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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




Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews - an entrepreneur in the coronavirus crisis

Spencer Matthews is an entrepreneur who starred on Made In Chelsea. He talks about dealing with the supermarkets in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, doing business without shaking hands, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Also this morning Sean speaks to Citizens Advice about the practicalities of getting Universal Credit and Wake up To Money listeners come up with some inventive ways to save a struggling plant seller


Wake Up to Money: Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews - an entrepreneur in the coronavirus crisis

He started a low-alcohol gin company last year. He tells us how he's keeping it alive.


Time to pay?

Banks have suspended dividends but will that free up extra lending for businesses across the UK in need of emergency funding? We hear from Vikas Shah, the boss of a textile firm that supplies something crucial for an NHS desperately trying to increase capacity - bed sheets for thousands of extra beds. We also hear from the boss of Newquay airport on whether the aviation industry needs a bailout, and whether it should get one.


Wake Up to Money: Time to pay?

The UK's banks are holding back dividends, but will the cash get to businesses instead?


eBay looks to end collections

Sean hears from the boss of eBay about how the platform is stopping its 26 million UK customers from buying goods that have to be collected after police stopped a driver on a 220 mile trip to pick up some windows bought on the site. Also we look at Carluccio's and BrightHouse going into administration and Johny Cassidy is back to explain furloughing.


Wake Up to Money: eBay looks to end collections

The boss of eBay tells Sean how it's tackling profiteering and moving to stop collections.


Coronavirus - are we in this for the long haul?

The government says a consortium of companies will help build thousands more ventilators. Sean looks at how easy it is for a company which makes one product to suddenly start manufacturing something completely different. The boss of Burger King UK talks to Sean about the impact the virus has had on business, staff and customers. And Sarah Long, a mental health first aid trainer gives her top tips on supporting our co-workers in this uniquely difficult time. How do we know if someone is...


Wake Up to Money: Coronavirus - are we in this for the long haul?

It could be six months before life returns to normal. What does that mean for the economy?


The Self Employed get their COVID 19 Bailout

The Chancellor announces a multi-billion pound plan to pay the self-employed. But nothing is paid until June will it work for most workers.


Coronavirus: This one's a banker

We hear from two businesses owners who have tried and failed to get help from banks and ask the boss of TSB how it is helping its customers cope.


Cornavirus: landlords and loans

As commercial tenants refuse to pay rent, what happens to landlords? We also take a look at loans to help your finances and catch up with a pharmacists to see how they're coping.


Coronavirus: Explaining the lockdown for business

What do strict new measures designed to tackle coronavirus mean for business? And, what help is there for the millions of self-employed during the crisis.


Banking on cash

Sean speaks to the British business bank which is overseeing the coronavirus loan scheme, and also hears from Pure Gym about the impact of closures. Plus Mickey Clark returns.


Coronavirus - business grants and worker rights

Schools close from the end of today for all but the children of key workers. So what are your rights if you now have to juggle work with childcare? Or if you're forced to work from home? Plus the UK boss of the workplace messaging tool Slack gives his insights about how to get the best of out of teams which have to work remotely. How can companies improve communication and boost morale when we're stuck at home in a time of crisis? Plus, we investigate the question so many listeners have...


Coronavirus- markets in crisis

There's been warnings from Boris Johnson who says Coronavirus infection rates look likely to soar as the country moves into the "delay" phase of its action plan. Workers with a persistent cough or temperature have been told they must stay at home for seven days. So how prepared are we as a workforce? Felicity Hannah looks into how to make the best of working from home if you're one of the many who'll be doing it for the first time. Also, how to cope financially if your income is dropping...


Coronavirus: looking after your finances

We discuss how to cope financially while the UK is in the grip of the coronavirus - from personal debt to business and banks.


Is £350bn enough?

Felicity Hannah looks at the government's plan to help businesses through the virus crisis. Is there enough cash? And is it being targeted in the right areas?


Not going out

Danni Hewson considers the outlook for the leisure industry and the aviation sector as the coronavirus weighs on the economy. Also, where does it all leave the wedding business?


Coronavirus - Business and Bankers React

Sean Farrington looks at steps taken by central banks to tackle the impact of coronavirus. Also, where next for airlines? And how can supermarkets get on top of panic buying


Flights grounded as spending takes off

As the World Health Organisation declares Coronavirus a pandemic, Sean Farrington investigates whether the new Chancellor's £12bn package of financial support is enough to help small businesses affected.. Two businesses struggling to weather the storm will tell us what they make of the measures. And as always, Wake Up To Money will give you everything you need to understand the budget; how it affects you and who the winners and losers are. With money for roads, business rate freezes and a...