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THE BOTTOM LINE
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The Bottom Line
Saturday 5.30-6.00pm
The Bottom Line
Insight into business from the people at the top
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29 September 2007
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Evan Davis
On the programme this week, Evan Davis and guests discuss  value engineering and alliances.
We’re all familiar with low-frills and budget businesses, whether they’re hotels, restaurants or airlines. But you might be surprised at the amount of thought that goes into cutting costs and increasing profits.

This week we talk to some practitioners of value engineering. They’ll explain how getting rid of free shampoo and peanuts saves so much money, and why they draw the line at scrapping the TCMF – otherwise known as ‘tea and coffee making facilities’.

Also on the programme, we’ll talk about alliances. In the cutthroat world of business, what benefit do you get by partnering up with another company – and once you’re in league with the competition, why stop short of a merger?


Grant Hearn
Chief executive, Travelodge

Jean Stephens
Chief executive, RSM International

Simon Woodroffe
Founder, Yo Company including YOTEL and Yo! Sushi
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The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to give you a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.
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