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The Bottom Line - Invent it, make it, sell it

Updated Thursday, 27th September 2012

Evan Davis welcomes three more guests, each of whom have a story to tell about a product which shaped the fortunes of their business

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Guests from The Bottom Line Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC Guests on this week's The Bottom Line discuss products Every week, BBC Radio 4 and The Open University bring you The Bottom Line.

Presented by Evan Davis, The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to present a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.

If business is about anything, it's about products.

Evan's guests come from companies that invent them, manufacture them and sell them and they each tell the story of a product that has shaped the fortunes of their business in some way.

They also discuss the art of dismissal. How easy should it be to fire an employee?

In the studio are:

  • Sir George Buckley, former Chief Executive of 3M, the US firm behind the Post-it Note and Scotch Tape
  • Clara Gaymard, Chief Executive of the French arm of US company General Electric
  • Ian Cheshire, Chief Executive of home improvement retailer Kingfisher, whose brands include B&Q and Screwfix

The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 27th September 2012. It can also be heard on the BBC World Service, and shown on BBC News Channel and BBC World Television. For more broadcast details, and to listen again online where available, please visit




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