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.
Shares in the Hertfordshire based tech firm Imagination Technologies have tumbled after Apple announced it would end a deal to use their products. To find out what's behind the move and what it will mean for the companies Share Radio's Joe Aldridge spoke to Oliver Smith, senior reporter for The Memo.
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
Worrying numbers of small businesses are feeling increasingly stretched by financial pressures. So much so, that 1 in 5 small business owners with cashflow problems aren't able to pay their staff, and are instead having to dip into their savings. To find out how this has come about, Share Radio reporter Anviksha Patel spoke to former Apprentice winner and Small Business Champion, Tim Campbell MBE.
Certainty around status of EU workers and access to European markets are key issues for small business as Brexit negotiations kick off, but research from the FSB also found a third would be deterred from trade under WTO tariffs. For a look at the impact, Alan Soady, spokesperson for the Federation of Small Businesses, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
According to new data from the Cranfield School of Management and the British Standards Institution businesses are 'sleepwalking' into disaster as Brexit approaches. They also found less than one-third of CEOs were confident of leading their firms to long term success. The report argues companies aren't taking enough risks because of 'rigid' ways of thinking. To discuss the findings James Brydges spoke to Howard Kerr, CEO of the British Standards Institution.
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.