A number of companies which provide VPN's (Virtual Private Networks), or encryption services, are reporting a growth in the number of UK customers. One catalyst for this increased interest is the Investigatory Powers Bill. This will oblige internet providers to record which websites and services their user’s devices connect to. As a result, some UK based users are choosing to use tech companies which can hide their browsing habits. Matt Cox has been hearing more from tech consultant, Chris Green.
Linda meets the team at GapCap, an easy, fast and flexible cashflow solution, facilitating growth for SMEs, by providing capital to fund the gap between what companies are selling and the day the money arrives in the bank
Linda Lewis meets HEMA, a retail institution in the Netherlands that encompasses food, beauty, interiors, children's and more. All created by Dutch designers from HEMA, they have just opened their 7th store in the UK and Linda finds out why they are not put off by Brexit
This week Nick looks into the autumn statement and how it has addressed the skills gap with Verity O’Keefe, from the EEF, employee engagement with Ian McVey from Qualtrics, the depleted skills base and the need for more engineers in the civil sector with Charley Whitelock and Darren James and finally the social sector with Adele Blakebrough from the Social Business Trust.
Ian McVey, Adele Blakebrough, Verity O'Keffe, Charley Whitelock, Darren James
Sue is joined today by Jason Downes, CEO of Powwownow, who have changed the way business communicate with each other. Sue and Jason discuss this early aims and goals, his journey to becoming CEO of Powwownow and the music that has helped him along the way
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, presented in partnership with NS&I. This week of course the top financial story was Philip Hammond’s first, and indeed last, Autumn Statement. Just what state are the country’s post-Brexit finances in, and crucially what would the Chancellor offer to help his much referenced ‘Jams’? In the end those ‘just about managing’ certainly received a few headline policies but with predictions pointing towards low growth, high borrowing and high inflation many argue Jam spending has been spread too thin. There were also some losers with those enjoying salary sacrifice perks and letting agents coming into the crosshairs, as well as in fact the Autumn Statement itself which will now be scrapped. So what will all this mean for the pound in your pocket? Georgie Frost joins editor Simon Lambert and reporter Becky Rutt to answer just that. Also on the agenda this week they discuss Black Friday and for a slightly different purchase the opportunity to buy a road legal Formula 1 car. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
Black Friday is on and bargain hunting shoppers may spend an estimated £2 billion trying to beat expected new year price rises. And according to the online retailing association IMRG, well over half the spend will be done online. So it might seem surprising to find that two old pre-internet age stores are being revived on the High Street. Safeway and Austin Reed are both staging a comeback, so Matt Cox has been hearing from Mintel’s Retail Analyst, Richard Perks, about the return of these old names.
Leading Chinese online travel agent Ctrip has agreed to acquire the price comparison site Skyscanner for approximately £1.4 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Skyscanner’s current management team will continue to manage its operations independently as part of the Ctrip group. Our correspondent in Scotland, Maurice Smith, has been looking into the deal.
Swiss watch exports plunged 16% in October, the biggest monthly drop in seven years. The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said demand weakened in nearly every major market for timepieces, such as Rolex and Omega. So is it a race against time for the Swiss watchmaking industry, or will it manage to beat the clock? Matt Cox spoke with Rob Corder, Editor of WatchPro, a Market Intelligence publication for the British Watch Industry.
The Westminster Media Forum is debating trends in marketing towards millennials and Generation Z – young people aged around 18 to 34 years old. But some industry experts believe old advertising models aren't appropriate for the new era of consumers, so what can be done? Matt Cox has been speaking to Adrian Day, an Independent brand, marketing, and communications strategy consultant, to find out.