Britain's small businesses know what they want from the Chancellor and amongst the items topping their wish list are government initiatives to boost productivity, infrastructure investment along with partnerships to stabilise the economy as the country prepares for Brexit. Yet most small firms are concerned about the business rates. They believe it's an area that's ripe for urgent reform and they want Mr Hammond to use his budget to bring the rates in line with inflation. to see if this is likely, Juliette Foster spoke to Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses.
Juliette Foster was joined by Billy Bambrough, Editor of economics and business website Verdict.co.uk this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed obviously the Spring budget and what we can expect. Plus they look into how Nestle is cutting the amount of sugar in its chocolate bars by 10%. All these stories and more on The News Review
What can we expect from Chancellor Hammond? Juliette Foster was joined by Josh Lowe of Newsweek to discuss if we will see any surprises. Another big story of the day was the government suffer's a second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords after peers backed calls for a "meaningful" parliamentary vote on the final terms of withdrawal - what does that mean? Has the Lords told the government that parliament should be given the vote over the final Brexit deal?
Joining Juliette Foster to discuss the latest market headlines was Share Radio's very own Nigel Cassidy starting with Chancellor Philip Hammond announcing his first Budget at 12:30. Just what effect can we expect it to have on the markets? And on the morning's of big political and economic events such as today, do we tend to get many company announcements? Nigel was here to go through all this and more from the markets this morning.
Sarah Pennells was joined by Jo Faith, Editor of YourMoney.com this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed the fund of £320 million for new free schools being announced in tomorrow's budget. Plus they look into why junk food should join tobacco in having plain packaging. All these stories and more on The News Review.
The chancellor has pledged half a billion pounds to build new schools and revamp others. Elsewhere, Ministers are at risk of a second defeat in the House of Lords over the bill paving the way for Brexit talks. This after the Lords voted in favour of an amendment demanding protection for EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. And finally, former Tory leader Lord Hague has urged Theresa May to call an early general election. He wrote in a Daily Telegraph column that bringing forward the next election could help the UK secure a better deal in Brexit negotiations. To discuss this, Sarah Lowther was joined by Jack Sommers of the Huffington Post.
Joining Sarah Lowther to discuss the latest market headlines was Share Radio's very own Nigel Cassidy starting with Paddy Power Betfair and Just Eat has releasing their figures. Plus we check out why Direct Line’s profits are down.
The Spring budget is just a day away now, Philip Hammond's first as Chancellor. The last one before the Brexit. And by all accounts whatever small surprises he manages to spring there will be some tax rises to meet a fresh round of spending commitments. How else will he meet extra spending on social care, for example, or that promised business rate relief? With the Spring Budget imminent, predictions on what the Chancellor will have to offer or what he will not offer are well underway. So what can we expect? Nigel Cassidy was joined by Bill Dodwell, Head of Tax Policy at Deloitte to give his pre-budget analysis.
Carrying out financial transactions on your desktop and other such traditional methods are more susceptible to cybercrime than using your mobile. That’s according to research by security technology company Threatmetrix, which shows one million cyberattacks targeted online lending transactions in 2016. Cyber fraud expert from Threatmetrix, Dr. Stephen Moody, spoke to Share Radio’s Anviksha Patel to discuss the research further.
Apparently more than 1 in 4 adults feel too stressed which is taking a toll on productivity with more days being lost due to sickness. In an effort to tackle the problem some firms such as Cisco have begun introducing wellbeing programmes for their employees. To find out more about the benefits this can offer a business Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to health expert Jessie Pavelka who has recently partnered with Cisco. Jessie began by explaining the problems for many employees.