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)

  • Spotlight on RBS

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    RBS's annual results are out - Brian hears why it's made losses of £3.5bn. The bank has also had to set aside some money for a series of misselling scandals. It recently admitted it missold some taxpayer-backed loans and announced a review of its use of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. Brian talks to a Welsh businessman who is suing RBS over this issue. He also hears from the Welsh Government's chief scientific officer Professor Julie Williams, who says retaining talented female scientists is essential to the future of the economy and academia. Our business of the week is IDS Security whose managing director never expected to be running a company. And are you doing too much of the "office housework"? Brian explores whether being too helpful at work can damage your career.

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  • The Big Welsh Idea

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    Rounding off BBC Radio Wales's themed day The Big Welsh Idea, Brian Meechan presents a Wales At Work special debate on innovation. On the panel are Simon Gibson, businessman and creator of the Alacrity Foundation; Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Innovation at the UK Intellectual Property Office; James Taylor, entrepreneur and ambassador for the Welsh Government's Big Ideas Wales scheme for young entrepreneurs, and Sara Pepper, Cardiff University's Director of Creative Economy. Brian and his guests examine Wales' present and future as an innovative nation - are we turning our creative ideas into commercial reality?

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  • Celtic Energy - the costs

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    The Serious Fraud Office must pay a multi-million pound legal bill racked-up in the failed "Celtic Energy" case - barrister Andrew Taylor talks to Brian about the latest development and where now for the SFO. The Cardiff Capital City Region has laid out its vision for the next 15 years. Brian discusses the plans with Ann Beynon, the director of BT in Wales and a member of the city region board. A Welsh company has claimed a UK record for crowdfunding - Brian hears from one of the founders and discusses the growing popularity of raising business finance online. Our business of the week is a jewellery company which sells around the world. And Brian explores the difficulties of dealing with customer complaints in the digital age.

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  • A trade deal too far?

    Thu, 5 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    Brian hears from both sides of the debate on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership treaty which is currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. Will it boost businesses or create unemployment and ride roughshod over democracy? Our business of the week is Celsa Steel UK. Brian then explores the global forces affecting Welsh steel companies. A UK Tech nation report says there are 28,000 "digital" jobs in South Wales - Brian discusses the nature of this sector with two members of the "tech scene". And as a group of business leaders urge more students to study sciences, Brian asks, what's the point of an arts degree?

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  • "Health and wealth"

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
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    As part of Health Check Wales, Wales@work looks at how the private sector is involved in the Welsh NHS. Brian talks to a Welsh surgeon who thinks Wales should follow England's example and use companies to provide healthcare. A senior member of the British Medical Association tells Brian why she disagrees. Our healthcare business of the week was started by a Wrexham man after his own life-changing experience. Moving on from health, Brian hears about a new online house-hunting website, and how to stand out from the crowd when looking for work.

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