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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




Coronavirus: Co-op, Lloyds and testing

Your stories of NHS workers you want to thank. Plus how the Co-op and Lloyds pharmacy are handling the crisis. And Sean talks to the body representing the UK testing industry.


Coronavirus questions answered

The boss of tech company WeTransfer talks about social media, fake news and how the internet is handling all the increased traffic during the crisis. Boss of the British Chambers of Commerce Adam Marshall takes your questions. And in tough times like this, should companies like Tesco be paying dividends to shareholders? An expert in corporate social responsibility gives her view. With Sean Farrington Get involved in the conversation: #wakeuptomoney


Intensive Care

Plus dairy farmers tell Sean why the Coronavirus crisis means they're having to dump huge quantities of milk with suppliers not turning up to pick up their orders. One of the first fashion designers to work with Debenhams gives his reaction as the store prepares to fille for administration Benefits and money advice from expert Lee Healey And apprentice winner Alana Spencer on how she's transformed her cake company to keep going through the crisis. With listener's top tips to help you sleep...


Coronavirus - keeping workers safe

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


Highs and Lows

Banks are told to cut us all some slack on loans and credit card bills but charities are struggling and businesses say they still can't get their hands on government-backed loans. Wake Up To Money hears from two opera singers who've lost work but found new ways to make cash - with a blast of opera to end the week on a high note...


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


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.


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.


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...


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