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Punchline Talks! With David Jackson, Emily MacKenzie, Will Abbott and Neill Ricketts

Each Friday, Punchline-Gloucester.com editor Mark Owen is joined by leading Gloucestershire business figures from a range of backgrounds to review Fridays national & regional newspapers, discuss what is happening in their own business sector and in their own individual businesses.

Finally, they round off by picking the stories that have caught their eye in this week's Punchline-Gloucester.com.

Taking their places on the business briefing panel this week were:

• David Jackson, manager of Marketing Cheltenham

• Emily MacKenzie, chapter steward and chief operating officer (COO) at Gloucester Cathedral

• Will Abbott, partner and head of business advisory at Randall & Payne

• Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien Plc

It is a lively informative chat with the panel working their way through the national papers before getting behind the nitty gritty of their own businesses and market place.

Covered in the papers - Emily covered heat pump boilers - the knock-on effect it could have to the Cathedrals property portfolio and of course the rest of us, Insulate Britain and what do the panel think of their actions on M25.

Will picked out what's making the tech news according to his only paper The Times (which he has every breakfast) including traffic jams for self driving cars, WiFi on the moon and virtual reality 'heading' - and who knew he was such a big fan of the 'classics'.

David pulled out stories about Stagecoach buses and electric buses, the lack of government action on business rates and that we could lose 80% of our current retailers and sticking to the coach theme, only 50% of coach travel is back - what does this mean for Cheltenham's economy?

Finally we had Neill's whip through the papers - he believes that quantity is better than quality so he covers everything from Little Mix break up - to Adele's new single, Cinderford rugby and so much more we don't have room here. To be fair its quick and like always - great fun.

The panel talk through briefly about what is happening in their own sectors and business news and there is something to learn for everyone who is interested in business from the people who are at the sharp end of running their companies or cathedral.

David also gives Punchline an exclusive...

Its well worth the investment of time to listen to four top experts - in business you never stop learning.

A B!G thanks to Neill who stepped in at the last minute as our super superb sub.

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