20/09/2012

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The view from the top of business. Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

The mere mention of the word "Europe" in the media these days conjures up images of economic crisis - riots, bailouts, 12-figure debts, emergency summits. And yet the European Union remains the world's largest economy, its GDP some 10 per cent larger than that of the US. So is the idea that Europe is in terminal decline exaggerated? Evan asks his guests if Europe's current woes are just bumps on the road towards greater prosperity.

And on a lighter note - silos, those invisible barriers which often develop inside organisations. Conventional wisdom says that they inhibit communication and can lead to dysfunctional, isolated units. Evan's guests debate whether they're such a bad thing after all.

In the studio are Rachel Lomax, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and non-executive director of several companies including HSBC and BAA; Moray MacLennan, Chief Executive of advertising agency M&C Saatchi Worldwide; Phil Bentley, Managing Director of British Gas.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Editor: Innes Bowen.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sat 22 Sep 2012 17:30
BBC Radio 4 FM only

Evan Davis

Evan Davis
Evan Davis is the Presenter of The Bottom Line.

Rachel Lomax

Rachel Lomax

Rachel Lomax is the  former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and non-executive director of several companies including HSBC and BAA.

 

HSBC

Moray MacLennan

Moray MacLennan

Moray MacLennan is the Chief Executive of advertising agency M&C Saatchi Worldwide.

 

M&C Saatchi Worldwide

 

 

Phil Bentley

Phil Bentley

Phil Bentley is the Managing Director of British Gas.

 

British Gas

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