The 1st of April is the day when some of the most watched economic figures are out. The Purchasing Managers Index will tell us whether Europe's and the worlds factories are busier or quieter than last month. John Elliott MBE, Founder and Chairman of Ebac, who are big in domestic dehumidifiers, joins Share Radio to give a true picture from the UK factory floor.
On the day of a Westminster conference on the future of apprenticeships. Lambeth College Principal, Mark Silverman, explains the partnership between construction group, Carillion, and his college. It has been argued that colleges and industry should be working closer together and this new venture is an example of how that theory is trying to be changed.
Uday Dholakia, Chairman of the National Asian Business Association, joins Nigel Cassidy and Sara Sjölin to talk on the back of the Asian Business Awards. Uday discusses the awards and looks at who’s been recognised from Asian business in the UK. He also talks about the budget and gives his take on Brexit.
There’s been no change in the cost of borrowing in the UK. Yet when the Monetary Policy Committee meets to decide on interest rates, we tend to see that the decision's based upon London. So should the bank be charged with paying more attention to industry and commerce outside the capital? One body of business people scrutinising the MPC every month are the North East Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, and Christopher White, Chair of the NE Shadow MPC and Finance Director at Darlington Building Society, joined Share Radio to discuss.
AIM business Safestyle UK, who specialise in replacement windows and doors, has released its full year results. The company recorded record results in 2015, and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Birmingham, joined Nigel Cassidy and Louise Cooper to discuss the performance.
The Competition and Markets Authority has published its long-awaited "remedies". It says the report will fix the broken energy market and it follows a long investigation which found the ‘Big 6’ were over-charging loyal customers. Will Heinzelmann, energy analyst at Good Energy, joined Nigel Cassidy and Steve Clarke to explain the report and look at what will happen now as a result.
Chancellor George Osborne has dropped plans to end or alter tax relief on pension contributions. But we know he will need to find other ways to save money. So what could he do? Sam Bowman, Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, joins Share Radio to outline the key reforms and tax cuts it hopes to see the Chancellor announce.
The Digital Media Strategies Conference is an annual affair organised by the Media Briefing Organisation and has publishers from all over Europe sharing problems and best practice. Digital Strategist, Nic Newman, is speaking at the event and he joins Share Radio to discuss his talking points.
Bill Gibbons, Director of industry body Discover Ferries, joins Share Radio to talk on the UK ferry industry after the release of new statistics. 2015 Ferrystat figures, released by Discover Ferries, shows 8.61 million cars were carried by UK operators last year, an increase of 1.3% on the previous year. So how has the ferry industry adapted and what challenges does it face?
The Royal Bank of Scotland has reported an annual loss attributable to shareholders of £1.9 billion. That is in line with the bank's guidance from last month and is a smaller loss than last year, but it’s the bank’s eight consecutive annual loss. Chris Bailey, Founder of financialorbit.com, joins Share Radio to look at the ins and outs of the numbers.