Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard. Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times.
The “disbelief” at the Chancellor's tax U-turn. Does the public respect Kwasi Kwarteng for ‘listening' to them? Is Liz Truss lacking support within the Tory party? Our Political Editor Nicholas Cecil discusses the government's controversial U-turn on plans to scrap the 45% top tax rate. Plus Julia Davies from Patriotic Millionaires UK explains why the wealthy should be taxed even more. In this episode:The Conservative Conference reacts to the U-turnWas pressure from Michael Gove and Grant Shapps too much?Could we now see more policy U-turns?Have the PM and Chancellor lost their credibility?Why it isn't a ‘complete U-turn'Should the wealthy be taxed more to pay for the cost of living crisis?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Timo Boldt founded Gousto when few knew what a meal kit delivery subscription was, now he's running a company valued at $1.75 billion.This is a cut-down version taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To listen to the full thing click here.In this episode we talk about: Why he left the Dragon's Den with no money, but Duncan Bannantyne became one of their first customersAdvice on how to make an investor pitch How to promote your product and networkingHow he sent food boxes to venture capitalistsHow the philosophy of Rocky Balboa got him through the hard timesThe Christmas card that got him dinner with Al GoreThe nation's PE teacher Joe Wicks and his recipes - plus his investment into a startupPlus more!Find us on Twitter #HowToBeACEO #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Could Liz Truss OBR talks be a turning point?They may have lasted less than an hour, but were the OBR crisis talks significant? And could they push PM Liz Truss to alter her mini-budget? Our Economic Expert Stephen King explains what the talks were all about, what the OBR's statement about them might mean, and what our Prime Minister might be thinking after a tough week. In this episode:What was the purpose of these crisis talks?“Highly unusual” for the PM to take partWhy was the Office for Budget Responsibility's statement so short?Is it a good or bad sign that the talks were so short?Who is optimistic about Liz Truss's economic plans?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Liz Truss's local radio performance reviewed: doubling-down on mini budget, investors continue to sell gilts, and are Conservative MPs frustrated behind the scenes? Can the PM reinstate some confidence ahead of the Tory Party conference? Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses the PM's performance on local radio this morning, and explores what options she has on the table to secure support and confidence in her plans for the economy. In this episode:How Liz Truss managed the grilling on local radioDid she underestimate the questioning from local presenters?What can she do now to boost confidence?Could the PM do a U-turn on the mini-budget?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Bank of England's emergency action to stabilise markets. How the bank is effectively ‘creating money from nothing'. Could Keir Starmer's energy plan save us? Our economic expert Stephen King explains the Bank of England's decision in layman's terms, plus energy expert Dr Aidan O'Sullivan from UCL discusses the feasibility of Keir Starmer's Great British Energy Company. In this episode:The Bank of England's emergency action explainedHow the bank is effectively printing money How the economic crisis impacts the publicIs Keir Starmer's energy proposal a good idea?How feasible is the concept?Is his target for 100% clean energy by 2030 achievable?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Why have some lenders withdrawn mortgages? Will interest rates hit 6%? What to do if you're a first-time buyer. Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses why some mortgage deals have been pulled, and why Labour are calling this latest development the 'tip of the iceberg' for the economy. And Sam Richardson, Deputy Editor of Which? shares tips for worried first-time buyers and home-owners. In this episode:Why have Virgin, Skipton Building Society and Halifax withdrawn mortgages?How could interest rates reach 6% next year?Would the government support homeowners who can't pay their mortgage?Should you look at cheaper properties in prep for interest rate rises?Is overpaying now a good idea?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The biggest drop in the pound since 1971, rumours of hedge funds shorting the currency, and claims Tory MPs are not happy about it. But is it time to worry? The Evening Standard's Political Editor Nicholas Cecil explains what has happened, and the impact a drop in the pound could have. Plus Matthew Lesh from the Institute of Economic Affairs explains why some good could come from the fall in Sterling. In this episode:The pound's record drop explainedHow could the Bank of England boost the pound?Unrest among some backbench Conservative MPsCould the drop be a temporary blip?How a crash in the 80s was a turning point for SterlingWhy it's a case of ‘wait and see'Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Recorded during the 2022 Formula E season How to be a CEO met with the founder, Alejandro Agag.From an idea on the back of a napkin in 2011 to one of the fastest growing sports in the world, the Formula E story is one of risk-taking, set backs and extraordinary success. We speak to its founder Alejandro about: How Formula E's innovating commercial electric vehiclesGigamine and battery recycling How the end of the combustion engine will promote electric racingTo hear the full episode click here.For the best business news, analysis and interviews, go to standard.co.uk/business or pick up the Evening Standard newspaper. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Will tax cuts help us get through the winter? Is more borrowing the answer? How effective will the government's mini-budget be? Should we still be addicted to growth? We speak with Fran Boaite, Executive Director of research and campaign group Positive Money. In this episode:Does trickle-down economics work?Will tax cuts boost the economy as we head into a recession?Why hasn't the government opted for another windfall tax on energy firms?Do we need to rethink our obsession with GDP growth?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Brace yourselves, the Bank of England says we may already be in recession. It comes following the announcement of a hike in interest rates - for the 7th consecutive time - to 2.25%. It's up by half a percentage point and takes borrowing costs to their highest levels since 2008. But, what exactly does this all mean for us? The Evening Standard's Business Editor, Jonathan Prynn, explains. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In a speech to the nation, the Russian President said reservists would be called up to fight in Ukraine. He went on to claim that the West has been “engaging in nuclear blackmail'' and Russia has “lots of weapons to reply”.So, just how concerned should we be about Vladimir Putin's threats? The Evening Standard's Home Affairs Editor, Martin Bentham, explains. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Now the official mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II has ended, it's time for our new Prime Minister to get to work. She's got a packed week ahead of her; foreign trips, big statements and a fiscal package to set into motion. As Robbie Smith, the Evening Standard's Comment Editor, explains. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
SliderCuts, sometimes known as Mark Maciver, is a globally recognised barber and one of the UK's leading black entrepreneurs. He's cut the hair of international superstars like Lebron James and Anthony Joshua, building up a business from his shop in East London. Listen to the full episode here. In this episode we talk about: How to get financing when banks won't talk to youThe importance of valuing your business properlyWhen to say no to investorsHow to diversify your brandAnd how to deal with rat infestation on launch day For the best business news, interviews and analysis, go to standard.co.uk/business or read the Evening Standard newspaper Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On Thursday 8th September 2022, we lost our Queen. As the Elizabethan era ends and the Carolean period begins, we look at how the nation prepared for this historic day. Experts Robert Hazell, Professor of Government & the Constitution at University College London, and the Evening Standard's Royal Editor, Robert Jobson, walk us through the protocol, events that followed and ultimately how we said our final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Credited with the most famous face in the world, Queen Elizabeth will long be remembered as the longest reigning monarch in British history. She was the first monarch to appear on television, and also sent one of the first ever emails. Sarah Richardson, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Warwick describes some of her top achievements as our monarch, and why she's so dearly loved by the British public. In this episode:Her role as a female leaderWhy she pushed to join the military effort at WWIIHow she embraced new technologyHer impact on the CommonwealthChoosing Prime MinistersWhy the British public love herFollow us on Twitter #The LeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Could it take over a year for King Charles III to appear on our money? And do Australians really want Steve Irwin on their dollar notes? Looking at King Charles's accession process, Lucy Hume from Debrett's explains what happens now, and how the King might wield his power as monard. Plus Dominic Chorney, a coin expert from Baldwin's explains how our currency will change, and what other commonwealth countries might do with their money. In this episode:What does the accession process look like?Will King Charles dabble in politics?How long will it take for stamps, money and royal signage to change?When will money featuring Queen Elizabeth go out of circulation?What will the new King's portrait look like?Is Steve Irwin a contender to feature on Australian Dollars?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
London could become ‘full' for the first time, as up to one million people are expected to visit for the Queen's coffin procession. Some people are already camping out to get ahead of the queue, and some train services into London have already sold out. The Evening Standard's John Dunne explains how unprecedented the occasion will be for the capital. And Ross Lydall, our Travel Editor explains how travel will be impacted, and how best to get around the city.In this episode:How TfL and train services are helping commutersThe best ways to get around LondonCould London really become ‘full' of people?Mourners could face 20-hour queuesWill businesses benefit from the flock of visitors?Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What now for the Queen's Corgis? And will the dog breed maintain its legacy as a Royal pet? We speak with the Evening Standard's Ethan Croft about the Queen's history with Corgis, and where the two she's left will live now. Plus ex-chairman of the Welsh Corgi League Diana King explains how the Queen boosted the breed's popularity.In this episode:How Queen Elizabeth fell in love with CorgisThe one that photobombed the England rugby squadHow the dogs joined James Bond's 2012 Olympics opening ceremonyWhy demand is so high for Corgis todayWhy you should contact the Welsh Corgi League if you want to buy a puppyFor more information on rescue Corgis, head to the Corgi Rescue website.Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This is taken from our business podcast How to be a CEO.As an SVP at Diageo Catharina von Franck sits on the company's UK board and is in charge of growing iconic brands like Guiness, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and others. Diageo has just moved to a new HQ in the heart of Soho, London's hospitality centre. In this episode she tells us: What's it like inside Diageo's new buildingWhy London's so important to the hospitality industryWhat Diageo did to help hospitality during and after the pandemic How to stay relevant but true to your brand's history The mistakes to avoid when marketing your brand To listen to the full episode click here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After experiencing the driest July since 1935 the first hosepipe ban of 2022 is in place in the UK.Residents in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are the first to face a ban, and will be followed by people in Kent and the South East from August 12th.To add to drought concerns, river experts have reported the source of the Thames has dried up for the first time on record.Some experts have criticised water companies for the way they've controlled our water supplies and dealt with leaks.We speak with meteorologist Dr Rob Thompson from the University of Reading about how we got into this situation. Plus Climate Lecturer John Grant from Sheffield Hallam University explains how we can change our water usage to deal with future droughts.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The UK is once again facing a recession, as the Bank of England announced its predictions for the economy, alongside a 0.5% rise in interest rates.It's the highest for 27 years, and the Bank of England has also predicted energy bills will push inflation to 13% - up from an already 40-year-high of 9.4%.The Bank has predicted the UK will go into recession in the fourth quarter of this year, which could last into 2024.Alongside that, the energy regulator Ofgem warned that customers face a “very challenging winter ahead” as it now plans to update the energy price cap quarterly instead of every six months.We speak with Economist Lukasz Krebel from the New Economics Foundation about the significance of this latest forecast from the Bank of England.Plus we speak with Grace Blakeley, Economist and Columnist for The Tribune about the effectiveness of the interest rate rise.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As TfL passes the latest deadline in discussions over government funding and unions continue to threaten strike action, the future of transport in London hangs in the balance. On Wednesday afternoon Transport For London said discussions with the DfT were “ongoing” and repeated calls for £927million to get through the rest of the year, as well as a long-term funding deal.The company also accused unions of ‘undermining' its bailout deal negotiations with further threats of strike action, which are planned for later this month.The Evening Standard's Political Reporter Rachael Burford explains what could happen next as discussions continue. And CEO of Centre For London Nick Bowes discusses how the situation has become so dire for TfL, and gives his predictions for what might happen next.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The news that BP has reported record profits of almost £7billion has not gone down well with bill payers and campaign groups.The energy firm's highest profits in 14 years come as people in the UK are warned their annual energy bills could reach on average £3,300 a year by January.It led to campaign groups calling the situation a “Cost of greed crisis”, and the words “don't pay UK” trending on Twitter - a campaign encouraging people to cancel their energy direct debits in October.The Evening Standard's Business Editor Jonathan Prynn talks us through the situation, BP's announcement, and what might happen next.Plus we speak with Ruth London from campaign group Fuel Poverty Action, who are calling for a basic level of free energy for all, and are backing the ‘Don't Pay UK' campaign.Follow us on Twitter for more news @EveningStandard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.