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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 2 December 2003



Population and the economy

The number of Britons is predicted to grow by over 4 million in coming decades. But what does this mean for our future prosperity?

Could Britain actually be in position to become the biggest economy in Europe as a result of having more people than its continental neighbours?

Are our growing ethnic minorities well placed to help the economy boom? And to what extent does one of the major sources of population growth - immigration—help our overall wealth?

Guests:

Robert Wright
professor of economics at University of Stirling

David Coleman
professor of demography at Oxford University

Yvonne Thompson
ASAP Communications, chair of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum, and the London African Caribbean Business Network

Christopher Smallwood
economic adviser to Barclays

Ram Gidoomal
entrepreneur, and chair of the South Asian Development Partnership

Edward Johnston
managing director of Port Royal Jamaican Patties

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