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Car thefts, false advertising and local currencies

53 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 September 2012

As Bristol becomes the latest city to launch its own pound we hear whether local currencies really boost business.

How a spate of thefts, where car keys have been cloned, has prompted action by BMW.

And a company which tricked charities into parting with thousands of pounds for non-existent advertising at sports grounds has been wound up in the high court.

Presenter: Winifred Robinson
Producer: Jon Douglas.


8 items
  • Car Security Cracked

    How a spate of thefts where car keys have been cloned is prompting action by BMW. And how those with stolen cars are fighting with insurers for a pay out.

  • Missing Pensions

    A settlement’s announced in the case of the former fishermen whose pensions went missing

  • Who is the UK’s best local retailer?

    The You & Yours' judges, Arthur Potts Dawson and Simon Parkes whittled the 900 nominations down to just 10 as part of The Food and Farming Awards. The final 3 announced on 30th September.

  • Disabled children in advertising

    Four year old Seb White, who has Down's Syndrome, will appear in the Marks & Spencer Christmas catalogue.

  • Paperless receipts

    New technology is coming into the shops that will issue you with paperless receipts, all stored online.

  • Ironmongers closes - after 117 years

    There aren’t many traditional ironmongers left. One in Warwick that hasn’t changed since Victorian times will close next month after 117 years in business.

  • Bristol Pound

    A new currency for Bristol gets off the ground – can it transform local businesses’ fortunes?

  • False advertising

    A company that conned charities into buying advertising and hospitality that was never delivered has been wound up in the High Court.

  • You and Yours Best Local Food Retailer Long List

    The You and Yours Best Local Retailer category attracted more than any other in the Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards. This week our judges Simon Parkes & Arthur Potts-Dawson presented their long list to the judging panel.

    The judges whittled the list down to 10 – an extraordinary feat considering there were over 900 nominations. A final shortlist of three is to be announced soon. After that judges will visit each of them.

    Here are the 10 local retailers which made it onto the judges’ long list:

    Beeches of Walkley, 290 South Road, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 3TE.

    Established by Chris and Donna Beech to sell local produce, including traditional meats and deli items.

    Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd, Cross Lanes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9SL.

    Established in 2005 by Peter and Sue Coverdale, selling organic food from an eco-friendly building and an emphasis on sustainability.

    Earthy, 1-6 Canonmills Bridge, Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5LF.

    Dirk, Patricia and Pete grow and source the best seasonal food they can find and have created an oasis in the city.

    Eurospar, Dolgellau Ffordd y Bala (Bala Road), Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2YF. Supermarket focusing on sourcing top quality produce from local suppliers as well as being able to offer leading brands and continental varieties.

    Fodder, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.

    Run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society selling the best food and drink from Yorkshire. There’s a butchery counter, and deli selling fresh pies, pasties and amazing cheese.

    Infinity Foods, 25 North Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1YA.

    Founded it in 1971 by Peter Deadman, Jenny Deadman & Robin Bines selling vegetarian whole foods and freshly baked products. Now a worker’s co-operative.

    Our Cow Molly, Cliffe House Farm, Hill Top Road, Dungworth, Sheffield, S6 6GW.

    A family run dairy farm which diversified to make and sell its own ice-cream to keep the farm viable.

    The Cornwall Food Box Company, Thornparks House, Tregony, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5SJ.

    Set up by sisters Lucy Jones and Victoria Amran, it delivers boxes of fresh, seasonal food from small producers to nearby homes, offices and holiday cottages.

    The Real Food Store, 11 & 13 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 2JB.
    Initiated by Transition Exeter after a public meeting where people decided to create a dynamic food hub in the city selling local food.

    Ultracomida, 7 High Street, Narberth, Wales, SA67 7AR.
    Based in West Wales they source foods from small, artisan producers in Spain for delicatessens and restaurants in the area.

    Tickets for the Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards
    The 2012 Food and Farming Awards will take place at the BBC Good Food Show in the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 28th of November. Angela Hartnett, Valentine Warner and Raymond Blanc will be there and if you’d like to join them entry is free.

    You can apply for tickets here.



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