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The Bottom Line

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters

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Fintech

The UK is a world leader in financial services technology, otherwise known as fintech. Presenter Evan Davis asks how Britain has beaten Silicon Valley and what challenges fintech poses to traditional banking?Guests:Antony Jenkins, Founder and Executive Chairman, 10x Future TechnologiesIshaan Malhi, Founder, Trussle.comEileen Burbidge, Co-founder, Passion CapitalProducer: Julie Ball.

28mins

16 Mar 2017

Rank #1

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How to Build an Olympics

The Olympics Games is the biggest sporting event on earth. But the road to a successful Olympics can be more gruelling than a marathon. With less than two weeks to go until the opening ceremony in Rio, Evan Davis and guests discuss the difficulties of managing the money, the politics and the people. GUESTS:Neil Wood MBE, Partner, Deloitte and former CFO of London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Gerhard Heiberg, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and President and CEO of Lillehammer Winter Olympic,s 1994Professor Andrew Zimbalist, Sports Economist, Smith College Massachusetts, Consultant and AuthorProducer: Julie BallEditor: Innes Bowen.

28mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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Automotive

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.Evan and his panel talk cars. What road is the automotive industry on? Just where is it headed? They also consider whether it's best to be a wage slave, with a regular salary, or to take a share of the profits of a business.Joining Evan in the studio are Ken Keir, Vice President of Honda Motors Europe; Nikki King, Managing Director of Isuzu Truck UK; Wol Kolade, Managing Partner of venture capital firm Isis Equity Partners.Producer: Ben CrightonEditor: Stephen Chilcott.

28mins

2 Feb 2012

Rank #3

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Brexit: What Next?

How do you do business when you can't see into the future? This may be what businesses always have to do, but Brexit has undeniably made the future even harder to discern than usual. When will it happen, what relationship with Europe will follow, and how will the rest of the world react? For now we don't know, but the answers to those questions will affect every business in Britain. So how are companies planning for an uncertain future while at the same time trying to ensure that whichever model of Brexit emerges is one that suits their needs. Joining Evan Davis are:Karen Briggs: Head of Brexit - KPMGGerald Mason: SVP - Tate & Lyle SugarsGavin Williams: Partner - Herbert Smith Freehills Producer: Joe Kent.

28mins

6 Oct 2016

Rank #4

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Fast Fashion

From the design desk to the shop window, how do fast fashion brands deliver the latest trends in double-quick time? Evan Davis and guests discuss fabric, factories and a nimble supply chain. Guests: Catarina Midby, Sustainability manager, H & M;Carol Kane, Co-founder and Joint CEO, Boohoo;Kim Winser, Founder and CEO, Winser London. Producer: Sally Abrahams.

28mins

5 Nov 2015

Rank #5

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Ambition

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.Evan and his panel debate whether now's the time for companies to pursue big, ambitious ideas - or is it a time for more modest aspirations? They also discuss banking with the boss of retail banking at Royal Bank of Scotland, and take stock of the consumer sector in the run-up to Christmas.Joining Evan in the studio are Brian Hartzer, chief executive of RBS UK Retail, Wealth and Ulster; David Martin, chief executive of transport company Arriva; Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, founder and managing director of WOW toys. Producer: Ben CrightonEditor: Stephen Chilcott.

27mins

17 Nov 2011

Rank #6

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Productivity

Why is UK productivity lower than in many other countries?Evan Davis begins a new series of The Bottom Line by looking at the productivity problem. The programme asks what productivity really means and how different sectors go about measuring it.Evan hears from three chief executives in three different sectors: manufacturing; advertising and health. How can productivity be measured and improved in these diverse sectors? How, for example, should the productivity of a doctor or nurse be measured?Guests:Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals BirminghamBrian Holliday Managing Director, Managing Director for Siemens Digital Factory UKJames Murphy, Founder and Chief Executive of Adam and Eve DDB AdvertisingProducer: Jim Frank.

28mins

28 May 2015

Rank #7

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Selling Corporate Baby

Starting a business is often compared to bringing up a baby, and with good reason: it's costly, gives you sleepless nights and requires your attention during every waking moment. But what happens when it is time sell the business you have nurtured? Three successful entrepreneurs talk to Evan Davis about the feelings of relief and regret which can accompany selling off a business.GUESTSLiz Earle, Co-founder of Liz Earle Naturally Active SkincareWilliam Kendall, Chairman, Cawston PressJules Coleman, Co-founder of Hassle.com.

28mins

27 Oct 2016

Rank #8

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Advertising

The UK has been a global leader in the Advertising Industry since the end of the last century. But like many businesses it's now facing disruption from technology. Pop up banners on the internet and social influencers are cheaper and more immediate. Evan Davis and guests discuss whether a data driven approach to advertising will eventually kill creativity. GUESTSSir John Hegarty, Co-Founder BBH Rohan Midha, Managing Director, PMYBRory Sutherland, Vice-chairman, Ogilvy Producer: Julie Ball.

28mins

19 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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07/10/2010

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of advertising, branding and lifestyle management discuss viral videos, social networking and some of the other methods companies now employ to reach out to their customers. The panel also discusses positive thinking. Is better to be optimistic in business, or realistic? Evan is joined in the studio by Alex Cheatle, chief executive of the lifestyle management company Ten Group; Jasmine Montgomery, co-founder of branding consultancy Seven Brands; Robin Wight, president of communications group Engine.Producer: Ben Crighton.

28mins

7 Oct 2010

Rank #10

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Leadership

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.Evan's executive panel discuss what good leadership consists of - how do you turn a mediocre manager into a brilliant boss? They also swap thoughts on surviving on 20% less of everything. How would their companies cope, and what would they look like?Joining Evan are Martin Gilbert, chief executive of fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management; Allan Leighton, chairman of set top box maker Pace; Nigel Whitehead, group managing director of BAE Systems. Producer: Ben CrightonEditor: Richard Vadon.

27mins

15 Mar 2012

Rank #11

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Corruption

The scandal at FIFA is just the latest story of corporate corruption to dominate the news. What steps can businesses take to avoid getting caught up in corruption, particularly in countries and sectors where bribery is the norm? What is legitimate business conduct and what crosses the line into illegality?Evan Davis and his guests discuss:Emma Sharma, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Supreme GroupHugh Miles of The Al Shafie Miles ConsultancyLeo Martin of Good CorporationProducer: Jim Frank.

27mins

11 Jun 2015

Rank #12

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Flash Sales

Flash sale companies are growing fast. Evan Davis and guests discuss how this new retail sector is changing the way we shop. How does the business model work? Just how low can the prices go? And are these internet discounters a help or a hindrance for luxury brands?Guests :Victoria Walton, co-founder SportpursuitJamie Jackson, executive vice-chairman MySale GroupIlan Benhaim, co-founder Vente-PriveeProducer : Rosamund Jones.

28mins

23 Oct 2014

Rank #13

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Turning Tables

Evan Davis and guests discuss why some restaurant chains thrive and others fail. Why are so many chains closing down branches now? GUESTSPaul Campbell, Founder, Hill Capital Partners LLPAngela Hartnett, Chef and Owner of Murano, Café Murano and Merchants' TavernSarah Willingham, Entrepreneur and Investor.

28mins

15 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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Pricing

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.Evan and his guests discuss the science of pricing goods and services. How do companies decide what to charge - and how much of it is educated guesswork as to what they can get away with?In the studio are Roger Mavity, chief executive of the Conran Group; Rita Clifton, branding expert and former chairman of Interbrand; Scott Malkin, founder and chairman of Value Retail which owns the outlet shopping centre Bicester Village.Producer: Ben CrightonEditor: Innes Bowen.

28mins

1 Nov 2012

Rank #15

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Planning for uncertainty

Every business faces uncertainty. In the final programme of the series Evan Davis and guests ask what businesses should do when faced with uncertainty.Guests: Jeremy Bentham, Head of Scenarios, ShellNick Allan, CEO, Control RisksDr Sandra Bell, Head of Resilience Consulting, Sungard Availability Services

27mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Profits and Pitfalls

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.This week Evan asks his panel of top executives about the perils and the possibilities of running a fast-growing business. Many a company has spiralled out of control because of a failure to manage rapid growth - but what are the speed limits? They also chew over the role of the business lunch.Evan is joined in the studio by Clive Schlee, chief executive of sandwich retail chain Pret A Manger; Peter Bamford, chairman of SuperGroup, the fashion retailer behind the SuperDry brand; Giles Andrews, founder and chief executive of Zopa, an online lending service.Producer: Ben Crighton.

28mins

7 Jul 2011

Rank #17

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Franchising

Is becoming a franchisee a good way to start your own business? Evan Davis and guests discuss the ups and downs of franchising. GUESTSKen Deary, Franchisor Right at HomeRachana Pancholi, Franchisee, SubwayRoz Goldstein Goldstein LegalProducer: Julie Ball.

28mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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12/07/2012

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.Evan and his executive panel discuss the business of building and running infrastructure - how good is the UK at developing and delivering it? They also swap thoughts on the pros and cons of media training. Joining Evan in the studio are Steve Holliday, chief executive of international electricity and gas company National Grid plc; Nicola Shaw, chief executive of High Speed One, the Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line; Philip Dilley, chairman of global design, engineering and consulting company Arup Group.Producer: Ben CrightonEditor: Stephen Chilcott.

27mins

12 Jul 2012

Rank #19

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The Future of the Web

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.This week Evan's panel of business leaders hail from the worlds of social networking and retail. He challenges them to cast their minds forward and imagine how the Web will look by the year 2020. What will have changed? Will bricks and mortar matter any more, or will everything be in the cloud? They also consider the value of storytelling in business. So many brands these days seem to have a story to tell - but what business benefit really is there in a good yarn?Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Birch, internet entrepreneur and founder of social networking website Bebo; Laura Tenison, founder and managing director of maternity and babywear retailer Jo-Jo Maman Bébé; Justin King, chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury's.Producer: Ben Crighton.

28mins

30 Jun 2011

Rank #20