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.
A new fund spun out from leading firm Odey Asset Management will not charge investors performance fees. The decision follows the move by renowned fund manager Neil Woodford not to award performance bonuses to staff earlier this year. As sentiment in the industry seems to turn against fees and bonuses, digital technology is enabling investors to demand greater transparency around how the fund is actually performing. Robert Van Egghen reports.
A week is a long time in politics - UKIP; Fracking protesters; and the pound all got a pummeling, didn't they? Welcome to the This is Money podcast, produced in partnership with NS&I. This week, Share Radio’s Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and journalist Ellie Lawrie to take a look at the week’s biggest financial stories. And we start with the speech. Which speech? Don’t be silly. Theresa May capped off the Conservative Party conference with an entreaty for the Tories to be the Peoples Party, but more importantly for our purposes, the PM gave some strong signals of protectionism and increased toughness on Business. Energy, pensions, transport – few sectors escaped her view. And we’re in no doubt about a Hard Brexit now, so how are May and Chancellor Hammond going to navigate this one? To further complicate matters is a near-perfect negative correlation between a plunging Sterling and a soaring FTSE. What are we to make of this?
We’ll also be admonishing you to get your affairs in order, that is write a will. Few things ruin a family quicker than money, and family disputes over inheritances are on the rise in this country. We want to make sure your estate is dealt with in the way you intend, without breaking up the home. We’ll also be looking at ways of spending a windfall, the hyper-hyper-inflation of the new £5 note, and … you hear that? The carols are here early, and it’s time for a look-ahead to the toys on every kids’ Christmas list this year. (Sorry, but you really ought to get started early this year, they’re not cheap).
This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost, in partnership with NS&I.