Welcome to the This is Money show on Share Radio. From major supermarkets to micro-entrepreneurs we’ll be focusing on businesses big and small. Growing competition, inflation and a weak pound are all spelling problems for the retail sector whilst plans to scrap tax breaks threaten small businesses with bigger bills. Running through the various other issues from 4G to the strength of the high street Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Plus how the new, forgery proof pound coin might not prove as secure as hoped.
Share Radio's Tom Hill meets Ricky Kothari, a former management consultant who created T-Sticks. The one serving packaging sticks double as stirrers as well as tea bags and have been sold around the world, even being sampled by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Share Radio's Sara Macham meets Deepak Ohri who's won eight entrepreneur and innovation awards since setting up his hotel group, lebua, in 2003. The company has grown from one restaurant in Bangkok to seven hotels and lodges in India, New Zealand and Thailand and is now expanding into Europe.
This week look at the lack of female entrepreneurs. The number has fallen for the third year in a row and according to Natwest, it's costing the UK economy £1 billion a year. But, plenty of women do start and run their own business. So what is going on? Georgie Frost was joined by Lindsay Loxley, the MD of the Women in Business Network, Helene Martin Gee, president of the Pink Shoe Club, Julie Baker, NatWest's head of enterprise for business banking and Melanie Lawson, an entrepreneur and founder of Bare Biology.
Lindsay Loxley, Helene Martin Gee, Julie Baker, Melanie Lawson
What does it take to start up your own business? Guts determination and lots of energy. In the business world, some of the stories are truly inspirational. And in Cheryl Spain's case, it's no different. Back in 2013 Cheryl was a single parent with one dream - to create and run her own fitness studios. No money; very little and now she runs Fitness Fusions in a large building in Clapham. She joined Georgie in the studio to tell her story.
Thought about starting your own business? Don't know where to start? Well we think we can give you a helping hand. To help talk you through how to create your own plan - we have the 'start-up coach himself', Carl Reader. And talking through how she started her own dog walking business, the Ministry of Dogs, Alison Williams talks about her experiences and the joy of owning your own business.
Welcome to the This is Money show and podcast, in partnership with NS&I. This week, Personal Finance Editor Rachel Rickard Straus, and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce from the Financial Website of the Year team up with Georgie Frost, Financial Broadcaster of the Year, to give you the very best in the week's money journalism. On the agenda: Your pound is being assailed from all angles, from scammers to through-the-floor rates. So what's to be done about it? Well, there is one White Knight on the horizon, and the team from This is Money have some strategies of their own.
This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost, in partnership with NS&I
Tuition fees are increasing for students, low-income families are losing grants, more competition for jobs, high house prices - what does all this mean for kids out there with big dreams? And what do they think of their chances in a post Brexit Britain? Joining Georgie Frost today are three young men who are helping shape the next generation of business. Adam Bradford is an award winning social activist, Louis Howell is a Youth and Community Trainer, and Jacob Sarkil is former young mayor of Lewisham and a youth leader and social entrepreneur.
Once again, it's time for the This is Money podcast. Every week, in partnership with NS&I, Financial Broadcaster of the Year Georgie Frost and Financial Website of the Year This is Money team up to go through all the finance stories you need to know this week. First up: the ARM takeover by Softbank - does this prove that Britain is open for business, or did we just write ourselves out of the Internet of Things? Then, we take a look at the new cabinet, what would you do if you were in charge of the country? Or pensions? Then, banks are 'named and shamed' for offering loyal savers record low interest rates. All this and more, on This is Money.
This is Money is presented in partnership with NS&I