The face of manufacturing is on the move and it is a revolution that is happening at a rapid pace. Birmingham is the place to be this week if you are in manufacturing - the Smart Factory Expo brings together all those involved in manufacturing to discuss how they can future proof their operations to ensure they don't stay stuck in the past.
Rodolphe Saadé, an executive of French shipping giant CMA CGM, said earlier this week that none of the top twenty biggest container-shipping companies are likely to post a profit in 2016. He said that container shipping: "has been strangled by two years of rock-bottom freight rates that have caused some operators to go bankrupt and others to seek partnerships to stay afloat." To find out what is expected for next year, Share Radio's Matt Cox sought out Robert Merrylees, Policy Analyst at the UK Chamber of Shipping.
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.
According to a key annual report annual report from energy practise Oliver Wyman, the biggest commodity trading houses have seen profits from reselling oil shipments jump more than 50% over the past five years. Roland Rechsteiner, co-author of "Reimagining Commodity Trading" at Oliver Wyman, talks on their annual oil report.
Our focus on how business operates in the UK is inevitably focused on those firms we can see, such as quoted companies and well-known names on the high street. But what of home businesses? Vonage UK, the internet telecoms provider, has produced a report entitled 'The Heart of Home Business Britain', which shows the massive impact of home businesses on the UK economy. Simon Burckhardt, MD of Vonage UK, spoke with Share Radio Morning Money.
Sue Dougan is joined by Rachel Springall, personal finance expert at moneyfacts.co.uk. Today they discuss Sir Philip Green's upcoming meeting with the pensions regulator as well as the news a third of people get poor or no mobile phone reception at home. Plus how self driving cars could become the future of motoring. All these stories and more on The News Review.
A new research by Direct Line for Business reveals that the cost of a two week disruption to a small business in the UK averages £8,775. More than 550,000 UK small businesses have been forced to halt trading for a range of reasons, including damaged stock and delivery vehicles breaking down. Simon Smith, Head of Direct Line for Business, joined Share radio to discuss this.
Linda meets the self-sustaining Sun Rockers – all aged 50+ - of an unusual retirement community in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Sun Park’s been running for 5 years and its residents run everything there themselves – the shop, the bar and the entertainment.