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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


Another Succession Finale

Felicity Hannah has the latest as Rupert Murdoch steps down as Chairman of Fox and News Corp. Plus, reaction to the week's business news which saw inflation unexpectedly fall.
22/09/23·53m 31s

Net zero targets delayed

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has delayed the UK’s chance of achieving net zero by 2050. Felicity Hannah will be finding out what this means for businesses. Will the Bank of England raise the UK's interest rate for a 15th time, or will it hold steady after the surprising inflation fall? And are you one of those people giving your homes a facelift instead of facing the cost of moving?
21/09/23·54m 0s

Is Net Zero Possible?

The Government is rumoured to be watering down some of their net zero policies. Felicity Hannah will be getting the latest reaction from businesses. The world’s richest man Elon Musk says he might start charging people to use his social media platform - will the plan work? We get the insights from a former Twitter boss. And are online retailers cracking the code on returns? H&M are the latest store to start charging customers for sending their items back.
20/09/23·54m 4s

First strike for everything

NHS consultants will begin a 48-hour walkout on Tuesday, followed by a 72-hour walkout from junior doctors on Wednesday. This is all part of an ongoing dispute over pay. Felicity Hannah finds out just how much they are asking for. Oil prices are on track to reach $100 a barrel this month for the first time in 2023 due to Russia and Saudi Arabia cutting production cuts. As we head into winter and demand becomes tighter, how will our economy cope? And Britain’s public service broadcasters are developing a new free TV service that will deliver live TV over broadband. We find out if this new service will rival the likes of Disney+ and Netflix.
19/09/23·53m 6s

Rents rising at record rate

As the UK rented sector remains stuck in a period of low supply and high demand. Felicity Hannah finds out how fast rent is rising in London and Scotland and what this will mean for renters and landlords across the UK. Fashion brand Missguided could be sold to Chinese fashion retailer Shein as the owner is in talks to sell the online clothing label. Are these talks a strategic move into the British fashion market? And a Japanese company is piloting a holiday clothes rental service which they say will cause less stress and reduce carbon emission. Could waiting for your suitcase at arrivals be a thing of the past?
18/09/23·52m 39s

Are supermarket loyalty deals all they're cracked up to be?

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15/09/23·53m 49s

Costing an Arm

As the Cambridge-based semiconductor designer and British tech success story, Arm, goes up for sale on the Nasdaq - Felicity Hannah finds out why it's set to be the biggest IPO of the year, and if it will live up to the hype. The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is upgrading two of its UK sites to run on biomethane - is this the green boost medicine needs? And Manchester City Women will be the first women's football club to have their own dedicated stadium - could this be the start of a sponsorship boom?
14/09/23·52m 6s

BP CEO Resigns

The head of oil giant BP has resigned as chief executive amid a review of his personal relationships with colleagues. After starting as chief executive in 2020 with a plan to transition the company to a low-carbon future, Rahul Tandon asks where that leaves BP now. After new data shows the number of mortgages in arrears has climbed to the highest level since 2016, a broker tells us what he's seeing on the ground. And could Everton F.C. become the latest football club to become American-owned?
13/09/23·52m 52s

Wilko Will Go

The Wilko is to disappear from UK high streets after a rescue deal for the chain fell through, costing some 12,500 staff their jobs - Rahul Tandon looks at what went wrong. With the latest official UK jobs and wages data due, we take a closer look at how the recruitment sector is faring. And could a campaign to ban re-selling event tickets for profit get its hearing?
12/09/23·53m 48s

State of the Nation

With data on the UK's jobs, wages and GDP all due this week, Rahul Tandon speaks to a panel of business owners across various industries to get an idea of what's affecting them right now. After the Trades Union Congress kicks off by reporting the UK government to the United Nations' watchdog over a new strike law, what else could come out of this week's event? Plus, the world's biggest maritime conference of its kind, London International Shipping Week, gets under way - and insiders are saying they're optimistic for the industry.
11/09/23·54m 0s

All Sold Out

Felicity Hannah digs into the Covid trend that's killing spontaneous days out. And we'll cross to Asia to examine the latest wobbles in the Chinese economy. Plus it's nearly time for kick-off at the Rugby World Cup in France, could it boost the fortunes of club rugby back here in the UK?
08/09/23·53m 36s

It's Raining Debts and Dogs

Felicity Hannah dives into the cost of taking pets to the vet as the CMA launches a review. And, the UK's first car manufacturing plant making only electric vehicles opens up. PLUS, a music mega-deal which means bigger payouts for music artists when it comes to streaming.
07/09/23·53m 26s

Back to Work

Will Bain has the latest as the government wants more disabled people back in work. And the UK's largest local authority, Birmingham City Council, goes bust. Plus a Danish pharmaceuticals giant has become Europe's most valuable firm - we find out why.
06/09/23·53m 19s

Drop the Drip?

Will Bain looks into drip pricing as a review is launched into sneaky extra fees. We get the latest on the fate of Wilko and how things are looking on Britain's high street. Plus, a race of the banks - Santander leads the way in offering the best savings rates for easy-access accounts.
05/09/23·53m 58s

Crumbly Concrete Concerns

Will Bain hears more as the Chancellor pledges to make schools safe from the RAAC concrete. And we speak to one airline boss following the NATS air traffic control meltdown. Plus, 25 years of search.... Google celebrates a quarter of a century!
04/09/23·53m 40s

Adieu to e-scooters

Felicity Hannah finds out why Paris has banned electric scooter rentals. Plus, Warner Music becomes the first big record label to sign an artist whose voice comes from AI.
01/09/23·53m 41s

Not just any promotion...

Not just any promotion... this is Marks and Spencer's promotion.
31/08/23·53m 1s

House sales hammered

House sales hammered - predictions show UK on course for lowest sales since 2012.
30/08/23·53m 11s

Air Grievances

Will Bain looks into consumer rights after the travel chaos of the Bank Holiday. As the expanded ULEZ gets underway in Greater London we speak to one worried business owner. And as shares in the Chinese property developer Evergrande fall by nearly 90%, we look at the background to the company’s struggles and at what’s happening in China's property sector.
29/08/23·52m 55s

Hope for Wilko?

Felicity Hannah with the latest on a last-ditch rescue offer for Wilko that could save some of the company's stores and jobs. Plus Ofgem will announce today its energy price cap for the next quarter which will determine bills for households - but how are energy costs affecting businesses? And as the UK’s Trade Secretary visits India with hopes of making progress on a trade deal - what would a good agreement look like for the UK?
25/08/23·53m 35s

Wake Up To Money Special - Gary Neville

He's most famous for his football career and more recently, his punditry, but Gary Neville is also hugely successful in the worlds of business and property developing. In this interview, he tells Sean Farrington about his plans for a new £400 million project in the centre of Manchester. They discuss how rising interest rates are affecting the building trade, why Gary feels the hospitality industry is paying the best wages it can afford to, and Gary’s new role on Dragons’ Den. This is an extended version of an interview first broadcast on Wake Up To Money on July 6th, 2023.
06/07/23·35m 32s

Wake Up To Money - Elon Musk

The BBC's North America Technology Correspondent James Clayton talks exclusively to Elon Musk about Twitter. They discuss why he bought the social media site, controversy around tackling disinformation and the future for blue ticks.
12/04/23·48m 40s

Boardroom Stories: Sir Ian Livingston

Sir Ian Livingstone talks to Rahul Tandon about founding Games Workshop and the popularity of Dungeons and Dragons. He reveals his collection of hundreds of board games as well as discussing the development of Tomb Raider.
29/12/22·26m 30s

Million By 30: Timothy Armoo, part 2

Timothy Armoo talks to Sean Farrington about his decision to sell the business he founded in a multi-million pound deal. He discusses why he decided to sell, what he's learnt and his plans for what he's going to do next.
17/08/22·46m 35s

Business of Sport: The Ashes

Rahul Tandon looks at the money behind The Ashes. He discusses how important sponsorship is in cricket, how to grow the fanbase and get more people involved in the game. Rahul also speaks to Manoj Badale, one of the owners of the IPL team the Rajasthan Royal.
10/12/21·24m 42s

Boardroom Stories: Guy Hands, founder Terra Firma

One of the biggest names in the world in private equity, Guy Hands, talks candidly about what he calls 'going from hero to zero'. Speaking with Felicity Hannah he shares his experience of growing his business Terra Firma Capital Partners which became one of the largest investment companies in the world. He discusses the controversy around his ownership of record label EMI and losing control of the care home company Four Seasons. He also talks about being dyslexic and how it's affected his life as well as the challenge of making business greener.
12/11/21·33m 12s

Boardroom Stories: John Lyttle, Chief Executive, Boohoo

John Lyttle, chief executive of Boohoo, tells Sean Farrington about the company's massive growth and future expansion plans. He says the company doesn't make throwaway fashion and is taking measures to tackle climate change. He also discusses the recent controversy around allegations of mistreatment of staff at some of its suppliers in Leicester.
11/08/21·37m 52s

Business of Sport: Tokyo Olympics

Felicity Hannah looks at how the Olympic games are financed and the competitors are funded. She's joined by Sir Keith Mills, former Deputy Chair of London 2012 organising committee; Nigel Walker who's National Director of the English Institute of Sport; Marie Oldham, Executive chair of the advertising agency VCCP Media and Danny Downs of online sports retailer Fanatics.
23/07/21·28m 35s

The Origins of Reebok

Joe Foster, founder of Reebok talks with Sean Farrington and Reggie Nelson about creating one of the world's biggest brands. From the origins of a family business to breaking America and making trainers a must-have fashion item.
15/06/21·33m 59s

Million By 30: Roei Samuel

Roei Samuel talks to Sean Farrington about setting up e-sports business Real Sport which he sold in a multi-million pound deal and about how having ADHD affected his education and career choices.
09/06/21·35m 29s

Million By 30: Tom Beahon, co-founder Castore

Tom and Phil Beahon set up their sportswear brand Castore in Liverpool after their professional sporting careers came to an end. They chat with Sean about growing the brand, how their parents re-mortgaged their house to give them the money to get it off the ground and working with Sir Andy Murray and football clubs Rangers and Wolves.
23/05/21·44m 26s

Million By 30: CC Clarke

CC Clarke talks to Sean Farrington talks about growing her fanbase to more than two million followers and setting up her make-up business. She discusses how she's carried on with her singing career and dealing with social media trolls.
25/04/21·32m 36s

Business of Sport: Future of Football

After the collapse of plans for a European Super League, Sean Farrington discusses the future of football with current and former club bosses, fans and sport business experts.
21/04/21·35m 5s

Million By 30: 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
19/03/21·51m 9s

Million By 30: 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.
12/03/21·26m 17s

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

How Jenna Brown turned her passion for start-ups into a multi-million backed business.
26/02/21·33m 32s

Million By 30: 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.
19/02/21·34m 27s

Million By 30: 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
12/02/21·33m 12s

Million By 30: 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
18/01/21·33m 1s

Million By 30: 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.
11/01/21·31m 30s

Million By 30: Timothy Armoo, chief executive of Fanbytes

The story of how 26-year-old Timothy Armoo built a million-pound marketing business.
01/12/20·32m 38s

Million By 30: 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
20/11/20·33m 0s

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.
11/10/19·57m 52s

Business of Sport: The Price of Gold

It's a year until the Tokyo Olympics will be getting underway. The British Olympics Association has told us it could be one of the most expensive yet. A number of sports will be making their debut at the games - one of them is competitive climbing. But who sponsors a brand new sport, and how do they get funding?
30/08/19·26m 30s

Business of Sport: Not just about the scores

Sean and Mickey look at how sport is being reported off the pitch, from long reads to podcasts to social media.
09/08/19·26m 21s

Business of Sport: eSports

The industry is worth over $1bn globally. Is it time to take gaming as a competitive activity a bit more seriously?
02/08/19·25m 14s

Boardroom Stories: Sanjeev Gupta, Liberty Steel

Danni Hewson talks with Sanjeev Gupta, boss of one of the world's largest steel producers Liberty Steel.
27/12/18·29m 10s

Boardroom Stories: Co-Op

Chief Executive of the Co-Operative Group, Steve Murrells talks with Danni Hewson about supermarkets; funerals and schools and how it's recovered from a difficult period.
03/12/18·30m 24s

Boardroom Stories: Lovehoney

Lovehoney co-founders Neal Slateford and Richard Longhurst talk about developing their online sex toy company, meeting the Queen and adapting their business for international markets.
20/11/18·27m 25s

Boardroom Stories: Paul Pomroy, McDonald's UK

Wake Up To Money's Sean Farrington meets Paul Pomroy, the Chief Executive of McDonald's for the UK and Ireland to discuss the High Street crisis; plastic straws; Brexit; zero hours contracts and waste.
31/07/18·33m 16s

Boardroom Stories: Linda Jackson, Citroen

Linda Jackson, Chief Executive of Citroen talks about women in the car industry, electric cars and whether the 2CV could ever make a comeback.
20/07/18·26m 16s

Boardroom Stories: Rob Stringer of Sony Music Entertainment

Working with David Bowie on one of pop’s best kept secrets and how he won George Michael back after the star’s bitter split from Sony.
05/07/18·40m 7s

Boardroom Stories: Pure Gym

Humphrey Cobbold, boss of Pure Gym talks to Sean Farrington about how the chain has gone from zero to a million members in less than a decade. Plus how the treadmill is falling out of fashion as workouts change with the times.
19/06/18·30m 33s

Boardroom Stories: Intu's David Fischel

The boss of the company which owns some of the UK’s biggest shopping centres tells Wake Up To Money’s Mickey Clarke that retail is alive and kicking.
09/04/18·28m 46s

Boardroom Stories: Marston's Ralph Findlay

Marston's Chief Executive Ralph Findlay, Quality not quantity: How drinkers’ tastes have changed and why so many restaurants are struggling at the moment.
02/03/18·29m 57s

Boardroom Stories: Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza CEO David Wild on executive pay, The Simpsons and chanting.
20/02/18·24m 56s

Boardroom Stories: Bronek Masojada, Hiscox

Terrorism, cyber crime, luxury cars and diamonds. Who says insurance is boring? Bronek Masojada boss of Hiscox talks insurance with Wake Up To Money’s Louise Cooper.
09/02/18·30m 18s

Boardroom Stories: Craig Donaldson

Why banks need more branches and "it was a miserable place to be”: Life at RBS during the bailout.
29/01/18·32m 18s

Boardroom Stories: David Duffy

David Duffy, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks boss, talks Open Banking, drones and the rise of the robots.
02/01/18·21m 41s
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