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    Cost of living: Hairdressers

    Cost of living: Hairdressers

    In this Business Daily mini series we're exploring how businesses we all use regularly are being affected by the cost of living crisis. This episode looks at how hairdressers are coping as the price of power and hair products continues to increase.

    Leanna Byrne speaks to hairdressers in South Africa, the USA and Germany – all report difficulties with rising overheads and the need to start passing those costs on to customers. We also look at how one haircare brand, selling direct to consumers, is seeing increased sales but also increased manufacturing costs and longer turn-around times.

    Presenter / Producer: Leanna Byrne
    Additional production: Olivia Wilson
    Image: Hairdressing; Credit: Getty

    • 18 min
    Business Daily meets: Tech entrepreneur Frederic Kerrest

    Business Daily meets: Tech entrepreneur Frederic Kerrest

    Tech entrepreneur Frederic Kerrest tells Sam Clack how he helped to build the multi-billion dollar tech company, Okta, from scratch.

    He goes through the life and business lessons he’s learned along the way – and explains the importance of listening to great advice at every stage of your career.

    In his new book ‘Zero to IPO’, Frederic shares valuable insights from top CEOs that he hopes will help to motivate the next generation of entrepreneurs.

    Presenter / Producer: Sam Clack
    Image: Frederic Kerrest; Credit: Okta

    • 18 min
    Love in virtual reality

    Love in virtual reality

    We take a look at the companies moving the business of love to the metaverse.

    Hannah Mullane meets Aurora Townsend, co-founder of the world’s first virtual reality dating app, who tells us about what customers can expect and Hannah heads into the metaverse herself to meet Marc Charlton, founder of Dates VR, a virtual reality speed dating event.

    Hannah also hears from a couple who got married on a virtual reality platform called Decentraland. That company's creative producer also explains what it’s really like to plan a virtual wedding because just like in the real world, weddings are big business.

    Presenter / Producer: Hannah Mullane
    Image: Avatars; Credit: ‘Dates VR’

    • 17 min
    Race and DNA ancestry tests

    Race and DNA ancestry tests

    Find out more about the DNA ancestry company aiming to increase its appeal across a wider range of ethnic groups. They're attempting to correct the racial bias in DNA databases, so customers get a fuller story of who they are.

    Genetic studies have primarily been done nearly exclusively in European populations to date and DNA databases are four to one skewed in favour of European DNA.

    But diversity drives are unearthing genetic treasure. Slavery scrubbed the family histories of generations. Genetics is helping African Americans, for one, piece together their stolen stories.

    In this episode David Reid hears the story of Jamila Zheng who found her ancestral home and relatives she didn't know existed after taking a DNA test. We also hear from Dr Steven Micheletti, Population Geneticist at 23andMe and Dr Anjali Shastri, Senior Research Programme Manager at 23andMe about the diversity drive at their company.

    Producer / Presenter: David Reid
    Image: Jamila Zheng; Credit: 23andMe

    • 18 min
    The club teaching women to say 'no' at work

    The club teaching women to say 'no' at work

    Ever heard of the term non-promotable task? Well, if you’re a woman, the chances are you’ve been doing a lot of them at work.

    Leanna Byrne speaks to the authors of The No Club, a book tracking the problems that arise when women are tasked with doing mindless jobs. We are talking about the kind of jobs that make managers happy, but won’t help you get on in your career.

    Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart—the original “No Club”— join us to talk through why women are disproportionately asked and expected to take on these tasks, why that leaves women overcommitted and underutilised and how companies are therefore forfeiting revenue, productivity, and top talent.

    Presenter/producer: Leanna Byrne

    (Photo: Stressed woman at work. Credit: Getty Images)

    • 18 min
    Floriade: A green global exhibition

    Floriade: A green global exhibition

    Floriade is a huge horticulture exhibition taking place every 10 years. It's in the Dutch city of Almere this year. For 6 months, visitors will see displays of plants and flowers, horticultural innovation – and proposed solutions to global environmental problems, especially in the area of urban housing.

    Matthew Kenyon has been to visit and hear about the challenges of putting it together during the pandemic and the costs and benefits to the local area of hosting it. Plus a look at some of the displays and questions over whether there is a future for these big, set-piece events.

    Presenter / Producer: Matthew Kenyon
    Image: Ariel view of Floriade; Credit: Matthew Kenyon

    • 17 min

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