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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

    Rainbow washing

    Rainbow washing

    It might seem like a step forward when advertisers want to appeal to a historically marginalised community, but the use of the LGBT rainbow flag by companies and organisations has become a bone of contention.

    If an investment company changes its logo to a rainbow background is that a genuine attempt to support LGBT rights, or a cynical marketing ploy? In short, is it rainbow washing?

    Jamie Love, marketing director of Edinburgh Pride tells us how potential event sponsors are vetted, plus Leticia King James who’s the vice president of diversity inclusion and belonging at logistics giant GXO explains why her company is sponsoring small, regional Pride events.

    We also hear from Kathy Caton, founder of Brighton Gin who explains why a 365 day commitment to diversity is vital for companies marketing to the LGBT community. Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, a senior strategist at branding company Future Brand explains how accusations of rainbow washing can be avoided and Paul Thompson, co-owner of LGBT Capital explains just how lucrative the LGBT market is.

    Presenter: Elizabeth Hotson
    Producer: Elizabeth Hotson

    Picture Description: Pride in London 2022, Picture Credit: Getty Images

    • 19 min
    Tackling over-tourism in Greece

    Tackling over-tourism in Greece

    Victoria Craig whisks us off to the Greek island of Tinos to find out about a Greek government strategy to prevent over-tourism.

    On this virtual vacation, you'll meet an artisan cheesemaker, some travellers, and a restaurant owner to find out whether the government strategy to promote travel to less well known destinations is working, or even welcomed. There are concerns the strategy could erode traditional ways of life on the Greek islands and in the Greek villages tourists don't often reach.

    Presenter: Victoria Craig
    Production: Stephen Ryan and Dimitris Zivopoulos
    Image: Cheese making in Tinos; Credit: BBC

    • 17 min
    The electric transport revolution

    The electric transport revolution

    New forms of electric transport are revolutionising the way we travel for both work and leisure.

    Soaring gas prices around the world are encouraging people to look for alternatives such as electric bikes, kick scooters and mopeds.

    Tara Holmes visits a new bike shop in the Peak District in England, and speaks to husband and wife team, Richard and Madeline Bowker, owners of Criterium Cycles, and gets the chance to try out one of their best-selling e-bikes. The global market for e-bikes today is worth $35billion.

    From there, Tara travels to Nottingham to try out an electric kick scooter for the first time on a public road. She also speaks to Kfir Ben Shooshan, founder of Inokim, an e-scooter company based in Tel Aviv in Israel.

    We also hear from people who believe the shift to electrification is happening too fast with safety concerns being ignored. Nikhil Inamdar reports from Delhi in India where two people from the same family died following a scooter battery explosion.

    Professor David Greenwood, an electrification expert at Warwick University in the UK, offers some tips on how to avoid buying unsafe vehicles.

    And, Augustin Friedel, an independent analyst and mobility expert from Germany reveals which countries are most encouraging new forms of electric transport and how this is being done safely.

    Presenter/producer: Tara Holmes
    (Image: A person riding an electric bike; Credit: Getty)

    • 19 min
    Subscribe and fly: the travel industry’s latest trend

    Subscribe and fly: the travel industry’s latest trend

    Travel isn't easy anymore. Between the cancelled flights, lost baggage and just the cost of it all, it's almost enough to turn people off altogether. But we'll hear how travel companies are using subscription services to keep those travellers travelling.

    Leanna Byrne speaks to airline bosses Neil Thwaites, regional vice-president for California at Alaska Airlines and Kirby Gordon from FlySafair about how their subscription services are boosting business.

    We also hear from Iñaki Uriz, the chief executive of Caravelo, a subscription platform for the airline industry on travel trends.

    And finally, as some the biggest users of subscriptions services are millennials and gen Z, we speak to someone who calls themselves a "digital nomad".

    Presenter / producer: Leanna Byrne.
    Image: travellers at an airport in Thailand; Credit: Getty images

    • 17 min
    Business Daily Meets: Pernilla Nyresten

    Business Daily Meets: Pernilla Nyresten

    Pernilla Nyrensten made history when she became the first female founding CEO to float a company on the Stockholm stock exchange since the its inception 160 years ago. She started her retail business, RevolutionRace in 2013 just less than $30,000 today the firm was recently valued at around 1 billion dollars.

    Pernilla's journey has not been without challenges - she's been told, by men, that women should only run hobby businesses and that running a public company is too hard and stressful for women.

    Pernilla tells Sam Fenwick that the sexist comments motivated her to pursue her dream of running a successful retail business, and how she hopes to be a role model for other aspiring female entrepreneurs.

    Presenter / producer: Sam Fenwick
    Image: Pernilla and Niclas; Credit: Pernilla Nyrensten

    • 18 min
    Sweden’s light time economy

    Sweden’s light time economy

    What’s it like to live in permanent daylight for part of the year? Elizabeth Hotson travels around Swedish Lapland to see how one of the most modern economies in the world takes advantage of the twenty four hour summer sun. Elizabeth finds out how a hotel made of ice is kept frozen with solar power, and why the midnight sun is vital to the ancient tradition of reindeer herding in northern Sweden. We also hear how Sweden’s mountain and nature tourism industry developed and why modern businesses like bars and restaurants can capitalise on the never-ending daylight. Plus, we hear from visitors experiencing the midnight sun for the first time.

    Producer: Elizabeth Hotson
    Presenter: Elizabeth Hotson

    Picture Credit: the midnight sun in Sweden via Getty Images

    • 18 min

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