Tom Carroll, Director at Sanlam FOUR, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to look at today's most important economic stories. They talked about Chancellor Hammond facing criticism from Tory MPs over a planned national insurance rise for self-employed; the ECB leaving interest rates and QE unchanged; UK pay growth being at its worst level since the Napoleonic Wars; Pret A Manger facing a staffing crisis because of Brexit.
Profits at Morrisons have risen 40% but why is the share price is down 6%? Plus John Lewis has cut staff bonus for fourth year in a row and Countrywide shares slump to an all-time low. For more on the latest company news, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Richard Hunter of Wilson King Investment Management.
Chancellor Hammond's Spring Budget sparked criticism from a number of Tory MPs who accused him of breaking a Tory manifesto pledge by increasing National Insurance for the self-employed. John Ashmore, Chief Reporter at PoliticsHome, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss this.
Despite some moves in the "right direction", the UK's economic problems, from social care to productivity, weren't addressed in this budget - that's according to Jack Dromey, Labour MP and Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister. For more on Labour's view on the budget, he joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher.
As national insurance contributions from the self-employed are set to rise following today's budget, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke to Andy Chamberlain, deputy director of policy at The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed for more on its impact.
For a wrap up on the biggest items in today's budget, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by Chris Justham, relationship manager at 7 Investment Management; Gerard Lyons, chief economic strategist at NetWealth and chief economic adviser at Policy Exchange; and Jake Sumner, senior associate for Industrial Strategy at ResPublica.
Now here's a thing.... Giant adverts the size of skyscrapers? Which you see for just a few seconds .. before they disappear.. a bit like the Cheshire Cat.
Sounds like something out of a sci fi movie, but in fact it's already a reality and on this week's Company Casebook Linda Lewis goes behind the scenes at Lightvert, a digital 'out of home' media technology firm which has developed a way of projecting giant advertisements onto the side of buildings for just a few moments, before they disappear from your vision. You don't need special glasses. You SEE them with the naked eye. Lightvert developed the technology with the aid of a grant from Innovate UK and now they're crowdfunding.
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