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


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




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.


Wake Up to Money: 05/06/2020

News and insight from the business world.


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....


Wake Up to Money: Books and Boardrooms

Many bosses have been keen to denounce racism. How can they turn those words into action?


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


Wake Up to Money: US protests - should companies take a stand?

The power and potential pitfalls of the corporate anti-racism message.


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...


Wake Up to Money: Sunshine and Shopping

As the sun shone and some stores opened their doors, did we go out spending?


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...


Wake Up to Money: Markets and Motors

Some significant steps will be taken today to reopen the economy.


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?


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.


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.


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 .


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?


"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.


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.


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.


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.


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.