How well do nations, islands and cities compare when it comes to its ability to conceal transactions, or the real ownership of assets? As the Panama Papers affair plays out, Nigel Cassidy spoke to Berlin-based Nicholas Shaxson who’s the author of Treasure Islands, a book about the use and abuse of tax havens, about those who are most secretive.
This week Nick Peters focuses on pay and productivity on Shop Floor, in association with the IDG. Nick discusses with Ian McVey, UK Manager at Qualtrics, why levels of productivity are so low in the UK. How can companies keep up to date with with performance, happiness and training of their workers? Sussex-based Dinamiks may have the answer as Nick talks to the co-founder Shirley Barnes. He also looks how the National Living Wage with Charles Cotton, Performance and Reward Specialist at CIPD, and how it will affect small businesses and the self-employed with Microbusiness Champion, Tony Robinson OBE. Nick Peters looks back at some of the issues covered on the show with Lance Gerrard-Wright from IDG.
Shirley Barnes, Charles Cotton, Tony Robinson OBE, Ian McVey
This week Nick Peters looks at bold stunts from Carlsberg, such as the pop-up chocolate bar in London. Dharmesh Rana, Carlsberg Senior Brand Manager, tells Nick Peters why they pitched the idea to attract new customers. As well as talking about April Fools Adverts, Nick looks at the changing face of digital media with Nigel Clarkson, Managing Director of Yahoo UK.
How safe is your personal data online? This week Sarah Pennells looks at data privacy and how you can protect your personal details online and how just small tweaks to your personal settings can protect you from fraud or identity theft. She is joined in the studio by John Mitchison, Head of Preference at the Direct Marketing Association, and Tony Neate, Chief Executive at Get Safe Online website.
Ever been affected by a pension scam? Alan Higham, from Pensions Champ, Michelle Cracknell from the Pensions Advice Service and Rachael Badger, from the Citizens Advice Bureau talk to Sarah Pennells about cold calls and how to protect yourself from them.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Graeme McColgan of Million Plus Financial Planning, and Robin Williamson, the Technical Director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, and over the phone by Mike Hodges of Saffery Champness, to discusses the end of year tax. Sarah and her guests discuss new tax announcements from The Budget, whether there are any tax advantages for married couples and what to do if you've missed your deadline for your income tax.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Jane King, an IFA at Ash-Ridge Private Finance, Adam Lake of Turn2Us, Tom Connor of Drewberry Insurance and over the phone by Alistair McQueen of Aviva, to discuss how to best protect your finances if you're self-employed and don't have the security of working for a large company or organisation. What are the benefits and drawbacks of being self-employed? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
Jane King, Adam Lake, Tom Connor, Alistair McQueen
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 talks about banking and accounts with guests Tashema Jackson of uSwitch, and Hannah Maundrell from money.co.uk, and Matt Saunders from GoCompare. Together they discuss whether it is possible to open a bank account if you have a history of debt, if you can open an account if you’ve moved to the UK from abroad and what the best accounts are if you’re constantly in your overdraft or similarly, always in credit.
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.