With Halloween is now just days away. And the fruit most commonly known for the scare fest is the pumpkin. But they are not just getting attention for the night of ghosts and ghouls. Today is national Pumpkin Day where people across the world enjoying cake, pie, cookies, bars, pudding, coffee, smoothies, breads, muffins, soups, cheesecake and more, all made with delicious pumpkin. To find out more, Georgie spoke to Mark Bachelor, from Pick Your Own Pumpkins, who works on Beluncle Farm in Kent.
Despite a housing crisis, over 600,000 homes empty in England, with more than 50,000 in London alone. With average house prices at the level they are that works out at a staggering £132billion worth of property - according to research by charity Empty Homes. To find out more, Georgie spoke to Nick Kalms, co-founder of YouSpotProperty.com.
Georgie Frost is joined in the studio by Financial Advisor David Braithwaite from Citrus Financial. Today they discuss the big story that Vodafone is expected to be hit with a multimillion pound fine for failures in its UK business. Elsewhere, it's not good news for Whitbread, the owner of Costa Coffee, as they face growing competition from independent coffee bars. Plus, men have on average £7,000 more in savings than women. All these stories and more on The News Review.
The countdown to Black Friday has begun. It’s the day when stores offer big discounts, and it has become one of the top shopping events of the year, both in the US and UK. But it's divided opinion, not just among customers but firms too, with many saying the real damage is being done to small businesses. IMRG and Barclaycard have released a new report on how SME's can maximise their Black Friday takings, and Matt Cox has been hearing from Barclaycard's Head of Small Business, Greg Liset.
The longer-term future for the advertising industry is very different, as we spend much of our time on mobiles, tablets and watching streamed content. Already advertisers are using every kind of hi-tech digital tool to plan and measure their campaigns to get their messages to customers. But the changes are said to have caused a growing gulf between the old-school creatives who come up with the campaigns and the tech people who are needed to deliver the ads. RadiumOne has launched a new division to explicitly deal with this issue, and Share Radio spoke with the European MD of the company, Craig Tuck, who joined us to talk about the future of advertising.
Anne Bromley, co-owner of Newcastle's Travel Bureau, which manages corporate travel for companies across the North East, joined Share Radio Morning Money to look at why the Heathrow expansion presents huge opportunity for North East business. Anne suggests that the North East will benefit if the project is properly managed and backed up with connectivity development.
How are you at organising your finances? Could Ernest help. Ernest is a finance coach that learns about your finances and your outgoings and answers questions about them, such as: "How much did I spend on food last month?" and "How much deposit can I put aside in 9 months?" or "Can I afford a new car?".
What are the costs of being single, cohabiting and being married? A report has found less than a quarter of couples eligible for marriage tax allowance are bothering to claim it, according to HMRC. But why? To find out more, and other money questions on relationship status's, Georgie spoke to Andy Webb, a personal finance journalist and blogger at 'Be Clever With your Cash'.