Wake Up to Money

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


Kids Cost

We speak to a childcare provider about why cost are going up and what that means for parents needing to work throughout the school holidays.
19/07/2451m 44s

Body Shock

The Body Shop could be saved from administration after mass store closures. Will Bain looks at if there is still space for them on the high street.
18/07/2452m 7s

Royal Message

The Labour government will be unveiling 35 new bills in its King's Speech later on today, Sean Farrington will be looking ahead to which policies will be taking the crown jewels.
17/07/2452m 51s

Keeping Burberry In Check?

The boss of British designer Burberry has been replaced. Sean Farrington hears from the head of another former luxury goods giant on how it might keep its problems in check.
16/07/2452m 8s

It's Not Coming Home

As England crashes out of the Euros 2024 after being defeated 2-1 by Spain, we hear how the pub industry in the UK has benefitted from the games.
15/07/2451m 57s

Euros fever

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.
12/07/2453m 3s


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11/07/2454m 13s

Green Investing and Water Testing

Sean Farrington hears from the Chair of the Government's new National Wealth Fund.Elsewhere, Thames Water warns about limited financing in the run-up to a key bill ruling by the water regulator and we hear from a business that provides the big screens that are showing the Euros.
10/07/2451m 34s

Planning for Growth?

Sean Farrington gets reaction as the Chancellor unveils plans to get Britain building. Elsewhere, the largest public sector trial of the four-day week has been touted as a success and, with the Prime Minister about to make his first visit to America, how are transatlantic business relationships faring?
09/07/2452m 50s

Changing Chancellors

Sean Farrington finds out about the new Chancellor's plans and speaks to her former boss. Plus, we also check what a new government means for one of the UK's biggest energy companies.
08/07/2452m 32s

A Vue to the future ...

As the film release calendar stalls, Felicity Hannah speaks to the boss of Vue cinemas.Elsewhere, the auto market continues its post-pandemic recovery and Manchester United plans to axe a quarter of its staff.
04/07/2452m 16s

Tubi or not Tubi

We hear from businesses ahead of polling day on what they want to see from the next government. Elsewhere, Fox has launched its streaming platform in the UK.
03/07/2451m 18s

In The City

Ahead of Thursday's general election, Sean Farrington is in the City of London finding out what the financial services sector wants to hear from the next government.
02/07/2452m 41s

Eli Lilly: weight loss drugs and investing in the UK

Sean Farrington speaks to Dave Ricks, chairman and chief executive of American pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.
01/07/2452m 18s

Biden v Trump: Round One

Felicity Hannah gets reaction to the first presidential debate in the run-up to the US election. Plus we talk to a business setting up stall at Glastonbury ahead of opening night.
28/06/2452m 26s

Making it work

Will Bain is in Blyth, speaking to members of the manufacturing sector.
27/06/2452m 31s

Czech in the mail

Royal Mail workers receive an offer for their shares. Sean Farrington has the latest. Elsewhere, Port Talbot job losses could cost the local economy millions and the country starts gearing up for Glastonbury.
26/06/2452m 49s


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25/06/2452m 34s

A taxing start to the week...

A panel of businesses and experts join Sean Farrington to discuss election tax priorities. Elsewhere, Manchester Airport tries to turn things around after a turbulent weekend and we hear from a social media start-up that has just been subject to a US buyout.
24/06/2452m 16s

The best of Wake Up To Money 2023

Will Bain looks back at some of the highlights from Wake Up To Money in 2023. There's the story of the takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft including an interview with the Microsoft President Brad Smith which made headlines around the world. Former England and Manchester United footballer Gary Neville explained why he's investing in property and the UK boss of Google Debbie Weinstein told us how AI is changing the world.
01/01/2456m 11s

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.
06/07/2335m 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.
12/04/2348m 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.
29/12/2226m 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.
17/08/2246m 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.
10/12/2124m 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.
12/11/2133m 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.
11/08/2137m 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.
23/07/2128m 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.
15/06/2133m 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.
09/06/2135m 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.
23/05/2144m 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.
25/04/2132m 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.
21/04/2135m 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
19/03/2151m 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.
12/03/2126m 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.
26/02/2133m 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.
19/02/2134m 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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
12/02/2133m 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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
18/01/2133m 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.
11/01/2131m 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.
01/12/2032m 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
20/11/2033m 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.
11/10/1957m 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?
30/08/1926m 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.
09/08/1926m 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?
02/08/1925m 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.
27/12/1829m 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.
03/12/1830m 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.
20/11/1827m 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.
31/07/1833m 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.
20/07/1826m 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.
05/07/1840m 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.
19/06/1830m 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.
09/04/1828m 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.
02/03/1829m 57s

Boardroom Stories: Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza CEO David Wild on executive pay, The Simpsons and chanting.
20/02/1824m 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.
09/02/1830m 18s

Boardroom Stories: Craig Donaldson

Why banks need more branches and "it was a miserable place to be”: Life at RBS during the bailout.
29/01/1832m 18s

Boardroom Stories: David Duffy

David Duffy, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks boss, talks Open Banking, drones and the rise of the robots.
02/01/1821m 41s
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