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

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

    Post-pandemic resilience

    Post-pandemic resilience

    During the pandemic, businesses have faced severe tests, from supply chain shocks to fluctuations in consumer demand. How resilient are companies in dealing with the unknown? In recent years the focus has been on getting costs down, creating lean supply chains, and delivering returns to shareholders. But has that emphasis left supply chains insecure in the face of shocks? Will companies learn to value resilience over mere efficiency?

    Guests

    Dr Sandra Bell, founder and chief executive of The Business Resilience Company.
    Michael Davies, guest lecturer at the London Business School and founder and chairman of Endeavour Partners
    Poonam Gupta, founder and chief executive of PG Paper
    Guy Gratton, associate professor in aviation and the environment at Cranfield University

    • 27 min
    Consumer habits after lockdown

    Consumer habits after lockdown

    What have you learned about yourself in lockdown? What is it you crave, what have you found you barely miss? Evan Davis and guests contemplate life after lockdown and changing consumer habits. A surge in the sale of bikes, toilet roll panic buying, and flour flying off the supermarket shelves. Will these consumer habits stick? Have we learned to value other things in life than shopping? Or will we just want to borrow and spend at the first possible opportunity?

    Guests:

    Kate Ancketill, founder and CEO, GDR Creative Intelligence
    Richard Walker, managing director, Iceland Foods
    Jonathan Cole, managing director, Velorution
    Kate Nicholls, chief executive, UK Hospitality

    Producer: Lesley McAlpine

    • 27 min
    China

    China

    Will Western economies and companies decouple from China? For decades, the world has relied on this rapidly emerging economy as its factory, producing everything from toilet rolls to iPhones. But post Covid-19, US trade wars and tensions with Hong Kong, is that all about to change? Evan Davis and guests discuss

    GUESTS

    Liam Casey, CEO and founder, PCH International

    Diana Choyleva, chief economist, Enodo Economics

    Dr. Yu Jie, senior research fellow, China, Chatham House

    • 27 min
    Saving Companies

    Saving Companies

    Should the government continue to bolster companies, large and small when lockdown is finally eased? If so what businesses do you choose to save and what are the criteria? Evan Davis and guests discuss.

    GUESTS

    Michael Jacobides, holder of the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, London Business School

    Julie Palmer, Regional Managing Partner, Begbies Traynor, Insolvency practitioners

    Mark Blyth, Director of the William R Rhodes Centre for International Economics and Finance, Brown University

    Produced in association with The Open University

    • 27 min
    Business hype

    Business hype

    Can new businesses survive without some form of hype or over-promotion? Or will consumer or investor disillusionment inevitably correct this? One recent example where hype came back to bite a company founder is that of the shared office space provider, WeWork. Its stock market valuation fell from $50bn to near bankruptcy over the course of a few weeks.

    GUESTS

    Brent Hoberman, serial entrepreneur and investor, chair and co-founder of Founders Factory and First Minute Capital
    Kerry Baldwin, Managing Partner at IQ Capital,a venture capital investment firm
    Rory Sutherland, Vice Chair of Ogilvy, the global advertising and marketing agency

    • 27 min
    Coronavirus and business

    Coronavirus and business

    How will the infection affect commerce in the UK and around the world? Evan Davis and a panel of guests discuss what's happening to the economy and look at likely scenarios.
    Jennifer McKeown, Chief Global Economist, Capital Economics,
    Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
    Tim Power, MD of maritime and shipping container research firm Drewry.



    Producers: Lesley McAlpine and Julie Ball
    Researcher: May Cameron

    • 28 min

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