With ‘European Week for Waste Reduction’ approaching, questions are being asked about where Britain stands among the other 27 member states, especially now Brexit has thrown volatility into the mix regarding our rules and regulations. To speak about all things waste, and how the UK needs to move onto a more sustainable path, Matt Cox spoke to Professor Margaret Bates, President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
A US interest rate rise could come "relatively soon" according to Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen. Speaking to the Joint Economic Committee, Yellen signalled she was confident that jobs data and inflation would continue to support plans for a rate rise, with some analysts expecting one as soon as December. But is this the right time, so soon after the US election and with President-elect Trump's policies still uncertain? Matt Cox spoke to Colin Cieszynski, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets Toronto, to find out more.
There was a slide in pre-tax profits from EasyJet yesterday. Airlines are concerned the triggering of Article 50, the mechanism which formally starts Brexit negotiations with Brussels, could put the Open Skies agreement at risk. Carriers such as Ryanair and IAG, the owner of British Airrways, have urged the UK government to preserve the agreement, or otherwise, risk hurting UK airlines. Share Radio's Matt Cox heard from Aviation Industry Commentator Julian Bray to find out more about Open Skies and why there is so much concern.
The UK's housing market is in crisis. Its widely agreed that the acute shortage of homes, the gap between supply and demand, isn't going to be bridged without a huge shift in approach. The UK should ideally be building around 300 thousand homes to reduce the deficit in supply, though last year we managed little more than half that. The Building Societies Association might usually be seen as mainly concerned with lending and interest rates, but today it's bringing out a report which outlines the need to make the most of new building technologies. Paul Broadhead, Head of Mortgage Policy at the Building Society Association, joined Share Radio to discuss.
Experts in the field of cyber crime will gather today at the Cyber Security Summit in London to debate the biggest threats towards Britain and businesses. To find out more, Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Cal Leeming - he became the UK's youngest convicted hacker, arrested when he was just 12 years old. Leeming is now a security advisor, and has spent the last eight years working as a software engineer and systems architect in Silicon Valley.
Snapchat is going for a share float, and it could be the largest technology listing in years. Social media platform's owner Snap, is said to be testing the water for a valuation of between 20 to 25 billion dollars. Since it started in 2012, the company has experienced phenomenal growth. It now has more than 100 million daily active users, of whom some 60% are in the key 13-24 age bracket that advertisers are so desperate to hook. But will fickle young users stay loyal if something new comes along, and are they the most lucrative market to tap for advertising? Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Leslie Pfrang, Partner at Class V Group, which works to prepare companies when going public and handling the IPO process, to discuss what Snapchat's move means for the IPO market.
Energy suppliers are allegedly making larger profits than they admit. The Sun Newspaper claimed they could be making a 24% profit margin, almost six times higher than figures provided by regulator Ofgem. The newspaper based its claims on a PwC report commissioned by Energy UK. Energy UK rejects the claims saying they were "a misrepresentation of facts". But now Business Secretary Greg Clark has started an investigation. To get a clearer grasp on the situation and the upcoming investigation, Matt Cox spoke to Senior Analyst at NRG Expert, Edgar van der Meer.
Scottish Widows has launched its annual Women & Retirement report. The findings suggest that whilst more women than ever are saving for their retirement, the gap between men and women is widening. Jackie Leiper is a retirement expert at Scottish Widows, and she discussed the factors behind a widening gender gap.
Diane Coyle, Founder of Enlightenment Economics and Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, who’s also former advisor to the UK Treasury, joined Share Radio Breakfast to speak about the Festival of Economics, which she is programming, which is taking place in Bristol.
Scotland could attempt a Norway-like model of EU membership. The idea emerged in a leaked memo, where it seems the Scottish government is considering European Economic Area membership as a possible way to maintain links with the block. To find out if this could be a viable way for Scotland to remain in the EU, Matt Cox spoke to Share Radio's Scotland correspondent Maurice Smith.