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Stefan Szymanski on the business of football

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Updated 11 Apr 2014
When it comes to the business of football, you get what you pay for. Stefan Szymanski provides an insight into the professional side of the...

Episode three: Amazon’s Retail Revolution

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Updated 03 Apr 2014
This programme follows the fortunes of the ultimate online retail success story: Amazon.

Episode two: Real Storage Wars

Episode two: Real Storage Wars Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 02 Apr 2014
This is the story of how a multi-million pound industry was created to profit from our hoarding habits.

Episode one: Coffee Shop Hot Shots

Episode one: Coffee Shop Hot Shots Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 01 Apr 2014
Just how did we became so obsessed with coffee shops and how do the brands battle for our custom?

OU on the BBC: Business Boomers

OU on the BBC: Business Boomers Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 01 Apr 2014
Join us for this four-part series on businesses that have boomed despite tough economic times.

The Bottom Line - Transformation

The Bottom Line - Transformation Copyright free image Credit: Image released into public domain
Updated 06 Mar 2014
Businesses which have turned around - and how do you stop the 180 degree turn from being a 360?

The Bottom Line - The business of education

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Introductory Level Updated 28 Mar 2013
Education as a business is the subject of discussion this week with Evan Davis and guests.

The Bottom Line - Rich and full-bodied

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Introductory Level Updated 21 Mar 2013
Evan Davis and his guests explore just how profitable selling crushed grapes really is.

The Bottom Line - To the rescue

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Introductory Level Updated 14 Mar 2013
Evan Davis asks his guests what it takes to rescue a sinking company. 

The Bottom Line - Public sector pie

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Introductory Level Updated 06 Mar 2013
Evan Davis and guests discuss what it's like doing business with the state.

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Rural entrepreneurship in Wales

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Rural entrepreneurship in Wales
Introductory Level Duration 30 hours Updated 09 Apr 2014
What are the important issues to consider when starting up or running a small business in a rural environment? This study unit will introduce you...

Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland

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Rural entrepreneurship in Scotland
Introductory Level Duration 30 hours Updated 17 Jan 2014
This unit is an introduction to rural enterprise in Scotland. It is principally designed for those developing their own enterprises and also as a...

Finding information in business and management

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Introductory Level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in business and management, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment...

Environmental factors and organisations

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Environmental factors and organisations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters Level Duration 6 hours Updated 19 Jul 2012
The interactions of business with the non-commercial enviromnent are under increasing scrutiny. This unit looks at the relationships between...

Choosing a human resources consultant

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Choosing a human resources consultant Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters Level Duration 6 hours Updated 19 Jul 2012
Human resources consultancies have become invaluable to businesses looking for improvements and efficiencies in their operations. This unit...

Operations, technology and stakeholder value

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Masters Level Duration 40 hours Updated 28 Jul 2011
The management of processes or operations is the very essence of any kind of business enterprise, and it is critically important that they are...

Business English: Making decisions

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Intermediate Level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

Business English: Presenting the decision

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Intermediate Level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the...

The life sciences industry: An introduction

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Masters Level Duration 6 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
This unit covers the emergence of the Life Sciences sector out of its precursor the pharmaceutical industry. After examining some historical...

An introduction to business cultures

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Introductory Level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Jul 2011
Disney and Google are just two companies renowned for their ‘business culture’. Have you ever wondered why the company you work for is different...