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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




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...


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...


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.


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...


Back to Work

How will the extension to the furlough scheme help businesses and will commuters feel confident in going back to work.


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.


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


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.


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.


How long is a furlough?

As the UK government looks to end the furlough scheme Danni Hewson looks at what happens next.


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.