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.
It's been dubbed business class coffee - where art and food science combine. Meet Malaysian-born entrepreneur Kia Boon, who hopes his venture, The New Black, will be the start of a modern-day coffee empire. He joined Linda Lewis on Company Casebook to spill the beans.
Leah Hutcheon is the Founder of Appointedd, an Edinburgh based online booking specialist. She joined Share Radio Breakfast to talk about her company, which from nothing has built its way to international status, having won investment along the way. They are announcing a new US partner on Monday.
A major new report on the UK logistics sector has urged for land to be set aside for industrial space by the government, warning that a growing shortfall could crush out online retailers. More than 18million sq. ft. of new industrial space is needed annually to satisfy exponential e-commerce growth and demand from parcel delivery firms, says City law firm Addleshaw Goddard. A massive shortfall could see consumers having to pick up the tab for the higher cost of industrial space for retailers and couriers. To discuss this further, Leona Ahmed, Head of Real Estate at law firm Addleshaw Goddard, joined Share Radio Breakfast.
Nosh Detox is a company producing freshly made, non-pasteurised juice diets, detox and nutritional plans across Europe and the US. But it also has quite a unique backstory. Former lawyer Geeta Sidhu-Robb set up the business after retraining as a food technician and nutritionist to find a way of treating her ill son. Focusing on allergy free foods, nutrition, diet and organic produce she aimed to find an alternative to the drugs and steroids being suggested by his doctors. Geeta spoke to Share Radio's Melanie Wray to tell the story.
David Richardson, Regulatory & Commercial Affairs Director at The Wine and Spirit Trade Association, joined Share Radio to discuss the fall in sherry sales and what can be done about it. We started by asking him when consumption started to decline.
Pharmaceutical companies are in the news again being accused of unreasonable price hikes. This time it's Actavis UK, who have been accused by the NHS of overcharging for a "lifesaving" drug by raising the price more than 12 thousand percent. This follows similar situations such as Pfizer being charged a record 107 million dollar fine for allegedly overcharging for an epilepsy treatment, and the Martin Shkreli scandal, when the U.S. Pharmaceutical Executive bought the rights to Daraprim, and raised the price more than 50-fold. Share Radio's Matt Cox has been investigating these price hikes. He spoke to Dr Amit Roy pharmaceutical analyst and founder of independent investment research firm Foveal.
High profile executives, including Microsoft's Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, are investing one billion dollars in a fund for clean energy tech and addressing climate change. They're being joined by others such as Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Alibaba chairman Jack Ma. They hope to increase financing to emerging energy research, and help hit emissions goals set in the Paris Summit. Dr. Charles Donovan is Director of Imperial College London's Centre for Climate Finance, and he joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss.