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Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.

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Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.

    The Gatwick Effect

    The Gatwick Effect

    The coronavirus pandemic and the associated global economic lockdown have had a dramatic impact on businesses across the UK, perhaps none more so than on the aviation industry and airports like Gatwick, usually the UK's second busiest.

    The consequences, though, go far beyond the confines of the airport. Tens of thousands of jobs in the wider economy and in nearby towns, like Crawley, are under threat.

    One report has suggested that, because of its dependence on Gatwick, Crawley could be the worst affected urban centre in the UK.

    John Murphy speaks to a range of businesses in Crawley during this extraordinary period, to see if and how they can survive.

    Presenter: John Murphy
    Producer: Darin Graham

    • 27 min
    The Jobs Challenge

    The Jobs Challenge

    As the UK emerges from the coronavirus lockdown, millions of employees are still furloughed – either fully or part-time – with most of their salaries paid by the government. But how many of them really have jobs to go back to? Already companies including British Airways, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar Landrover and Centrica, to name just a few, have announced thousands of job losses and no-one knows what the true picture will look like by the autumn, as government support is removed.

    There are dire warnings that the labour market could be as bad or even worse than the 1980s. Jonty Bloom asks whose jobs are most at risk from the economic damage wreaked by Covid 19 and what help is needed.


    Presenter: Jonty Bloom
    Producer: Caroline Bayley

    Picture credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

    • 28 min
    Oil Shock 2020

    Oil Shock 2020

    The oil price has crashed - for a while some producers were even paying customers to take it away. It's like no oil shock the industry has ever seen before. Lesley Curwen sets out to discover what difference cheap oil will make to our lives. Which jobs are at risk? Will there be a knock-on effect on our household finances - utility bills and pensions for example? And as lockdowns slowly start to ease, could it change how much we rely on oil for good?

    Presenter: Lesley Curwen
    Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton

    Picture Credit: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

    • 28 min
    Adapt to Survive

    Adapt to Survive

    2020 hasn't been good for British business - certainly not since Covid-19 showed up. The global pandemic and the lockdown imposed to try to fight it have affected individual livelihoods and those of many companies. John Murphy talks to some business owners from different sectors of the economy - a family-run pub, a fruit farm, a fabric and haberdashery shop and a multinational - to see what changes they've experienced and how they have had to adapt during the crisis. They explain what they think the future will hold and, indeed, whether they will survive.

    Presenter: John Murphy
    Producer: Lizzy McNeill

    Photo by: Victoria Connolly, MacCulloch and Wallis Ltd

    • 28 min
    Economic Recovery in the USA

    Economic Recovery in the USA

    With the highest Covid19 death toll in the world, and 26 million Americans claiming unemployment insurance, the US economy has taken a massive hit. But how quickly can it bounce back?

    Will America’s economy will be strong enough to pull its weight in the global economy? Economist Jim O’Neill explores the current scale of the problem and asks how resilient are US businesses and the country’s economy.

    In Business hears how Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer has devised A Roadmap to Responsibly Re-opening America, which seeks to balance the health priorities with the pressure to open up the economy again.

    The story of a small bakery in Brooklyn, which has had to lay off its workers, is illustrative of the damage that has been inflicted on businesses across America. Has the fiscal response from the authorities been sufficient to protect businesses so that they can recover once lockdowns end?

    Is American manufacturing sufficiently flexible to pivot and adapt to the changing circumstances of the Covid health crisis? And will one of the longer term consequences of the crisis be a re-thinking of the character of American capitalism?

    The answers to these questions will shed light on whether American will still be able to play its traditional crucial role in the global economy.

    Presenter: Jim O'Neill
    Producer: Philip Reevel

    Picture Credit: Getty

    • 27 min
    Economic lessons from pandemics past

    Economic lessons from pandemics past

    In the 14th century the world was devastated by plague, known as 'The Black Death', in the 20th century a deadly form of influenza struck infecting around a quarter of the world's population. Since then HIV, Ebola and more have stricken nations. With each epidemic and pandemic comes a huge human cost but each also carry an economic cost. In this programme John Murphy visits pandemics past to see what history can teach us about economic cost and recovery.

    Presenter: John Murphy
    Producer: Lizzy McNeill

    Picture: An American street cleaner during the influenza epidemic in 1918
    Credit: Getty

    • 27 min

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