The World of BusinessAuthor: BBC Radio
20 Nov 2017

The World of Business

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Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.

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    American jobs: The ties that bind

    Why are so many US workers forced into job contracts that make it hard for them to leave? Employers routinely ask new recruits to agree to "non-compete" clauses when they start work. This means they might be unable to work for a competitor company, or to set up on their own. Is this a good way to protect intellectual property or an unnecessary infringement of workers' rights? Claire Bolderson goes to Massachusetts to explore the personal and economic impact of the legislation and asks if reform might, finally, be a possibility. Producer: Rosamund Jones Photo: Claire Bolderson in Boston, Massachusetts Credit: BBC

  • Posted on 18 Nov 2017

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    Starting Up in Bulgaria

    Can entrepreneurs at Sofia Tech Park kick-start one of the EU's poorest countries? Ruth Alexander meets the tiny companies growing fast at Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria's first technology business centre. Start-up culture is a new phenomenon in the former communist state, which has an unfortunate reputation for corruption; but does it now have what it takes to spark an entrepreneurial revolution? Producer: John Murphy Photo credit: Walltopia

  • Posted on 11 Nov 2017

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    Uganda’s Refugee Entrepreneurs

    Uganda has taken in more than a million South Sudanese refugees. Many have lost almost everything. So how do they get back on their feet? For some of them the answer is to set up a small business. But doing that in a refugee settlement, when you have no capital and many of your customers have no money, is no easy task. Yet markets are sprouting up across the refugee settlements of northern Uganda. There are stalls selling eggs, vegetables, mobile phone cards, jeans; and there are even hairdressers and photocopying services in small shacks, where both the refugees and the local Ugandan population can trade. So how have these places come to existence? How have they grown out of what very recently was untamed African bush land? As John Murphy discovers, it’s a story of entrepreneurship, sacrifice, taking a gamble and simple necessity. Produced and presented by John Murphy Photo: 22 year old Aida who sells avocados, onions and bananas, to make money to pay for further education and training. Credit: BBC

  • Posted on 04 Nov 2017

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    The Business of Food Waste

    With food waste a huge global problem, can business find new, profitable solutions? Tanya Beckett delves into pizza bins, visits larvae breeders and talks to everyone from bankers to hummus-makers as she investigates why this fast-changing business scene. How can new technology help tackle the problem? And are wasteful food consumers ready for radical change? Producer: Chris Bowlby; Editor: Penny Murphy

  • Posted on 28 Sep 2017

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    Playing the Market

    From the film Wall Street, to the play Enron, finance workers and bankers tend to be portrayed negatively in works of fiction. Andrew Dickson traces the history of these depictions, asking if they're fair - and if more positive portrayals would enhance the reputation of the City He speaks to playwrights, a bond trader turned thriller writer, a film historian and a veteran of the banking industry. Producer: Penny Murphy.

  • Posted on 21 Sep 2017

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