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)

  • 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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  • Second hand trade 10 Jul 14

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How much profit is there to be made from what others throw away? Making money from old phones, engines and plastic bottles is the topic for Evan Davis and guests. Guests Charlo Carabott, co-founder & CEO Mazuma Mobile Matt Bulley, managing director Caterpillar Reman Europe Chris Dow, Founder & CEO Closed Loop Recycling Producer : Rosamund Jones

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  • Mental Health 03 Jul 14

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Would you tell your boss you had depression? Worried you'd be judged as weak or unable to cope? In this edition of TBL, three successful business leaders talk openly about what it's like to experience severe mental illness whilst running their companies and explain the benefits of going public about mental ill health. Guests: Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, entrepreneur and former Chairman of HBOS and Pearson; Andrea Woodside, Founder, Minding Work Limited; and Charlie Mowat, Managing Director, The Clean Space

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  • Single Product Companies 26 Jun 14

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Can you conquer the world by selling only one product? Not every company wants to diversify. Some prefer to do one thing and do it well, rather than risk diluting the brand so Evan Davis and guests discuss the risks and rewards of focusing all energies on a single product range. Does it make good business sense to put all your eggs in one basket? Guests: Vince Gunn, Managing Director, Crocs Europe Carolyn Komminsk, Head of Creative, Maclaren Bill Noble, Managing Director, WD40 Company

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  • The Muslim Pound 19 Jun 14

    Thu, 19 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How big is the market for halal - not just food, but holidays, fashion and music too? How are Muslim consumers best served? Evan Davis talks to entrepreneurs who think they know the answer and asks how much can established companies learn from them. Guests : Shelina Janmohamed, Ogilvy Noor Elnur Seyidli, HalalBooking.com Shazia Saleem, ieat foods

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