Next has reported its first fall in profits in eight years, although the shares are up 5% this lunchtime. Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke to Neil Wilson, Senior Market Analyst at ETX Capital to find out more.
This week the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show will be coming to Manchester providing the North's biggest hospitality show to industry professionals. According to latest stats the North of the country has lead the way for Britain's food and drink industry with cities such as Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham topping the growth tables for independent restaurants. Overall growth has proved strong though with a widespread boom in the independent sector. To discuss some of the current trends Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to organiser of the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show, Thom Hetherington.
We've heard of the purple pound, we've heard of the pink pound, and we've heard of the silver pound. But have we heard of the Muslim pound? The Halal economy is big business in the UK however many still struggle to find restaurants that cater for it. That's why Siddika Jaffer founded The Halal Dining Club in May 2015 - an app which aims to transform the Halal dining experience for millions of Muslim diners around the world. She joined Sarah Lowther to tell the story behind the app.
If you want to earn a lot of money...you may want to think about a career in tech! Forbes' billionaire list is out for 2017.183 of the list are from the industry - up 23 on the previous year - with 3 of the top 5 being CEOs of tech companies. They have a combined $1 trillion net worth.
To go through the list Georgie Frost was joined by Mary-Ann Russon, Senior Technology Reporter with the International Business Times UK.
The food sector might look like an attractive place to start and grow a business - it certainly did to Joe Chakra of Sloane Brothers. On this week's edition of Company Casebook, Linda Lewis goes behind the scenes to find out more about his frozen yoghurt shops, his search for sites to expand to, and why he wants to become a global ambassador of "British quality, taste, and creamy dairy".
This week Sue Dougan is joined by the Group Chief Executive at Police Mutual, Stephen Mann. Stephen spent his early financial career with Aviva before joining Police Mutual nearly 9 years ago. He has a background in law, and an interest in law and order issues - he's trustee of the Police Memorial Arboretum Trust and a member of a key group with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Each week we're joined by an author to talk us through the ideas and background to their book. This time Sue Dougan was joined by entrepreneur Edwina Dunn to discuss her book "The Female Lead" which showcases 60 of the world's most accomplished women.
Life insurer Prudential PLC is bidding for a slice of the £12.5bn of Bradford & Bingley mortgages being sold by the government, Nex has just released its Q3 statement announcing that Trump effect boosted revenues by 11%, and Qinetiq's revenues are ‘steady’ as it looks to end a 5 years of decline. Chris Bailey, Founder of Financial Orbit, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to look at these and other important company news.
Just Eat Chief Executive David Buttress announced that he will step down due to "urgent family matters", this sent the company's shares down 6% in the first hour of trading today. UK's largest pub retailer and brewer Greene King released its 40th week trading statement update which saw the group having a slow sales growth between January and November despite a record-breaking Christmas Day. Plus, British lender Nationwide's profit dropped 16 percent as low rates bite. To discuss this and other corporate stories Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by Craig Erlam, Senior Market Analyst at OANDA.
Despite innovations in finance, banks are still the primary source of funds for business. But for the crucial high-growth sector, equity finance can be a better choice - the question is, how do you get your hands on it if you're in the regions? A report from the Institute for Public Policy Research has looked at how to make equity more equitable. Share Radio's Peta Fuller reports.