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Wake Up to Money

By BBC Radio 5 live

News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe


Supermarkets, scandals and switching off

Sean Farrington looks ahead to Tesco results. He also takes a closer look at the Greensill scandal and the right to switch off from work when you're not actually on the clock.
14/04/2151m 8s

How was it for you?

Sean Farrington finds out how businesses fared on the first day of re-opening in England as he catches up with the boss of Anytime Fitness, a tea room owner, a hairdresser and even a model village owner. He also looks ahead to what we can expect from upcoming data on the economy.
13/04/2151m 47s

Grand re-opening

Sean Farrington heads to Barnsley to see how retailers are preparing for the next step out of lockdown. He'll be catching up with market stall holders, pub and book chain bosses. He also takes a look at the influence of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards on the business world
12/04/2152m 46s

The Trouble with Travel

Felicity Hannah talks travel, tax and up and coming trips to the charity shops.
09/04/2127m 4s

Vaccination reputation

Sean Farrington looks at what the medicine regulators' findings means for AstraZeneca.
08/04/2152m 35s

Hiring (and firing)

Sean Farrington looks at the practice of fire and rehire, as well as a push for companies to employ more people with Down's Syndrome. He also catches up with a hairdresser to find out how her prep for re-opening is going.
07/04/2150m 44s

Travel turbulence

After the prime minister's Covid briefing confirmed a return for non-essential retailers, gyms and outdoor pubs and restaurants next week, where does that leave travel?
06/04/2152m 20s

Pub rules ok?

As some pubs prepare to reopen, Felicity Hannah looks at the state of the industry and the new covid rules landlords will have to work with. Plus, why's there a plastic shortage, and how likely is foreign travel this summer?
02/04/2127m 40s

Deliveroops (and Bet365)

Deliveroo's shares plunged yesterday as it made its stock market debut in one of the biggest floats in a decade. Sean looks at what went wrong. And what do we make of Bet365 boss Denise Coates who's yet again hit the headlines with her eye watering salary. She made £421m in 2019. But she also pays taxes and donates to charities. And we remember Doreen Lofthouse who's died at theage of 91, entrepreneur, philanthropist and boss of iconic lozenge brand Fisherman's Friends. With Sean Farrington Join the conversation: #wakeuptomoney
01/04/2151m 52s


It could be the biggest initial public offering in London for a decade, so why are some investors reluctant to dive into Deliveroo shares when it goes public later? Behind the scenes of the Suez rescue: the boss of the tug company that helped free the Ever Given tells Sean how the giant container ship was refloated. And is it Volkswagen or Voltswagen? VW causes confusion as an April fools name change goes wrong. With Sean Farrington Get involved in the conversation: #WakeUpToMoney
31/03/2152m 6s

Glaxo - Vaccines special

GlaxoSmithKline is linking up with Novovax to help the UK manufacture 60 million doses of another vaccine at its base in Stockton-on-Tees. Its boss Roger Connor tells Sean what's involved and what it's like heading up a vaccines company during the Covid crisis.
30/03/2148m 19s

Boat refloat

As the government has rejected a request for £170m in financial support for Liberty Steel, Sean Farrington looks at what its options are. Re-opening the UK. As restrictions begin to ease, Sean looks at what it means for trips away and days out. And as a queue of ships grows, there's finally some positive news from the Suez Canal.
29/03/2150m 34s

Inside a vaccine factory

Felicity Hannah discovers more about UK covid jab production and how the Suez blockage could hit trade. She also speaks to the boss of Beales - a department store making a comeback on the High Street.
26/03/2126m 20s

'No jab no pint' and John Lewis shutting up shops

Sean Farrington looks prospect of pubs being able to ban drinkers who have not had a Covid vaccination or a recent negative test and John Lewis store closures.
25/03/2150m 58s

Risky business

Sean looks at a warning from the City regulator that young people are getting sucked into high risk investments. He's also joined by Kia Commodore and Reggie Nelson to revisit Your Work Your Money and some of the people they helped last year.
24/03/2151m 6s

One year on

Sean takes stock a year since the first lockdown - what's been the impact on our lives and livelihoods? He's also joined by Sir Ian Cheshire who's led some of the UK's biggest companies, including Barclays, Debenhams and Kingfisher. Plus, is the business rates system facing real reforms? And, what do magazine publishers make of Waitrose's decision to stop selling children's magazines containing disposable plastic toys.
23/03/2151m 10s

Holidays in the Sun?

Sean looks at the prospects for foreign travel this summer. Plus, how does the boss of one of the biggest workplace providers see the future of the office? And, a year on from the first lockdown, how has your life changed?
22/03/2147m 17s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Grace Beverley, influencer and founder of sustainable style brand TALA

Sean Farrington chats with Grace Beverley about how she built up a million followers on Instagram before going on to launch her own fitness brand Shreddy and sustainable style brand TALA. Photo courtesy: Andy Cuthbert
19/03/2151m 9s

Coach companies in crisis

Felicity Hannah looks at the prospects for struggling coach companies, with the industry predicting many will fail. She also weighs up the latest from the Bank of England, and ponders the pull of the countryside for many moving house.
19/03/2127m 34s

'Lumpy' supply

Health secretary Matt Hancock's played down warnings of a shortage and says 'vaccine supply is always lumpy'. And Sean looks at what's needed to kickstart international travel.
18/03/2151m 27s


After a landmark court case Uber now says it will now recognise its UK drivers as workers rather than self-employed "partners". It means they're entitled to certain rights and benefits. Sean hears from Uber's UK boss and talks to Nigel Mackay from Leigh Day, one of the lawyers who brought the case which changed everything. P&O says it's putting cruises back on, offering short trips around the UK coast this summer. But as the boss tells Sean, you'll need to have had a jab if you want to go. And as census letters land on our mats, why does the government want us to fill them in and what is all that data used for? #wakeuptomoney
17/03/2152m 21s

Jab jitters and the Covid-19 recovery

The WHO says it's safe, but some European countries have still paused the roll out of the Astrazeneca vaccine while claims a small number of people have suffered blood clots are investigated. Sean asks if the hold-ups will damage confidence and hamper Europe's economic recovery. Greggs has already warned it's facing its first loss since the company was listed in 1984. What's the pandemic done to our love of pasties and pies? The Oscar nominations are out. But who's still making movies? And how hard is it to get a film made during a pandemic? With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
16/03/2151m 47s

On the buses

The boss of one Yorkshire bus company tells Sean Farrington what he makes of the government's new £3bn National Bus Strategy. It promises fleets of electric buses and cheaper, more reliable services. But do the sums add up? Betting company Football Index has announced its going into administration. The platform allows users to trade football players as if on a stock market, but some users fear they may lose thousands. And the boss of Pearl & Dean tells Sean when she thinks we might start to see the movie industry get back to normal. #wakeuptomoney
15/03/2152m 10s

Trade troubles?

Felicity Hannah speaks to a chocolatier who's still struggling to send his goods into the EU as we get the first official figures on post-Brexit trade. The government's now changed its mind again about a controversial new proposed coal mine and ordered an inquiry into whether it should go ahead. And are NFTs or non-fungible tokens becoming a thing? Artist Beeple has just sold a digital collage via NFTs for almost $70m. #WakeUpToMoney
12/03/2126m 4s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Chester Mojay-Sinclare, founder and chief executive of Enthuse

Sean Farrington chats with Chester Mojay-Sinclare who first got his business off the ground by launching a potato into space. Eleven years later, he has raised over £100 million for charities through his company Enthuse.
12/03/2126m 17s

Virtually working

Felicity Hannah looks into whether VR could be the solution for office meetings in the future. She also takes a look at how John Lewis is faring and Wales' plans to exit lockdown.
11/03/2152m 12s

Klarna: We haven't got it Wong-a

Felicity Hannah speaks to the boss of Klarna, looks at the fallout for ITV as Piers Morgan leaves the station and investigates why there's a garden furniture shortage
10/03/2148m 24s

Steel lender melts down

As lender Greensill collapses, Sean Farrington looks at how it could affect the UK's steel industry. He also examines why retail sales are booming - online and in store; and who's in the money after the Harry and Megan interview.
09/03/2149m 54s

Keep Calm and PR

Sean Farrington asks how bosses going to cope with staggered start times and staggering parents worn out by the last couple of months. Also, the fallout of Harry and Meghan.
08/03/2150m 46s

Sunak: "Santa" or "Scrooge"

Felicity Hannah examines further Budget fall out, and speaks to the boss of Budweiser UK. She also takes a look at why Apple could be facing an anti-competition investigation and why Kings of Leon have turned to Blockchain to release their latest album.
05/03/2151m 47s

The Morning After the Budget Before

Sean Farrington has the latest analysis on Budget 2021.
04/03/2151m 1s

Wake Up To Budget Day

Sean Farrington has the details on the extension of the furlough scheme, what else to expect in the Budget, plus cross-industry analysis.
03/03/2151m 59s

Are taxes making a return?

Sean Farrington looks at the possibility of a corporate tax rise in tomorrow's budget, the head of Volvo Europe outlines the company's electric plans and do we have zoom fatigue?
02/03/2148m 16s

Will the government extend furlough?

As Budget day approaches, Sean Farrington takes a look at furlough and the business of the Sussexes ahead of their much anticipated Oprah interview.
01/03/2152m 6s

Do Asda's cuts add up?

Felicity Hannah looks at Asda's latest restructuring plans which could hit 5,000 jobs. And she speaks to Britishvolt which is building the UK's first gigafactory.
26/02/2127m 43s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Jenna Brown, co-founder and chief executive of Shipamax

How Jenna Brown turned her passion for start-ups into a multi-million backed business.
26/02/2133m 32s

Vauxhall's vision: The Ellesmere verdict

As Vauxhall's owners discuss its future strategy, Sean looks at it could mean for its Ellesmere Port plant. He also looks at the growing popularity of disabled influencers and why Which? is launching a court case against a mobile phone chip provider.
25/02/2151m 45s

Saturday (well, Monday) night fever

Sean examines how theatres, bars and clubs are preparing for when nightlife finally reopens. He also takes a look at how the Budget could tackle regional inequality and why women are making slow progress into leadership positions.
24/02/2151m 49s

No Going Back

As the PM sets out a "one way road to freedom", Sean Farrington asks whether businesses ready to open up post Covid? He also looks ahead to the latest unemployment figures and the launch of Disney's new streaming channel for grown-ups.
23/02/2151m 57s

All mapped out?

As the Government prepares to set out its plans to end lockdown, Sean asks businesses what they want to hear. He also takes a look at how Covid has affected London Fashion Week.
22/02/2152m 25s

Stocks and Stockings

Felicity Hannah discusses the GameStop hearing and the surge in popularity of drag culture.
19/02/2127m 32s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Alex Lovén, founder of Net World Sports

Sean Farrington chats with Alex Lovén, who started selling cricket bats when he was 13 to his mates at school, graduated to selling the bats on eBay and made £1m in sales by 22 and now, aged 33, his sports equipment business makes £50m in turnover.
19/02/2134m 27s

Facebook face off

Sean looks at Facebook's decision to block news pages in Australia in a row over payment for news. Plus the latest on lockdown, electric Fords and fake reviews.
18/02/2148m 10s

No jab, no job?

Sean Farrington discusses reports some employers are looking at 'no jab, no job' contracts
17/02/2150m 51s

If its the final lockdown what next?

Sterling climbs on Vaccine rollout and JLR wants to be a UK Tesla but at what cost?
16/02/2151m 24s

Itching for an easing

Sean Farrington talks possible lockdown easing, quarantine hotels and funding shortages for small charities.
15/02/2148m 4s

It's the economy, Cupid

With official numbers out on the state of the economy, we look at the impact on business owners. Plus, with love locked down for Valentine's Day, how are food firms responding?
12/02/2127m 17s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Kofi McCalla, The Unknown Vlogs

Kofi McCalla, a menswear fashion YouTuber, on how he hit over 100 million views. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this podcast please visit the BBC Action Line website https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
12/02/2133m 12s

Brexit, Bumble and buying a house

Sean Farrington speaks to businesses trading in or selling to Northern Ireland about the problems they've faced since Brexit.
11/02/2150m 31s

'I'm not a cat'

One of the country's biggest retailers says Brexit is giving him a headache. Sean looks at whether other companies share the JD Sports boss' reservations. And video call disasters, after a lawyer took a meeting stuck with a cat filter on. #wakeuptomoney With Sean Farrington
10/02/2151m 45s

The end of an Arcadia

Sean Farrington speaks to Topshop staff who are emptying out their shops before closing for good on Thursday.
09/02/2150m 8s

High Street vs No Street

Sean Farrington looks at whether more taxes should be imposed on online retail giants and with two weeks till next review of the Covid-19 rules in England, what can business expect?
08/02/2151m 24s

Electric shocks

OFGEM is expected to hike fuel bills for millions of households, affecting usually lower paid households. Felicity Hannah examines what this will mean for consumers.
05/02/2149m 16s

Shell Shock

The pandemic has ravaged the oil industry. As planes stayed grounded and people stayed at home, what has it meant for energy giant Shell? They reveal their results today, Felicity looks at what lies ahead for Shell and their competitors now the world has changed. The new Brexit regime has been causing problems for many businesses trying to move goods in or out of the island of Ireland. Recently staff responsible for checks were removed from some ports after threats. Felicity takes a look at what's happening and what impact it's having on companies trying to trade. And he's a very big act to follow. How do you take over the reins of a company like Amazon from one of the world's best known business figures? Felicity talks to former VP of Twitter and workplace expert Bruce Daisley. With Felicity Hannah #wakeuptomoney
04/02/2151m 5s

'Let curiosity be your compass'

"Let curiosity be your compass" said Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as he told staff he's stepping down from leading the company. In a surprise move last night he said he wanted to pursue other projects, but had no plans to retire. California based tech journalist Alison Van Diggelen explains what he's achieved and what we know about his replacement Andy Jassy. Self-isolation, sickness, bereavement. There's so many more reasons why staff are needing more time off tha usual. Research given to Wake Up To Money by the Chartered Institute of Personel and Development has found that more than 80% of businesses have been affected by workplace absence through this pandemic. How bad is the problem, how is it affecting bosses and staff and is there anything we can do about it? The charity sector pays tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore who died in hospital yesterday. And Clearpay tells us what it thinks about plans to regulate the Buy Now Pay Later market. With Felicity Hannah #wakeuptomoney
03/02/2152m 7s

Buy now, regulate soon?

Would consumers be better off if credit products like Buy Now Pay Later services were regulated? The FCA's been looking into the issue for months, and we'll find out what its recommendations are today. Felicity hears from one young woman who fell into debt after with a Buy Now Pay Later company when she lost her job. 2020 saw more frauds than ever before. Barclays Head of Fraud talks to Felicity about why that might be and what we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. And there's been a flurry of music deals recently, but these aren't record labels snapping up the next big thing. Some investors are buying up the songs of successful and established musicians. One of those funds is Hipgnosis, its founder, Merck Mercuriadis tells Felicity Hannah about his long career in the music industry and why those tunes are worth so much money. #wakeuptomoney With Felicity Hannah
02/02/2145m 9s


IT's a month since the UK-EU trade deal came into force. Felicity Hannah hears how exporting food from Great Britain to Ireland is becoming trickier for one small company while a big haulage firm explains what the new regime has meant for them. As the row over vaccine supply between the UK and the EU rumbled on, Britain vaccinated a record 600,000 people in one day this weekend. But will the tensions put supplies at risk? And why the issue of "scalping" is exacerbating shortages of gaming consoles and PC components. With Felicity Hannah #wakeuptomoney
01/02/2149m 23s

Offices. Safe as houses?

Investment platforms crack down on the upstart investors who've been fuelling the fire around Gamestop shares. One of the sectors hardest hit by covid has been aviation. Felicity finds out how a husband and wife are faring after they both lost their jobs at Britsh Airways last year. And why Ironman actor Robert Downey Junior is turning his hand to helping tech start ups. #wakeuptomoney With Felicity Hannah
29/01/2151m 37s

Work, homeschool, sleep and repeat

Research shows working mums are hardest hit by homeschooling in lockdown, so we we look at how they will cope until March. We also look at what cancelling the Olympics could mean for insurers and why a failing US retailer has suddenly seen its shares spike.
28/01/2150m 50s

Millions missing out on government support

With almost 3m people excluded from covid financial support, Sean Farrington look at the help they need - and that could be offered. We also examine whether the vaccination drive to slow the pandemic should be global.
27/01/2150m 38s

Will UK quarantine plans take off?

As the government considers plans to quarantine arrivals in the UK, Sean Farrington looks at the impact of the move. He also has the latest on the ongoing student rents row and takes a look at how the pandemic has affected football club finances.
26/01/2148m 25s

Boohoo sets its sights on Debenhams

Sean reports on the news that Boohoo is set to buy Debenhams and looks at why some people are raising concerns about the 737 Max as European regulators are set to clear it to fly.
25/01/2148m 30s

Nissan and the North East

What does Brexit mean for the future of Britain's biggest car plant? Back in November the Nissan boss said a no-deal Brexit would make its Sunderland site "unsustainable". Now he's told the BBC he welcomes the EU-UK trade deal that was struck at the end of last year. Also: Why the pound is rising despite so much gloomy news and as Glastonbury is cancelled for the second year running, what does it mean for the music industry and those whose livelihoods depend on it? #wakeuptomoney With Felicity Hannah
22/01/2125m 25s

Storm Christoph hits England and Wales

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
21/01/2140m 31s

Mr Biden goes to Washington

As the US prepares for Joe Biden's inauguration and Donald Trump's departure, Sean Farrington finds out what Biden's economic priorities will be as president
20/01/2148m 57s

Tokyo Olympics: Going for gold or put on hold?

Sean Farrington speaks to Sir Keith Mills, who was chief executive and international president of the London 2012 campaign, about the future of the delayed Olympic games. He also catches up with Brexit-backing Ineos and asks why the firm has opted to build its new car in Europe.
19/01/2151m 10s

New rules for travellers

As travel corridors close, Sean Farrington looks at how the industry is coping and the debate around universal credit.
18/01/2147m 47s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Liberty Foreman, CEO and founder of DynamXMedical

Sean Farrington interviews Liberty Foreman, who started up a cancer screening tech company DynamX Medical by spinning it out from her PhD. Since then she’s raised millions in investment all before the company has even turned a profit. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this podcast please visit the BBC Action Line website https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
18/01/2133m 1s

How Covid-19 has impacted the economy

With the latest GDP stats due out, Felicity looks at how CV19 has impacted the economy. She also takes a look at Norwegian Air cuts and a looming court ruling on whether insurers can refuse to pay out business interruption insurance during the current pandemic.
15/01/2150m 30s

Impeachment: The sequel

Sean hears from buyers and developers who fear hundreds of Help To Buy home sales could fall through and takes a look at why complaints are mounting over friction at the border with Europe.
14/01/2145m 34s

Supermarkets warn of NI shortages

Sean looks at the problems retailers face getting their stock to Northern Ireland. Also, what's gone wrong with free school meals? And, allegations of furlough fraud continue.
13/01/2150m 24s

Masked shoppers

Sean looks at supermarket moves to get tough on masks, as well as the wider retail landscape. Who were the winners and losers over Christmas? Plus a warning on cryptocurrencies.
12/01/2144m 27s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Maciek Kacprzyk and Karina Sudenyte, founders of Flawsome!

Sean Farrington interviews Maciek Kacprzyk and Karina Sudenyte, the founders of Flawsome!, a food waste company that saves wonky fruit from landfill and makes them into cold pressed juice and sparkling fruit juice waters.
11/01/2131m 30s

Rolling out the vaccine

Sean looks at government plans to vaccinate millions of people in the coming weeks.
11/01/2142m 47s

A shot in the arm for business?

Felicity Hannah looks at the Covid vaccine rollout and testing for travel in and out of the UK. She also digs into the lockdown streaming boom.
08/01/2149m 39s

US Congress under siege

Sean gets reaction from President Trump's former White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci after rioters stormed the US Capitol in Washington.
07/01/2142m 3s

Lockdown: Who's falling through the gaps?

Sean looks at Rishi Sunak's latest support package for business, and asks if some home-schooling families need more help from the big broadband providers.
06/01/2152m 24s

Return to lockdown

With all parts of the UK back in lockdown, Sean speaks to the president of the Confederation of British Industry and small business owners. He also looks at the vaccine roll-out.
05/01/2150m 4s

A new reality for Northern Ireland

Sean looks at new post-Brexit rules for Northern Ireland trade. He also considers the impact of potential school closures on working parents, and looks at Bitcoin's soaring value.
04/01/2151m 45s

It's all ended in tiers

As millions more people are plunged into tighter covid rules, Sean Farrington asks how will businesses cope? He also takes a look at how the Brexit deal will affect travel - for people and goods.
31/12/2051m 21s

Happy New Tier

As a tighter lockdown looms, Sean Farrington takes a look at what it means for business with the boss of gym group Total Fitness. He also investigates what the Brexit deal means for the service sector.
30/12/2024m 44s

Brexit deal: food for thought

Felicity Hannah catches up with the world of food and drink to see whether companies will be toasting or commiserating over the Brexit deal. She speaks to the CEO of the Food and Drink Federation, a cheesemaker who exports and a new business that imports lots of fruit and veg powder for its allergy-friendly baby snacks.
29/12/2023m 25s

A happy Brexmas?

Felicity Hannah discusses an imminent Brexit deal, more restrictions on Boxing Day and the continuing problems at Dover.
24/12/2050m 29s

Home for the hauliers?

Agreement is reached with the French government over the UK border as French authorities said some journeys would resume on Wednesday. Danni Hewson gets reaction.
23/12/2050m 11s

Planes, trains and hauliers

Boris Johnson said both sides wanted to resolve "these problems as fast as possible". What do hauliers think? Danni Hewson finds out.
22/12/2047m 43s

The virus that stole Christmas

A faster spreading Covid-19 causes European countries to temporarily break travel links with the UK.
21/12/2051m 0s

Beefing up broadband

Felicity Hannah speaks to the boss of OpenReach about plans to get a full-fibre UK network. She also discovers how charities are being inundated with donations from closed pubs.
18/12/2026m 59s

Ending in tiers

With stricter rules in some areas for Christmas ahead of tier decisions, Sean Farrington speaks to a worker about what it's been like for hospitality staff.
17/12/2051m 30s

Is the Christmas Bubble going to burst for businesses?

The boss of the UK largest community pub chain tells Sean his plans for this Christmas and will new regulations on worlds biggest tech giants affect the way they do business?
16/12/2051m 20s

New strain same economic pain

The boss of a pub chain now in tier 3 tells Sean how his business will adapt to the new restrictions, and there is an award winning apprentice on the programme.
15/12/2047m 21s

Going the Extra Mile

The UK and EU agree to go the extra mile over trade talks, the boss of Eurotunnel says that they are ready.
14/12/2050m 11s

Wake up to WTO?

After the Prime Minister says there's a "strong possibility" of not achieving a deal with the EU, Felicity Hannah explores the reality of trading on World Trade Organisation terms. Plus, is Airbnb really worth $100bn? And, should regulators clamp down on buy now pay later operators?
11/12/2026m 36s

It's my party and I'll Zoom if I want to

The boss of the world's biggest shipping company has told Wake Up To Money that delays and blockages at ports could take months to be resolved. There wasn't much appetite for compromise when Boris Johnson and Ursula Van Der Leyen met for dinner in Brussels last night. What are they stuck on and could we see a deal (or no-deal) as promised by Sunday? And why the gaming world has been waiting for years for the release of the newest game on the market, Cyberpunk 2077. Simon Smith of Thumbfood videogame production company talks about why it's so exciting and why the industry needs to see the end of the infamous "crunch time".
10/12/2048m 41s

Problems at the ports?

'It's too late baby,' warns the boss of the UK's Food and Drink Federation, as he tells MPs to get ready for chaos at borders with the EU and Northern Ireland after Brexit. But yesterday progress was made on safeguarding medicines, food and border protocols in Northern Ireland. Sean asks businesses there how they're feeling. Also: find out about the challenges involved in breathing new life into old department stores And why your Christmas presents might be stuck at one of our ports... With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
09/12/2050m 2s


As time ticks on, Brexit talks have stalled again. Sean talks to the BBC's economics correspondent Darshini David about one of the trickiest issues, The Level Playing Field. She explains what it is and why agreement on the issue has proved so tricky. In the biggest music deal this century Bob Dylan's sold his entire back catalogue to Universal. The iconic artist's made an undisclosed sum from the sale, thought to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. And as the vaccine finally starts being rolled out, Sean looks into the massive logistics effort to get the jabs from the factory in Belgium and into millions of British arms. With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
08/12/2044m 15s

A final throw of the dice

Negotiatiors criss-crossed between London and Brussels this weekend as they attempted to hammer out a Brexit deal. Sean looks at where we're up to and what it means for businesses waiting anxiously for clarity. Plus entrepreneur Timothy Arnoo talks to Sean about how he made his fortune and how a teacher inspired him. He set up his first business while still at school. The Prince's Trust explain how to foster that spark in the young person in your life. #wakeuptomoney With Sean Farrington
07/12/2044m 28s

Payback time

Felicity Hannah looks at the decision by big supermarkets to pay back millions in reliefs. Also, will Ryanair's Boeing order rehabilitate the 737 Max? And, should some professions be excused 14-day quarantine when returning from other countries?
04/12/2028m 15s

A shot in the arm

Sean talks to an expert in the money behind vaccines. How will it work and how soon will the economy get its much needed shot in the arm? Plus why drug companies don't consider vaccines to be big money makers. And why we need to remember the plight of shop staff as many face a Christmas without a job. One worker's experience of customers fighting for bargains and forgetting to be kind. #wakeuptomoney With Sean Farrington
03/12/2051m 0s

Debenhams leaves the high street

As shops open in England Debenhams has its last Christmas sale. Sean speaks to Sir John Timpson about the future of the high street and Bitcoin hits record highs but why.
02/12/2050m 18s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Timothy Armoo, chief executive of Fanbytes

The story of how 26-year-old Timothy Armoo built a million-pound marketing business.
01/12/2032m 38s

No longer the Top Shop

Where next for the High Street after Arcadia goes bust? Sean catches up with the boss of jeweller Beaverbrooks. He also looks at the prospects of a Brexit deal in the coming weeks.
01/12/2049m 55s

Arcadia on the ropes

Sean and Mickey look at Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire which is facing collapse. Where has it gone wrong? What does the future hold? What next for staff and pensions?
30/11/2050m 24s

1,2,3 here we don't go again

Felicity Hannah interviews business owners in Leicester, which has been was under tight restrictions the longest since was under a local lockdown for the whole of July.
27/11/2025m 49s

'Economic emergency'

There was help for jobs and some controversial cuts as the Chancellor tries to dig us out of a crisis he says has only just begun. Was there enough in Rishi Sunak's Spending Review to help the economy recover? And how long have you had your phone? Big companies like Apple and Amazon need to do more to help customers hold onto their devices for longer and recycle them properly at the end of their lives. That's according to a committee of MPs concerned about the UK's mountain of so called e-waste. With Mark Syred #wakeuptomoney
26/11/2047m 11s

Sick pay and spending reviews

Sean looks at what to expect from the spending review later, with a particular focus on whether the Conservative party's Levelling Up agenda is being left behind. Are we a nation which soldiers on rather than takes time off sick? And if so, is it true that British statutory sick pay lags behind that of other nations? Sean Farrington investigates #wakeuptomoney
25/11/2048m 48s

Tiers for beers

Sean talks to Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway and looks at whether hospitality will be hardest hit when England's new tier system is introduced in December. Plus what do retailers make of the £200 voucher Northern Ireland's residents are being given by the government to spend on the high street? And a new plan to cut the quarantine time for travellers arriving in the UK is being announced today. It'll involve passengers paying for their own covid tests, so Sean looks into whether it'll be enough to ease the travel industry's pain. With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
24/11/2049m 15s

Tougher Tiers?

Sean Farrington asks whether the new regulations could end in tears for the hospitality industry? He also looks at how the Chancellor aims to help out the economy and a virtual twist on tourism.
23/11/2041m 47s

The Pay Freeze

A Mintel report says that we're spending on average £6,000 less this year. But are some struggling as others save? Felicity Hannah discusses.
20/11/2025m 54s

Million By 30 with Sean Farrington: Adnan Ebrahim, founder of Car Throttle

Sean Farrington chats with Adnan Ebrahim who sold his first website before he was 18. He then founded Car Throttle, which quickly reached millions of followers around the world. He sold it in his mid-20's and has since embarked on a new venture
20/11/2033m 0s

Where have the apprenticeships gone?

Data obtained by the BBC has found that more apprentices are leaving without qualifications after being made redundant. Sean Farrington and guests discuss.
19/11/2049m 11s

Electric vehicles: your questions answered

Sean Farrington answers your questions on electric cars. He also examines the concerns surrounding Government PPE deals during the pandemic and hears from a businessman who made £1m before he was 30.
18/11/2039m 18s

Karren Brady on business

Sean catches up with Karren Brady to discover how businesses are coping under Covid. He also follows up on what is an "essential shop" and whether more retailers should be allowed to open.
17/11/2047m 52s

Port in a storm?

Sean looks at the government's free port plans, and considers the plight of retailers unable to open during lockdown. The programme also pays tribute to travel agent John Hays.
16/11/2048m 12s

Cummings going

Felicity Hannah takes a look at what impact will Dominic Cummings' departure from No 10 have on Brexit? She also looks at why Brits are decking the halls early for Christmas and how Northern Ireland's delay in lifting covid restrictions could affect the hospitality sector.
13/11/2027m 23s

How Covid has cost us

Sean Farrington analyses how Covid has cost us both in business and at home as new figures shows many are in crisis with debt.
12/11/2052m 21s

50 days and counting

With 50 days to go before Brexit, how prepared is business? Sean Farrington talks Brexit preparations, bike and buy now, pay later schemes.
11/11/2051m 4s

The business of vaccines

Sean Farrington delves into the economics of a vaccine: how costly is it and how costly will it be to distribute?
10/11/2049m 31s


Sean Farrington gets US election result reaction from business and the markets. Also, as England settles into another lockdown, can we expect another Zoom boom?
09/11/2046m 23s

Furlough the sequel

As Furlough is now going to be with us until spring, Felicity looks at the cost and does it do the job? and the In the US election the counting continues.
06/11/2026m 5s

Lockdown returns

As England returns to lockdown, Sean Farrington asks how have businesses prepared? Sean catches up with a few firms we've spoken to and a supplier who can't shut and can't get Government help, but has seen sales slump as its customers close. Plus he takes a look at the impact of the US election vote.
05/11/2047m 45s

America goes to the polls

As Americans head to the polls we ask two US businesses who would work best in the White House. We also take a look at more lockdown help for the self-employed and whether Brits are trying to cram in some early Christmas shopping before new Covid restrictions bite.
03/11/2046m 7s

Lockdown 2.0

As a new month-long lockdown is announced, what does it mean for the world of business? Felicity Hannah also takes a look at the impending US elections.
02/11/2051m 44s

Farewell to furlough

The government's furlough scheme will end this weekend. Felicity Hannah hears from those who were saved by the financial lifeline, including a business owner in the 'most furloughed town in the UK'. There's been a 50% rise in online shopping fraud during the coronavirus lockdown – with fraudsters selling fakes to capitalise on the trend. But these 'dupes', as they're known, are now being showcased by social media influencers. Some of the biggest US tech companies release their latest results - Felicity looks at how they've been performing during the pandemic.
30/10/2026m 12s

Striking a gourd

Stock markets around the world have tumbled as France and Germany both announce second rounds of lockdowns and how pumpkin patches have carved out a big market.
29/10/2051m 23s

10% Furloughed workers are fired

Felicity finds out is the end of free banking on the horizon and In some parts of deprived parts of the UK 10% of furloughed workers have been fired
28/10/2050m 3s

Trainers and tumbling stock markets

Sean Farrington gets the latest on the storm around buying essentials during Wales' covid fire-break and takes a look at HSBC, the Ant Group and the booming trainers market.
27/10/2050m 34s

Being a black entrepreneur

Sean Farrington speaks to a black entrepeneur and venture capitalist about the barriers faced by black start-ups seeking funding.
26/10/2049m 3s

Sunak digs deeper

As the Chancellor announces more cash to help Covid-hit businesses, Sean asks will it help keep firms afloat? He also speaks to a mum decided to launch her own business during lockdown and sees how the latest US presidential debate went down.
23/10/2026m 2s

Food for thought

Wake Up To Money is out at the New Smithfield Fruit and Veg Market in Manchester to get the views of suppliers and looks ahead to another US presidential debate.
22/10/2047m 11s

Fears For Tiers

Felicity Hannah gets the business perspective on tier 3 restrictions for Greater Manchester and hears about the debate over vegan ‘sausages’ and ‘burgers’.
21/10/2050m 22s

Wetherspoon's Tim Martin's last orders on lockdown

Mark Syred speaks to Wetherspoon's boss Tim Martin on lockdown restrictions and hears from one graduate who is still pushing trolleys after getting his degree.
20/10/2045m 22s

The restrictions resistance

Sean Farrington speaks to the North East England Chamber of Commerce about its push back against more lockdown restrictions and finds out about one company's taste for insects.
19/10/2048m 23s

Tier Three or not Tier Three? That is the question.

Mark Syred speaks to restaurants in Manchester and London to find out how they're coping with the new tier two restrictions.
16/10/2025m 42s

Lockdown debates and Dynamite for K-Pop

Northern Ireland locks down, Wales makes further restrictions and Sean finds out about BTS the South Korean pop bands' listing on the Seoul stock market.
15/10/2046m 23s

Ellis provides some words of wisdom

As new stats show apprenticeship spaces remain low, Ellis from Whitehaven who has applied for hundreds of apprenticeships in engineering tells Sean how he is staying positive. And has lockdown restrictions had a knocked on effect on consumer confidence. Plus release the latest Apple tech launch.
14/10/2042m 57s

Three tiers but no hooray

Its tiers for fears for pubs owners in Liverpool who tell Sean they are not sure what a substantial meal and is a shake up of the football leagues good for the game?
13/10/2047m 5s


As tougher rules come in for England to combat Covid, what are businesses and their supply chains worried about? Sean also looks at cider sales and tough times for taxi drivers.
12/10/2045m 42s

Restrictions and Pumpkins

Danni Hewson speaks to hospitality businesses about the threat of new restrictions next week and asks listeners whether they're spending much to celebrate a new season.
09/10/2023m 54s

Tightening the central belt

Pubs and restaurants in central Scotland will have to close, while in other parts of the country alcohol sales and opening hours will be restricted. Could tighter rules in England be next? An announcement's expected on Monday. Plus a new taskforce will look at whether testing at airports could help cut the quarantine. The boss of airline Loganair gives his view on whether it's enough. #wakeuptomoney With Danni Hewson
08/10/2044m 33s

Breaking the circuit

Nicola Sturgeon has promised not to put Scotland back into full lockdown. But she's likely to bring in stricter measures today that will affect pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Danni Hewson's been talking to Ikea boss Jesper Brodin. The flatpack retailer is opening 50 new stores globally and he says the boom in lockdown home improvements shows no signs of slowing down. And why the government's flagship Bounceback loan scheme may be facing a black hole caused by fraud and insolvency. #wakeuptomoney With Danni Hewson
07/10/2046m 17s

Redundancies rise

As the pandemic leads to 500,000 job losses - what's pushing businesses to the brink? Danni Hewson also takes a look at how to get equality on boards and 10 years of Instagram.
06/10/2047m 58s

Cut? Cineworld's future in the balance

Danni Hewson looks into whether Bond's latest delay could push Cineworld over the edge. She also takes a look at how news President Trump has Covid 19 has affected world markets; and how the latest car sales have fared after the release of new registration plates.
05/10/2034m 23s

Letting the beer settle

As lockdown restrictions are eased in Bolton, will it give the hospitality industry a boost? Plus, Danni looks at why is bus use falling.
02/10/2024m 22s

Furlough fading out

With furlough coming to an end this month, and the numbers of jobs lost continuing to rise, Danni hears the stories of those affected. She also speaks to a recruitment expert for practical advice.
01/10/2051m 19s

US Election 2020: Getting down to business

Danni talks to small businesses in the US about what motivates them in the election, she finds out about the UK's first hydrogen powered train, and learns about sustainability in the fashion industry following a probe of one of Boohoo's suppliers.
30/09/2045m 34s

US Election 2020: What's Joe Biden's economic plan?

In the first of many US election themed interviews, Danni Hewson talks to a former White House senior policy advisor about presidential candidate Joe Biden and his plan for the US economy. Danni takes a look at the ongoing race to buy ASDA - could it return to UK ownership? And she finds out why Apple and Epic Games ended up in a court battle.
29/09/2042m 30s

Rating Rishi

Danni Hewson speaks to economists to get their verdict is on Rishi Sunak's Winter Economy plan. She also takes a look at the 'crowdworking' phenomenon and whether Brits are starting to stockpile again amid fears of another lockdown.
28/09/2049m 38s

Life after furlough

Felicity Hannah gets reaction from business, workers and self employed on the Chancellor's next set of schemes to save jobs. But what about those that find themselves 'unviable'?
25/09/2027m 37s

Rishi's big idea

The Chancellor has ditched the Budget and will instead unveil a Winter Economic Plan. But with unemployment predicted to spike as furlough ends, will he extend the scheme or introduce an alternative? Felicity Hannah takes a look and asks businesses what they want - and need - to hear.
24/09/2047m 58s

Rules of engagement

As the country faces new coronavirus rules - face masks, curfews and working from home - Sean Farrington examines what impact they'll have on the business world.
23/09/2052m 36s

Keeping the spirits up

Sean takes a look at how the events industry and hospitality will trade through the winter and as the financial markets take a tumble what is a creative way to rescue the economy
22/09/2041m 38s

The Wrong Direction

Sean takes a look at the economic impact of another potential lockdown and what can the chancellor do to help businesses as furlough comes to an end.
21/09/2038m 14s

Could local lockdowns go national?

Felicity Hannah looks at the possible return of a national lockdown and speaks to a pub landlady whose business has been hit by the new lockdown measures in the north east. Fewer shoppers may be on the high street, but how are shopping centres doing?
18/09/2027m 30s

Testing times for the coach industry

So what does a boss do if workers think they have symptoms but can't get a test? Sean chats to one boss about what delays in testing mean in reality for his business. The coach industry is warning that 40% of coach companies could go bust by the end of 2020 unless the government takes action. And why the way we shop has been changed by the virus, probably forever. With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
17/09/2038m 42s

Young, broke and out of work

How are young people being affected by the economic impact of Covid? Sean talks to two young job hunters who've been struggling to find work for months. Is uni good value for money, given many courses will take place online? We get the view of a student and a lecturer. And what's in a name? Thomas Cook is back, but not as we know it. The biggest shareholder of the collapsed travel company bought the name and the website and is relaunching the brand online from today. Thomas Cook's boss Alan French talks to Sean. With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
16/09/2041m 41s

Jobs: When the numbers don't tell the story

Sean looks at whether the latest jobs figures tell the real story of unemployment in Britain and he talks to a Berkshire couple who both suddnely found themselves out of work during the pandemic. And businesses wait to find out if they've been unfairly denied insurance payouts. With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
15/09/2039m 58s

Virgin and the virus

Sean sits down (virtually) with the boss of Virgin Atlantic. Shai Weiss discusses the company's sweeping job cuts, its failed attempt to get a government bailout and responds to criticism about how the airline performed on the issue of customer refunds. Many pubs, restaurants and hotels would normally be taking bookings for office Christmas parties around now. Your traditional booze fuelled office party is unlikely to be allowed this year. So what does it mean for those venues which rely on the income from those parties? And as MPs gear up to vote on the government's controversial new Internal Markets Bill, Sean explains what the new law, if passed, would mean for trade. With Sean Farrington. Get involved on social media: #wakeuptomoney
14/09/2041m 47s

Brought to you by the letters U, V and W

Felicity Hannah looks at what GDP will tell us about the state of the economy after lockdown. Plus with football returning we speak to the Chief Executive of Bristol Rovers on how it will cope without crowds and could the furlough scheme be extended.
11/09/2026m 7s

Christmas plans hit for six?

With Sean Farrington What do businesses who depend on us gathering together make of the new rules in England? Why did the Kardashians exit the show that's made them so much money? Bt raises bills for customers Louis Vuitton parent company and Tiffany & Co will take their takeover fight to the courts #wakeuptomoney
10/09/2042m 10s

Six is the magic number

Also in today's podcast, Sean Farrington talks to a business in Bolton wondering how it's going to get through the next few weeks after all hospitality venues except takeaways were told to close. What does the government's controversial new plan to change the law on Brexit mean in practice? And how one theatre company is getting bums on seats by reopening as a cinema. #wakeuptomoney
09/09/2051m 13s

What's happening to our jobs?

British employers planned more than 300,000 redundancies in June and July, as the coronavirus outbreak took its toll on the workplace. That's seven times more than in the same time last year. Sean looks into what's happening to the jobs market. Plus: what the travel industry makes of the government's newest initiative: "regional" travel corridors. Why JD and Primark may be escaping the worst of the retail crisis. And Trevor tells Sean how his desperate search for work found him handing out his CV in a train station. #wakeuptomoney
08/09/2051m 23s

Brexit: Who will blink first?

Amid arguments and threats of a no-deal, negotiators are getting ready to to try and thrash out a way forward on the sticky issues of fishing and state aid. In case you'd forgotten about Brexit, Sean recaps on where we're up to and why the atmosphere has suddenly got so fraught. Plus, are the roads clogging up because commuters are too anxious to get back on trains? We hear the story of one commute and a boss at West Midlans Trains tells us how they're responding to low passenger numbers. With Sean Farrington #wakeuptomoney
07/09/2048m 16s

Bond and the bagel effect

As construction finally starts on HS2 after years of arguments and cost rises, Danni Hewson looks into whether the economic argument still stands. If so many of us are now working remotely, do we still need HS2? It's being called the "polo mint" or "bagel" effect. City centres hollowed out, while our smaller towns and suburbs flourish. So what is the reality? Danni's been to meet small business owners in a Huddersfield suburb, and the man in charge of a huge office space company tells her what the future holds for his firm. And this year's Blackpool Illuminations are turned on tonight, remotely and without the usual crowds. But how important are they to the economy of post-lockdown Blackpool? Join in the conversation on social media: #wakeuptomoney
04/09/2041m 25s

Why are house prices rising?

Danni looks at why house prices continue to rise despite the tough economic environment. Also, how could Manchester City buy Lionel Messi?
03/09/2050m 9s

Tech, Telsa and Teaching

Sean looks at the cost for schools of pupils returning, and the launch of a plan to tackle youth unemployment. Plus, what's the best way to work across offices and homes?
02/09/2048m 21s

Pinch, punch, furlough crunch?

The government scales back wage support through the furlough scheme. And, what can be done to save apprenticeships as places halve? Sean also looks at M&S' tie-up with Ocado.
01/09/2049m 28s

The most important election in history?

Also on today's podcast: Why are Microsoft and Wallmart teaming up to buy TikTok? Danni hears calls for the government to do more to help struggling baby and toddler groups keep going. And the economics of facemasks. Why wearing a mask is helping protect the economy as well as your health. Get involved in the conversation on social media : #wakeuptomoney
28/08/2052m 14s

Back to work?

Local lockdowns may be eased, Danni takes a look at how firms under tighter restrictions have fared. She also examines what the trickle down effect has been from the exodus from the office.
27/08/2049m 31s

World of work

As schools re-open, will it mean a big return to the workplace? The BBC has questioned some big employers - and not one has plans to bring all their staff back full time, yet. Danni Hewson takes a look.
26/08/2025m 17s

Make or break time

Virgin Atlantic faces a crunch vote on its rescue deal, will BT battle a takeover bid and how are pubs and restaurants preparing for a Covid-safe winter season?
25/08/2049m 21s

Dealing with an outbreak

How does a business cope with a Covid outbreak and are students getting their university accommodation. The team also looks at how charity shops are coping in the pandemic. And we hear from a bicycle company boss how business has boomed in current times.
24/08/2051m 9s

The cost of coronavirus

With government accounts due out, we look at how much Covid-19 schemes could cost. We also examine what impact the end of pandemic eviction protection could have on tenants and get a sneaky peek at next year's Rugby League World Cup.
21/08/2052m 32s

The struggle for apprenticeships

Danni Hewson hears about warnings of a shortage of available apprenticeships. Plus why a poor Wheat harvest could make your bread more expensive.
20/08/2037m 39s

From vocations to Vimto

Sean looks at vocational qualifications which have been left out of the government's exam U-turn, and catches up with the boss of Vimto-maker Nichols. Also, the latest on M&S cuts and whether they will disproportionately affect women.
19/08/2050m 38s


What does the government U-turn on grades mean for universities? What are the cost issues for taking on more students, what does it mean for university funding, and what about future employment for this year's cohort of freshers? Sean looks at the economics of higher education in the pandemic.
18/08/2052m 42s

Missing out

The second wave of support for the self employed launches today. But around 2 million self employed people don't qualify for the grant. Sean talks to two of them. Plus a chink of good news for exporters; Sean investigates why we're seeing the largest trade surplus since records began. And the easing of lockdown isn't just about going to the pub. Galleries and museums are starting to re-open. But are visitors coming back? #wakeuptomoney
17/08/2049m 36s

Say Au Revoir to your French summer holiday

Businesses tell Danni Hewson how they'll be affected by France and Netherlands being added to the list of places you'll need to quarantine on your return. Also a soft play centre looks forward to reopening and Fortnite and Apple lock horns.
14/08/2050m 52s

What's in a grade?

Bosses and recruiters tell Danni Hewson what they look for when hiring school leavers and graduates and it's not all about the grades. Danni gets some practical tips on what to do if your results were not what you'd hoped for. Reaction to the terrible crash in Scotland which caused a train to derail, killing three people. And whether vintage trainers can be a good investment... #wakeuptomoney
13/08/2051m 30s

Bracing for the Covid recession

Sean looks ahead to official figures that will show what we all know - that the UK economy is now in recession. He catches up with four businesses in Wrexham, four years after interviewing them after the Brexit vote, to find out how they're faring during the pandemic. And he finds out about a rise in the use of auction houses. One in Port Talbot says it's had its busiest month in its 52-year history, because of the increase in liquidated businesses.
12/08/2051m 1s

How many people are out of work?

Ahead of the release of the latest unemployment figures, Sean Farrington talks to someone looking for work, and to a recruiter, about how the jobs market is changing. High street retail has been struggling before and throughout the pandemic, but what about the future? Sean speaks to a retail futurist who is optimistic for the UK high street. As schools in Scotland begin to reopen today, the rest of the UK will be keeping a close eye on developments. Sean finds out more from the chief executive of the Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce about getting it right when it comes to educational and economic goals, while preventing the spread of the virus. And did you think you'd miss the sounds of printers and air con while working from home? Sean hears how people have been drawn to websites recreating the noises in the workplace.
11/08/2050m 7s

Will workers have the skills for a post-Covid world?

Could there be a mismatch between the skills of laid-off workers and the types of firms wanting to hire new staff? Sean Farrington speaks to an economist and a photographer looking for work. A government scheme to encourage people back into restaurants and cafes does seems to be working, but will it be enough to save the struggling hospitality industry? And have you ever heard of the lipstick index? It's using lipstick as a gauge for consumer spending. The logic goes that when more extravagant luxuries seem out of reach, we turn to lipstick as an affordable treat. Mickey Clark is back on the show with Sean in this episode. Join the conversation on #wakeuptomoney
10/08/2051m 4s

A tale of two economies

Danni talks to two business one that has been open through lockdown the other yet to open, as the governor of the Bank Of England warns a million people could lose their jobs. .
07/08/2050m 44s

Covid economics

Danni speaks to two economists about what shape the economic recovery could take, she discusses the latest job losses, finds out why some Manchester restaurateurs aren't happy, and asks how much higher the gold price could get.
06/08/2045m 10s

Mounting job losses

Danni Hewson speaks to the British Chambers of Commerce about the recent acceleration in job cuts, she chats to the UK boss of Ford, and she finds out how our TV viewers' habits have changed during the lockdown.
05/08/2048m 26s

Biffa boss on dealing with waste in a pandemic

Danni Hewson speaks to the boss of FTSE 250 firm, Biffa, discusses a government letter sent to pharmaceutical firms urging them to stockpile drugs post-Brexit, and finds out more about the ongoing TikTok saga.
04/08/2046m 36s

New tests, local lockdowns and eating out.

Felicity Hannah talks to businesses as they grapple with lockdown measures ramping up - both on a local, and sector level. It's the launch day for the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, to entice would-be diners into restaurants. Felicity talks to a business that's taking part, and one that's excluded from the scheme. Get in touch #wakeuptomoney
03/08/2045m 29s

Is the Northern Lockdown a Game changer

Danni Hewson looks at the massive slump in US GDP, discusses the big tech firm results from 'Super Thursday', speaks to businesses about changes to the government's furlough scheme, and catches up with the CEO of the ten-pin bowling alley chain Hollywood Bowl about the new rules in force, as alleys are allowed to reopen again.
31/07/2045m 2s

"Too much Power"

Should the power of big tech companies be curb as Congress says they are anti competitive and lockdown saw a big surge in demand for pets Danni speaks to a dog breeder
30/07/2049m 29s

"We've gone from a travel agency to a refund agency"

The latest on quarantine measures and there effect on the economy and the UK boss of Ebay says business rates need reform and that will mean Ebay will 'probably' pay more tax.
29/07/2048m 3s

Holidays in Spain are cancelled until further notice.

The Foreign Office is now advising against all non-essential travel to the whole of Spain - so what will that mean for the beleaguered travel industry
28/07/2042m 13s

Spain quarantine rule returns

Danni looks at the impact of new quarantine rules on travellers and businesses. Also, is an ad ban on unhealthy food the answer to tackling obesity? Plus, have our ambitions to cut down on plastic been forgotten during the pandemic?
27/07/2047m 17s

The cover up

Felicity speaks to retailers as face coverings become mandatory in English shops. The Olympics were due to start today. Where has the pandemic postponement left businesses?
24/07/2025m 34s

Trains, planes and ticket refunds

Rail commuters in some parts of the country have had a tough time - cancellations and delays have become normal for many journeys. In fact, Northern Rail was even nationalised in January over its performance. Today the government is pledging to tackle some of the problems that hamper services in the North with a boost of £600m. Felicity asks, is it enough to make a difference? Plus whether we'll soon see coronavirus testing at airports, why the luxury brand Bulgari is getting involved in charitable causes and is one secondary ticketing site in particular playing fair over refunds? With Felicity Hannah #wakeuptomoney
23/07/2054m 3s

The businesses left behind

Felicity Hannah hears from businesses that are stuck in limbo because they revolve around people socialising. Plus the impact of restaurant no shows. And the rise in scams and what we can do about it.
22/07/2051m 49s

A public sector pay boost

Felicity Hannah finds out about the online misinformation spreading "virulently" during the pandemic. The Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee wants to see the big tech companies regulated. Gyms are due to re-open on Saturday. Wake Up to Money takes a tour of one as it prepares to open its doors to clients again.
21/07/2052m 39s

Klarna and the rise of buy now, pay later

Felicity Hannah talks to the vice president of payment firm Klarna.
20/07/2052m 12s

Flex and the city

Danni looks at the numbers of people still working from home and in the office during the pandemic. How will coronavirus shape the way we work going forward? Will there be more flexible working? And what will the economic impact be on our towns and cities?
17/07/2026m 56s

Is Britain working?

Danni looks ahead to jobless stats as research suggests a third of firms are set to axe staff. She also checks on how Brits are coping with working from home and a wool price dive.
16/07/2049m 33s

Rip it up and start again?

Lord Heseltine gives his views on the economy. We also look what the Huawei ban could mean for China-UK relations and examine a new industry springing up online in lockdown.
15/07/2040m 49s

Mandatory Masks

Danni get the business reaction to the government is extending the law on wearing face coverings in England, making them compulsory in shops from 24th July.
14/07/2048m 35s

Jobs: furloughs and highs

As furloughing ends will unemployment spike? We also check in with a spa that's reopening, and find out how retailers have fared in recent weeks.
13/07/2044m 50s

Spas and (nail) bars

Danni looks at the latest easing of lockdown, affecting pools, gyms and beauty salons, as thousands of shop jobs are cut. Plus, what will the end of quarantine mean for airports?
10/07/2026m 21s

Jobs and meal deals

Danni Hewson talks to the boss of Thai restaurant chain Rosa's Thai, construction boss Eleanor Deeley and economist Jonathan Portes about yesterday's summer statement. Will it be enough to avoid sweeping job losses? She'll also get reaction from self-employed beautician Anna and from Mark who's on furlough and fears for his job. Get involved in the conversation: #wakeuptomoney
09/07/2051m 29s

Making a Statement

Danni talks to the bosses of the construction firm Mace and Swansea based Boss Brewing. She hears from Kitty Ussher who's now Chief Economic Advisor at the think tank Demos but was Banking Minister during the financial crisis and asks her how this moment compares. #wakeuptomoney
08/07/2050m 32s

Should Fast Fashion slow down

Why is China making the Government have a rethink, another female boss joins a FTSE 100 company and fast fashion and its impact on sustainability.
07/07/2047m 44s

Beer, barnets and budgets

Danni talks to the boss of Hawthorne Leisure which runs more than 700 UK pubs about how the weekend has gone. Hairdresser Nikki describes how she re-opened he salon at 5:30 on Saturday morning. Plus new research looks into which areas around the country have been hit hardest by the economic impact of the virus. And the boss of the online stock broker Interactive Investor talks ethics, rivalry and how investment habits have changed in lockdown. #wakeuptomoney
06/07/2048m 18s

Super Saturday

Felicty Hannah talks to the bosses of cinemas, pubs, hotels and holiday parks as they get ready to welcome customers back through their doors.
03/07/2050m 48s

12,000 and counting

Almost 12,000 people in the UK are set to lose their jobs after a raft of firms announced cuts in just 48 hours. Danni speaks to a panel of labour market experts and business leaders, and asks how many more losses are to come?
02/07/2024m 28s

In Plane Sight

Danni discusses aviation's crisis during the pandemic, as Airbus announces plans to cut 15 thousand jobs. She also speaks to the founder of the Lonely Planet travel guides.
01/07/2052m 14s

Local Lockdown

Danni discusses plans to kick-start the economy through investment in big building projects, finds out how pubs are planning to reopen, and looks at the future of the furlough scheme.
30/06/2047m 45s

Air bridge over troubled water

Danni finds out about air bridges, corridors, and plans to thrash out a new fisheries deal.
29/06/2052m 4s

Intu the unknown

The fate of Trafford Centre's owner is in doubt, Danni takes a look at why. And covid-19 has been a catalyst for some start-ups but means changes for flying, what's the 'new normal'?
26/06/2051m 37s


As consumers stay at home and buy hot tubs, the travel industry continues to go through big changes as Qantas announces that 20% of its staff will go.
25/06/2049m 40s

The bar and the Bard

From pubs in Manchester, to theatres in Shakespeare's Stratford - what does the easing of lockdown rules mean for businesses in England?
24/06/2025m 25s

The businesses calling time on the two-metre rule

Restaurants and pubs may be able to open from 4th of July, but they’ll have to adhere to strict social distancing measures. It currently stands at two metres, but there’s a lot of pressure on the government to reduce this to one metre, so that businesses can cater to more people and reboot an industry that’s been badly hit by the coronavirus.
23/06/2045m 43s

2m or not 2 metres

The government is to announce tomorrow what businesses can reopen, a decision is also expected on social distancing. Many businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, have been pushing for it to be reduced to 1m. Danni considers the plight of those who've missed out on government support. Also, what can commercial tenants do about mounting debt as rent payment looms? And, are people with disabilities excluded from business?
22/06/2050m 50s

Revisiting retail

We look at how shops fared after opening this week and why there's been a spike in bike sales. Felicity also examines the Bank of England's £1bn boost to the economy.
19/06/2023m 21s

Furlough Fraud

Exclusive figures for 5live Business, HMRC has told us that they have received more than 3,000 reports of furlough fraud since April.
18/06/2051m 3s

The fight for free school meals

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
17/06/2026m 9s

Jobs fears

Danni investigates whether the two-metre rule should be scrapped and looks at how well yesterday went for the thousands of shops which re-opened in England for the first time.
16/06/2050m 42s

Back to the shops?

Sean Farrington reports live from the Cheshire Oaks retail outlet as they get ready for the first shoppers to arrive. "When businesses tell me 'I can't recruit people of colour because they don't apply to me... ' you have to look at how you're presenting your business." Brands and marketing expert Flavilla Fongang on how companies need to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement. We return to Bishop Auckland to hear from the high street we've been following for a few months now as they get ready for shoppers to return. We cross to Milton Keynes to find out how the town's shopping centre is getting ready. And Doug Putman, HMV boss talks rents, VAT and how his shops will keep their staff and customers safe. #wakeuptomoney
15/06/2051m 15s

Is my job safe?

Danni Hewson talks to Pawel Adrjan, an economist from the jobs site Indeed about what's happening to the jobs market right now and what people worried about their future should do. Lots of artists are trying it - will online gigs help save the struggling music industry and help support artists whose incomes have fallen dramatically? She looks at claims that Brexit border checks could be abandoned - for now. And as non-essential shops in Northern Ireland re-open, what the heck is revenge shopping? ##wakeuptomoney
12/06/2026m 1s

Will changing the 2m rule save the economy

Business leaders from across the economy explain the impact of the 2m rule on their businesses. We also catch up with the boss of Pearl & Dean.
11/06/2047m 45s

Shops will open but it will be different

Non-essential shops to re-open, but are they prepared and will be able to make profit with fewer people in store. Danni speaks to the Boss of Richer Sounds
10/06/2023m 15s

Building for the future, looking at the past

We ask the boss of Mace how construction is faring in the pandemic and examine the legacy of slavery in the UK and it's impact now. We also speak to a pub boss about opening up.
09/06/2047m 50s

Lockdown loosening

As quarantine rules come into force, what's the impact for hospitality and tourism? We also look at dentists reopening and how childcare issues could affect staff returning to work
08/06/2048m 55s

The Cover Up

Danni speaks to retailers returning to work as facemasks become mandatory on public transport in England from June 15. Plus, we catch up with Co-op boss Steve Murrells who has been outspoken on racism following the death of George Lloyd in the US.
05/06/2026m 3s

Books and Boardrooms

How can bosses keen to display their anti-racist credentials make meaningful change inside their own companies? And why do so many big companies still have all white boards? The boss of Waterstones, James Daunt talks to Danni Hewson about managing a company through a crisis and what the high street will look like afterwards as shoppers begin to return. And the heads of Loganair and Southampton airport give their views on the quarantine and what travel is going to look like this summer. #wakeuptomoney
04/06/2045m 10s

US protests - should companies take a stand?

Felicity Hannah talks to Steven Bartlett, boss of branding agency The Social Chain about how companies have responded to the Black Lives Matter campaign. How sincere is their response? Plus your travel questions answered as the government so far seems to be sticking with its controversial quarantine plan. She also talks to Anna Blackburn, boss of Beaverbrooks on how the jewellery chain has been handling the Coronavirus crisis. #wakeuptomoney
03/06/2051m 24s

Sunshine and Shopping

As the sun shone and some stores opened their doors, did we go out spending? Footfall was up and huge queues formed outside Ikea's stores in England. So as more shops and some sporting events re-opened, Felicity Hannah looks at how yesterday went. Plus the test case that will decide if thousands of businesses should get an insurance payout after Coronavirus forced them to close. And the return of horseracing. Felicity hears from a trainer whose horse ran in the first racing meet since the lockdown began. #wakeuptomoney
02/06/2047m 46s

Markets and Motors

Also in today's show: A one billion pound fund opens today, almost three years on from the Grenfell Tower disaster, to help those stuck with flats covered in unsafe cladding. But is it enough? One expert will explains why she thinks it won't solve the problem. Felicity also investigates why some of us are trapped in data and device poverty at a time when we need to be linked up to the internet more than ever. And we may be in the middle of a pandemic but that doesn't stop Brexit trundling on. Talks resume with the EU this week. So is this the right or wrong time to be thrashing out the details? With Felicity Hannah. #wakeuptomoney
01/06/2047m 38s

Scaling back support?

More than 100 MPs call on the chancellor to extend the grant scheme for the self-employed, saying many will not be able to work once it ends. Felicity Hannah asks two business people how they will cope financially, as the government begins to scale back support. Plus - President Trump has signed an executive order targeting big social media companies, like Twitter. But does he risk biting the hand that feeds?
29/05/2051m 20s

The businesses left waiting

Danni hears from businesses who still don't know when they'll be able to reopen again, and asks how they're coping with the uncertainty. She explores the issues at Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi; and finds out about a new launch into space.
28/05/2048m 34s

Sanitiser, screens and social distancing: retail's new normal

Danni talks to two retailers about how they're preparing to reopen in June; she finds out how the UK property market has suddenly seen a big surge; and she discusses plans for a new nuclear power station.
27/05/2050m 44s

Ramping up retail

Open-air markets, car showrooms, and all other non-essential businesses get the green light to open their doors again in June. Danni asks what impact this will have for those businesses, as well as the UK economy. Plus - she finds out more about 'Project Birch', and the impact that lockdown is having on those who are poised to enter the world of work .
26/05/2047m 2s

A cereal issue

Plus how will we pay for all this? What impact will the virus have on public spending? And what do we all miss most about normal life?
22/05/2049m 8s

"We take it down"

Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook talks about how to deal with fake news and misinformation during the Covid 19 pandemic.
21/05/2050m 27s

A "severe recession like no other"

As a recession looms, the former Boss of Virgin Bank tells Danni the lessons she learned from the 2008 financial crisis and will a bank holiday in October help domestic tourism.
20/05/2048m 56s

Pandemic job losses: how bad could it get?

Danni looks at the issue of unemployment ahead of the release of new labour market data, which will show how people's jobs have been affected due to the pandemic.
19/05/2047m 38s

Falling through the cracks

Danni talks to small businesses who are struggling to access support; she finds out more about the rise of video conferencing app, Zoom; and learns how professional football is facing a new economic reality.
18/05/2048m 58s

No business for showbusiness

Danni looks at the impact of the lockdown on the entertainment industry. She hears from a comedian, a nightclub boss, a festival organiser, and Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus.
15/05/2049m 49s

What will happen to our jobs?

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak says a significant recession is on the way. Danni investigates whether lots of people are furloughed in zombie jobs that simply won't exist when our economy re-opens. Or - as the chancellor suggests - will things bounce back quickly? She also hears from the boss of luxury car maker Bentley which has brought just under half of its UK workforce back to the factory floor. And she meets the boss who's now running a call centre from her workers homes. Plus Wake Up To Money's learned there's a shortage of the plastic being used to make the screens currently keeping lots of workers safe. #wakeuptomoney
14/05/2050m 29s

Back to Work

How will the extension to the furlough scheme help businesses and will commuters feel confident in going back to work.
13/05/2044m 43s

Back in business?

Danni looks at the new government guidelines for companies to make their workplaces safe. The bosses of a manufacturing firm and a bus company say whether it will work for them.
12/05/2050m 32s

The beginning of the end?

Danni Hewson will find out what businesses make of the PM's announcement last night. Do businesses have enough information to re-open and will staff feel safe enough to return? And what does it mean for businesses and workers now the pace of change seems to be different in different parts of the UK? #wakeuptomoney
11/05/2051m 11s

Rebuilding economies

As the Bank of England warns of the UK's sharpest recession on record, Felicity Hannah marks VE Day by looking at the post-war economy and what we can learn from the recovery.
08/05/2051m 38s

The Price of a Pandemic

We look at the economy before, during, and after coronavirus ahead of the Bank of England's latest assessment, due out at 7am.
07/05/2050m 13s

How long is a furlough?

As the UK government looks to end the furlough scheme Danni Hewson looks at what happens next.
06/05/2050m 28s

Roasted and toasted

Danni chats to the owners of a coffee roasting business and a wedding dress shop about their work life on lockdown, and how they plan to emerge on the other side. Will it be back to the daily grind? She also talks to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development about the government's furlough scheme, which the CIPD wants extending because they fear a cliff edge and spiralling unemployment if it's not made more flexible.
05/05/2051m 12s

Getting us back to work

The BBC's seen draft government proposals on how to get us all back to work. Plans include staggered shifts, cutting down on hot desking and relaxing the two metre rule in favour of other protective measures in workplaces where social distancing is not possible. Hear from the manufacturing, logistics, travel and PR sectors. Plus...is our cold storage full? #wakeuptomoney
04/05/2051m 2s

Gremlins in the car finance machine

A 5 Live investigation finds car payment holidays - ordered by a watchdog - are being delayed for drivers. We also take a look at how the UK can start to move out of lockdown.
01/05/2049m 36s

Car manufacturing stalls

We find out how coronavirus has pushed the car industry off track and speak to one of the architects behind the UK's Nightingale hospitals.
30/04/2049m 5s

Massive cuts at BA

Danni looks at British Airways' plan to shed nearly 30% of its workforce due to the fallout from coronavirus. Also, why are some businesses shunning emergency loans?
29/04/2043m 55s

On the bounce

Danni looks at the new 'bounceback' loans announced by the Chancellor. And, when is the right time to lift the lockdown? Plus, how damaging has the crisis been for the arts sector?
28/04/2048m 1s

Unlocking the economy

As calls grow to ease restrictions how will businesses adapt. Also, how crucial is an antibody test to lifting the lockdown? And why are some insurers refusing to pay out?
27/04/2048m 30s

Knocked for six

With major events cancelled - from the London Marathon this weekend to Wimbledon - and a whole Premier League season on ice, Sean looks at how coronavirus is affecting sport.
24/04/2051m 22s

Life on the farm, on lockdown

We catch up with Countryfile's Adam Henson to see how the virus is affecting farms. We also speak to a UK ventilator challenge firm and find out the cost of lockdown to musicians.
23/04/2049m 48s

Questions over PPE

A mask manufacturer tells Sean how the Industry has changed in the last 6 weeks and Mickey Clarke gives his thoughts on the collapse of the oil price.
22/04/2049m 35s

Coronavirus: how businesses are changing

Sean takes a look at how firms are changing their model to fight the virus. He also takes a look at its impact on the hospitality sector which has been hit hard by lockdown.
21/04/2047m 50s

PPE how Business is trying to help the NHS

As major delivery of protective equipment is delayed a teepee manufacturer tells Sean how they are helping and now making visors for the NHS.
20/04/2048m 35s

Lockdown continues

Sean finds out how businesses have adjusted to the new normal as the lockdown continues, and speaks to workers who are keeping the economy going. Meanwhile, the US aims to open up.
17/04/2046m 33s

Three more weeks?

Plus hairdresser Nicola Roberts on how she's coping after her business had to furlough all its staff. Retail analyst Bryan Roberts lost his job and is now stacking shelves at Tesco. He tells Sean what it's been like for the workers keeping us fed. And why are small business grants taking so long to be handed out? The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council tells Sean what it's been like behind the scenes.
16/04/2049m 39s

The biggest economic contraction in living memory?

Josh Hardie of the Confederation of British Industry and Sarah John of Boss brewing join Sean to talk about economics, beer and business. #wakeuptomoney
15/04/2050m 27s

Coronavirus - Your Working Life Under Lockdown

Sean talks to workplace mental health first aid trainer Sarah Long and Jasmine Whitbread, the boss of London business group London First. Also your stories of what the lockdown has meant for your working life. Join in the conversation on social media: #wakeuptomoney
14/04/2047m 1s

Coronavirus: Co-op, Lloyds and testing

Your stories of NHS workers you want to thank. Plus how the Co-op and Lloyds pharmacy are handling the crisis. And Sean talks to the body representing the UK testing industry.
09/04/2049m 50s

Coronavirus questions answered

The boss of tech company WeTransfer talks about social media, fake news and how the internet is handling all the increased traffic during the crisis. Boss of the British Chambers of Commerce Adam Marshall takes your questions. And in tough times like this, should companies like Tesco be paying dividends to shareholders? An expert in corporate social responsibility gives her view. With Sean Farrington Get involved in the conversation: #wakeuptomoney
08/04/2049m 17s

Intensive Care

Plus dairy farmers tell Sean why the Coronavirus crisis means they're having to dump huge quantities of milk with suppliers not turning up to pick up their orders. One of the first fashion designers to work with Debenhams gives his reaction as the store prepares to fille for administration Benefits and money advice from expert Lee Healey And apprentice winner Alana Spencer on how she's transformed her cake company to keep going through the crisis. With listener's top tips to help you sleep if the crisis is making you anxious.
07/04/2044m 24s

Coronavirus - keeping workers safe

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
06/04/2052m 2s

Highs and Lows

Banks are told to cut us all some slack on loans and credit card bills but charities are struggling and businesses say they still can't get their hands on government-backed loans. Wake Up To Money hears from two opera singers who've lost work but found new ways to make cash - with a blast of opera to end the week on a high note...
03/04/2049m 6s

Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews - an entrepreneur in the coronavirus crisis

Spencer Matthews is an entrepreneur who starred on Made In Chelsea. He talks about dealing with the supermarkets in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, doing business without shaking hands, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Also this morning Sean speaks to Citizens Advice about the practicalities of getting Universal Credit and Wake up To Money listeners come up with some inventive ways to save a struggling plant seller
02/04/2039m 37s

Time to pay?

Banks have suspended dividends but will that free up extra lending for businesses across the UK in need of emergency funding? We hear from Vikas Shah, the boss of a textile firm that supplies something crucial for an NHS desperately trying to increase capacity - bed sheets for thousands of extra beds. We also hear from the boss of Newquay airport on whether the aviation industry needs a bailout, and whether it should get one.
01/04/2039m 51s

eBay looks to end collections

Sean hears from the boss of eBay about how the platform is stopping its 26 million UK customers from buying goods that have to be collected after police stopped a driver on a 220 mile trip to pick up some windows bought on the site. Also we look at Carluccio's and BrightHouse going into administration and Johny Cassidy is back to explain furloughing.
31/03/2039m 23s

Coronavirus - are we in this for the long haul?

The government says a consortium of companies will help build thousands more ventilators. Sean looks at how easy it is for a company which makes one product to suddenly start manufacturing something completely different. The boss of Burger King UK talks to Sean about the impact the virus has had on business, staff and customers. And Sarah Long, a mental health first aid trainer gives her top tips on supporting our co-workers in this uniquely difficult time. How do we know if someone is struggling if we're all working from home? Even if you are in work it can be difficult to maintain the usual social contact as all distance ourselves from others. And how can we help colleagues who're having a tough time? Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #wakeuptomoney.
30/03/2046m 52s

The Self Employed get their COVID 19 Bailout

The Chancellor announces a multi-billion pound plan to pay the self-employed. But nothing is paid until June will it work for most workers.
27/03/2050m 32s

Coronavirus: This one's a banker

We hear from two businesses owners who have tried and failed to get help from banks and ask the boss of TSB how it is helping its customers cope.
26/03/2049m 5s

Cornavirus: landlords and loans

As commercial tenants refuse to pay rent, what happens to landlords? We also take a look at loans to help your finances and catch up with a pharmacists to see how they're coping.
25/03/2049m 15s

Coronavirus: Explaining the lockdown for business

What do strict new measures designed to tackle coronavirus mean for business? And, what help is there for the millions of self-employed during the crisis.
24/03/2050m 34s

Banking on cash

Sean speaks to the British business bank which is overseeing the coronavirus loan scheme, and also hears from Pure Gym about the impact of closures. Plus Mickey Clark returns.
23/03/2050m 28s

Coronavirus - business grants and worker rights

Schools close from the end of today for all but the children of key workers. So what are your rights if you now have to juggle work with childcare? Or if you're forced to work from home? Plus the UK boss of the workplace messaging tool Slack gives his insights about how to get the best of out of teams which have to work remotely. How can companies improve communication and boost morale when we're stuck at home in a time of crisis? Plus, we investigate the question so many listeners have asked us: How will those emergency government grants for small businesses work? And how soon can they be accessed? With Felicity Hannah. Join in the conversation: #wakeuptomoney
20/03/2025m 36s

Coronavirus- markets in crisis

There's been warnings from Boris Johnson who says Coronavirus infection rates look likely to soar as the country moves into the "delay" phase of its action plan. Workers with a persistent cough or temperature have been told they must stay at home for seven days. So how prepared are we as a workforce? Felicity Hannah looks into how to make the best of working from home if you're one of the many who'll be doing it for the first time. Also, how to cope financially if your income is dropping because you're self-isolating or off sick. And she'll ask how worried we should all be after global stock markets plunged as investors panicked about the Coronavirus. Join in the conversation on social media: #wakeuptomoney
20/03/2025m 36s

Coronavirus: looking after your finances

We discuss how to cope financially while the UK is in the grip of the coronavirus - from personal debt to business and banks.
19/03/2042m 4s

Is £350bn enough?

Felicity Hannah looks at the government's plan to help businesses through the virus crisis. Is there enough cash? And is it being targeted in the right areas?
18/03/2043m 46s

Not going out

Danni Hewson considers the outlook for the leisure industry and the aviation sector as the coronavirus weighs on the economy. Also, where does it all leave the wedding business?
17/03/2043m 2s

Coronavirus - Business and Bankers React

Sean Farrington looks at steps taken by central banks to tackle the impact of coronavirus. Also, where next for airlines? And how can supermarkets get on top of panic buying
16/03/2039m 6s

Flights grounded as spending takes off

As the World Health Organisation declares Coronavirus a pandemic, Sean Farrington investigates whether the new Chancellor's £12bn package of financial support is enough to help small businesses affected.. Two businesses struggling to weather the storm will tell us what they make of the measures. And as always, Wake Up To Money will give you everything you need to understand the budget; how it affects you and who the winners and losers are. With money for roads, business rate freezes and a new mayor for West Yorkshire, this is apparently the biggest budget giveaway since 1992. So is it now fine to borrow money to invest? And will it help us weather the current economic storm? Join in the conversation on social media: #wakeuptomoney
12/03/2042m 30s

Budgeting for a crisis

Sean hears from three small businesses hit hard by Coronavirus, including a Chinese restaurant and organisers of murder mystery weekends and cycling events. He finds out what the Chancellor could offer in today's budget to help them keep going. There's also experts on hand to explain what we can expect from Rishi Sunak's first budget and what it means in real terms for you. Will the Coronavirus have thrown off Boris Johnson's big spending plans? In what is already a tough environment, airlines are now drastically cutting capacity. Sean investigates how the industry's been affected and what it means for your business trip or summer holiday. Join in the conversation on social media: #wakeuptomoney
11/03/2040m 45s

Italy on lockdown

The whole of Italy's on lockdown, as the World Health Organsiation says the threat of a coronavirus pandemic is now "very real". Sean finds out what it means for businesses and the economy. Worldwide, fears over the virus outbreak and the falling oil price have wreaked havoc on stock markets. We'll hear from markets analysts, and also from former Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King.
10/03/2043m 5s

Shares tumble: Extra pod

Sean speaks to the BBC's economics editor Faisal Islam and Laura Lambie from Investec after leading shares plunged following an oil price rout and continued coronavirus worries.
09/03/2012m 13s

Oil price plunge

Sean Farrington on the falling oil price, what to expect in the Budget and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus, particularly on the conference sector.
09/03/2040m 17s

Hezza on Dual Britannia

Sean takes a look at the growing coronavirus crisis - from its impact on airlines to working at home. He also catches up with Lord Heseltine on levelling up the UK.
06/03/2042m 16s

No more maybe for Flybe

Flybe, sometimes known as Fly maybe is definitely no more as the UK's biggest regional airline has gone into administration and told its customers not to go to airports,
05/03/2041m 52s

Winds of Change

A fifth of the workforce could be either absent or off sick if the Coronavirus epidemic spreads according to the government's worst case scenario. Could Britain's economy cope? Sean's live at a wind turbine factory on the Humber estuary for the latest in our Dual Britannia series. Can clean energy and new technology boost the economies in areas like this? And what can the government do to help? Meet the boss and the apprentices who're now trainee Wind Turbine Technicians.
04/03/2034m 38s

Greggs on a roll

Sean catches up with the boss of Greggs as the baker's sales heat up. He also examines whether better transport links could help level up the UK, and the latest on coronavirus.
03/03/2040m 50s

Dual Britannia: From Runcorn with love

One of Boris Johnson's key election pledges was to "level up" the regions. What does that mean and what's needed? The people of Runcorn tell us in the first of our special series.
02/03/2035m 44s

Wake Up To Mickey

Sean and Mickey look at a major market sell-off as traders react to the coronavirus. And enjoy the best of a quarter of a century of Mickey Clarke, as he leaves us after 26 years.
28/02/2043m 41s

What is the future for buy-now-pay-later as Klarna makes a loss.

Workplace hygiene as Coronavirus fears grow. Also why have buy now pay later services like Klarna expanded more than any other online payment system? And as the nitty gritty of the EU trade talks begin...what can we expect? A veteran who's helped broker many a trade deal tells Sean and Mickey what will be going on behind closed doors over the next ten months and beyond.
27/02/2039m 59s

Coronavirus - your rights

If you're impacted by Coronavirus, what rights do you have at work? Also Disney boss Bob Iger, considered to be the most powerful man in Hollywood, has stepped down.
26/02/2032m 58s


Global financial markets saw the sharpest falls in years after a rise in coronavirus cases renewed fears about economic slowdown. Danni and Louise take a look at the numbers.
25/02/2044m 6s

A million houses short

The UK needs to build 1.2 million new ones to close the gap between supply and demand is that possible and the team take a look in what will be in next months budget.
24/02/2037m 50s

After the flood

The clear up has begun for businesses across the UK but heavy rain could bring more flooding. We speak to an apprentice building London's newest sewer and the top tech boss at IBM.
21/02/2030m 54s

"Inactive" or unable?

Sean and Mickey look at home secretary Priti Patel's claims that more than 8 million economically inactive people could be helped back to work, to help boost the workforce after strict new immigration laws come in. Also, the new £20 note is out today and we've got one. And why are truckers being denied toilet breaks?
20/02/2037m 21s

Points mean visas

We talk to the building and the catering industry to see how the new immigration system will impact on them. Plus advice for businesses flooded out by the recent storms from a Cockermouth shop owner who's been through this twice now. And have you had a pay rise this year? According to official figures released yesterday wages crept above pre-crisis highs for the first time last year. Sean and Mickey chat to one economist who disagrees.
19/02/2039m 27s

Banking blues and turning the workforce veggie

HSBC says it will restructure after a big fall in profits. And no more ham sandwiches in the work buffet! Hear from the company doing its bit for the planet by going meat free.
18/02/2033m 0s

The tech trash explosion

E-waste, from old phones to broken washing machines, is the world's fastest growing waste stream. The Shoezone boss on rents and rates And Storm Dennis - the aftermath.
17/02/2033m 44s

Two hearts... one mind?

Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor after Boris Johnson insists he sack his team. Some are calling it a Downing Street power grab. We look at what it means for the UK's finances.
14/02/2028m 42s

Recharging the car industry

Sean Farrington and Mickey Clark catch up with the boss of Ford Europe to discuss the future of the car industry. They also take a look at retailer calls for business rate reforms.
13/02/2034m 49s

Speeding ahead or hitting the buffers?

Sean Farrington and Mickey Clark examine the potential impact of HS2 and why the economy is faltering. They also take a look at how some Airbnb listings may be evading the rules.
12/02/2035m 27s

Back on Track

Sean and Louise discuss HS2 and the promised boost to buses and cycling. Plus, get ready for border checks at the end of this year. Frictionless trade with the EU is ending.
11/02/2037m 26s

Corden and Ciara

Sean and Louise look at the fallout from Storm Ciara, head to the Oscars in LA and how streaming industry is effecting the independent cinema sector.
10/02/2034m 45s

Weight loss and wine

Why are some colleges worried they'll struggle to offer T Levels, the new qualification launching this year? Plus the latest weight loss app and can you get nice wine for under £6?
07/02/2035m 0s

The deals on the bus

Danni and Mickey weigh up a new plan to boost and modernise bus services. They also look at the 'buy now pay later' sector and consider the coronavirus' impact on UK tourism.
06/02/2031m 14s

Does sex still sell?

Danni and Mickey look at advertising after a retailer's criticised for 'over-sexual' ads. Also, what it take to get more ethnic diversity on boards?
05/02/2038m 8s

Green machines

Danni and Louise consider the government's plan to ban petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles by 2035, and a commitment by UK aviation to have net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
04/02/2037m 10s

Align or diverge?

Danni and Louise look at the UK's future trading relationship with Europe. They also talk to the Small Business Commissioner about the impact of late payment, and hear from the SFO
03/02/2029m 39s

EU were always on my mind

Plus the boss of TSB Debbie Crosbie on interest rates and overdrafts. With Sean Farrington and Mickey Clarke.
31/01/2040m 3s

Sorting out the trains: Is there a silver bullet?

Sean and Mickey discuss the future of rail services in Britain following the announcement that Northern will be taken into public ownership. Chancellor Sajid Javid is throwing his support behind HS2 project - is it now more likely the high speed rail scheme will get the green light? Mickey and Sean also discuss the ongoing situation with the coronavirus outbreak in China and how it impacts on businesses and the economy.
30/01/2030m 55s

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Could Northern rail be stripped of its franchise after complaints of delays, cancellations and overcrowding? Also, what does the latest China travel advice mean for business? And, we look at the fallout from the government decision to include Huawei components in the new 5G communications network.
29/01/2035m 24s

Nadorcotts and Brexit

Sean is live at a fruit and veg market looking at the questions businesses still have on Brexit plus what is a Nadorcott? Louise looks at Sainsbury's plan to become net carbon
28/01/2038m 13s

Will the government give the green light to Huawei?

Sean and Louise weigh up Huawei's potential role in parts of the UK's 5G network; they look back on the legacy of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant; and they learn about technology being used in the city of York to get more people to shop there.
27/01/2030m 32s

Tracking the cost

Felicity Hannah and Mickey Clark consider the future of the HS2 project; they hear about a growing trend among some employers to try to use tech to manage the pressure on their staff; and Vince Cable talks to the programme about reforms to the pre-pack insolvency process.
24/01/2040m 2s

Time off to grieve

How can bosses better help workers who've lost a child? How worried should we be about Coronavirus? And why we need the government to tell us what to do to tackle climate change.
23/01/2040m 36s

Keeping kids safe online

One in five internet users in the UK is a child. But they're often using games, apps and websites that are not designed for them. A new code is published today by the Information Commissioner and by the end of next year it's expected to be law. It's aimed at those who make games, software, apps and social media platforms and will require them put children's privacy and safety first. Sean & Mickey look at what the problem is and how the Information Commissioner's Office plans to tackle it. Plus the real cost of "presenteeism". Why are so many of us coming to work when we're struggling with mental health problems. And what next in the perennial global problem of how best to tax the tech titans? France has now put its plans to levy a 3% tax on the revenues of giants like Google and Amazon on hold after the US threatened to impose tariffs on French products.
22/01/2040m 37s


Predictions a plenty for how we're going to get on this year - Rico brings the global view and with an HS2 decision soon the Boss of one rail freight gives her view.
21/01/2042m 56s

£106bn - a price worth paying for HS2?

Sean and Louise look at the future for the HS2 rail line. A leaked review says the bill is rising. They also consider the impact of pre-pack insolvencies on suppliers.
20/01/2038m 3s

Climate Countdown

Sean heads to Glasgow to find out what the city and its businesses are doing to cut carbon. It comes as Microsoft sets new, ambitious targets on the environment.
17/01/2040m 15s

Are you working too hard?

The latest on Flybe with the woman who was there when it all began, an aviation policy expert and the representative of UK railways. Plus a former Twitter boss on work life balance. Download and subscribe on the BBC Sounds app.
16/01/2037m 34s

Flybe lands a rescue deal

Flybe lands a rescue deal - but at what cost to the taxpayer? And the environment? Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
15/01/2039m 20s


Sean and Louise talk to Lord Andrew Adonis the former Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission on whether the government should save Flybe.
14/01/2040m 20s

Can we afford to ‘buy now, pay later’ in 2020

The Money Advice Service has told Wake up to Money ‘buy now, pay later’ is adding to the debt burden over Christmas and Sean and Louise get the latest on Flybe.
13/01/2030m 30s

Uncharted waters?

Danni Hewson is in the north Wales port of Holyhead to talk Brexit, the economy, transport and trade. She speaks to the CEO of Stena Lines, the biggest operator on the Holyhead-Dublin route.
10/01/2035m 56s

Royal Fortunes

How will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex become financially independence after deciding to step back as senior royals? Also, what emerged from Carlos Ghosn's press conference?
09/01/2035m 45s

Middle East crisis escalates

Sean and Mickey get reaction to Iranian missile strikes on US bases in Iraq. Also, following the Woodford scandal, should fund managers be paid megabucks? And what next for Carlos Ghosn?
08/01/2039m 54s

What'll be in the Chancellor's red box?

Sean and Louise hear about the wet weather causing big problems for this year's crops. Plus the boss of Rolls Royce cars on exporting and what legal protection for 'ethical vegans' means for employers.
07/01/2040m 37s

Markets react to Iran crisis

Sean and Louise look at the fallout from the crisis in the Middle East. They also speak to the boss of Mountain Warehouse, and contemplate life back at work after the break.
06/01/2039m 19s

Boss talk: Two departing CEOs talk business in 2020

Danni and Mickey speak to Juergen Maier, former CEO of Siemens UK, and Kevin Brennan, departing CEO of Quorn, about their business legacy, the changes they've seen and, as bosses based in the north of England, the future of the Northern Powerhouse.
03/01/2037m 34s

Up the junction?

As rail fares rise Danni and Mickey look at the state of the UK's rail network. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Also, would you give up flying for the sake of the planet?
02/01/2031m 45s

Wake Up To Money's Review of the Decade

Sean & Mickey chat to a panel including WUTM presenters past and present.
31/12/1952m 4s

Ghosn, Ghosn, Gone

Sean and Mickey look at the latest on former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn who has fled Japan where he's facing allegations of financial misconduct.
31/12/1914m 6s

Fossil fuels and fizz

In short post-Christmas episode of Wake Up To Money Sean and Mickey look at why the outgoing Bank of England boss is warning on climate change. They hear about the struggles the high street has faced over the past decade and look into whether Prosecco is losing a bit of its sparkle.
30/12/1917m 2s

Wake Up To Money's Talking Shop

Bosses of three high street brands on why they’re positive about the future for retail.
28/12/191h 12m

Best Of The Bosses

Highlights of Wake Up To Money's interviews with big bosses and business leaders from across 2019. Featuring some of the biggest names in UK and World business including Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone, and Alison Rose of RBS.
27/12/1951m 7s

The Business Of Sport

A look back at this year's special feature on the Business Of Sport. Examining the money behind the sporting action from rugby union, to e-gaming, to the Olympics.
26/12/1949m 51s

The last-minute Christmas shop

Felicity Hannah and Louise Cooper discuss how supermarkets get customers spending more on their last-minute Christmas shop
24/12/1929m 20s

The 'bewildering' bumpy landing for Thomas Cook staff

Former Thomas Cook staff say they're 'bewildered' at being refused Government benefits. Plus the farmer who says flooding could cost him millions and a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee on the priorities for the new Bank of England Governor
23/12/1935m 5s

The man with all our money

Updated edition of Wake Up To Money after the appointment of new Bank of England Governor
20/12/1933m 39s

From Brexit Bill to Baby Yoda

Sean and Mickey look at the government's future plans, the success of Bet365, and the business behind Star Wars. Also, will Google and Facebook be facing tougher regulation?
19/12/1941m 53s

Whirlpool in a spin

There's another recall for Whirlpool, this time its washing machines. Sean and Mickey also discuss 'buy now pay later' credit deals, and look at changes to overdrafts.
18/12/1939m 40s

Planes, trains and Christmas bills

Sean and Louise look at Boeing's decision to suspend production of the 737. Plus hundreds of postmasters accused of stealing have been vindicated. And how are you paying for Xmas?
17/12/1940m 52s

As the election dust settles, what do businesses want?

Sean and Louise are joined by panel of small businesses to find out what issues matter to them most following the election result. They also discuss the growing influence of China on international sport and the conflict between commercial gain in the country and freedom of speech.
16/12/1939m 8s

General Election 2019: Back to business

Sean and Mickey with a special post-election episode of Wake Up To Money with reaction from business, the city and what it means for your finances.
13/12/1930m 57s

Hangover days

There’s a Championship 'bubble waiting to burst' with clubs posting record losses in a Premier League 'gamble'. Also the company giving staff "hangover days", calls for better regulation of cannabis based products and how the pub industry might finally be recovering.
12/12/1936m 43s

The Conservatives' explain their plan for business

The chancellor, Sajid Javid, tells Wake Up to Money what his party's plans are for business and the economy. You can go back to previous Wake Up To Money podcasts to listen to John McDonnell from Labour; the Scottish National Party's Kirsty Blackman and Ed Davey of the Liberal Democrats.
11/12/1938m 12s

Election roadshow hits Castle Donington: Parties vie for pole position but what do businesses want?

Sean visits Castle Donington to talk to businesses about what they want in this election.
10/12/1938m 35s

The future of roads and rails

Sean visits Crewe to find out what the election could mean for rail and bus services.
09/12/1938m 37s

The Planet and Politics

Sean and Mickey look at political promises on climate change and hear from the Liberal Democrats on their manifesto pledges.
06/12/1940m 49s

Small business on the big vote

Sean travels to Croydon to discuss the election with small business owners, and to find out what changes will help their ventures.
05/12/1940m 21s

Google's founders step down

Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google in a garage in 1998. They've handed over day to day control of the sprawling Alphabet empire. Also we look at Christmas shopping habits, diversity on boards and how adverts can rush you into rash decisions.
04/12/1935m 9s

Tariffs, TV and Care

Sean Farrington and Louise Cooper discuss US trade wars. They also take a look at election pledges on family care and, as Amazon starts showing sport, they delve into streaming.
03/12/1931m 36s

Labour's plan for business

John McDonell, the man who wants to take over in the Treasury, tells Wake Up To Money whether he'd bail out British firms, the energy price cap and Labour's plan for business rates. Sean Farrington finds out how businesses in London Bridge are dealing with a second terror attack in just over two years and we look at the growing pressure on investors to go green.
03/12/1933m 0s

Who's offering the best deal?

Why has an independent think tank described both the Conservative and Labour's spending plans as "not credible"? Plus Black Friday's dark downside and the end of Help to Buy Isas.
29/11/1930m 32s

What's driving your vote?

83% of the travel we do is by car. So what are the various parties offering drivers and is it enough? Wake Up To Money goes back on the road to investigate.
28/11/1940m 44s

Uber's latest rival, and De La Rue's survival

Sean Farrington and Mickey Clark discuss Uber's new London rival, Black Friday and problems at money printer De La Rue.
27/11/1925m 59s

Viagogo stumps up for StubHub

Viagogo stumps up $4bn for rival secondary ticket site Stubhub. Will TFL's Uber ban actually change anything? And Sean & Louise look into the parties' election promises on housing
26/11/1934m 21s

Fights, fact checking and the future of Uber

Sean and Louise look at NHS election claims, the future of Uber in London and what the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, makes of the Conservatives' twitter re-brand last week.
25/11/1927m 5s

The homeless entrepreneur

Sean and Mickey hear from a businessman who got started while sleeping rough, and dissect the Duke of York's finances.
22/11/1936m 25s

Manifestos and morals

Sean Farrington and Mickey Clark discuss a Tory pledge on National Insurance. They also take a look at how moral the UK is and Prince Andrew's latest problems.
21/11/1931m 30s

Who gets your vote?

Danni Hewson and Mickey Clark discuss the leaders' debate. They also delve into fallout from IT chaos at TSB last year and catch up with Aston Martin's boss.
20/11/1933m 45s

Backing a winner?

Danni Hewson and Louise Cooper discuss the reaction to the CBI conference and upcoming leader debates with an airport boss. They also take a look at gaming and the National Lottery
19/11/1937m 38s

Getting down to business

Danni Hewson and Louise Cooper ask how politicians could woo business at the CBI's conference. They also catch up with a flood-hit business and ask why Newsround could be cut back.
18/11/1936m 36s

Big plans for broadband

Sean and Mickey look at Labour's plan to nationalise part of BT and offer free broadband. Also, what are the parties offering workers in this election?
15/11/1931m 27s

Great Leap Forward?

Danni Hewson and Mickey Clark discuss modular housing, inflation and how songwriter Billy Bragg is trying to cut down on plastic use.
14/11/1933m 23s

After the floods

Sean and Mickey discuss the impact of the UK floods and the pros and cons of working in shared office space.
13/11/1933m 50s

Flood of claims

Sean and Louise look at how weather is impacting on insurance. Also why does a Chinese company want to buy British steel and accessibility issues on retail websites.
12/11/1935m 2s

The changing shape of retail employment

Following the row over changes to contracts at Asda, Sean and Louise look at how retail employment is changing. They also discuss a lack of BAME representation on company boards, and get to grips with the big numbers involved in a boxing match involving two YouTube stars.
11/11/1940m 24s

Your money & your vote. Election economics explained.

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
08/11/1930m 46s

Where this election Leeds

Sean's in Leeds to talk about investment in the region ahead of speeches by the two men vying to be the next Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mickey's looking at M&S and Sainsbury's and we hear about a massive shake up in shipping - an industry that carries 90% of all the world's trade.
07/11/1927m 20s

High Street Lows

As Mothercare falls into administration, Sean and Mickey look at M&S's prospects ahead of a half-year update from the retailer.
06/11/1931m 3s

The starter homes that never got going

A report by the spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, says the government has failed to deliver on a promise to build 200,000 homes with a 20% discount by 2020.
05/11/1925m 29s

Can a flight ever be green?

Sean and Louise look at Ryanair's claim that it's the lowest emission airline in Europe. They also discuss the sacking of McDonald's boss for a relationship at work.
04/11/1934m 6s

England in the RWC final: A Red Rosy outlook for businesses

England's through to the final of the Rugby World Cup. The tournament's a massive deal for Japanese businesses and the economy there, but UK businesses are also seeing the benefits - from beer to sausages to merch to flights.
01/11/1932m 56s

Twitter's political ad ban

Sean and Mickey talk about Twitter's move to ban all political advertising worldwide; what UK businesses want from whoever gets into power at the next general election; and they discuss the growing trend in retailers offering store credit.
31/10/1922m 52s

Do burgers get your vote?

Sean and Mickey discuss why there's been a big increase in sales of burgers. Also what do business want to hear in the General Election campaign?
30/10/1934m 15s

Google makes a grab for Fitbit

Plus Sean and Louise look at the cost and regulation of IVF treatment.
29/10/1932m 36s


Will there be an election? Will we Brexit this Thursday? Two of the questions we hope to have answered by the end of today. Plus Virgin Galactic floats on the stock market.
28/10/1930m 10s


News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
25/10/1931m 14s

Steel and peel

British Steel's rescue is in doubt after the preferred bidder failed to seal a deal before today's deadline. Also in the programme the fruit and veg that no-one wants to harvest.
24/10/1937m 24s

A deal and a delay - another crazy day

MPs backed a Brexit deal for the first time, but minutes later rejected a rushed timetable that would put it through Parliament by Friday. Businesses tell us what they think.
23/10/1930m 7s

Taxing the tech titans

Why is HMRC looking into Airbnb in the UK? And, would you buy an electric car if it gave you perks like free parking? Plus, the latest on Brexit, and office rental firm WeWork.
22/10/1933m 30s

Deal or delay?

Sean and Louise weigh up the Brexit latest as the government seeks to put its deal to MPs. Is there still a chance of a no-deal? And how has the business view changed?
21/10/1924m 56s

Brexit and beyond

Sean and Mickey digest the latest deal agreed in Brussels and consider life beyond Brexit. They also speak to businesses in Northern Ireland and a prominent Brexiteer.
18/10/1942m 31s

Brexit: mushroom for manoeuvre?

Sean Farrington and Mickey catch up with some Northern Irish firms, including a fungi farm, about the impact of ongoing Brexit talks.
17/10/1936m 26s

Brexit from behind the wheel

Sean Farrington and Mickey Clark get the hauliers' view on the latest Brexit developments. They also discuss postal strikes, Woodford Fund collapse and costly changes to Meetup.
16/10/1932m 18s

Why is Sports Direct narked about Nike and Adidas?

Sports Direct has called for an inquiry into Nike and Adidas's treatment of suppliers. Plus - the boss of Thomas Cook appears before MPs. And what the food and drink industry makes of the proposed Brexit deal so far.
15/10/1930m 19s

Queen's Speech and Brexit

Sean Farrington and Louise Cooper discuss what businesses would like to hear in the Queen's Speech, and the latest on Brexit with the head of the UK's chemical industry trade body.
14/10/1933m 51s

Wake Up To Money Business of Sport - Rugby World Cup

Sean Farrington looks at the money behind the Rugby World Cup in Japan including how can smaller countries break into the top tier of the game
11/10/1957m 52s

How HMV found its voice again

Sean and Mickey talk to the boss of HMV Doug Putman. Just a few years ago HMV was on the bring of disappearing. It's now opening a flagship store in Birmingham.
11/10/1938m 9s

Travel agents reborn

Sean and Mickey look at the takeover of Thomas Cook's former shops by Hays. Plus following the Colleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy row, how much are newspaper stories worth?
10/10/1931m 28s

Mission 'essentially impossible'

Boris Johnson and the German chancellor have spoken about the proposals he put forward to the EU - but a No 10 source says she made clear a deal based on them was "overwhelmingly unlikely". The EU's top official has warned the UK against a "stupid blame game". So with talks on a knife-edge, Sean and Mickey look at how businesses are preparing for an uncertain outcome.
09/10/1934m 24s


News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
08/10/1926m 45s

The $500bn investment firm

Sean and Louise meet Stephen Schwarzman, founder of the Blackstone Group which has investments around the world, including Merlin Entertainments, Versace and the Birmingham NEC.
07/10/1930m 47s
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