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The Bottom Line - Gold

The Bottom Line - Gold Creative commons image Credit: Celeste33 under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of gold. 

The Bottom Line - Trading places

The Bottom Line - Trading places Copyrighted image Credit: © Arne9001 | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 02 Feb 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss some of the secrets to retailing success. 

The Bottom Line - The price of time

The Bottom Line - The price of time Copyrighted image Credit: Zoran Mladenovic | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss how we decide on the price of our job, including factors such as time and...

30 years of SME research highlights impact of the ‘digital revolution’

30 years of SME research highlights impact of the ‘digital revolution’ Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain highlights the changes affecting SMEs in the past 30 years.

The Bottom Line - Family rivals

The Bottom Line - Family rivals Copyrighted image Credit: Flyntv | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Nov 2014
This episode of The Bottom Line focuses on people leaving the family business and setting up rival firms. 

The Bottom Line - Live long and prosper

The Bottom Line - Live long and prosper Copyrighted image Credit: Silhap | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss the rare event of a business lasting for centuries and explore how they remain successful. 

The Bottom Line - Wearable technology

The Bottom Line - Wearable technology Creative commons image Credit: Scanrail | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss investments in wearable tech - will they go mainstream or are gadgets only for geeks?

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU

The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain - Competing in the EU Creative commons image Credit: Raw Pixel Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
Dr Richard Blundel introduces the latest survey findings of the Quarterly Survey, focusing on small and medium-sized businesses competing...

The Bottom Line - Flash sales

The Bottom Line - Flash sales Creative commons image Credit: Tim Parkinson under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
The growth of online flash sale companies is discussed by Evan Davis and three entrepeneurs from this sector. 

The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc

The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc Creative commons image Credit: Amy Wardlaw under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Oct 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss online review companies, monitoring of posts and the genuineness of the ratings. 

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