The Bottom Line with Evan Davis

The Bottom Line with Evan Davis

Insight into business from the people at the top. Evan Davis meets influential business leaders for a round table conversation about the issues that matter to their companies and their customers. The BBC produces two radio versions of this programme - one for the UK audience that can be heard on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday evenings at 20:30 GMT, and one for the international audience that can be heard on BBC World Service on Fridays at 22:06 GMT.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Upside-down Management 20 Nov 14

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What is the role of a boss? To tell staff what to do or allow them to decide for themselves? This award-winning programme on upside-down management is presented by Evan Davis.

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  • Family Rivals 13 Nov 14

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Taittinger champagne, Clarks shoes, Theakstons beer: Evan Davis meets the entrepreneurs who left behind their famous family businesses to set up a rival brand of their own.

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  • Live long and prosper 06 Nov 14

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Very few companies survive for centuries. Evan Davis hears from those who have. How have they achieved extreme longevity? And is their history a burden or a motivator?

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  • Wearable Technology 30 Oct 14

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Medium Smartwatches, fitness bands and intelligent fabric: Evan Davis and guests discuss how the latest gadgets could keep us eternally connected, fully fit and super smart.

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  • Flash Sales 23 Oct 14

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    "Flash sale" companies are growing fast. Evan Davis and guests discuss how this new retail sector is changing the way we shop. Just how low can the prices go?

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  • TripAdvisor etc 16 Oct 14

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TripAdvisor and other consumer ratings websites can make or break a business. Evan Davis and guests discuss the power of the user-generated review.

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  • Celebrities and Fans 09 Oct 14

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Social advertising: Evan Davis and guests discuss the power of celebrities, the rise of the profitable super-fans who "like" their products and the vloggers with consumer clout.

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  • The Saviour returns 01 Oct 14

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Bosses explain why they took back control of companies they had once founded. Why did they leave and what events brought them back? What had changed while they were away? And what were the very first decisions they made when they walked back through the doors? Evan Davis speaks to: Steve Morgan, founder, Redrow; Louise O'Sullivan, founder, Anam Technologies; Nick and Kath Whitworth, co-founders, Celtic & Co.

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  • Recalls 24 Jul 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Faulty airbags, mis-labelled horsemeat burgers and exploding dishwashers. What is the process for recalling defective items and how quickly must manufacturers and distributors act to protect consumers’ health and safety? Evan Davis and guests discuss the logistics of product recalls and the impact it can have on the reputation of a company. Guests: Gerard Bos, Customer Relations Manager for UK and Ireland, Ikea Chris Dee, Chief Operating Officer, E.H Booth Vince Shiers, Managing Director, RQA Global

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  • Location, Disaster, Location 17 Jul 14

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Civil war in Sierra Leone, political unrest in Ukraine, the Japanese tsunami and Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the US - three guests tell Evan Davis how they led businesses through periods of unexpected and extended turmoil. Guests : Peter Kaye, Director of Business Development, Pilgrims Group Bryan Disher, Ukraine Country Manager, PWC Mary Bahsoon, Co-owner Bennimix

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