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The Bottom Line returns with a new series from The Open University and the BBC, presented by Evan Davis.

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This page is for an old series of The Bottom Line and is retained for archive purposes only. Click here to see information about the Winter 2015/16 series of The Bottom Line.

Evan Davis Radio 4 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Since 2006 The Open University and the BBC have been bringing Evan Davis and his panel of experts into your living room, to share their insights on a range of subjects facing businesses nationally and globally. Now they're back with another brand new series on a fresh range of subjects.

Here on OpenLearn, discover more about these topics and go beyond the headlines with experts from The Open University Business School and exclusive extended interviews with some of the guests.

For full details of upcoming broadcasts, and links to listen or watch again, visit the BBC website or visit the episode guide below.

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The Northern Powerhouse

Creative commons image Buh Snarf under CC NC-ND 2.0 under Creative-Commons license Can the Northern Powerhouse solve Britain's North-South economic divide? For now, the Northern Powerhouse is a concept: an idea that towns and cities in the north can unite, forming their own economic hub to rival London and the south east. So how to turn it into a reality? Evan Davis and guests are with an audience at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to discuss what kind of businesses will settle in the north of England and what needs to be done to encourage them to make the move. They'll talk about the frustrations of poor transport links, the joys of green spaces and the reasons why businesses like to cluster.


  • Wayne Hemingway, Designer and entrepreneur, Hemingway Design
  • Vanda Murray, an Independent Director, Manchester Airports Group
  • Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council and Chair, Transport for the North
  • Jo York, co-founder, Reframed TV

This edition of The Bottom Line was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 12th November 2015. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC Website. 


Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Art and the Business of Taste How do you value something like a painting? What makes one artist worth more than another? Who decides what is in... Read more
Crisis at VW: A Bottom Line Special In this special episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and his guests discuss the emissions scandal at Volkswagen. Read more
Going Public Why do companies go public? What does this mean for their business? Evan Davis and guests discuss these questions on... Read more
Sponsorship The global sponsorship market is worth more than 30 billion pounds a year, but what happens when negative publicity -... Read more
Financial Engineering What exactly is financial engineering? Can you use it to cross a river? Evan Davis and his guests discuss the topic. Read more
Fast Fashion Evan Davis and guests discuss fabric, factories and a nimble supply chain. Read more
Breaking the Mould Rewriting the rules: what does it take to be a non-conformist? Evan Davis is joined by a banker, a brewer and a tech... Read more
The Northern Powerhouse Can the Northern Powerhouse solve Britain's North-South economic divide? Read more




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