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.
Recently Deloitte published its Digital Predictions for 2017 focusing on the biggest areas set to change for consumer technology including automating braking systems and the growing versatility of smartphones. To talk through the report in more detail Share Radio's Tom Hill spoke to digital lead for consumer and industrial products at Deloitte, Phil Neal.
Car salesmen are one of the least trusted professions according to new research from the Institute of the Motor Industry. Nearly half of all motorists say they feel under pressure to buy insurance and other financial add-ons when they buy from a dealership or garage. But do buyers even understand what they're being sold, and are these products worth it? To find out our reporter Sara Macham spoke to Steve Nash, chief executive of the Institute of the Motor Industry
It's time to check-in with our friends over at Money Saving Expert. This week Georgie was joined by personal finance writer Sam Mc Faul. With the Easter holidays coming up they look at how to make sure booking your holiday runs smoothly as well as what to do if you've been affected by Virgin Money's recent glitch. Plus all the latest deals the team have come across this week.
The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public today with some of the world's biggest manufacturers showcasing their latest models and developments. One of the biggest events of the automotive calendar this year will showcase some particularly topical technologies such as driverless and zero emission vehicles and even concepts including a flying car. To get some of the highlights Georgie Frost was joined by editor of The Car Expert Stuart Masson who has just returned from the show.
Will your car become worthless after the budget announcement? There are fears that the Chancellor will punish drivers in today's Budget. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has issued a warning over what it calls the government's "anti-diesel agenda" whilst new changes to road tax laws coming into force in April will also see buyers of smaller, lower emission vehicles paying more. To find out all the potential impacts Juliette Foster spoke to former racing driver and motoring editor at Confused.com Amanda Stretton.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, brought to you in partnership with NS&I. With world stock markets continuing to surge despite global uncertainty this week we’re asking if the FTSE could really break the 10,000 barrier by the end of the year. Examining the views of some of the world’s biggest investors from Warren Buffett to Neil Woodford Georgie Frost is joined by Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs Editor Lee Boyce. Also on this weeks show we look at a few backfires for the Government lately as many banks prove reluctant to roll out its Lifetime Isa whilst it continues to steam ahead with record hikes in probate fees despite only 2% support. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
From April this year zero emission cars will be the only vehicles exempt from road tax. Despite growing interest and increasing pressure to move away from polluting vehicles many are still reluctant to make the jump. So just what are zero emissions cars and what should you consider when making the switch from petrol? In this special report Tom Hill looks at the current state of zero emissions technology and the challenges facing the industry hearing from a range of experts and commentators.
Tom Hill, Chris Lilly, Amanda Stretton, Amanda Lyne, Steve Nash
In part two of our look at the zero emissions car industry Tom Hill looks at the challenges facing the industry and the options available to buyers. Could hydrogen provide the ideal solution? And what might transportation of the future actually resemble?
Tom Hill, Amanda Stretton, Amanda Lyne, Steve Nash