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?
Mears Group, the UK housing and social care provider which delivers repairs and maintenance services directly into communities and people's homes, has released preliminary results today.
The company has reported 9% gains but how is the industry doing? Many are saying it is on the 'brink of collapse' what with is being hit with cuts to local authority budgets, the fees they pay, rises in the minimum wage, a shortage of trained nurses and tougher immigration rules. Alongside this, the elderly are living for longer than ever before. So has Mears Group felt the strain amongst this vulnerable sector? Joining Nigel Cassidy to discuss further is David Miles, CEO of Mears Group.
Fake HSBC emails are being sent out to users to install a malicious version of Rapport, a legitimate security program designed to protect online bank accounts from fraud. The emails appear to come from HSBC and display an @hsbc.com email address. The fake Rapport software, if installed, does the opposite of what is claimed and steals information from the compromised computer. Worryingly, the spam run may be part of a larger campaign. To find out how to combat this, Tony Neate, the CEO of the organisation Get Safe Online, joined Sarah to discuss.
Sarah Pennells was joined by independent personal finance expert Simon Read this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed how an average stay in a residential care home could swallow up as much as half of the value of your house. Plus they look into the news that Uber's president Jeff Jones has quit after seven months. All these stories and more on The News Review.
To go through all the political headlines this morning with Sarah Pennells was Share Radio's Political Correspondent, Colin Bloom. They started by discussing the Prime Minister insisting she wants every part of the UK to benefit from leaving the European Union. Theresa May will go to Wales later to meet first minister Carwyn Jones. Last week the PM dismissed calls for a second independence referendum for Scotland before the Brexit deal's finalised. Plus a police team has been set up to investigate crimes against MPs looked into more than 50 complaints in the six months after the murder of Jo Cox.
Joining Sarah Pennells to discuss the latest market headlines was Share Radio's very own Nigel Cassidy, starting with the tumultuous period that Uber has been going through. In an otherwise quiet morning for company announcements, we've heard from Vodafone - they're planning a merger in India. Plus Carillion, the British multinational facilities management and construction services company have been awarded a £90 million contract by UK defence.
Georgie Frost was joined by finance expert from moneysupermarket.com Kevin Pratt this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed Chancellor Philip Hammond defending his U-turn on increasing National Insurance contributions for some self-employed workers. Plus they look into why around 2-million pounds was lost to financial fraud every day of 2016. All these stories and more on The News Review.
To go through all the political headlines this morning, Georgie Frost was joined Josh Lowe from Newsweek. The Chancellor says his u-turn over tax hikes for self-employed people was necessary to maintain voters' trust. Philip Hammond's reversed a National Insurance increase announced in his budget, because it broke a Tory pre-election pledge. Plus the Conservative Party has been fined £70,000 following an investigation into election campaign expenses. The Electoral Commission says there were significant failures by the Party to properly record how much was spent on canvassing. And a far-right party which called for mosques to be closed and the Koran to be banned has failed to win a general election in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders' Party for Freedom came second, winning fewer seats than expected.
Joining Georgie Frost to discuss the latest market headlines was Share Radio's very own Nigel Cassidy starting with this morning's company announcements. We've heard from Sainsbury's and Eurostar this morning. And we have the Bank of England's interest rate decision later. It will be the last before the UK starts formal proceedings to exit the EU. This comes after the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday by a quarter of a percentage point to 1 per cent. It's the second rise in three months - and only the third-time rates have been put up since the 2008 financial crisis. So what can we expect?