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20090328

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

20090328

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

2009092620090927

The big names in the world of business return to the roundtable for a new series of The Bottom Line, with Evan Davis.

This week the panel talks about managing the expectations of customers and shareholders.

They also discuss meetings – what makes them effective, and who needs to be in the room?

This week the panel includes Andrew Cosslett, chief executive of Intercontinental Hotels (owners of chains including Holiday Inn); Allan Cook chief executive of international defence and aerospace company Cobham; and leading architect Rafael Vinoly.

This week on the programme, the panel talks about managing expectations and meetings.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009092620090927

The big names in the world of business return to the roundtable for a new series of The Bottom Line, with Evan Davis.

This week the panel talks about managing the expectations of customers and shareholders.

They also discuss meetings – what makes them effective, and who needs to be in the room?

This week the panel includes Andrew Cosslett, chief executive of Intercontinental Hotels (owners of chains including Holiday Inn); Allan Cook chief executive of international defence and aerospace company Cobham; and leading architect Rafael Vinoly.

This week on the programme, the panel talks about managing expectations and meetings.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009100320091004

Evan Davis asks his panel of top business guests about discipline at work - whether they like running a tight ship or prefer letting spirits run free - and tries to shed some light on the mysteries of profit margins.

His guests are Robert Polet, chief executive of the Gucci Group, Garry Watts, chief executive of SSL International, whose brands include Durex and Scholl, and Paula Bell, group finance director of technology and engineering group Ricardo.

Evan Davis asks guests about discipline at work and the mysteries of profit margins.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009100320091004

Evan Davis asks his panel of top business guests about discipline at work - whether they like running a tight ship or prefer letting spirits run free - and tries to shed some light on the mysteries of profit margins.

His guests are Robert Polet, chief executive of the Gucci Group, Garry Watts, chief executive of SSL International, whose brands include Durex and Scholl, and Paula Bell, group finance director of technology and engineering group Ricardo.

Evan Davis asks guests about discipline at work and the mysteries of profit margins.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009101020091011

Stephanie Flanders asks her panel of top business guests about the fine art of salesmanship.

Now we can all bypass those eager shop assistants and go online, are salesmen on the way out - or just getting a makeover?

And training on the job - we've all done it, but does formal training pay dividends in the end?

Stephanie is joined by Marko Ilincic, managing director of Lego UK, Michelle Feeney, chief executive of St Tropez and Grant Hearn, chief executive of Travelodge.

Stephanie Flanders asks her panel of business guests about the fine art of salesmanship.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009101020091011

Stephanie Flanders asks her panel of top business guests about the fine art of salesmanship.

Now we can all bypass those eager shop assistants and go online, are salesmen on the way out - or just getting a makeover?

And training on the job - we've all done it, but does formal training pay dividends in the end?

Stephanie is joined by Marko Ilincic, managing director of Lego UK, Michelle Feeney, chief executive of St Tropez and Grant Hearn, chief executive of Travelodge.

Stephanie Flanders asks her panel of business guests about the fine art of salesmanship.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009101720091018

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

Evan Davis asks his panel of high flying business guests about the challenges of operating in a hypermobile society - and finds out how many business miles they travel each year.

Could they stay home if the pressures of climate change and the recession reduce our capacity to travel, or would that affect the profitability of their companies?

Evan and his guests also discuss feedback - how easy it is to give out but how hard it is to receive.

Plus the panel reveal the worst feedback they have ever had.

Evan Davis and his guests debate the challenges of operating in a hypermobile society.

2009101720091018

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

Evan Davis asks his panel of high flying business guests about the challenges of operating in a hypermobile society - and finds out how many business miles they travel each year.

Could they stay home if the pressures of climate change and the recession reduce our capacity to travel, or would that affect the profitability of their companies?

Evan and his guests also discuss feedback - how easy it is to give out but how hard it is to receive.

Plus the panel reveal the worst feedback they have ever had.

Evan Davis and his guests debate the challenges of operating in a hypermobile society.

2009102420091025

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss technology.

From electric cars to satellites to jet engines, can it really solve the world's problems? He also asks how long is too long to work for the same company?

Evan is joined by Nani Beccalli-Falco, president of General Electric International, Candace Johnson, serial entrepreneur who co-founded the satellite company SES Global, and John Fleming, chief executive of Ford of Europe.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009102420091025

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss technology.

From electric cars to satellites to jet engines, can it really solve the world's problems? He also asks how long is too long to work for the same company?

Evan is joined by Nani Beccalli-Falco, president of General Electric International, Candace Johnson, serial entrepreneur who co-founded the satellite company SES Global, and John Fleming, chief executive of Ford of Europe.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009103120091101

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss those silly bits of paper and metal we call money.

Surely someone can invent a better way to pay for things? He also asks what companies are doing to look after their low-income consumers.

Evan is joined by Antony Jenkins, chief executive of credit card company Barclaycard, Jim McCarthy, chief executive of the UK chain Poundland, and Chris Dedicoat, European president of Cisco, the world's largest producer of computer network equipment.

Evan Davis and guests discuss those silly bits of paper and metal we call money.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009103120091101

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss those silly bits of paper and metal we call money.

Surely someone can invent a better way to pay for things? He also asks what companies are doing to look after their low-income consumers.

Evan is joined by Antony Jenkins, chief executive of credit card company Barclaycard, Jim McCarthy, chief executive of the UK chain Poundland, and Chris Dedicoat, European president of Cisco, the world's largest producer of computer network equipment.

Evan Davis and guests discuss those silly bits of paper and metal we call money.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009110720091108

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss private equity - the investors who have endured boom and bust like no other.

He also finds out if English is the international language of business.

Evan is joined by Keith Clarke, chief executive of Atkins, one of the world's largest civil engineering and design consultancies, Laura Tenison, founder and managing director of Jo-Jo Maman Bb, a clothing company for babies, toddlers and expectant mothers, and Peter Taylor, managing partner of the private equity firm Duke Street.

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009110720091108

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss private equity - the investors who have endured boom and bust like no other.

He also finds out if English is the international language of business.

Evan is joined by Keith Clarke, chief executive of Atkins, one of the world's largest civil engineering and design consultancies, Laura Tenison, founder and managing director of Jo-Jo Maman Bb, a clothing company for babies, toddlers and expectant mothers, and Peter Taylor, managing partner of the private equity firm Duke Street.

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009111420091115

This week on the Bottom Line, Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests including two of Silicon Valley's leading investors to discuss one of the most successful business clusters of them all and why it is that businesses tend to bunch up.

They also explore the future of television - can it survive the downturn in advertising revenues and competition from the internet?

Evan is joined by Michael Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley's leading venture capitalists; Dawn Airey, the chief executive of Channel 5, the UK television channel owned by RTL Group; and Reid Hoffman, co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn and partner at venture capital firm Greylock.

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss why businesses tend to cluster and the future of TV.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2009111420091115

This week on the Bottom Line, Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests including two of Silicon Valley's leading investors to discuss one of the most successful business clusters of them all and why it is that businesses tend to bunch up.

They also explore the future of television - can it survive the downturn in advertising revenues and competition from the internet?

Evan is joined by Michael Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley's leading venture capitalists; Dawn Airey, the chief executive of Channel 5, the UK television channel owned by RTL Group; and Reid Hoffman, co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn and partner at venture capital firm Greylock.

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss why businesses tend to cluster and the future of TV.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20091121

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss creative accounting; do companies try to make their books look better than they are? And from the featureless to the funky, what is it that makes a productive office workplace?

Evan is joined by Ian Powell, UK chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's biggest accountancy firms; Mark Dixon, the chief executive of Regus, a global provider of serviced office space; and John Hitchcox, chairman of Yoo, an international design and property development company.

Evan Davis and guests disccuss creative accounting and office design.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20091121

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss creative accounting; do companies try to make their books look better than they are? And from the featureless to the funky, what is it that makes a productive office workplace?

Evan is joined by Ian Powell, UK chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's biggest accountancy firms; Mark Dixon, the chief executive of Regus, a global provider of serviced office space; and John Hitchcox, chairman of Yoo, an international design and property development company.

Evan Davis and guests disccuss creative accounting and office design.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20100202

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss growth in the world economy and health at work.

This week in a new series of the Bottom Line, Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to brainstorm the world economy - where might future growth come from? And he asks whether bosses should be responsible for the health of their employees - is a healthy worker ultimately more productive?

Evan is joined by Adrian Fawcett chief executive of the General Healthcare Group, Hugh Hendry, hedge fund manager and founder of Eclectica Asset Management and Lucius Cary, the founder and Managing Director of Oxford Technology Management.

20100202

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss growth in the world economy and health at work.

This week in a new series of the Bottom Line, Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to brainstorm the world economy - where might future growth come from? And he asks whether bosses should be responsible for the health of their employees - is a healthy worker ultimately more productive?

Evan is joined by Adrian Fawcett chief executive of the General Healthcare Group, Hugh Hendry, hedge fund manager and founder of Eclectica Asset Management and Lucius Cary, the founder and Managing Director of Oxford Technology Management.

20100209

Evan Davis and his guests discuss technical expertise and the art of the showroom.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss how much technical understanding they need of their products, and he asks them to reveal the secrets of a good showroom.

Evan is joined by Lisa King, chief operating officer of Christie's auction house, Dr Markus Miele, managing director of the German appliance manufacturer Miele, and Frank Meehan, chief executive of phone handset manufacturer INQ Mobile.

20100209

Evan Davis and his guests discuss technical expertise and the art of the showroom.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top business guests to discuss how much technical understanding they need of their products, and he asks them to reveal the secrets of a good showroom.

Evan is joined by Lisa King, chief operating officer of Christie's auction house, Dr Markus Miele, managing director of the German appliance manufacturer Miele, and Frank Meehan, chief executive of phone handset manufacturer INQ Mobile.

2010021620100217

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss public relations and crisis management.

This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives from the world of public relations to discuss exactly what it is that they do.

He also finds out what advice they would give to companies in crisis - what should they say when it all goes wrong?

Evan is joined by Lord Bell, Chairman of Chime Communications, one of the UK's biggest PR and communications agencies; Julia Hobsbawm, Chief Executive of Editorial Intelligence; and Robert Phillips, Chief Executive of the UK branch of international firm Edelman.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

2010021620100217

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss public relations and crisis management.

This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives from the world of public relations to discuss exactly what it is that they do.

He also finds out what advice they would give to companies in crisis - what should they say when it all goes wrong?

Evan is joined by Lord Bell, Chairman of Chime Communications, one of the UK's biggest PR and communications agencies; Julia Hobsbawm, Chief Executive of Editorial Intelligence; and Robert Phillips, Chief Executive of the UK branch of international firm Edelman.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20100223

Evan Davis and his panel discuss design and how important luck has been to their careers

This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis will be asking his panel of top business guests whether it's luck that got them to the top, talent or sheer hard graft.

And they also talk about design - what matters most, form or function?

Evan is joined by Geoff Quinn, chief executive of T.M.Lewin the British shirt, tie and suit-makers, the interior designer Kelly Hoppen who has created homes for celebrity clients such as the Beckhams and Elton John and James Hussey, chief executive of De la Rue which makes bank notes and passports.

20100223

Evan Davis and his panel discuss design and how important luck has been to their careers

This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis will be asking his panel of top business guests whether it's luck that got them to the top, talent or sheer hard graft.

And they also talk about design - what matters most, form or function?

Evan is joined by Geoff Quinn, chief executive of T.M.Lewin the British shirt, tie and suit-makers, the interior designer Kelly Hoppen who has created homes for celebrity clients such as the Beckhams and Elton John and James Hussey, chief executive of De la Rue which makes bank notes and passports.

20100302

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss outsourcing and the future of publishing.

How would you feel if the company you worked for hired another company to fire you? That's the premise of Up in the Air, the Oscar-nominated film starring George Clooney.

It's only the movies, but in real life companies frequently hire other companies to run things like their human resources department.

On The Bottom Line this week Evan Davis asks his panel of business guests what activities they keep in the firm, and which they outsource.

The panel will also discussing the future of publishing - who's going to be making money in the digital world?

Evan is joined by Roman Dunne, Chief Executive of mobile phone company O2 UK; Stevie Spring, Chief Executive of magazine publisher Future Plc; and Ananda Mukerji, Chief Executive of outsourcing company Firstsource.

20100302

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss outsourcing and the future of publishing.

How would you feel if the company you worked for hired another company to fire you? That's the premise of Up in the Air, the Oscar-nominated film starring George Clooney.

It's only the movies, but in real life companies frequently hire other companies to run things like their human resources department.

On The Bottom Line this week Evan Davis asks his panel of business guests what activities they keep in the firm, and which they outsource.

The panel will also discussing the future of publishing - who's going to be making money in the digital world?

Evan is joined by Roman Dunne, Chief Executive of mobile phone company O2 UK; Stevie Spring, Chief Executive of magazine publisher Future Plc; and Ananda Mukerji, Chief Executive of outsourcing company Firstsource.

20100309

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss the power of advertising and the pace of business life.

When it comes to working life, the faster things get, the more we seem to be standing still.

With the deluge of information and communication increasing day by day, how hard is it to cut through the noise and make good decisions? This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis will be asking his panel of top business guests about the pace of business life, and how they find time to think.

The panel also discusses the power of advertising - is it true that the more you spend the more you get?

Evan is joined by Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP; Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand; and Wol Kolade, managing partner of private equity firm ISIS.

20100309

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss the power of advertising and the pace of business life.

When it comes to working life, the faster things get, the more we seem to be standing still.

With the deluge of information and communication increasing day by day, how hard is it to cut through the noise and make good decisions? This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis will be asking his panel of top business guests about the pace of business life, and how they find time to think.

The panel also discusses the power of advertising - is it true that the more you spend the more you get?

Evan is joined by Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP; Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand; and Wol Kolade, managing partner of private equity firm ISIS.

20100316

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20100316

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20100323

Evan Davis and his panel discuss rivals and regulation.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives from the worlds of house-building, drinking and gambling to find out what they think of their rivals.

They also talk about annoying regulations - what would they change if they had the chance?

Evan is joined by Pete Redfern, chief executive of the house-builders Taylor Wimpey; Andrew Morgan, president of drinks manufacturer Diageo Europe; and Mark Davies, group director of the betting exchange Betfair.

20100323

Evan Davis and his panel discuss rivals and regulation.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives from the worlds of house-building, drinking and gambling to find out what they think of their rivals.

They also talk about annoying regulations - what would they change if they had the chance?

Evan is joined by Pete Redfern, chief executive of the house-builders Taylor Wimpey; Andrew Morgan, president of drinks manufacturer Diageo Europe; and Mark Davies, group director of the betting exchange Betfair.

20100330

Evan Davis and his panel discuss the digital age and managing star performers.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives from Nintendo, MTV and Thomson Reuters to find out what challenges they face in the digital age.

They also discuss how they manage their star performers.

Evan is joined by Tom Glocer, chief executive of Thomson Reuters; David Yarnton, general manager of Nintendo UK; and David Lynn, managing director of MTV Networks, UK and Ireland.

20100330

Evan Davis and his panel discuss the digital age and managing star performers.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives from Nintendo, MTV and Thomson Reuters to find out what challenges they face in the digital age.

They also discuss how they manage their star performers.

Evan is joined by Tom Glocer, chief executive of Thomson Reuters; David Yarnton, general manager of Nintendo UK; and David Lynn, managing director of MTV Networks, UK and Ireland.

2010060120100602

Evan Davis and his panel discuss the current global economic wobbles and downtime.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives to discuss the current economic climate.

With the crisis in the Euro zone adding to economic uncertainty around the world, how are companies planning for the short- and long-term? And as decisions by governments begin to bite, Evan finds out how political risk gets factored into business decisions.

The panel also talks about Google's 20 per cent policy – under which engineers are given a fifth of their time to work on their own projects – and about how to make the most of downtime.

Evan is joined in the studio by Matt Brittin, managing director of Google UK; Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet; and Irwin Lee, vice president and UK and Ireland general manager of Procter and Gamble.

2010060120100602

Evan Davis and his panel discuss the current global economic wobbles and downtime.

Evan Davis is joined by a panel of top executives to discuss the current economic climate.

With the crisis in the Euro zone adding to economic uncertainty around the world, how are companies planning for the short- and long-term? And as decisions by governments begin to bite, Evan finds out how political risk gets factored into business decisions.

The panel also talks about Google's 20 per cent policy – under which engineers are given a fifth of their time to work on their own projects – and about how to make the most of downtime.

Evan is joined in the studio by Matt Brittin, managing director of Google UK; Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet; and Irwin Lee, vice president and UK and Ireland general manager of Procter and Gamble.

20100608

Evan Davis and his panel discuss lobbying and ‘new and improved’ products.

Evan Davis is joined by three top executives from a broadcaster, an industry group, and a circus company.

Lobbying is the first item on the agenda, and the guests give their views on how loud business should shout, both in the media and when trying to influence government.

Is the popular portrayal of lobbying as a somewhat shady occupation close to the truth – and how much time and effort do the guests devote to trying to capture the attention of politicians and civil servants?

They also discuss the phrase ‘new and improved’.

It’s a much used label, but Evan finds out how the guests develop new products, how they improve their existing lines, and whether they resist the temptation to hype up their next big thing.

Evan’s guests are Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive of Cirque du Soleil; Helen Alexander, president of the CBI; and Jeremy Darroch, chief executive of BskyB.

20100608

Evan Davis and his panel discuss lobbying and ‘new and improved’ products.

Evan Davis is joined by three top executives from a broadcaster, an industry group, and a circus company.

Lobbying is the first item on the agenda, and the guests give their views on how loud business should shout, both in the media and when trying to influence government.

Is the popular portrayal of lobbying as a somewhat shady occupation close to the truth – and how much time and effort do the guests devote to trying to capture the attention of politicians and civil servants?

They also discuss the phrase ‘new and improved’.

It’s a much used label, but Evan finds out how the guests develop new products, how they improve their existing lines, and whether they resist the temptation to hype up their next big thing.

Evan’s guests are Daniel Lamarre, president and chief executive of Cirque du Soleil; Helen Alexander, president of the CBI; and Jeremy Darroch, chief executive of BskyB.

20100615

The panel chats about the long game and talent scouting.

Stephanie Flanders presents.

Three top executives join Stephanie Flanders in the studio to talk about playing the long game and scouting for talent.

Nearly all business gurus recommend thinking in strategic terms rather than concentrating on short-term gains.

But is this really possible in today’s business environment, where a constant flow of news affects markets every second of every day? Stephanie finds out how the bosses on the panel keep their eyes on the long game.

How much will they give up today to reap rewards down the line?

Also on the programme, scouting for talent.

In the sporting world it’s easy, because managers can watch players perform on the pitch – but businesses have it a bit tougher.

The panel talks about what they look for in new talent, how they find tomorrow’s superstars, and how quick it takes them to form an opinion on a candidate.

Stephanie’s guests are Jayne-Anne Gahdia, chief executive of Virgin Money; Peter Hambro, chairman of Petropavlovsk; and Ellis Rich, chief executive of Independent Music Group and chairman of the Performing Rights Society.

20100615

The panel chats about the long game and talent scouting.

Stephanie Flanders presents.

Three top executives join Stephanie Flanders in the studio to talk about playing the long game and scouting for talent.

Nearly all business gurus recommend thinking in strategic terms rather than concentrating on short-term gains.

But is this really possible in today’s business environment, where a constant flow of news affects markets every second of every day? Stephanie finds out how the bosses on the panel keep their eyes on the long game.

How much will they give up today to reap rewards down the line?

Also on the programme, scouting for talent.

In the sporting world it’s easy, because managers can watch players perform on the pitch – but businesses have it a bit tougher.

The panel talks about what they look for in new talent, how they find tomorrow’s superstars, and how quick it takes them to form an opinion on a candidate.

Stephanie’s guests are Jayne-Anne Gahdia, chief executive of Virgin Money; Peter Hambro, chairman of Petropavlovsk; and Ellis Rich, chief executive of Independent Music Group and chairman of the Performing Rights Society.

20100622

Evan Davis talks to his business guests about organic growth and technology disasters.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by three top guests to talk about organic growth and information technology disasters.

Business owners have two main ways to make their companies bigger.

One way is to expand incrementally, bit by bit, over time.

The other, much faster, way is to buy up your competitors.

In this edition of the programme, the panel weighs up the merits of organic growth versus growing by acquisition.

When does it make sense to go slow and steady, and when do bosses decide to go on a buying spree to expand?

Also up for debate, IT disasters.

We have become so reliant on information technology that it causes serious problems when, for whatever reason, the computers cease to work.

Our guests tell their horror stories and offer some solutions for tackling IT projects.

Evan’s guests are Luke Johnson, chairman of Risk Capital Partners; Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy; and Jacqueline de Rojas, UK and Ireland vice president of McAfee.

20100622

Evan Davis talks to his business guests about organic growth and technology disasters.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by three top guests to talk about organic growth and information technology disasters.

Business owners have two main ways to make their companies bigger.

One way is to expand incrementally, bit by bit, over time.

The other, much faster, way is to buy up your competitors.

In this edition of the programme, the panel weighs up the merits of organic growth versus growing by acquisition.

When does it make sense to go slow and steady, and when do bosses decide to go on a buying spree to expand?

Also up for debate, IT disasters.

We have become so reliant on information technology that it causes serious problems when, for whatever reason, the computers cease to work.

Our guests tell their horror stories and offer some solutions for tackling IT projects.

Evan’s guests are Luke Johnson, chairman of Risk Capital Partners; Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy; and Jacqueline de Rojas, UK and Ireland vice president of McAfee.

20100629

Evan Davis and the panel discuss business property management and the leisure industry.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by three top business guests to talk about business property management and trends in the leisure industry.

Some say that it’s a bad sign when a company invests in a flashy new headquarters.

The theory goes that splashing out on a new building means a firm is at the peak of its overconfidence and its downfall is imminent.

In this edition of the programme, Evan finds out what drives decisions about property management.

When is it better to rent, and when is it better to buy – and which tasks do our guests choose to outsource?

The panel also discusses leisure.

In rich countries, workers have more leisure time than ever, so why do so many people think they are strapped for time? Evan and his guests look at the changing shape of the leisure industry and how employees in various countries use their free time.

Evan’s guests are Manny Fontenla-Novoa, chief executive of travel company Thomas Cook Group; PY Gerbeau, chief executive of X-Leisure; and Ruby McGregor-Smith, chief executive of outsourcing group MITIE.

20100629

Evan Davis and the panel discuss business property management and the leisure industry.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by three top business guests to talk about business property management and trends in the leisure industry.

Some say that it’s a bad sign when a company invests in a flashy new headquarters.

The theory goes that splashing out on a new building means a firm is at the peak of its overconfidence and its downfall is imminent.

In this edition of the programme, Evan finds out what drives decisions about property management.

When is it better to rent, and when is it better to buy – and which tasks do our guests choose to outsource?

The panel also discusses leisure.

In rich countries, workers have more leisure time than ever, so why do so many people think they are strapped for time? Evan and his guests look at the changing shape of the leisure industry and how employees in various countries use their free time.

Evan’s guests are Manny Fontenla-Novoa, chief executive of travel company Thomas Cook Group; PY Gerbeau, chief executive of X-Leisure; and Ruby McGregor-Smith, chief executive of outsourcing group MITIE.

20100713

Evan and the panel discuss fear of technology and working with people you don’t like.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by top business guests to discuss the fear of technology and the difficulties of working with people you don’t like.

When we constantly hear about revolutionising effect of technology on the business world, it’s easy to forget that many people are suspicious of new innovations.

Technophobia may stem from legitimate concerns, and it can hit companies working in the high-tech sphere, especially when communication doesn’t keep pace with invention.

The panel discusses fear of genetically modified crops, internet security and more.

Also on the programme: working with people you don’t like.

They are the tricky ones, those with tough personalities and idiosyncratic habits.

We hear how the bosses on our panel have dealt with difficult characters throughout their careers and how they manage these types today.

Evan’s guests are John Atkin, chief operating officer of Syngenta; Eric Grosse, president of Expedia Worldwide; and John McLaren, chairman of Barchester Group.

20100713

Evan and the panel discuss fear of technology and working with people you don’t like.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by top business guests to discuss the fear of technology and the difficulties of working with people you don’t like.

When we constantly hear about revolutionising effect of technology on the business world, it’s easy to forget that many people are suspicious of new innovations.

Technophobia may stem from legitimate concerns, and it can hit companies working in the high-tech sphere, especially when communication doesn’t keep pace with invention.

The panel discusses fear of genetically modified crops, internet security and more.

Also on the programme: working with people you don’t like.

They are the tricky ones, those with tough personalities and idiosyncratic habits.

We hear how the bosses on our panel have dealt with difficult characters throughout their careers and how they manage these types today.

Evan’s guests are John Atkin, chief operating officer of Syngenta; Eric Grosse, president of Expedia Worldwide; and John McLaren, chairman of Barchester Group.

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The panel discusses reviving brands and conferences.

Last in the current series.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by top business guests to discuss the art of reviving brands and to chat about conferences.

Like everyday products such as milk and bread, brands themselves have a shelf life.

What was trendy and coveted a few years ago – or even a few weeks ago – can seem tired and stale now.

This week the guests will talk about reviving a brand and remaking old products for new consumers.

What’s at the top of the to-do list when moving in to carry out a brand refurbishment? They’ll also talk about nostalgia value versus fresh thinking, and how fashionable brands survive in a crowded marketplace.

The panel also chats about business conferences.

Is jetting off somewhere to meet with competitors and customers useful, or are those big gatherings just a boring waste of time? We’ll go behind the scenes and find out what the guests really think about corporate events.

Evan’s guests are Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand; Rupert Gavin, chief executive of cinema chain Odeon; and Crispin Tweddell, founder and chairman of Piper Private Equity.

This programme is the last in the series, but The Bottom Line will be back on air in September.

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The panel discusses reviving brands and conferences.

Last in the current series.

Evan Davis is joined in the studio by top business guests to discuss the art of reviving brands and to chat about conferences.

Like everyday products such as milk and bread, brands themselves have a shelf life.

What was trendy and coveted a few years ago – or even a few weeks ago – can seem tired and stale now.

This week the guests will talk about reviving a brand and remaking old products for new consumers.

What’s at the top of the to-do list when moving in to carry out a brand refurbishment? They’ll also talk about nostalgia value versus fresh thinking, and how fashionable brands survive in a crowded marketplace.

The panel also chats about business conferences.

Is jetting off somewhere to meet with competitors and customers useful, or are those big gatherings just a boring waste of time? We’ll go behind the scenes and find out what the guests really think about corporate events.

Evan’s guests are Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand; Rupert Gavin, chief executive of cinema chain Odeon; and Crispin Tweddell, founder and chairman of Piper Private Equity.

This programme is the last in the series, but The Bottom Line will be back on air in September.

20100928

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of the US economy and corporate sponsorship.

In the first of a new series The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan Davis is joined by a panel of chief executives to discuss the US economy.

There was concern over the summer that the world's economic powerhouse could be about to enter a double-dip recession, dragging the rest of the world down with it.

Those fears may have now subsided, but how is the US economy actually faring? And can the rest of the world thrive without a booming America? The panel also discusses sponsorship - how companies decide which events to back, and how much to spend.

Evan is joined in the studio by Nani Beccalli-Falco, President and Chief Executive of GE International; Trevor Matthews, Chief Executive of Friends Provident; Mike Lynch, founder and Chief Executive of Autonomy.

20100928

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of the US economy and corporate sponsorship.

In the first of a new series The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan Davis is joined by a panel of chief executives to discuss the US economy.

There was concern over the summer that the world's economic powerhouse could be about to enter a double-dip recession, dragging the rest of the world down with it.

Those fears may have now subsided, but how is the US economy actually faring? And can the rest of the world thrive without a booming America? The panel also discusses sponsorship - how companies decide which events to back, and how much to spend.

Evan is joined in the studio by Nani Beccalli-Falco, President and Chief Executive of GE International; Trevor Matthews, Chief Executive of Friends Provident; Mike Lynch, founder and Chief Executive of Autonomy.

20101005

Evan Davis and guests discuss staying ahead of the competition and business gibberish.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of civil engineering, hedge funds and investment discuss the art of staying ahead of the competition.

The ruthless former chief executive of General Electric, Jack Welch, often held up as a model of business leadership, pursued a strategy to establish each of General Electric’s businesses as either number one or number two in the market.

Without this approach, he believed the company’s prospects would be bleak.

Some companies will do anything to be big, even if it means cutting prices and making less money.

Other businesses are happy to be smaller and more profitable.

Which strategy wins?

The panel also discusses corporate claptrap.

Silly jargon, faddish ideas and vacuous ideas – why is the business world so keen on nonsense?

Evan is joined in the studio by Deborah Meaden, entrepreneur and business investor; Keith Clarke, chief executive of FTSE 250 civil engineering and design consultancy Atkins; Hugh Hendry, hedge fund manager and co-founder of Eclectica Asset Management.

20101005

Evan Davis and guests discuss staying ahead of the competition and business gibberish.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of civil engineering, hedge funds and investment discuss the art of staying ahead of the competition.

The ruthless former chief executive of General Electric, Jack Welch, often held up as a model of business leadership, pursued a strategy to establish each of General Electric’s businesses as either number one or number two in the market.

Without this approach, he believed the company’s prospects would be bleak.

Some companies will do anything to be big, even if it means cutting prices and making less money.

Other businesses are happy to be smaller and more profitable.

Which strategy wins?

The panel also discusses corporate claptrap.

Silly jargon, faddish ideas and vacuous ideas – why is the business world so keen on nonsense?

Evan is joined in the studio by Deborah Meaden, entrepreneur and business investor; Keith Clarke, chief executive of FTSE 250 civil engineering and design consultancy Atkins; Hugh Hendry, hedge fund manager and co-founder of Eclectica Asset Management.

20101012

Evan Davis and guests discuss new forms of marketing and the role of optimism in business.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of advertising, branding and lifestyle management discuss viral videos, social networking and some of the other methods companies now employ to reach out to their customers.

The panel also discusses positive thinking.

Is better to be optimistic in business, or realistic?

Evan is joined in the studio by Alex Cheatle, chief executive of the lifestyle management company Ten Group; Jasmine Montgomery, co-founder of branding consultancy Seven Brands; Robin Wight, president of communications group Engine.

20101012

Evan Davis and guests discuss new forms of marketing and the role of optimism in business.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of advertising, branding and lifestyle management discuss viral videos, social networking and some of the other methods companies now employ to reach out to their customers.

The panel also discusses positive thinking.

Is better to be optimistic in business, or realistic?

Evan is joined in the studio by Alex Cheatle, chief executive of the lifestyle management company Ten Group; Jasmine Montgomery, co-founder of branding consultancy Seven Brands; Robin Wight, president of communications group Engine.

20101019

Evan Davis and guests discuss the science of business logistics and customer service.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of electronic components, online groceries and information technology discuss the exacting science of business logistics.

The panel also discusses customer service.

Just how high should a company aim in trying to satisfy its consumers?

Evan is joined in the studio by Tim Steiner, co-founder and chief executive of online supermarket Ocado; Nick Wilson of Hewlett-Packard UK; Ian Mason, chief executive of electronic components company Electrocomponents.

20101019

Evan Davis and guests discuss the science of business logistics and customer service.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of electronic components, online groceries and information technology discuss the exacting science of business logistics.

The panel also discusses customer service.

Just how high should a company aim in trying to satisfy its consumers?

Evan is joined in the studio by Tim Steiner, co-founder and chief executive of online supermarket Ocado; Nick Wilson of Hewlett-Packard UK; Ian Mason, chief executive of electronic components company Electrocomponents.

20101026

Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of raw materials, and raw emotion.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of farming, packaging and investment discuss the importance of raw materials – and how the price of commodities affects their companies.

The panel also discusses emotion.

Evan asks his guests how ‘touchy feely’ they are, as they consider whether business is a place for emotion and sentimentality.

Evan is joined in the studio by William Chase, farmer and entrepreneur; Miles Roberts, chief executive of FTSE250 packaging company DS Smith; Colin Melvin, chief executive of Hermes Equity Ownership Services.

20101026

Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of raw materials, and raw emotion.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan and a panel of guests from the worlds of farming, packaging and investment discuss the importance of raw materials – and how the price of commodities affects their companies.

The panel also discusses emotion.

Evan asks his guests how ‘touchy feely’ they are, as they consider whether business is a place for emotion and sentimentality.

Evan is joined in the studio by William Chase, farmer and entrepreneur; Miles Roberts, chief executive of FTSE250 packaging company DS Smith; Colin Melvin, chief executive of Hermes Equity Ownership Services.

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Evan Davis and guests discuss upstart companies versus incumbents, and company names.

Evan and a panel of top guests from the worlds of online retail, investment and utilities examine how young upstart companies can outsmart their well-established incumbent opponents, and how those opponents can defend themselves.

The panel also discusses company names.

What makes a good one? And why the business obsession with changing them?

Evan is joined in the studio by Katherine Garrett-Cox, Chief Executive of the Alliance Trust, an investment trust; Brent Hoberman, serial internet entrepreneur and founder of web-based furniture company made.com; Phil Bentley, Managing Director of utility company British Gas.

20101109

Evan Davis and guests discuss upstart companies versus incumbents, and company names.

Evan and a panel of top guests from the worlds of online retail, investment and utilities examine how young upstart companies can outsmart their well-established incumbent opponents, and how those opponents can defend themselves.

The panel also discusses company names.

What makes a good one? And why the business obsession with changing them?

Evan is joined in the studio by Katherine Garrett-Cox, Chief Executive of the Alliance Trust, an investment trust; Brent Hoberman, serial internet entrepreneur and founder of web-based furniture company made.com; Phil Bentley, Managing Director of utility company British Gas.

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Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of location, and the role of email at work.

This week in The Bottom Line Evan and his panel of top business guests discuss the role of email at work, amid the many different ways of messaging and communicating.

And location, location, location.

It’s a clich that location can make or break a business, but how true is it really? And what are the advantages of being next door to the competition?

Evan is joined in the studio by Chris Grigg, chief executive of property company British Land; Andrew Horton, chief executive of insurance company Beazley; Raghav Bahl, founder of Indian television news group Network 18.

20101123

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of location, and the role of email at work.

This week in The Bottom Line Evan and his panel of top business guests discuss the role of email at work, amid the many different ways of messaging and communicating.

And location, location, location.

It’s a clich that location can make or break a business, but how true is it really? And what are the advantages of being next door to the competition?

Evan is joined in the studio by Chris Grigg, chief executive of property company British Land; Andrew Horton, chief executive of insurance company Beazley; Raghav Bahl, founder of Indian television news group Network 18.

20110201

Evan Davis and guests give their forecasts for 2016 and discuss networking.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan consults the oracle by asking his panel of top executives to fast-forward five years and forecast how they see the economic landscape in 2016.

They discuss raw materials and inflation, and debate who will look stronger - will it be China or India?

The panel also discusses the value of networking - both real and virtual - for your business and your career.

Evan is joined in the studio by Andy Street, managing director of high street retail chain John Lewis; Nicola Horlick, founder of Bramdean Asset Management; Simon Woodroffe, entrepreneur and founder of YO! Company.

20110201

Evan Davis and guests give their forecasts for 2016 and discuss networking.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan consults the oracle by asking his panel of top executives to fast-forward five years and forecast how they see the economic landscape in 2016.

They discuss raw materials and inflation, and debate who will look stronger - will it be China or India?

The panel also discusses the value of networking - both real and virtual - for your business and your career.

Evan is joined in the studio by Andy Street, managing director of high street retail chain John Lewis; Nicola Horlick, founder of Bramdean Asset Management; Simon Woodroffe, entrepreneur and founder of YO! Company.

20110208

Evan Davis and guests discuss how to stay modern and the laws they'd like to scrap.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Evan asks his panel of top business executives how they manage to adapt their companies and remain relevant in the modern world.

What do you do when technology changes, or fashions move against you? What are the challenges of rejuvenating and transforming a mature business to keep ahead of the curve?

The panel also discusses which laws get in the way of running a business smoothly and reveal which ones they would most like to scrap.

Evan is joined in the studio by Anne Murphy, UK managing director of frozen foods company Birds Eye; Norbert Teufelberger, chief executive of online gaming firm Bwin; Efrat Peled, chief executive of the fund Arison Investments.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110208

Evan Davis and guests discuss how to stay modern and the laws they'd like to scrap.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Evan asks his panel of top business executives how they manage to adapt their companies and remain relevant in the modern world.

What do you do when technology changes, or fashions move against you? What are the challenges of rejuvenating and transforming a mature business to keep ahead of the curve?

The panel also discusses which laws get in the way of running a business smoothly and reveal which ones they would most like to scrap.

Evan is joined in the studio by Anne Murphy, UK managing director of frozen foods company Birds Eye; Norbert Teufelberger, chief executive of online gaming firm Bwin; Efrat Peled, chief executive of the fund Arison Investments.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110215

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss political instability and valuing employees.

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie and her panel of top executives discuss the impact of political instability on the way they do business.

They also talk about their employees - many chief executives will say their workers are the company's "most valuable asset", but is it really true?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Tim Watkins, vice president of the western arm of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei; Richard Fenning, chief executive of global security consultancy Control Risks; Vineet Nayar, chief executive of Indian IT services company HCL Technologies.

Producer: Caroline Bayley

20110215

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss political instability and valuing employees.

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie and her panel of top executives discuss the impact of political instability on the way they do business.

They also talk about their employees - many chief executives will say their workers are the company's "most valuable asset", but is it really true?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Tim Watkins, vice president of the western arm of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei; Richard Fenning, chief executive of global security consultancy Control Risks; Vineet Nayar, chief executive of Indian IT services company HCL Technologies.

Producer: Caroline Bayley

20110222

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss hyperconnectivity and intuition in decision-making.

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie and her panel of top executives discuss hyperconnectivity –

the idea that there are more devices in use around the world than there are people actually using them.

How do the panel cope with the sheer mass of incoming information, and devices to carry it? Does more technology mean better communication, or just less time to think?

They also talk about the role of intuition in making important decisions.

Is there still room in modern business for the good old-fashioned hunch, or do decisions these days always need to be backed up by solid analysis?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Dominic Taylor, chief executive of payment services company PayPoint; Rita Clifton, chairman of branding consultancy Interbrand; Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT Group.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110222

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss hyperconnectivity and intuition in decision-making.

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie and her panel of top executives discuss hyperconnectivity –

the idea that there are more devices in use around the world than there are people actually using them.

How do the panel cope with the sheer mass of incoming information, and devices to carry it? Does more technology mean better communication, or just less time to think?

They also talk about the role of intuition in making important decisions.

Is there still room in modern business for the good old-fashioned hunch, or do decisions these days always need to be backed up by solid analysis?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Dominic Taylor, chief executive of payment services company PayPoint; Rita Clifton, chairman of branding consultancy Interbrand; Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT Group.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110301

Evan Davis and guests swap thoughts on consumer research and business awards.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Evan’s top business guests hail from retail and advertising.

They swap thoughts on consumer research.

Companies spend money to find out how their customers spend theirs – but do they learn anything useful?

They also debate what purpose business awards serve.

Can they actually help a company be more successful?

Evan is joined in the studio by Ian Cheshire, chief executive of home improvement retail company Kingfisher.

And from the world of advertising, Cilla Snowball, group chief executive and chairman of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and David Jones, global chief executive of Havas Worldwide.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110301

Evan Davis and guests swap thoughts on consumer research and business awards.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Evan’s top business guests hail from retail and advertising.

They swap thoughts on consumer research.

Companies spend money to find out how their customers spend theirs – but do they learn anything useful?

They also debate what purpose business awards serve.

Can they actually help a company be more successful?

Evan is joined in the studio by Ian Cheshire, chief executive of home improvement retail company Kingfisher.

And from the world of advertising, Cilla Snowball, group chief executive and chairman of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and David Jones, global chief executive of Havas Worldwide.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110308

Stephanie Flanders and guests swap thoughts on timing and keeping up with current events

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie’s top business guests hail from the worlds of retail, IT and pizza.

They swap thoughts on the business of timing.

Are modern businesses now so obsessed with doing things quickly that they fail to do it well?

And as political turmoil continues in the Middle East, the panel debate whether it’s important for businesses to keep up with what’s happening around the world.

How isolated from current events can they be?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by David Wild, chief executive of car accessories company Halfords; Mike Norris, chief executive of IT services firm Computacenter; Chris Moore, chief executive of Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110308

Stephanie Flanders and guests swap thoughts on timing and keeping up with current events

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie’s top business guests hail from the worlds of retail, IT and pizza.

They swap thoughts on the business of timing.

Are modern businesses now so obsessed with doing things quickly that they fail to do it well?

And as political turmoil continues in the Middle East, the panel debate whether it’s important for businesses to keep up with what’s happening around the world.

How isolated from current events can they be?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by David Wild, chief executive of car accessories company Halfords; Mike Norris, chief executive of IT services firm Computacenter; Chris Moore, chief executive of Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland.

Producer: Ben Crighton

20110315

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss slow growth and Germany's economic success.

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie's top executive guests hail from the worlds of mobile energy, sanitary fittings and business services.

They discuss how businesses cope in a "slow growth" environment.

Could years of slow growth be more challenging than a short sharp shock?

And not so long ago, the slow coach economy in Europe was Germany - now it's steaming ahead of everyone.

What's gone right for Germany - and what lessons could other countries learn?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Rupert Soames, chief executive of mobile energy group, Aggreko; Neal Gandhi, chief executive of international business services company Quickstart Global; David Haines, chief executive of German bathroom fittings company Grohe.

Producer: Caroline Bayley

20110315

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss slow growth and Germany's economic success.

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie's top executive guests hail from the worlds of mobile energy, sanitary fittings and business services.

They discuss how businesses cope in a "slow growth" environment.

Could years of slow growth be more challenging than a short sharp shock?

And not so long ago, the slow coach economy in Europe was Germany - now it's steaming ahead of everyone.

What's gone right for Germany - and what lessons could other countries learn?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Rupert Soames, chief executive of mobile energy group, Aggreko; Neal Gandhi, chief executive of international business services company Quickstart Global; David Haines, chief executive of German bathroom fittings company Grohe.

Producer: Caroline Bayley

20110322

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20110322

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

20110604

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

With plenty to worry about in the world economy, Evan asks his panel of influential business leaders whether now is a good time for business to sit tight and play it safe, or to take a risk or two.

They also discuss greed– is there anything wrong with a touch of it in business?

Evan is joined in the studio by Geoff Cooper, chief executive of builders merchant Travis Perkins; Harriet Green, chief executive of electronic components distributor Premier Farnell; serial technology entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis and guests discuss the global economy and whether greed is good in business.

20110604

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

With plenty to worry about in the world economy, Evan asks his panel of influential business leaders whether now is a good time for business to sit tight and play it safe, or to take a risk or two.

They also discuss greed– is there anything wrong with a touch of it in business?

Evan is joined in the studio by Geoff Cooper, chief executive of builders merchant Travis Perkins; Harriet Green, chief executive of electronic components distributor Premier Farnell; serial technology entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis and guests discuss the global economy and whether greed is good in business.

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Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Stephanie asks her panel about the dos and don’ts of marketing.

They also talk about messiness in the workplace.

Is there any truth to the claim that a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Richard Harpin, chief executive of emergency home repairs business Homeserve; Nick Wheeler, founder and chairman of shirt company Charles Tyrwhitt; Charles Cohen, chief executive of mobile gaming company Probability Plc.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

20111015

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Stephanie asks her panel about the dos and don’ts of marketing.

They also talk about messiness in the workplace.

Is there any truth to the claim that a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by Richard Harpin, chief executive of emergency home repairs business Homeserve; Nick Wheeler, founder and chairman of shirt company Charles Tyrwhitt; Charles Cohen, chief executive of mobile gaming company Probability Plc.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

With protests continuing around the world against the financial sector, three guests from that industry swap candid thoughts about it.

Evan puts to them a fundamental question: is their industry creating genuine wealth, or is it essentially parasitic, finding clever ways of distributing other people’s wealth to its own workers?

Evan Davis and guests discuss financial services – is the sector productive or parasitic?

20111022

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

With protests continuing around the world against the financial sector, three guests from that industry swap candid thoughts about it.

Evan puts to them a fundamental question: is their industry creating genuine wealth, or is it essentially parasitic, finding clever ways of distributing other people’s wealth to its own workers?

Evan Davis and guests discuss financial services – is the sector productive or parasitic?

20111105

Evan Davis and guests on key relationships and whether flat organisations work best.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

This week Evan and his panel consider the secrets of a happy business marriage – those key symbiotic partnerships companies have with each other.

They also discuss whether flat organisations work best.

Joining Evan in the studio are Mike Roney, chief executive of business supplies distributor Bunzl; James Reed, chairman of recruitment specialist Reed; Nicola Shaw, chief executive of HS1, the fast rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel.

20111105

Evan Davis and guests on key relationships and whether flat organisations work best.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

This week Evan and his panel consider the secrets of a happy business marriage – those key symbiotic partnerships companies have with each other.

They also discuss whether flat organisations work best.

Joining Evan in the studio are Mike Roney, chief executive of business supplies distributor Bunzl; James Reed, chairman of recruitment specialist Reed; Nicola Shaw, chief executive of HS1, the fast rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel.

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Evan Davis and his guests discuss the essence of good leadership and dematerialisation.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan’s executive panel discuss what good leadership consists of – how do you turn a mediocre manager into a brilliant boss? They also swap thoughts on surviving on 20% less of everything. How would their companies cope, and what would they look like?

Joining Evan are Martin Gilbert, chief executive of fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management; Allan Leighton, chairman of set top box maker Pace; Nigel Whitehead, group managing director of BAE Systems.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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Evan Davis and his guests discuss the essence of good leadership and dematerialisation.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan’s executive panel discuss what good leadership consists of – how do you turn a mediocre manager into a brilliant boss? They also swap thoughts on surviving on 20% less of everything. How would their companies cope, and what would they look like?

Joining Evan are Martin Gilbert, chief executive of fund manager Aberdeen Asset Management; Allan Leighton, chairman of set top box maker Pace; Nigel Whitehead, group managing director of BAE Systems.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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Evan Davis and guests swap thoughts on making everyday executive decisions and stress.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan’s executive panel talk about decision making using examples from their professional life. A chance to see what their jobs consist of and a chance, too, for us to think about how we all make choices, for better or worse. They also swap thoughts on stress – their own and that of their employees.

Joining Evan are Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of advertising and media company WPP; David Jones, global chief executive of France-based advertising group Havas; Nicola Horlick, chairman of investment fund Rockpool Investments

Producer: Ben Crighton

Editor: Richard Vadon

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Evan Davis and guests swap thoughts on making everyday executive decisions and stress.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan’s executive panel talk about decision making using examples from their professional life. A chance to see what their jobs consist of and a chance, too, for us to think about how we all make choices, for better or worse. They also swap thoughts on stress – their own and that of their employees.

Joining Evan are Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of advertising and media company WPP; David Jones, global chief executive of France-based advertising group Havas; Nicola Horlick, chairman of investment fund Rockpool Investments

Producer: Ben Crighton

Editor: Richard Vadon

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Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of infrastructure and media training.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan and his executive panel discuss the business of building and running infrastructure – how good is the UK at developing and delivering it? They also swap thoughts on the pros and cons of media training.

Joining Evan in the studio are Steve Holliday, chief executive of international electricity and gas company National Grid plc; Nicola Shaw, chief executive of High Speed One, the Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line; Philip Dilley, chairman of global design, engineering and consulting company Arup Group.

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Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of infrastructure and media training.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan and his executive panel discuss the business of building and running infrastructure – how good is the UK at developing and delivering it? They also swap thoughts on the pros and cons of media training.

Joining Evan in the studio are Steve Holliday, chief executive of international electricity and gas company National Grid plc; Nicola Shaw, chief executive of High Speed One, the Channel Tunnel high-speed rail line; Philip Dilley, chairman of global design, engineering and consulting company Arup Group.

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Evan Davis and guests give their forecasts for 2016 and discuss networking.

01/02/201120110202

Evan Davis and guests give their forecasts for 2016 and discuss networking.

01/03/201120110302

Evan Davis and guests swap thoughts on consumer research and business awards.

01/03/201120110302

Evan Davis and guests swap thoughts on consumer research and business awards.

01/10/201120111002
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01/10/201120111003
01/10/201120111003
02/02/201020100203

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss growth in the world economy and health at work.

02/02/201020100203

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss growth in the world economy and health at work.

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02/03/201020100303

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss outsourcing and the future of publishing.

02/03/201020100303

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss outsourcing and the future of publishing.

02/06/20122012060320120604

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

As the mood on Europe swings from doom to gloom, Evan Davis asks his executive guests about the outlook for the Euro. What will it take to save the single currency? And what are the prospects for business more generally in 2012?

Joining Evan in the studio are Warren East, chief executive of FTSE 100 microchip designer ARM Holdings plc; Dr Carol Bell, energy industry executive with particular expertise in investment and financing in the oil and gas sector and a board member of three energy companies, including Salamander Energy plc; Michael Morley, chief executive of private bank Coutts.

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The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

As the mood on Europe swings from doom to gloom, Evan Davis asks his executive guests about the outlook for the Euro. What will it take to save the single currency? And what are the prospects for business more generally in 2012?

Joining Evan in the studio are Warren East, chief executive of FTSE 100 microchip designer ARM Holdings plc; Dr Carol Bell, energy industry executive with particular expertise in investment and financing in the oil and gas sector and a board member of three energy companies, including Salamander Energy plc; Michael Morley, chief executive of private bank Coutts.

02/07/201120110703
02/07/201120110703
02/07/201120110704

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan’s panel of business leaders hail from the worlds of social networking and retail.

He challenges them to cast their minds forward and imagine how the Web will look by the year 2020.

What will have changed? Will bricks and mortar matter any more, or will everything be in the cloud? They also consider the value of storytelling in business.

So many brands these days seem to have a story to tell – but what business benefit really is there in a good yarn?

Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Birch, internet entrepreneur and founder of social networking website Bebo; Laura Tenison, founder and managing director of maternity and babywear retailer Jo-Jo Maman Bb; Justin King, chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

Evan and his guests imagine the Web in 2020 and discuss storytelling in business.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

02/07/201120110704

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan’s panel of business leaders hail from the worlds of social networking and retail.

He challenges them to cast their minds forward and imagine how the Web will look by the year 2020.

What will have changed? Will bricks and mortar matter any more, or will everything be in the cloud? They also consider the value of storytelling in business.

So many brands these days seem to have a story to tell – but what business benefit really is there in a good yarn?

Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Birch, internet entrepreneur and founder of social networking website Bebo; Laura Tenison, founder and managing director of maternity and babywear retailer Jo-Jo Maman Bb; Justin King, chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

Evan and his guests imagine the Web in 2020 and discuss storytelling in business.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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Evan Davis and guests discuss the global economy and whether greed is good in business.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

With plenty to worry about in the world economy, Evan asks his panel of influential business leaders whether now is a good time for business to sit tight and play it safe, or to take a risk or two.

They also discuss greed– is there anything wrong with a touch of it in business?

Evan is joined in the studio by Geoff Cooper, chief executive of builders merchant Travis Perkins; Harriet Green, chief executive of electronic components distributor Premier Farnell; serial technology entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

04/06/201120110605

Evan Davis and guests discuss the global economy and whether greed is good in business.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

With plenty to worry about in the world economy, Evan asks his panel of influential business leaders whether now is a good time for business to sit tight and play it safe, or to take a risk or two.

They also discuss greed– is there anything wrong with a touch of it in business?

Evan is joined in the studio by Geoff Cooper, chief executive of builders merchant Travis Perkins; Harriet Green, chief executive of electronic components distributor Premier Farnell; serial technology entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

04/06/201120110606
04/06/201120110606
05/10/201020101006

Evan Davis and guests discuss staying ahead of the competition and business gibberish.

05/10/201020101006

Evan Davis and guests discuss staying ahead of the competition and business gibberish.

05/11/201120111106

Evan Davis and guests on key relationships and whether flat organisations work best.

05/11/201120111106

Evan Davis and guests on key relationships and whether flat organisations work best.

05/11/201120111107
05/11/201120111107
06/07/20102010070620100707

A special discussion on managing creative businesses and design.

Presented by Evan Davis.

In a special programme from the Design Museum in London, Evan Davis and his panel of top business guests discuss the global economic stage and Britain’s place in it, managing creative businesses and design.

There’s been a lot of debate about what countries and governments need to do right now to get out of the economic doldrums.

But in this edition we’d like to take a longer-term view.

What will the mix look like in ten years or more? What regions are on the up and which are fighting for survival? Evan discusses manufacturing, financial services and the creative sector in the UK with the panel.

Conventional wisdom says that creative types are tricky to manage, but is this unfair? Evan finds out who calls the shots in the businesses represented on the panel – the creative types, or the hard-nosed businesspeople.

They also discuss how easy or difficult it is to impose deadlines on a creative process.

Also on the agenda, design.

Many people are familiar with the two aspects of good design – form and function.

Both are undoubtedly important - but can we go further than considering only what a product looks like, and how it works? We’ll scratch the surface and find out what makes good design – and bad design as well.

Evan’s guests are pottery and tableware designer Emma Bridgewater; John Hitchcox, chairman of property developers Yoo; and Brent Hoberman, executive chairman of mydeco.com.

06/07/20102010070620100707

A special discussion on managing creative businesses and design.

Presented by Evan Davis.

In a special programme from the Design Museum in London, Evan Davis and his panel of top business guests discuss the global economic stage and Britain’s place in it, managing creative businesses and design.

There’s been a lot of debate about what countries and governments need to do right now to get out of the economic doldrums.

But in this edition we’d like to take a longer-term view.

What will the mix look like in ten years or more? What regions are on the up and which are fighting for survival? Evan discusses manufacturing, financial services and the creative sector in the UK with the panel.

Conventional wisdom says that creative types are tricky to manage, but is this unfair? Evan finds out who calls the shots in the businesses represented on the panel – the creative types, or the hard-nosed businesspeople.

They also discuss how easy or difficult it is to impose deadlines on a creative process.

Also on the agenda, design.

Many people are familiar with the two aspects of good design – form and function.

Both are undoubtedly important - but can we go further than considering only what a product looks like, and how it works? We’ll scratch the surface and find out what makes good design – and bad design as well.

Evan’s guests are pottery and tableware designer Emma Bridgewater; John Hitchcox, chairman of property developers Yoo; and Brent Hoberman, executive chairman of mydeco.com.

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The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan and his executive guests discuss the evolution and hierarchy of brands. Who has the upper hand in the many battles being fought between big consumer brands and shops' own-labels? They also consider consumer tastes – do their own customers have good taste, or do they just buy what they’re given?

Joining Evan in the studio are Justin King, chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury's; Cecile Bonnefond, chief executive of French champagne house Piper-Heidsieck; Geoff Cooper, chief executive of builders merchant Travis Perkins.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan and his executive guests discuss the evolution and hierarchy of brands. Who has the upper hand in the many battles being fought between big consumer brands and shops' own-labels? They also consider consumer tastes – do their own customers have good taste, or do they just buy what they’re given?

Joining Evan in the studio are Justin King, chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury's; Cecile Bonnefond, chief executive of French champagne house Piper-Heidsieck; Geoff Cooper, chief executive of builders merchant Travis Perkins.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

08/02/201120110209

Evan Davis and guests discuss how to stay modern and the laws they'd like to scrap.

08/02/201120110209

Evan Davis and guests discuss how to stay modern and the laws they'd like to scrap.

08/03/201120110309

Stephanie Flanders and guests swap thoughts on timing and keeping up with current events

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie’s top business guests hail from the worlds of retail, IT and pizza.

They swap thoughts on the business of timing.

Are modern businesses now so obsessed with doing things quickly that they fail to do it well?

And as political turmoil continues in the Middle East, the panel debate whether it’s important for businesses to keep up with what’s happening around the world.

How isolated from current events can they be?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by David Wild, chief executive of car accessories company Halfords; Mike Norris, chief executive of IT services firm Computacenter; Chris Moore, chief executive of Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland.

Producer: Ben Crighton

08/03/201120110309

Stephanie Flanders and guests swap thoughts on timing and keeping up with current events

The view from the top of business.

Presented this week by Stephanie Flanders, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Stephanie’s top business guests hail from the worlds of retail, IT and pizza.

They swap thoughts on the business of timing.

Are modern businesses now so obsessed with doing things quickly that they fail to do it well?

And as political turmoil continues in the Middle East, the panel debate whether it’s important for businesses to keep up with what’s happening around the world.

How isolated from current events can they be?

Stephanie is joined in the studio by David Wild, chief executive of car accessories company Halfords; Mike Norris, chief executive of IT services firm Computacenter; Chris Moore, chief executive of Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland.

Producer: Ben Crighton

08/06/201020100609

Evan Davis and his panel discuss lobbying and ‘new and improved’ products.

08/06/201020100609

Evan Davis and his panel discuss lobbying and ‘new and improved’ products.

08/10/201120111009
08/10/201120111009
08/10/201120111010
08/10/201120111010
09/02/201020100210

Evan Davis and his guests discuss technical expertise and the art of the showroom.

09/02/201020100210

Evan Davis and his guests discuss technical expertise and the art of the showroom.

09/03/201020100310

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss the power of advertising and the pace of business life.

09/03/201020100310

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss the power of advertising and the pace of business life.

09/11/201020101110

Evan Davis and guests discuss upstart companies versus incumbents, and company names.

09/11/201020101110

Evan Davis and guests discuss upstart companies versus incumbents, and company names.

10/03/201220120311
10/03/201220120311
10/07/201120110711

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan asks his panel of top executives about the perils and the possibilities of running a fast-growing business.

Many a company has spiralled out of control because of a failure to manage rapid growth – but what are the speed limits? They also chew over the role of the business lunch.

Evan is joined in the studio by Clive Schlee, chief executive of sandwich retail chain Pret A Manger; Peter Bamford, chairman of SuperGroup, the fashion retailer behind the SuperDry brand; Giles Andrews, founder and chief executive of Zopa, an online lending service.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis and guests discuss the profits and pitfalls of running a fast-growing company

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

10/07/201120110711

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan asks his panel of top executives about the perils and the possibilities of running a fast-growing business.

Many a company has spiralled out of control because of a failure to manage rapid growth – but what are the speed limits? They also chew over the role of the business lunch.

Evan is joined in the studio by Clive Schlee, chief executive of sandwich retail chain Pret A Manger; Peter Bamford, chairman of SuperGroup, the fashion retailer behind the SuperDry brand; Giles Andrews, founder and chief executive of Zopa, an online lending service.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis and guests discuss the profits and pitfalls of running a fast-growing company

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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11/06/201120110612
11/06/201120110613
11/06/201120110613
12/10/201020101013

Evan Davis and guests discuss new forms of marketing and the role of optimism in business.

12/10/201020101013

Evan Davis and guests discuss new forms of marketing and the role of optimism in business.

12/11/201120111114

Evan Davis and guests on what bonds mean for business and the trials of running airports.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

After a week of turmoil in the bond markets, Evan and his panel discuss the importance of bonds in business.

The boss of Heathrow talks about the trials and tribulations of running one of the world's busiest airports.

And the panel swap thoughts on whether a good business manager can run any company of any type.

Joining Evan in the studio are Mark Elborne, president and chief executive of multinational conglomerate GE (UK and Ireland); Alison Carnwath, chairman of property company Land Securities; Colin Matthews, chief executive of airport owner and operator BAA.

12/11/201120111114

Evan Davis and guests on what bonds mean for business and the trials of running airports.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

After a week of turmoil in the bond markets, Evan and his panel discuss the importance of bonds in business.

The boss of Heathrow talks about the trials and tribulations of running one of the world's busiest airports.

And the panel swap thoughts on whether a good business manager can run any company of any type.

Joining Evan in the studio are Mark Elborne, president and chief executive of multinational conglomerate GE (UK and Ireland); Alison Carnwath, chairman of property company Land Securities; Colin Matthews, chief executive of airport owner and operator BAA.

13/07/201020100714

Evan and the panel discuss fear of technology and working with people you don’t like.

13/07/201020100714

Evan and the panel discuss fear of technology and working with people you don’t like.

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Evan Davis and his panel disccuss why businesses tend to cluster and the future of TV.

14/11/200920091115

Evan Davis and his panel disccuss why businesses tend to cluster and the future of TV.

15/02/201120110216

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss political instability and valuing employees.

15/02/201120110216

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss political instability and valuing employees.

15/03/201120110316

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss slow growth and Germany's economic success.

15/03/201120110316

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss slow growth and Germany's economic success.

15/06/201020100616

The panel chats about the long game and talent scouting.

Stephanie Flanders presents.

15/06/201020100616

The panel chats about the long game and talent scouting.

Stephanie Flanders presents.

16/03/201020100317
16/03/201020100317
16/06/20122012061720120618

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan Davis asks his executive guests about instant gratification. Much of our economy is devoted to providing instant pleasure to consumers, rather than long-term satisfaction. But how far should companies restrain themselves when they do so? They also examine the psychology of competition in business – how focussed are companies on their rivals?

Joining Evan in the studio are Richard Evans, President PepsiCo UK and Ireland; Rita Clifton, chairman of branding consultancy Interbrand; Nathalie Gaveau, founder and chief executive of social shopping application Shopcade.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

16/06/20122012061720120618

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan Davis asks his executive guests about instant gratification. Much of our economy is devoted to providing instant pleasure to consumers, rather than long-term satisfaction. But how far should companies restrain themselves when they do so? They also examine the psychology of competition in business – how focussed are companies on their rivals?

Joining Evan in the studio are Richard Evans, President PepsiCo UK and Ireland; Rita Clifton, chairman of branding consultancy Interbrand; Nathalie Gaveau, founder and chief executive of social shopping application Shopcade.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

16/11/201020101117
16/11/201020101117
17/07/201120110718

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan asks his panel of top executives about the limits of automation.

How far can they go in removing human beings from their business? Which processes are beyond automation? The panel also swap thoughts on the benefits of the corporate awayday.

Evan is joined in the studio by Mike Lynch, founder and chief executive of the software company Autonomy; Colin Drummond, chief executive of waste management firm Viridor; Douglas Anderson, president and chief executive of the global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis and guests discuss the limits of automation and the benefits of the awayday

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

17/07/201120110718

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan asks his panel of top executives about the limits of automation.

How far can they go in removing human beings from their business? Which processes are beyond automation? The panel also swap thoughts on the benefits of the corporate awayday.

Evan is joined in the studio by Mike Lynch, founder and chief executive of the software company Autonomy; Colin Drummond, chief executive of waste management firm Viridor; Douglas Anderson, president and chief executive of the global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis and guests discuss the limits of automation and the benefits of the awayday

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

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18/02/201220120219
18/06/201120110619
18/06/201120110619
18/06/201120110620
18/06/201120110620
19/10/201020101020

Evan Davis and guests discuss the science of business logistics and customer service.

19/10/201020101020

Evan Davis and guests discuss the science of business logistics and customer service.

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19/11/201120111121
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Evan Davis and guests disccuss creative accounting and office design.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

21/11/200920091122

Evan Davis and guests disccuss creative accounting and office design.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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22/02/2011

22/02/201120110223

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss hyperconnectivity and intuition in decision-making.

22/02/201120110223

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss hyperconnectivity and intuition in decision-making.

22/03/201120110323
22/03/201120110323
22/06/201020100623

Evan Davis talks to his business guests about organic growth and technology disasters.

22/06/201020100623

Evan Davis talks to his business guests about organic growth and technology disasters.

22/10/201120111023

Evan Davis and guests discuss financial services – is the sector productive or parasitic?

22/10/201120111023

Evan Davis and guests discuss financial services – is the sector productive or parasitic?

22/10/201120111024
22/10/201120111024
23/02/201020100224

Evan Davis and his panel discuss design and how important luck has been to their careers

23/02/201020100224

Evan Davis and his panel discuss design and how important luck has been to their careers

23/03/201020100324

Evan Davis and his panel discuss rivals and regulation.

23/03/201020100324

Evan Davis and his panel discuss rivals and regulation.

23/06/20122012062420120625

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan Davis asks his executive guests how they spend their time each day. What does the activity of running a company really involve, and what do the guests' diaries tell us about the nature of their jobs? They also swap thoughts on the so-called Shareholder Spring – how investors are rebelling against corporate pay.

Joining Evan in the studio are Jackie Hunt, chief financial officer of insurance giant Standard Life; John Vincent, entrepreneur and co-founder of Leon Restaurants; Harriet Green, outgoing chief executive of Premier Farnell who takes up her new role as chief executive of travel company Thomas Cook in July.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

23/06/20122012062420120625

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan Davis asks his executive guests how they spend their time each day. What does the activity of running a company really involve, and what do the guests' diaries tell us about the nature of their jobs? They also swap thoughts on the so-called Shareholder Spring – how investors are rebelling against corporate pay.

Joining Evan in the studio are Jackie Hunt, chief financial officer of insurance giant Standard Life; John Vincent, entrepreneur and co-founder of Leon Restaurants; Harriet Green, outgoing chief executive of Premier Farnell who takes up her new role as chief executive of travel company Thomas Cook in July.

Insights into the business world from those who run it.

23/11/201020101124

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of location, and the role of email at work.

23/11/201020101124

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of location, and the role of email at work.

24/09/201120110925
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25/06/201120110626

Evan Davis' guests discuss temporary relationships and keeping score in business.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan's executive guests hail from the worlds of banking, headhunting and advertising.

He asks them about loyalty - or rather the seeming lack of it in business.

Are companies generally looking for short-term relationships of convenience, with loyalty gone and promiscuity the rule? Evan also asks them how they measure how well they're performing.

Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Morley, chief executive of private bank Coutts and Co; Robin Wight, president of communications agency Engine; Alistair Cox, chief executive of global recruitment firm Hays.

Producer: Ben Crighton

25/06/201120110626

Evan Davis' guests discuss temporary relationships and keeping score in business.

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan's executive guests hail from the worlds of banking, headhunting and advertising.

He asks them about loyalty - or rather the seeming lack of it in business.

Are companies generally looking for short-term relationships of convenience, with loyalty gone and promiscuity the rule? Evan also asks them how they measure how well they're performing.

Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Morley, chief executive of private bank Coutts and Co; Robin Wight, president of communications agency Engine; Alistair Cox, chief executive of global recruitment firm Hays.

Producer: Ben Crighton

25/06/201120110627

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan's executive guests hail from the worlds of banking, headhunting and advertising.

He asks them about loyalty - or rather the seeming lack of it in business.

Are companies generally looking for short-term relationships of convenience, with loyalty gone and promiscuity the rule? Evan also asks them how they measure how well they're performing.

Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Morley, chief executive of private bank Coutts and Co; Robin Wight, president of communications agency Engine; Alistair Cox, chief executive of global recruitment firm Hays.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis' guests discuss temporary relationships and keeping score in business.

25/06/201120110627

The view from the top of business.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week Evan's executive guests hail from the worlds of banking, headhunting and advertising.

He asks them about loyalty - or rather the seeming lack of it in business.

Are companies generally looking for short-term relationships of convenience, with loyalty gone and promiscuity the rule? Evan also asks them how they measure how well they're performing.

Evan is joined in the studio by Michael Morley, chief executive of private bank Coutts and Co; Robin Wight, president of communications agency Engine; Alistair Cox, chief executive of global recruitment firm Hays.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Evan Davis' guests discuss temporary relationships and keeping score in business.

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26/10/201020101027

Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of raw materials, and raw emotion.

26/10/201020101027

Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of raw materials, and raw emotion.

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Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

28/09/201020100929

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of the US economy and corporate sponsorship.

28/09/201020100929

Evan Davis and guests discuss the importance of the US economy and corporate sponsorship.

29/06/201020100630

Evan Davis and the panel discuss business property management and the leisure industry.

29/06/201020100630

Evan Davis and the panel discuss business property management and the leisure industry.

29/10/201120111030

Evan Davis and guests serve up a smorgasbord of topics – from Ikea to proliferation.

29/10/201120111030

Evan Davis and guests serve up a smorgasbord of topics – from Ikea to proliferation.

30/03/201020100331

Evan Davis and his panel discuss the digital age and managing star performers.

30/03/201020100331

Evan Davis and his panel discuss the digital age and managing star performers.

Alternative Finance20130217

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion and spin to present a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. This week, Evan meets three pioneers of alternative finance and asks if they can beat the banks at their own game.

Giles Andrews is CEO of Zopa, the peer-to-peer lending website. Anil Stocker is co-founder of Market Invoice, an online finance provider that allows companies to turn invoices into working capital. Michael Joseph is director of mobile money at Vodafone and former CEO of the Kenyan mobile phone provider Safaricom, where he launched the revolutionary mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion and spin to present a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. This week, Evan meets three pioneers of alternative finance and asks - can they beat the banks at their own game? Giles Andrews is CEO of Zopa, the peer to peer lending website; Anil Stocker is co-founder of Market Invoice , an online finance provider that allows companies to turn invoices into working capital; and Michael Joseph is director of mobile money at Vodafone and former CEO of the Kenyan mobile phone provider Safaricom, where he launched the revolutionary mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa.

Alternative Finance20130217

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion and spin to present a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. This week, Evan meets three pioneers of alternative finance and asks if they can beat the banks at their own game.

Giles Andrews is CEO of Zopa, the peer-to-peer lending website. Anil Stocker is co-founder of Market Invoice, an online finance provider that allows companies to turn invoices into working capital. Michael Joseph is director of mobile money at Vodafone and former CEO of the Kenyan mobile phone provider Safaricom, where he launched the revolutionary mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion and spin to present a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. This week, Evan meets three pioneers of alternative finance and asks - can they beat the banks at their own game? Giles Andrews is CEO of Zopa, the peer to peer lending website; Anil Stocker is co-founder of Market Invoice , an online finance provider that allows companies to turn invoices into working capital; and Michael Joseph is director of mobile money at Vodafone and former CEO of the Kenyan mobile phone provider Safaricom, where he launched the revolutionary mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa.

Books20130210

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Like the music industry before it, the print book industry has been turned upside down up by the digital revolution. As sales of eBooks continue to grow, bookshop sales are down from a peak in 2007. So what does the future for hold for the bricks and mortar bookstore? Will physical books become a thing of the past? And what role will traditional players like publishers, agents and retailers play in this brave new world? Evan Davis and guests examine what the landscape might look like once the dust settles.

(Image: A pile of books, Credit: Getty Images)

Books20130210

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Like the music industry before it, the print book industry has been turned upside down up by the digital revolution. As sales of eBooks continue to grow, bookshop sales are down from a peak in 2007. So what does the future for hold for the bricks and mortar bookstore? Will physical books become a thing of the past? And what role will traditional players like publishers, agents and retailers play in this brave new world? Evan Davis and guests examine what the landscape might look like once the dust settles.

(Image: A pile of books, Credit: Getty Images)

Business In Africa20130224

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion and spin to present a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Evan's three guests discuss the challenges of doing business in and out of Africa. It consists of 54 countries and has more than a billion people but the continent was a sleeping giant for decades. Now it's woken up and could it be on the verge of becoming the economic powerhouse of the 21st Century?

Evan is joined in the studio by Andrew Rugasira, CEO of the Ugandan coffee company Good African Coffee; Herman Chinery-Hesse, co-founder of the Ghanian software company SOFTtribe and Rupert Soames, CEO of the temporary power specialists Aggreko.

Business In Africa20130224

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion and spin to present a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

This week, Evan's three guests discuss the challenges of doing business in and out of Africa. It consists of 54 countries and has more than a billion people but the continent was a sleeping giant for decades. Now it's woken up and could it be on the verge of becoming the economic powerhouse of the 21st Century?

Evan is joined in the studio by Andrew Rugasira, CEO of the Ugandan coffee company Good African Coffee; Herman Chinery-Hesse, co-founder of the Ghanian software company SOFTtribe and Rupert Soames, CEO of the temporary power specialists Aggreko.

Doing Business With Governments20130310

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

From huge infrastructure projects to supplying civil servants with paperclips, there's big money to be made from public sector contracts. Evan Davis meets three business leaders with experience of bidding for - and securing - government contracts and finds out what it's like doing business with the state. How easy is it for smaller companies to get a slice of the public sector pie? And are we - the ultimate customers - really getting a good deal?

Doing Business With Governments20130310

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

From huge infrastructure projects to supplying civil servants with paperclips, there's big money to be made from public sector contracts. Evan Davis meets three business leaders with experience of bidding for - and securing - government contracts and finds out what it's like doing business with the state. How easy is it for smaller companies to get a slice of the public sector pie? And are we - the ultimate customers - really getting a good deal?

Family Businesses20130127

Family Businesses20130127

Marketing And Mess20111016

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss the art of marketing, and messiness in business.

Marketing And Mess20111016

Stephanie Flanders and guests discuss the art of marketing, and messiness in business.

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Quality20121014

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan’s guests delve into the concept of quality in business – how to get it high, and why it might end up low. They also compare notes on their respective weaknesses. Who do they turn to for help should they need it?

In the studio are Jon Moulton, founder and chairman of private equity firm Better Capital; entrepreneur and investor Deborah Meaden; David Haines, chief executive of German sanitary fittings manufacturer Grohe.

Quality20121014

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Evan’s guests delve into the concept of quality in business – how to get it high, and why it might end up low. They also compare notes on their respective weaknesses. Who do they turn to for help should they need it?

In the studio are Jon Moulton, founder and chairman of private equity firm Better Capital; entrepreneur and investor Deborah Meaden; David Haines, chief executive of German sanitary fittings manufacturer Grohe.

Retail20130303

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

You go to a shopping centre and you find an ice rink. Or you go to a bookstore for a glass of wine. So is this the new world of retail? Evan Davis and his panel of top business brains explore what's in store for physical shopping. They also swap thoughts on what makes a good shop assistant.

Joining Evan in the studio are Sir Stuart Rose, former Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer and soon to take over as Chairman of online grocery retailer Ocado; Berndt Hauptkorn, Chief Executive of the European arm of Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo; Andy Street, Managing Director of department store chain John Lewis.

(Image: A woman holds shopping bags, Credit: Getty Images)

Retail20130303

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

You go to a shopping centre and you find an ice rink. Or you go to a bookstore for a glass of wine. So is this the new world of retail? Evan Davis and his panel of top business brains explore what's in store for physical shopping. They also swap thoughts on what makes a good shop assistant.

Joining Evan in the studio are Sir Stuart Rose, former Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer and soon to take over as Chairman of online grocery retailer Ocado; Berndt Hauptkorn, Chief Executive of the European arm of Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo; Andy Street, Managing Director of department store chain John Lewis.

(Image: A woman holds shopping bags, Credit: Getty Images)

Ruthlessness2012040120120402

Evan Davis and guests discuss ruthlessness, and investing and selling in deprived areas.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan's executive panel debate the pros and cons of ruthlessness as a management style. It's tough at the top, but when is it right to be tough at the top? They also talk about investing and selling in deprived areas – places capitalism often overlooks.

Joining Evan are Jasmine Montgomery, founder of Seven Brands; Michele Giddens, co-founder of Bridges Ventures; Dido Harding, chief executive of Talk Talk Group.

Series Producer: Neil Koenig

Editor: Richard Vadon

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Evan Davis and guests discuss ruthlessness, and investing and selling in deprived areas.

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies. The programme is broadcast first on BBC Radio 4 and later on BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV and BBC News Channel TV.

Evan's executive panel debate the pros and cons of ruthlessness as a management style. It's tough at the top, but when is it right to be tough at the top? They also talk about investing and selling in deprived areas – places capitalism often overlooks.

Joining Evan are Jasmine Montgomery, founder of Seven Brands; Michele Giddens, co-founder of Bridges Ventures; Dido Harding, chief executive of Talk Talk Group.

Series Producer: Neil Koenig

Editor: Richard Vadon

The Education Business20130331

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion with business people who make money from education - from running low cost schools in Africa to training the next generation of lawyers.

(Image: School chairs, Credit: Getty Images)

The Education Business20130331

Evan Davis chairs a round table discussion with business people who make money from education - from running low cost schools in Africa to training the next generation of lawyers.

(Image: School chairs, Credit: Getty Images)

Turnarounds20130317

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Perhaps the most exciting, and the most valuable job, in business is that of the turnaround specialist - the person who rescues companies in danger, breathing new life into them. Evan's three guests have all been involved in rescuing companies and they share their experiences and insights into what it takes to do the job well.

Joining Evan in the studio are Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV (and former CEO of Royal Mail); James Eden, Chief Executive and owner of clothing brand Private White VC; Nick Sanders, Head of Portfolio at private equity firm Better Capital.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Editor: Innes Bowen

Turnarounds20130317

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

Perhaps the most exciting, and the most valuable job, in business is that of the turnaround specialist - the person who rescues companies in danger, breathing new life into them. Evan's three guests have all been involved in rescuing companies and they share their experiences and insights into what it takes to do the job well.

Joining Evan in the studio are Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV (and former CEO of Royal Mail); James Eden, Chief Executive and owner of clothing brand Private White VC; Nick Sanders, Head of Portfolio at private equity firm Better Capital.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Editor: Innes Bowen

Wine20130324

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

It’s said that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine business is to start with a large one. Evan Davis and his guests explore just how profitable selling crushed grapes really is. How do they convince consumers they are offering quality and value?

Joining Evan in the studio are Graham Sumeray, CEO Fine + Rare; Dan Jago, Category Director (Beers, Wines and Spirits) at Tesco’s; Alok Mathur, co-founder and director Soul Tree Wines.

Wine20130324

The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

It’s said that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine business is to start with a large one. Evan Davis and his guests explore just how profitable selling crushed grapes really is. How do they convince consumers they are offering quality and value?

Joining Evan in the studio are Graham Sumeray, CEO Fine + Rare; Dan Jago, Category Director (Beers, Wines and Spirits) at Tesco’s; Alok Mathur, co-founder and director Soul Tree Wines.

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Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

01The Bottom Line20090531

Evan Davis and his guests discuss how businesses can survive a recession and the pros and cons of having a positive mental attitude in the workplace.

Evan is joined by Charlotte Hogg, managing director of Experian in the UK and Ireland, Dr Mike Lynch, chief executive of Autonomy, and Simon Woodroffe, founder of Yo! Sushi and Yotel.

Evan Davis and his guests discuss how businesses can survive a recession.

01The Bottom Line20090531

Evan Davis and his guests discuss how businesses can survive a recession and the pros and cons of having a positive mental attitude in the workplace.

Evan is joined by Charlotte Hogg, managing director of Experian in the UK and Ireland, Dr Mike Lynch, chief executive of Autonomy, and Simon Woodroffe, founder of Yo! Sushi and Yotel.

Evan Davis and his guests discuss how businesses can survive a recession.

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Evan Davis and guests consider whether we have entered a new era of austerity.

Are we growing vegetables in our gardens at home, instead of dining out at expensive restaurants? Are we turning up our noses at gas-guzzling cars, not just because we can't afford them, but because they offend our new sensibilities of prudence and caution?

Evan talks to Dr Shumeet Banerji, chief executive of management consultants Booz and Co, Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand London, and hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry, founder of Eclectica Asset Management, about whether they believe we are in for a long, hard slog or if they can see light at the end of the economic tunnel.

They also discuss the subject of consultants; with two of them on the panel, Evan quizzes them about why they have such a bad name.

Is there really any justification for highly-paid senior executives to pay someone else to help them make their decisions?

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

02The Bottom Line20090606

Evan Davis and guests consider whether we have entered a new era of austerity.

Are we growing vegetables in our gardens at home, instead of dining out at expensive restaurants? Are we turning up our noses at gas-guzzling cars, not just because we can't afford them, but because they offend our new sensibilities of prudence and caution?

Evan talks to Dr Shumeet Banerji, chief executive of management consultants Booz and Co, Rita Clifton, chairman of Interbrand London, and hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry, founder of Eclectica Asset Management, about whether they believe we are in for a long, hard slog or if they can see light at the end of the economic tunnel.

They also discuss the subject of consultants; with two of them on the panel, Evan quizzes them about why they have such a bad name.

Is there really any justification for highly-paid senior executives to pay someone else to help them make their decisions?

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Evan Davis and guests consider whether we have entered a new era of austerity.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

02The Bottom Line20090607

Evan Davis and guests consider whether we have entered a new era of austerity.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Guest presenter Stephanie Flanders discusses the future of the airline industry with Stelios Haji-Ioannou, chairman of Easygroup Ltd and founder of Easyjet, Lord Digby Jones, business entrepreneur and former director of the CBI, and Steve Ridgway, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

She also asks why the machine is taking over? When we're driven mad by automated services, why is it getting harder to find a real person to help with bookings, shopping or customer services?

Guest presenter Stephanie Flanders and panel discuss the future of the airline industry.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Guest presenter Stephanie Flanders discusses the future of the airline industry with Stelios Haji-Ioannou, chairman of Easygroup Ltd and founder of Easyjet, Lord Digby Jones, business entrepreneur and former director of the CBI, and Steve Ridgway, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

She also asks why the machine is taking over? When we're driven mad by automated services, why is it getting harder to find a real person to help with bookings, shopping or customer services?

Guest presenter Stephanie Flanders and panel discuss the future of the airline industry.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs and company bosses about issues of the day.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Guest presenter Stephanie Flanders and panel discuss the future of the airline industry.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

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Guest presenter Stephanie Flanders and panel discuss the future of the airline industry.

Probing the stories behind the business headlines, Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs an.

05The Bottom Line20090627

Evan Davis asks his guests about their personal style of management.

Does the TV image of the short-tempered, blunt-speaking boss reflect what really goes on in the boardroom? PY Gerbeau, chief executive of X-Leisure and the man who saved Disneyland Paris and the Millennium Dome, admits to shouting sometimes, while David Roche, president of Hotels.com, can't remember the last time he raised his voice.

And John McLaren, an investment banker turned thriller writer, recalls how different the Japanese business style is from the UK and US way of doing things.

Also, Evan asks his guests whether discounting really gives people a better deal.

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Evan Davis asks his guests about their personal style of management.

Does the TV image of the short-tempered, blunt-speaking boss reflect what really goes on in the boardroom? PY Gerbeau, chief executive of X-Leisure and the man who saved Disneyland Paris and the Millennium Dome, admits to shouting sometimes, while David Roche, president of Hotels.com, can't remember the last time he raised his voice.

And John McLaren, an investment banker turned thriller writer, recalls how different the Japanese business style is from the UK and US way of doing things.

Also, Evan asks his guests whether discounting really gives people a better deal.

06The Bottom Line20090704

You spend your life trying to get to the top in business.

Then, when you do, you get driven to meetings, enjoy a wonderful expense account and all the perks of the job.

But how do you stay in touch with the people on the shop floor? Evan Davis asks his top-rung guests to divulge how much time they spend with those on the bottom rung, and how important they think it is for the success of their business.

Evan's guests are Carolyn McCall, chief executive of the Guardian Media Group, Patrick Dempsey of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants and Peter Taylor, managing partner of leading private equity group Duke Street.

Evan Davis asks business leaders about their contact with their employees.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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You spend your life trying to get to the top in business.

Then, when you do, you get driven to meetings, enjoy a wonderful expense account and all the perks of the job.

But how do you stay in touch with the people on the shop floor? Evan Davis asks his top-rung guests to divulge how much time they spend with those on the bottom rung, and how important they think it is for the success of their business.

Evan's guests are Carolyn McCall, chief executive of the Guardian Media Group, Patrick Dempsey of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants and Peter Taylor, managing partner of leading private equity group Duke Street.

Evan Davis asks business leaders about their contact with their employees.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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Evan Davis asks business leaders about their contact with their employees.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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Evan Davis asks business leaders about their contact with their employees.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

0720090711

You are at the top of your company, but you are the person with least control over your time.

PAs, PRs, your spouse - all these people are battling over your diary.

So can you, when you are a chief executive, carve out a piece of the day for yourself or are you at the mercy of others from the moment you get up?

Evan Davis discusses this with his three big business guests: Nikki King of Isuzu Trucks, Samir Brikho of AMEC and Gavin Slark of the BSS Group.

He also finds out if it is possible to plan for the long-term when everyone is pressurising you for short-term results.

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

0720090711

You are at the top of your company, but you are the person with least control over your time.

PAs, PRs, your spouse - all these people are battling over your diary.

So can you, when you are a chief executive, carve out a piece of the day for yourself or are you at the mercy of others from the moment you get up?

Evan Davis discusses this with his three big business guests: Nikki King of Isuzu Trucks, Samir Brikho of AMEC and Gavin Slark of the BSS Group.

He also finds out if it is possible to plan for the long-term when everyone is pressurising you for short-term results.

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

Insights into the business world from those who run it, on the BBC.

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It's the end of term and all over the world former students are looking for their first full-time job.

So what advice would Evan Davis' hugely successful business guests give to youngsters just leaving school now?

Entrepreneur James Dyson took five years to develop the bagless vacuum cleaner, Martha Lane Fox went on a ‘crazy journey' to set up Lastminute.com and Adrian Ringrose still isn't sure he has grown up, even though he is chief executive of a company with 50,000 employees.

And Evan asks them about the magic ingredient in every successful business – creativity.

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

08 LASTThe Bottom Line20090718

It's the end of term and all over the world former students are looking for their first full-time job.

So what advice would Evan Davis' hugely successful business guests give to youngsters just leaving school now?

Entrepreneur James Dyson took five years to develop the bagless vacuum cleaner, Martha Lane Fox went on a ‘crazy journey' to set up Lastminute.com and Adrian Ringrose still isn't sure he has grown up, even though he is chief executive of a company with 50,000 employees.

And Evan asks them about the magic ingredient in every successful business – creativity.

Evan Davis presents the business magazine.

08 LASTThe Bottom Line20090719
08 LASTThe Bottom Line20090719