Wales At Work

Wales At Work

The world of work and business in Wales discussed and dissected every week by Brian Meechan and guests from across the country. Broadcast weekly on Radio Wales, Thursdays at 6.30 PM.

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Recent episodes (5)

  • Campus Economics

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    30 days remaining

    In this Wales@work special, recorded on location, Brian Meechan hears why Swansea University is optimistic its new Bay Campus, due to open next year, will generate money-spinning research and high-value jobs for the region. Brian dons his hard hat for a look round the newly constructed science and technology facilities at the £450m project and learns how businesses of all sizes should benefit from the new campus.

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  • Lord Digby Jones

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    This week Brian interviews former trade minister Lord Digby Jones - he gives his frank views on whether Wales should aim for tax-raising powers, and whether the UK should stay in the EU. Brian also hears from an industry expert why the housing market is cooling down across the UK. Our business of the week is Clarks Maple Syrup in Newport, who are heading to an international food fair in Paris this weekend. Brian talks to the head of the Wales Food and drink industry board about different strategies for food businesses and whether the big supermarkets should always be the ultimate goal. And finally, in celebration of 10 years of the Apprentice, Brian asks a former contestant whether the show has anything to do with business.

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  • Exports

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    16 days remaining

    It seems Welsh companies are suddenly exporting less - Brian discusses why this might be the case with the director of the South and Mid-Wales Chambers of Commerce. He also talks to Trudy Norris-Grey, a senior Microsoft executive who hails from Swansea and is now one of the Welsh Government's advisers on bringing in more jobs in the finance and professional services sector. Our business of the week is ethical retailer Babi Pur, based in Snowdonia. Brian talks to a director of the Ethical Fashion Forum about how businesses can make ethics more than a buzzword. And what happened to the simple handshake? Brian explores the awkward business of professional greetings with two company owners divided in their views on the merits of a kiss on the cheek.

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  • Curry Crisis

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    This week, a report from the Federation of Small Businesses says the Welsh Government is making rules and regulations that hit businesses and are costly, inconsistent and at times unenforceable. Brian hears from the man who wrote the report why red tape is a particular problem for Welsh companies. Brian also talks to Horizon, the company behind the plans for a new nuclear power station on Anglesey, about how local businesses might win work from the development of Wylfa Newydd. Our business of the week is the Purple Poppadom restaurant in Cardiff. Mabs Noor from the Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce then tells Brian why he fears for the future of curry houses across the land - and what it's like to be on the end of an immigration raid. Sir Richard Branson's idea to allow staff to decide how much holiday they can take continues to cause a stir - Brian hears from an HR expert that this policy could have unintended consequences.

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  • Sir Terry Matthews

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    This week, Brian Meechan interviews Welsh billionaire Sir Terry Matthews following his appointment as the chair of the Swansea Bay City Region - he hears his ideas for boosting the area's economy. The Scotland independence "No" vote sparked debate over the distribution of powers around the UK - Brian talks to Robert Lloyd Griffiths from the Institute of Directors Wales about the potential ramifications for the Welsh economy. There's trouble at Tesco - Brian hears from a supermarket expert about what's been going wrong at the once-seemingly invincible retailer. Our business of the week is Dojo Arcade, a computer game developer. Brian then talks to two experts about what is going on in the gaming industry in Wales and what the potential could be in this sector.

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