few others) purchased 76,977 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 17th. Bob joined Nigel Cassidy to discuss further.
Businesses are 'sleepwalking' into disaster as Brexit approaches. That's according to new data from the Cranfield School of Management and the British Standards Institution - that safeguards standards in business. They also found less than one-third of CEOs were confident of leading their firms to long term success. The report argues companies aren't taking enough risks because of 'rigid' ways of thinking. James Brydges spoke to Howard Kerr, CEO of the British Standards Institution.