Money BoxAuthor: BBC Radio 4
20 Sep 2019

Money Box

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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

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    How do I start investing?

    Have you been thinking about investing but have been put off by the jargon or fees? Do you think that investing is just for the rich, or that you have to have thousands spare to get started? Are you scared of risk, or do you think it seems like a man's game? Our panel explain the basics for first time investors. Panel: Holly Mackay, Boring Money Anna Sofat, Addidi Wealth Anthony Morrow, Open Money

  • Posted on 18 Sep 2019

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    How digital payments are changing the way we donate

    This week Big Issue sellers have started to accept contactless payments. As donations to good causes dwindle we find out how digital transactions are reshaping the way we donate. Can 20 somethings who are making the minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions still have a comfortable retirement? A recent study found more than half of savers are confident that they will but experts are concerned that this confidence is misplaced. We crunch the numbers for a couple of volunteers to find out. And we look at the impact of a project to reduce the cost of the school day on the lives of families in Scotland. Presenter: Paul Lewis Reporter: Bethan Head Producer: Alex Lewis Editor: Emma Rippon

  • Posted on 14 Sep 2019

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    How do you ask for a pay rise?

    Whether you are a freelancer or working for a big company, talking about how much you're worth can be hard. Have you been too scared to ask for a pay rise? Have you asked but been rejected? Have you dodged negotiating your pay when offered a new position? We take your calls and offer advice on how to have those tricky conversations. Contact the Money Box team - email moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox. Or call us from 1pm on Wednesday: 03 700 100 444 - geographic charges apply. Join Louise Cooper and her expert panel: Catherine Davies from Pay Rise Accelerator Andrew Chamberlain, Deputy Director of Policy at IPSE Natalie Reynolds author of "We have a Deal" and founder of negotiation consultancy Advantage spring Producer: Phoebe Keane Editor: Emma Rippon

  • Posted on 11 Sep 2019

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    Former Extra Energy customer shocked at new £4,000 bill

    Money Box reporter Dan Whitworth investigates why a failed energy company is still sending bills to customers. Extra Energy ceased trading ten months ago. Last month former customer Diane received a letter demanding over £4,000 for supplying gas to her 2 bedroom home. Guest: Ellen Fraser, Energy Analyst at Baringa. A savings account that pays a 50p bonus for every pound you save. Just imagine that. Well actually you don't have to because it exists. It's called a Help to Save Account, is backed by the government and was launched last year to encourage people on low incomes who claim certain benefits to save. The Treasury estimates that around 3.5million people could be eligible for the scheme, recent statistics from HMRC reveal only 132,000 accounts have been opened. Guest: Kelly Sizer, Senior Technical Manager, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. Cara explains how she balances running her international online business with being a 14-year-old schoolgirl. Guest: Julian Hall, the founder of Ultra Education which teaches entrepreneurship in schools to 7 to 18 year-olds. Presenter: Paul Lewis Producer: Charmaine Cozier Editor: Emma Rippon

  • Posted on 07 Sep 2019

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    Entrepreneurial mothers

    Have you set up a new business after becoming a parent? What are the challenges and rewards? The number of mothers that are working for themselves has doubled in the last ten years according to IPSE, a society representing Professionals and the Self Employed. There are now almost 600,000 freelancing mothers across the UK. In addition, there are many mums who are running their own businesses and employing others. But challenges remain - lack of access to finance and an absence of role models can hold some women back from striking out on their own professionally. But the Government is hoping to boost the numbers of female entrepreneurs with initiatives including free business mentoring services. From e-commerce, to setting up a franchise, to spotting a gap in a market and making it a profitable business, Money Box wants to hear stories from entrepreneurial mothers and share their top tips. Join Louise Cooper and expert panel. Guests: Entrepreneur Alison Cork – The Government's appointed Champion for Women Entrepreneurs and founder of The National Women’s Enterprise Network, helping women to set up their own businesses. Ruby Peacock from the Federation of Small Businesses ‘Women in Enterprise’ team Contact the Money Box team to tell your stories The number to call is 03 700 100 444, geographic charges apply. The lines open at 1pm on Wednesday. Email moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox

  • Posted on 04 Sep 2019

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