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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  • Murco sale

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

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    30 days remaining

    After years of uncertainty, Murco in Milford Haven has been sold to US billionaire Gary Klesch - Brian interviews him on his plans for the site. Is it getting easier to borrow money if you are a small business? Brian talks to the founder of a food tourism start up and catches up with Professor Dylan Jones Evans who's done two reports on access to finance. Our business of the week is translation company Wolfestone. Brian then hosts a discussion on what businesses need the education system to deliver when it comes to foreign languages. And finally, a think tank has proposed a "Bankers' Oath" to clean up the City of London's reputation - Brian talks to a former insider about whether this would make any difference at all to banker behaviour.

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  • Payback

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    It's thought hundreds of Welsh small and medium-sized businesses were caught up in a bank misselling scandal and now there are complaints that the Interest Rate Hedging Product or "swap" redress scheme established by the Financial Conduct Authority to set things right is not working. Brian hears one former millionaire's account of what happened to him after he was missold a swap and why he feels let down by the redress scheme. Brian also discusses the issue with Guto Bebb MP, who has campaigned for victims, and with the BBA, which represents the banking industry. Our business of the week is the Kinmel Arms in Abergele and Brian hears from two top hoteliers about the hospitality skills Wales needs to develop to compete with the rest of the world.

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  • M4 Relief Road

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    16 days remaining

    We've been talking to the Economy Minister Edwina Hart about her decision on the M4 relief road. The chosen route cuts through the Newport Docks - we discuss this with ABP who are concerned for the future of their port. We also talk to the chief operating officer of Celtic Manor in Newport about why he's in favour of the project. As the new Life Sciences Hub launches in Cardiff Bay we hear from Johnson and Johnson about why they've taken a desk and what they expect to gain from being in Cardiff. Our business of the week is Aerfin, which is part of the Welsh aviation industry. We then discuss how we can get more teenage girls interested in following scientific careers.

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  • Changes at the top

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    After the sacking of Environment Minister Alun Davies, Business Minister Edwina Hart has been handed overall responsibility for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. We discuss the scope of this extended brief with the Federation of Small Businesses and CLA Cymru, which represents rural businesses. The World Cup has shone a light on Brazil - we talk to a British adviser in Rio about doing business there. We also hear from a Welsh advertising technology expert about how his company's work helps businesses around the world make online advertising decisions - and how social media sites may be tracking your location and other websites you've visited so they can tailor their advertising. Our business of the week is chilli sauce company Hot Diggidy Dog, which was founded by a former submariner. We also discuss whether a military background sets you up for a career in business.

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  • Tata Redundancies

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Tata has announced 400 redundancies at its Port Talbot plant - we look at the issues behind the decision. Our business of the week is Matilda's Planet in Margam, which is in the business of insulating homes and saving energy. "Fit notes" replaced sick notes four years ago - we discuss whether they're working in getting people back to work. We also speak to international businesswoman and economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who grew up in Gwent.

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