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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




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


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.


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?


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.


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.


Air bridge over troubled water

Danni finds out about air bridges, corridors, and plans to thrash out a new fisheries deal.


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'?



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.


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?


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.


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?


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.


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.


The fight for free school meals

News and insight from the business world. Download the podcast via the BBC Sounds app.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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


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.