Cello Group, the UK based healthcare and consumer strategic marketing company has released their latest preliminary results today. Cello Group has two distinct businesses, Cello Health which delivers marketing advisory services to the global pharma and health sectors, and Cello Signal which delivers digitally-led insight and marketing services to global consumer and B2B clients. So how is the company doing? Mark Scott, CEO of Cello revealed to Nigel Cassidy.
Today, the London Taxi Company (LTC) announced the official opening of the UK's first car plant dedicated solely to the production of range-extended electric vehicles. This new, state-of-the-art, vehicle plant in Ansty, Coventry, is where the world's first purpose-built, mass-market electric taxi will be built. The investment and expansion of LTC has created more than 1,000 new jobs, including 200 engineers and 30 apprenticeships. So to tell us more, Nigel Cassidy was joined by Chris Gubbey, CEO of London Taxi Company.
Investment in the UK rail network means that 6,400 more train services will be running each week by 2021.
That's according to The Rail Delivery Group.
The RDG says around £50bn is being spent on the network, which would result in an 11% rise in the number of weekday services.
James Brydges spoke to Sim Harris, managing director of railenews.co.uk
It seems the world doesn't want to hold Europe's debt so much
Foreign investors sold Eurozone bonds for the first time since 1999 in 2016, according to the European Central Bank.
Overseas bond holders reduced their net holdings of eurozone debt by €192bn last year.
The banks Quantitive Easing Program, as well as global political shocks has cooled overseas demand for the continent’s debt.
The main candidates in the French elections took part in a TV debate last night.... If far right candidate Marine le Pen wins the presidency, it could trigger a so called "Frexit."
Guntram Wolff, director of Bruegel spoke to James Brydges
Accesso Technology Group, the company that provides queuing and ticketing technology solutions to attractions around the world, from theme parks, water parks and ski resorts to cultural attractions and sporting events has released it's latest preliminary results today. Tom Burnett, Executive Chairman of Accesso Technology Group joined Nigel Cassidy to tell us more.
For the first time in 14 years the UK is changing its headline inflation measure, CPI, to one that has some representation of housing costs - called CPIH. But this is proving problematic for those concerned with statistics. Inflation expert Pete Comley, joined Nigel in the studio to discuss why.
Since the 2014 vote, there have been sweeping changes in both the North Sea industry and to the UK's political landscape, the two most critical being the oil price plunge and last year's Brexit vote. Companies operating in the UKCS have faced a turbulent few years as they sought to survive the downturn by cutting costs to ensure cash flow. The offshore industry has been a cornerstone of the UK economy, and will play a vital role in a second referendum campaign. Nigel Cassidy was joined by Fiona Legate, senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie to discuss how, despite the oil price crash, (pre-tax) £44 billion is still attributed to fields in Scottish waters.
With the final details of the impact of Brexit on UK firms still up to two years away, British businesses are already looking to expand new markets internationally. New research by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the largest and fastest growing Free Trade Zone in the UAE, with a community of over 87,500 people, reveals that just under half (42%) of UK businesses have more appetite for overseas expansion in the post-Brexit and Trump administration era. The CEO of DMCC Gautam Sashittal is in the UK to discuss how Dubai can help British businesses looking to expand international trade post-Brexit.
The average property asking price in England and Wales is close to hitting a new all-time high. It was £310,108 this month, according to Rightmove - only £363 below last June's record high. Prices are up 2.3% from a year earlier due to strong demand and a shortage of supply. Russell Quirk, Founder and CEO of eMoov spoke to Nigel Cassidy on Rightmove's latest house price index.
According to a leading industry thinktank, retailers will struggle in 2017 as rising food price inflation leaves shoppers with less disposable income for discretionary items such as clothing and homeware. Joining to discuss with Nigel Cassidy is Diane Wehrle, Marketing and Insights Director at Springboard, specialists in Customer Counting, Footfall and Performance Measurement in the UK within the retail sector to discuss the latest BRC/Springboard Footfall and Vacancies monitor.