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)

  • Serving the super rich 27 Mar 14

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    What do the seriously wealthy do with their money? How do they preserve or spend their multi-million or even billion pound fortunes? Evan Davis meets the people helping the world's wealthy elite manage their lives, invest their money and donate to good causes Guests: Richard Wilson, CEO, Billionaire Family Office Karen Clark, Director and Head of Private Clients, SandAire Lucy Challenger, Manager, Bespoke Bureau Producer: Sally Abrahams

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  • Energy Upstarts 20 Mar 14

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    New energy companies are breaking into a market dominated by big established firms and turning up the heat but how do they go about the challenge of taking on established companies? Evan Davis talks prices, customer service and green energy with guests: Dale Vince, Founder and CEO, Ecotricity Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder and Managing Director, Ovo Energy Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com

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  • Transformation 13 Mar 14

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Corporate turnaround and transformational tales. Evan Davis and guests discuss how companies fail, struggle and find their way again. Guests: Bruno Cercley, CEO of Rossignol Group Harriet Green OBE, CEO of Thomas Cook Group Martyn Gibbs, CEO of Game Retail Ltd

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  • Chocolate 06 Mar 14

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chocolate is a big business as well as a delicious indulgence. Evan Davis and guests discuss cocoa, chocolate and how to feed a global sweet tooth. Guests: Jonathan Horrell, Director of Global Sustainability of Mondelez International Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate Kojo Amoo-Gottfried, Country Director of Cargill Ghana

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  • Self-Improvement 27 Feb 14

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    If you want to look better, feel better, perform better, there's no shortage of help available. Whether it's cosmetic surgery, fitness programmes, diets and self-help books there's plenty of choice. But do they promise the world and fail to deliver? Evan Davis and guests discuss the industry of making your life better. Guests: John Ryan, Founder and Chairman, Make Yourself Amazing Carole Tonkinson, Publisher, Harper NonFiction Jon Congdon, President and Co-Founder, Beachbody.com

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  • Life after CEO 20 Feb 14

    Thu, 20 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Business leaders spend their lives climbing the corporate ladder, so what happens when it is time to step off? Evan Davis and guests discuss life after CEO. Guests: Robert Polet, former CEO of Gucci Group Kate Wilson, former MD of Scholastic UK, Managing Director of Nosy Crow Lord Browne of Madingley, former Chief Executive of BP

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  • TV Formats 13 Feb 2014

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Successful TV formats like Big Brother, Pop Idol, X-Factor and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire are part of a multi-billion pound global industry. But how can you protect such a valuable asset? Evan Davis finds out from those at the top of this lucrative international business. Guests: Charlie Parsons, Creator of Survivor and CEO, Castaway Television Productions Louise Pederson, Managing Director, all3media international Ricardo Pereira, TV Globo Director for Europe

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  • MBAs 06 Feb 14

    Thu, 6 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Business school or school of life? An MBA from a top business school is what defines many of today's high powered CEOs but can real world acumen be just as good? Evan Davis discusses with his guests: Colin Drummond, Chairman of Viridor and Harvard MBA graduate Kim Winser, former CEO of Pringle, now CEO of Winser London Glenn Sykes, Associate Dean of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, London

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  • The Sharing Economy 30 Jan 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The “sharing” economy is built around renting our possessions to strangers sharing our homes, cars, bikes, clothes, tools and much more besides. As entrepreneurs pile in, how much money can be made and is that the point anyway? In the first of a new series Evan Davis is joined by Ali Clabburn, Founder, Liftshare; Even Heggernes, UK & Ireland Country Manager, Airbnb and Fiona Disegni, Founder, Rentez-Vous

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  • Design 21 Nov 2013

    Thu, 21 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the UK and around the world Decorating your home is big business but who sets the trends? In China and India the home decor market is evolving fast - but will the result be a global homogenous style? Evan Davis and guests discuss the volatile world of design. Guests: Kelly Hoppen, founder Kelly Hoppen Interiors Andrew Graham, CEO Graham and Brown Lois Jacobs, Global CEO Fitch

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