BBC Business Daily

Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the business jargon really mean.

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Elements: Boron
Boron is the mineral from the Wild West that stops glass from shattering and stops bullets in their tracks. Presenter Laurence Knight visits the Dixon Glass works to see why borosilicate glass is perfect for making chemistry equipment and much of the glassware we use in our day-to-day lives. Professor Andrea Sella demonstrates how this element puts the flub into flubber. Colin Roberson, founder of body armour firm Advanced Defence Materials, explains why being shot is like standing at the bottom of a volcano. And the BBC's Kim Gittleson travels to the deserts of California where the modern-day story of boron first began.
Dátum: 2015-06-11 Idő: 09:20:00
The Ocean Economy
Can governments and businesses exploit the untapped economic potential of the seas without damaging its complex ecosystems? Tanya Beckett reports from the World Ocean Summit in Portugal. She speaks to Assuncao Cristas, Portugal's minister for agriculture and the sea, Maria Damanaki, managing director for oceans at the Nature Conservancy, Catherine Novelli, US undersecretary for economic growth, energy and environment, and Marco Lambertini, director general of the WWF. The BBC's Paul Ross also reports on the fishermen persuaded to catch less to protect the long-term future of their industry. And Brian Sullivan from Google outlines the tech giant’s new Oceans project.
Dátum: 2015-06-10 Idő: 09:27:00
Iceland: Escape from Capital Controls
Seven years after the crisis, Iceland's finance minister Bjarni Benediktsson tells presenter Manuela Saragosa why his government is finally allowing investors to move their money out of the country. Also in the programme, despite Monday's 8% slump in the Istanbul Stock Exchange, might Turkey's surprise election results be good news for the country's business community? Plus, the chocolate gourmet and founder of Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell explains why he thinks the US and UK have gone from sugar-candied backwaters a generation ago, to become the most exciting places to retail innovative cocoa products today.
Dátum: 2015-06-09 Idő: 10:28:00
Cybersecurity - Are We Ever Safe From Hackers?
The number of cyber-attacks is on the rise. We hear why it can take months before an organisation even realises it's under attack, why so many are unprepared, and what European law enforcers are doing about it. And if you think things are bad now, wait till the internet-of-things means your fridge and car are connected! Also, our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway on why companies score so badly on giving employees constructive feedback.
Dátum: 2015-06-08 Idő: 08:30:00
Greek Brinkmanship
When it comes to negotiations with creditors, Athens always takes it to the brink. Manuela Saragosa speaks to a negotiating consultant in the Greek capital about the country's strategy. Also, could green energy do for Africa's power networks what mobile telephony did for the continent's phone networks? Plus, the lowdown from the World Economic Forum in South Africa, and why Fifa sponsors only have so much patience.
Dátum: 2015-06-05 Idő: 08:40:00
Austerity in Portugal
After economic crisis, an IMF bailout and years of spending cuts, Portugal's economy is growing again. So is Portugal proof that austerity works? In a special report from the capital Lisbon, Tanya Beckett speaks to some of the tech start-ups riding a wave of optimism among some young Portuguese about the prospects for the economy. But she also hears from economists who warn that the positive economic data hides deeper problems of soaring youth unemployment, and poverty among the lowest paid. She also visits a food bank, one of a network upon which one in 25 Portuguese now rely. And with elections due later this year the BBC's Lisbon correspondent Alison Roberts reports on how the legacy of austerity might play a role in the polls.
Dátum: 2015-06-04 Idő: 09:20:00
Elements: Gallium & Indium
LED lighting, solar power and lasers are just some of the electronics revolutionised by two obscure chemical elements - gallium and indium. Laurence Knight hears from Mike Simpson of Philips why we will only need to replace our lightbulbs once every two decades, and travels to Sheffield University where research centre head Jon Heffernan explains what on earth III-V materials are and why making an LED is like baking a pizza. Meanwhile chemistry stalwart Prof Andrea Sella of UCL demonstrates these two metals' surprisingly buttery melt-in-the-mouth properties.
Dátum: 2015-06-03 Idő: 10:20:00
Are Adverts "Visual Pollution"?
Billboards, posters and banner ads - does ubiquitous advertising lead to mental overload? Ed Butler investigates. American author Matthew Crawford discusses whether the constant distraction of ever-present commercials leads to "mental fragmentation". The BBC's Daniel Gallas reports from Sao Paulo in Brazil on the city's decision to ban "visual pollution", including all outdoor advertising, a decade ago. And Ed hears from Nick Gill, planning director at advertising agency Doner, why he thinks outdoor advertising is part of the lore of a big city.
Dátum: 2015-06-02 Idő: 09:19:00
Ukraine Economy - Corruption and Crash
The Ukrainian President says he faces "two wars", one against pro-Russian separatists, the other against endemic corruption. If the latest economic data are a measure, he's losing both. But can the West afford not to bail out Kiev? Staying with corruption, we have a report from Lebanon, where activists are looking at new ways to raise awareness of the cost of graft. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times looks at the scourge of what she calls "third-party boasting" on Twitter and Facebook.
Dátum: 2015-06-01 Idő: 09:16:00
FIFA: The Corporate Threat
The fallout from the FIFA scandal in one country, Brazil, Jose Hawilla, the boss of sports management firm, Traffic, has pleaded guilty to a long list of corruption charges. With his company controlling so many of FIFA's past contracts across the Americas, the BBC's Daniel Gallas in Sao Paulo explains why it's now feared many other firms could be dragged into the scandal. Also, Leo Martin, Founder and Director of Goodcorp, which advises companies on ethics and compliance issues, tells us why multi-national companies especially are now being forced to do more to protect themselves, when it's feared corruption has crept into the system. Finally, Aaron Levie, the boss and co-founder of, explains how he made a billion dollar cloud storage firm.
Dátum: 2015-05-29 Idő: 09:50:00