Germany’s Bundesbank is set to unite half of the country’s gold reserves in its Frankfurt vaults by the end of 2017 - three years ahead of schedule. The central bank transferred 216 tons of the precious metal to Frankfurt in 2016, including 111 tons from New York and 105 tons from Paris. Share Radio's James Brydges spoke to Craig Erlam, Senior Market Analyst at Oanda to find out more about this move.
Supermarkets, everyone has their favourite. However some new players in the market have definitely shaken things up. We've seen the rise of 'budget' supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl becoming the new popular way to shop, Aldi recently overtook Co-op to become the UK's fifth largest grocer. So where does this leave the more 'high-end' supermarkets such as Waitrose? It was reported yesterday that Waitrose is planning to close some of it's stores, so could this mean the beginning of the end of the 'middle-class' supermarket? Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel gave Share Radio his analysis.
Despite innovations in finance, banks are still the primary source of funds for business. But for the crucial high-growth sector, equity finance can be a better choice - the question is, how do you get your hands on it if you're in the regions? A report from the Institute for Public Policy Research has looked at how to make equity more equitable. Share Radio's Peta Fuller reports.
After much delay, the government launched its housing white paper on Tuesday. It has clearly hit a nerve within the house-building industry, MPs and would-be homeowners. So is the government's plan feasible and are we going to see a real change of direction by the government? Joining Nigel in the studio was Jeremy Blackburn, Head of Policy at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, to discuss further along with analysis from RICS' latest residential market survey.
The government is promising to fix what it calls the "broken" housing market by building thousands of new homes and helping first time buyers. Amongst the many proposals is a three-billion pound fund to get small companies building in England. It's thought that around 60 per cent of new homes are being produced by just 10 larger firms. Share Radio's James Brydges spoke to Michael Holmes, spokesperson at The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show and head of NaCSBA (National Custom and Self Build Association) and Russell Quirk, the founder of the online estate agent emoov.co.uk.
Credit guarantees worth millions of pounds given to Rolls-Royce by the government to help it win export deals are being investigated to see whether the engineering giant obtained them fraudulently.
Civil servants are examining support given by UK Export Finance to (UKEF) the company to help it land foreign sales, after Rolls last month admitted using bribes to seal overseas contracts.
The FTSE 100 engineer agreed to pay a total of £671m to the Serious Fraud Office and regulators in the US and Brazil after it admitted decades of making corrupt payments.
Andy Watson is from Transparancy International, and first told Share radio's James Bydges what Rolls Royce had done wrong.
A British network provider is launching a 10 Gigabit Ethernet service available to businesses.
Exponential-e says it provide some of the highest network speeds in the world to most businesses across the country.
It comes after 75,000 businesses signed a letter of complaint to Parliament about poor network connectivity last year.
Share Radio's James Brydges spoke to John Kyrillou, one of the directors of Exponential-e.
Despite a growing number of vacancies and demand for new workers many bosses are struggling to fill roles due to a lack of available candidates. A new report by Markit and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, shows that January saw a marked fall in the number of applicants causing major problems for recruiters. To discuss the findings Juliette Foster was joined by Tom Hadley, Director of Policy at the REC.
One of the largest investments a mobile phone operator makes is on their network. Network builds and maintenance run into billions of pounds as these companies seek to
maintain service levels, or improve their geographical reach and speeds. However the underlying software and signalling protocols they run on can often be flawed, leaving
them open to attack from outsiders. Juliette Foster was joined by Michael Downs, Head of Telecoms Security at Positive Technologies, to explain more about the risk to operators from such vulnerabilities.
John Feeney, Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate at Lloyds Banking Group, joined Juliette Foster on Share Radio Breakfast to talk about the call from top business leaders for urgent infrastructure investment. Industrial strategy is a hot topic at the moment, and infrastructure seems to be at the heart of it. So how is the UK's national infrastructure fairing up against that of other developed countries?