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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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7 February 2009
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Evan Davis
Evan Davis and his guests discuss whether government should enter the boardroom and asks whatever happened to working from home?
In a week when US President Barack Obama announced plans to limit the salaries of corporate bosses, Evan asks his guests if government should be in the business boardroom.

How much should government get involved in private enterprise? Is Obama’s move appropriate only for these extreme times or is it a model that could go beyond the current economic crisis and herald a new partnership?

And as snow storms paralyse companies around the country, thousands of people are taking days off work. But hold on – didn’t business leaders promise us more than a decade ago a future where remote working would be the norm?

Even though more people are working outside the office, that group is still a small proportion of the total labour force. So why hasn’t homeworking taken off in the way that was predicted back in the early 1990s?

Guests

Paul Bennett
Chief Creative Officer and Managing Director of Europe, IDEO
The global design company is based in the States with eight offices around the world and 500 staff.

Hilary Devey
Chairman and chief executive, Pall-Ex
Her freight transport company has a turnover of £100m and employs 200 people. Devey was on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire – when she lived on an estate in Rochdale.

Robyn Jones
Chief executive, Charlton House
One of the biggest independent contract caterers in the country, she employs nearly 2000 people.
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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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