It's hard to buy anything these days without being asked to rate or review it. Evan Davis and guests look at how have businesses such as Tripadvisor, Feefo and Checkatrade have altered the relationship between companies and consumers? Do you trust the wisdom of crowds more than an expert's view?
Matt West, Chief Executive of Feefo
Rob Paterson, Chief Executive of Best Western Hotels GB
Caroline Wiertz, Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in LOndon
For many graduates an internship has become the default route to full-time, paid employment. But getting a good placement is competitive and in some cases poorly paid or unpaid. What does this mean for social mobility and diversity in the workplace? Evan Davis and guests discuss the pros and cons of internships.
Sarah Churchman, UK Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing, PwC
Amalia Illgner , Freelance journalist and a former intern
Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder, Rate My Placement
The personalisation revolution
Technological advances have made it easier for businesses to offer us more personalised goods and services, from customised cars to clothes that fit better and pioneering cell and gene therapies to target serious illnesses. How far can this personalisation revolution go?
Darrin Disley, Chief Executive of cell therapy company, Mogrify
Georgina Silvester, Chief Operating Officer (designate), Handelsbanken UK
Karl Howkins, Managing Director, Citroen UK
Kate Ancketill, Chief Executive of GDR Creative Intelligence
There are more than two-and-a-half thousand consumer and business magazine titles on sale in the UK. What is the appeal of magazines and how does the business endure in spite of falling advertising revenues and declining circulation figures?
Wolfgang Blau, President, Conde Nast International
Terri White, Editor-in-Chief, Empire Magazine
Rebecca McGrath, Senior Analyst, Media, Mintel
Are auditors fit for purpose?
What's the point of an audit if it fails to detect when a company's about to go under? The sudden collapse of BHS, Carillion and Patisserie Valerie has dented public confidence in the firms that audited them and prompted calls for a shake-up of the audit industry. Would more competition in the sector, which is dominated by four big players, drive audit quality up? Do accountants need to be more robust in challenging company figures?
Joining Evan Davis for The Bottom Line:
Bill Michael, UK Chairman and Senior Partner at KPMG.
Jac Berry, Audit Partner and UK Head of Quality at Mazars
and Christopher Humphrey, Professor of Accounting at the Alliance Manchester Business School