Podcast: The jury is out

We’ve endured lockdowns, firebreaks and tiers and are facing restrictions for months to come while new vaccines are perfected and rolled out. Saving lives is the priority, but restrictions are leading to job losses and business failure, increased poverty and worsening mental health? Is there any alternative? Some scientists think there may be but their views have attracted huge criticism.

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Podcast: It’s everyone’s business

Whether you’re doing business in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or England, you’re facing restrictions. Some are just starting while others are coming to an end and there are tiers upon tiers to navigate. But ultimately the result is the same: small businesses are taking a hit with many fearing for their futures.

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Podcast: Women building back

Covid has been hard on businesses and self-employed people in many sectors. And we’ve been hearing that women of all ages, ethnicity and backgrounds have been hit particularly badly because of the sectors they work in. Professor Julia Rouse has the figures and Claudia, Anna and Amy have the experiences. Join them as they discuss 2020 and the future. 

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Podcast: Sweet music

Is the treasury fiddling while the music industry burns? The industry is worth a vast 5.5 Billion pounds a year to the UK’s economy yet help for musicians, most of whom are freelance, is crumbs.

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Podcast: Blowing in the wind: the jobs hanging by a thread

Business woman Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation, Mark Hart Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School and freelance IT consultant and  business analyst Philip Ross analyse the prospects for the UK’s small businesses and self-employed workers for the autumn and winter. The verdict: blustery winds and heavy weather ahead. 

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