Linda Lewis speaks to YOPA property founder Dan Attia and his small team. The team aim to help buyers sell and buy their homes. For a fixed fee of £780 they'll organise a valuation, market someone's property, do photos and floorplan and get it listed on online portals. Through their forward-thinking ethos they aim to save thousands of pounds for their customers.
Chief executive of The Jockey Club, Simon Bazalgette, talks to Sue Dougan about his career, his childhood and his favourite musical tracks, including Electric Light Orchestra's 'Mr. Blue Sky'. Since 2008, Simon has been running The Jockey Club as the leading commercial group in British horse racing.
Nick Peters open Shop Floor by analysing how some company bosses can turn abusive over time, despite being understanding and fair with their staff at first. With Russell Johnson, from Michigan State University, they talk about a recent research into what causes the mood switch for many employers.
Should the state take control over the lives of the self-employed? Bright Blue think tank recommend a change in policies that will benefit those who run their own business as much as those regular employees. Nick speaks to David Kirby on the matter.
Nick also looks at the absence of ethnic minorities in top jobs, particularly the British Muslim communities. In a report called Rising, published by the think tank Demos, its author Louis Reynolds explains why many individuals are missing out on job opportunities.
Finally, Nick looks at low wage levels. TUC low pay adviser Paul Sellers discusses why the wages market is so tight.
Russell Johnson, David Kirby, Louis Reynolds, Paul Sellers
Sarah Pennells spoke to Cap Gemini’s Alex Smith-Bingham to discuss young people’s lack of digital skills in the world of work. Sarah will look at how many young people did not have the level of digital skills their company wished for and this could lead them to miss out on future job opportunities. Sarah is also joined by Rachel Healy, this week’s Money Saving Expert. Topics in the programme include how to enrich one’s digital skills, where to find more information, whether any particular schemes offer them and which digital skills are the most sought after. Jordan Daykin, from GripIt Fixings, explains what skills he is looking for in young people from an employer’s perspective.
Linda Lewis speaks to Luke Watson and his team about GB Energy Supply, who claim to offer the cheapest bills on the market. After their launch last April, Linda finds out how the company has grown steadily over the past year and how they have reached just under 200,000 customer fuel accounts.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Rachael Saunders from Business In the Community, and over the phone by Michelle Cracknell of The Pensions Regulatory Service and Fiona Tait of Royal London. Sarah and her guests talk about working in retirement and setting up a small business whilst receiving your pension . Sarah and her guests discuss the practicalities of setting up a business in retirement, as well as looking at what the rules say about receiving your pension whilst still at work.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Alan Higham, founder of Pensions Champion, and Tina Weeks, founder of Serenity Financial Planning, to discuss the state pension, and look at what you will actually get if you're due to retire. Despite being called a flat rate or single tier pension, not everyone will necessarily get the same amount and far fewer women than men will qualify for the full figure of £155.65 a week. In the programme Sarah will be looking at who is entitled to the new state pension and the differences between the current and the new pension.
Linda Lewis speaks to Dave Millett, Founder of Equinox, an independent Telecoms Brokerage and Consultancy company, based in Putney. Since 2009 they have gathered over 250 brokerage clients around the country and are managing a number of international projects on the go as well.
Sarah Pennells is joined by Tom Laws from the National Careers Service, and Adam Cox from Working From Home Week, to help discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of working from home and how to be more productive during your time at home. They also discuss what to do whether you're thinking of setting up your own company to work from home, or just want to know what your rights are in asking to work from home.
Nick Peters hits the shop floor for another packed edition on workplace issues. This week, social mobility, the goal of productive work and enterprise, comes under attack. Nick Peters talks to Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, about the idea that social mobility could be cruel or even evil.
Digital skill levels among young people mean employers are finding it harder to get qualified staff and many young people risk missing out on good jobs - Nick Peters finds out more from Nigel Walsh at CapGemini.
The Prime Minister says he wants ex-offenders to have much more support moving from jail into jobs and productive lives. It’s already happening - Nick Peters discovers how from Jane Gould, a trustee of Christian charity CleanSheet.
And we head east to Vietnam to meet the "Digital Nomads", young people who are taking the idea of remote working to extraordinary lengths.
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