This is The Apprentice Investor. Regular listeners to the show will know that our Apprentices are five members of the Share Radio team who've each been given fifteen thousand pounds of virtual money to build their own individual share portfolios. They have a minimum of eight stocks which they've been buying and selling through The Share Centre. So....are our financial novices awash with riches beyond their wildest dreams...or are they drowning in waves of debt? Apprentices Matt Cox and Ruby Johnson are in the studio along with Ed Bowsher, Share Radio's Senior Analyst.
There is much uncertainty ahead of the EU referendu, and it is beginning to affect investment in the UK, according to leading business groups. The Confederation of British Industry says it now expects growth of 2 per cent both this year and next. That's down from previous estimates of 2.3 and 2.1 per cent respectively. Senior Analyst Ed Bowsher joins Georgie Frost to talk this and all other stories making the headlines today.
In line with Local Business Week, a new research study has revealed how organisations can go about improving knowledge based worker productivity. Karen Plum, Director of Research at management consultancy, Advanced Workplace Associates, discussed the results of the study on Share Radio Morning Money.
There's been more pain for UK plc's, with profits from investments in quoted companies at their lowest for nine years. We know this from the latest quarterly Profit Watch survey from The Share Centre, and its Chairman, Gavin Oldham, explained the findings to Nigel Cassidy.
Marc Shoffman discusses the month of Ramadan with Financial Journalist, Amina Zafar, who explains what challenges Muslims face when fasting. Tufail Hussain, Islamic Relief Deputy Director and Head of Fundraising, looks at the campaign behind the charity’s bus adverts and explains how Muslims work out their Zakat. He also talks about Islamic Relief’s projects and how they are monitored.
Shop Floor, in association with the Inspirational Development Group, opens with an insight into the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Lord John Browne, QE Prize Trustees and former Chief Executive of BP, explains what the award represents for the profession and why there needs to be a social change to encourage children to become engineers. Neil Pickering, Industry and Customer Insight Manager at Kronos, analyses how British businesses can avoid wasting over £60 billion a year on unnecessary admin, while Leeson Medhurst, Head of Workplace Consultancy at 360 Workplace, explains why office space can affect a company's productivity.
Emma Alleyne and Francesca Gubbay have come up with a labeling kit like no other. Stamptastic helps to stamp children's clothes, instead of ironing or sewing labels that would otherwise go missing. The two mums from south west London meet Linda Lewis explaining how their company has rapidly grown and why, after winning a series of local business awards, they are pitching their idea to Sir Richard Branson in the annual #PitchtoRich #Voom competition.
Pavegen are a company who have come up with revolutionary technology that transforms the power of people's footsteps into energy. Linda Lewis meets the CEO Laurence Kemball Cook, who reveals how the company has teamed up with Tribal Planet in Silicon Valley to turn the data from footsteps into a 'digital currency' which people can spend using their mobile phone.
Copywriting Expert, Nick Parker, joins Nick Peters explaining the new phenomenon of artisan craft based advertising, questioning why it has become so popular in today's corporate and technology-led society. John Donovan, GumGum's UK Vice President, looks back at some iconic ads of the 70s and 80s and debates how they would perform in today's media environment, while Paul Drake, Director of D&AD, discusses his new scheme, New Blood Shift, which aims to recruit more young people from more diverse backgrounds into the creative industries.