Has the V-shaped recovery been put on hold ?Lockdowns across Britain’s major cities, the tier system and more businesses being forced to close their doors or operate far below usual business levels means the direction of travel has shifted dramatically from the summer’s optimistic reopening of the economy. It's likely that the UK will emerge from recession with growth over this quarter, but is it on track to head straight back into another slump?
Coronavirus measures, rules that hobble some sectors and a renewed sense of fear will slam the brakes on – and the effect was great enough to make Rishi Sunak upgrade his support for jobs and businesses again this week. On this week’s podcast, Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert look at how bad this winter will be and whether Britain can battle its way out of the slump thanks to the resilience in parts of the economy that has surprised many this year. One element of the economy that is doing much better than expected is the property market and Rishi’s stamp duty holiday has come under fire for driving up house prices, so is it time to make it permanent, ease the need to rush and encourage people to move more often? Also on this week’s podcast, Georgie and Simon look at the latest temperature check of Britain’s retirement prospects and how hard the pandemic has hit them. And finally, buy a new appliance and it comes with a guarantee but do you really need to fill in that little form or go online to register it? Or is that just a swizz to get your personal details?
Adam Cox is joined by the CEO of Tax Aid, Valerie Boggs, to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on self-employed workers and how some are struggling with the new tax self-assessment processes. They talk through how Tax Aid is helping the most vulnerable members of society when it comes to understanding their tax, and the tax assessment process.
Adam Cox is joined by the co-founder of Mindspace, Yotam Alroy, to discuss how returning to the office has affected the mindset of Brits, looking at the fears and anxieties that may have arisen from this. They explore the benefits of working in an office environment, and what the future of office work may look like post-COVID.
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin looks at the prediction that, in 50 years, robot judges will be commonplace. He also marvels at smart windows that darken in sunlight and become solar panels, at LG's rollable TV, at Nokia's forthcoming 4G network on the moon, at Quibi closing after just 7 months, at why dim light might make food taste worse and at a kitchen bin that turns organic waste into compost - for a price.
James Cameron-Wilson looks UK cinema box office, which has declined even further than the previous week's dreadful level. But new films are being released and he was hugely moved by the documentary I Am Greta, which was fortunate to film the Swedish schoolgirl at the start of her protest that was felt around the world. Available at cinemas and on Netflix is the recommended Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago Seven, with the main roles all taken by Brits. And James also reviews favourably the British film Lynn + Lucy.
Ian Forrest of The Share Centre looks at the big themes currently influencing markets, such as China's economy, the UK lockdowns, Brexit and the forthcoming American Presidential election. He examines recent results from Reckitt's, Unilever and IAG and looks ahead to what might be expected from BT, Next, Shell & BP and Lloyds and other banks.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University on the Pope's move into the economic field, attacking property rights. He asks whether China's Belt and Road Initiative is anything like as successful as popular Western perception would have it. And he examines why Sweden, despite its peaceful reputation, is increasing military spending by 40%.
Adam Cox is joined by podcaster and property investor, Pete Lonton. They discuss his approach to investing, and what he's learned from interviewing so many people that have fire in their belly.
While many people in life value comfort and convenience, a small percent of the population have a relentless desire to grow and achieve. How and why do these people have fire in the belly? Pete offers some tips and advice for anyone to become more motivated and focussed.
As 60% of UK money will be in the hands of women by 2030, it is important to understand the issues that the next generation of women care about – and how this impacts every aspect of their lives. This next gen can encompass girls and women from 13 to 39 (and beyond), and their views can differ widely from their mothers’ and grandmothers’.
The younger generations are much more aware of environmental, equality, gender, and diversity issues. This may well impact on how they spend, invest, and consume. They are much more likely to research companies online, placing stock on good customer service and value for money rather than brand loyalty. The brands they interact with also have to have good credentials in terms of how they treat their staff and workers along the supply chain; information for which is sourced through social media, online, or through their offline networks.
In this programme Tamara Gillan is joined by A-Level student Emily Astley, and her mother Patricia Astley, Executive Director at Julius Baer. They are both passionate about how the next generation of women will rise, and they share their views on the differences between generations regarding money, changing definitions of success, and purpose.
Adam was working with a lady with a conviction that she wasn't good enough. This belief often created a self-fulfilling prophecy where she'd sabotage her own progress so that belief would remain true. Adam uses various techniques and approaches to change the belief so that she did believe in herself and so that she'd want to take 100% responsibility for her life. A very useful session for anyone that believes that they aren't good enough or feel that they are one of life's victims.
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