Welcome to today's edition of 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 intrepid investors on course for a summer of prosperity...or one of penury? Apprentices Matt Cox and Alexi Phillips are in the studio along with Ed Bowsher, Share Radio's Senior Analyst.
Is the frothy housing market finally starting to come off? Well, that's what Lender Halifax is saying in a new report showing UK house prices fell by a greater than expected 0.8 per cent last month. Georgie speaks to James Lockett from the online estate agent eMoov.co.uk
The UK's housing market isn't functioning like it should, with too few affordable properties for sale or rent. As well as that, the market is vulnerable to shocks and political pressure, like the London mayoral election results and Brexit. Ryan Prince is VP at Realstar, a private renting company, and he gives his take on the state of the market.
The Greek Parliament has approved controversial new pension and tax reforms demanded by the country's creditors to unlock a further loan to the country. And the issue is to be discussed later today at a meeting of Eurozone finance ministers. Nick Malkoutzis, Editor of the economic analysis website MacroPolis, discusses.
Marc Shoffman speaks to Carrie Pemberton Ford, Director of Research for Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking, and Rabbi Lea Mühlstein of Jewish Social Justice campagn group, Tzelem. The guests discuss what each of their groups aim to raise awareness of human trafficking and ways in which it can be tackled.
On Shop Floor, with the Inspirational Development Group, Nick Peters speaks to Simon Biltcliffe who runs his company, Webmart, on the principles of Marxism and Capitalism combined. Nick also discusses with Nadim Choudhury, Head of Career Development at the Institute of Financial Services University College, the latest CIPD report on job satisfaction. Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners in New York, explains how to get more out of your day, while Daniele Fiandaca, Co-Founder of Creative Social, discusses his recent article on creative and time-saving ways to make your business and workers more efficient.
Linda Lewis meets David Bide and the team behind Armadillo Lighting, who are specialists in industrial lighting. For two decades they've been illuminating big venues from football stadiums to hospitals. The team also discuss with Linda how LED lighting has been opening up even more possibilities for innovative design on large projects.
Veevers Carter are one of the top floristry design firms in the country, providing huge displays for big ticket corporate events, including the Chelsea Flower Show. Linda Lewis meets the founder Ming Veevers Carter and her husband Mark Beever, who also runs the sister company Event Concept, at their warehouse in South London. The firm have built up a formidable reputation, and a multimillion pound turnover, producing bigger and more complicated floral and architectural artistry for large corporate events at the Natural History Museum, the V&A and various celebrity clients.
Nick Peters speaks to Debbie Morrison of ISBA, which represents British advertisers, about how advertising agencies must be much more transparent in their dealings with brands. Nick also discusses with Ian Barber, of Advertising Association, that the industry needs to persuade society of the value advertising delivers, to counter growing public and political mistrust. While, Marketing Week Magazine journalist, Mindi Chahal looks at the reasons why UK companies lag behind their US counterparts when it comes to customer service.