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    • Exploring LinkedIn for Small Business Hiring and New Podcast TopicsLinkedIn is a valuable resource for small businesses to find top talent, while the 'Sliced Bread' podcast from BBC Sounds covers various topics starting next week, and Bombas offers a discount for new customers.

      LinkedIn is an effective platform for small businesses looking to hire professionals, as it hosts a large number of users who may not be actively seeking new jobs but could still be open to the right opportunity. This makes LinkedIn a valuable resource for finding top talent that might not be accessible through other job sites. Additionally, the podcast "Sliced Bread" from BBC Sounds will be exploring various topics, including vapes and their potential fire hazards, starting next week. If you enjoy the show, it's requested that you rate and review it on your preferred podcast platform. Lastly, Bombas, a brand known for its comfortable essentials, is offering a discount for new customers using the code "acast" on their website.

    • BBC's 'Is it the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?' investigates questionable productsThe BBC team investigates questionable products and provides honest opinions, while SAP Concur Solutions help manage business finances and UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical plans offer flexible, budget-friendly health insurance coverage.

      If you come across a product that claims to make you happier, healthier, or more eco-friendly, but you're unsure if it's worth the hype or just marketing BS, you can share it with the BBC's "Is it the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?" team. They'll investigate and provide their honest opinion. With over 70 previous investigations available in their feed, some of their favorites include cycle helmets, low alcohol beer, and snoring remedies. Tune in to their latest episode next week about vapes. Additionally, when managing business finances, using SAP Concur Solutions can help you stay prepared for most situations. And, regardless of advancements in technology, having health insurance remains essential, and UnitedHealthcare TriTerm Medical plans offer flexible, budget-friendly coverage for nearly three years in some states.

    Recent Episodes from Sliced Bread

    Dough - TV Sets

    Dough - TV Sets

    What might our TV sets be like in the future?

    Dough is a new series from BBC Radio 4 which looks at the business behind profitable, everyday products and considers how they might evolve in the years to come.

    In this episode, the entrepreneur Sam White speaks with experts from the world of television manufacturing, including Brian Palmer, who has seen many interesting and amusing changes during his long career in the industry.

    Brian is now the founder and chief executive officer of Cello Electronics (UK) Ltd which makes televisions at its factory in County Durham.

    He gives a candid account of some of the ups and downs he has faced, while explaining how his business has always managed to make a profit, despite competition from global rivals.

    Paul Gray is a Research Director for Consumer Electronics and Devices at the analysts, Omdia. With a background in TV manufacturing, he has considerable knowledge on how the business has changed.

    Brian and Paul offer their views on game-changing - and pointless - TV innovations before considering where companies are investing their money now.

    Tom Cheesewright, a technology expert and applied futurist, then offers his predictions on what might be coming beyond the current production pipeline.

    TVs have come a long way in a relatively short space of time and where they are going next might surprise you!

    Produced by Jon Douglas. Dough is a BBC Audio North production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    Sliced Bread returns for a new batch of investigations in August when Greg Foot will investigate more of the latest so-called wonder products to find out whether they really are the best thing since sliced bread.

    In the meantime, Dough is available in the Sliced Bread feed on BBC Sounds

    Sliced Bread
    enJuly 18, 2024

    Introducing Dough

    Introducing Dough

    Dough is a new series from BBC Radio 4 which looks at the business behind profitable, everyday products and considers how they might evolve in the future.

    In each episode, entrepreneur Sam White, futurist Tom Cheesewright and a host of technology experts take on a popular product, look at where the smart money's going now and then try to predict what that could mean for all of us in the years ahead.

    The series starts on BBC Radio 4 and will be available in the Sliced Bread feed on BBC Sounds weekly from Thursday, 18 July 2024.

    Sliced Bread
    enJuly 15, 2024

    DNA Ancestry Tests

    DNA Ancestry Tests

    Listener Chris from Suffolk recently took a DNA ancestry test, and after getting some interesting results back, he wondered how accurate they really were?

    Greg Foot finds out by taking two tests himself – and has the results and his family tree revealed to him by DNA Genealogist from Finding Families, Louise Baldock.

    He also speaks to Professor of Genetics at Leicester University Mark Jobling to find out what these companies are looking for, what they can or can’t determine from our DNA in terms of where we came from, and asks the question – is sharing our DNA with these companies safe?

    All of the ideas for our investigations come from you, our listeners, and we’re always on the lookout for more. If you have seen a wonder product that claims to make you happier, healthier or greener, and want to know if it is SB or BS, then please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voice note on WhatsApp to 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot

    PRODUCER: Kate Holdsworth

    Sliced Bread
    enJuly 11, 2024

    Ear Plugs (recorded live at Hay Festival)

    Ear Plugs (recorded live at Hay Festival)

    Are the latest ear plugs better for gigs, focus and sleep?

    In this special edition of Sliced Bread, recorded at the Hay Festival in South Wales, Greg Foot investigates the newer style of ear plugs. He's joined by listener Marni who's seen adverts for brands like Loop, which promise to protect your hearing at higher volumes while still allowing you to enjoy music at gigs. Other models in their range claim to give you better focus, shutting out extraneous noise but still allowing you to hear conversation. Or, in the case of their 'Quiet' model, sleep better.

    As ever Greg's joined by two experts to deep-dive into the science and find out if the evidence backs up the marketing claims. And with the help of a special dummy head fitted with microphones, they carry out a series of tests to hear the difference between traditional foam ear plugs and the newer models.

    If you have seen a wonder product that claims to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if it is SB or BS then please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot PRODUCERS: Kate Holdsworth and Simon Hoban

    Sliced Bread
    enJuly 04, 2024

    Cholesterol Lowering Products

    Cholesterol Lowering Products

    Can fortified drinks and spreads really reduce cholesterol?

    Almost half of UK adults have raised cholesterol, according to the charity Heart UK - and Sliced Bread listener Cathy is one of them. She found out after taking a test at her GP and wants to do something about it. Her first plan of action is to make changes to her lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. As part of that, Cathy wants to know if the spreads and drinks that claim to lower cholesterol really do work.

    Greg Foot is joined by Cathy and a panel of experts at our studios in Salford to investigate. What are the ingredients that are proven to lower cholesterol? How effective are they compared to widely-prescribed statins - and are the supermarket own brand versions of these drinks and spreads just as good as branded ones?

    All of the ideas for our investigations come from you, our listeners, and we're always on the lookout for more. If you have seen a wonder product that claims to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if it is SB or BS then please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot PRODUCER: Simon Hoban

    Sliced Bread
    enJune 27, 2024

    Acupressure Mats

    Acupressure Mats

    Twelve year old Bradley got in touch with Sliced Bread after trying out his mum Jennifer’s acupressure mat. Jennifer says she swears by it, it relaxes her, and she even falls asleep on it! But after testing it out himself, he was less than convinced.

    He asked us to find out what these mats are meant to do, whether they work or if they’re a placebo effect, and whether paying more for one could mean better results? Joining Greg in the studio to discuss them, is Clinical Acupuncturist Phil Trubshaw from the Manchester Movement Unit based at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as the Director of Research at the Northern College of Acupuncture, Dr. Karen Charlesworth.

    Have you seen a product that claims to make you happier, healthier or greener? Want to know if it is SB or BS? Then please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot

    PRODUCER: Kate Holdsworth

    Sliced Bread
    enJune 20, 2024

    Pest Control

    Pest Control

    What's the best - and most humane - way to get rid of pests?

    For some of us Tom and Jerry might be the sum total of our knowledge of the struggle between domestic life and unwanted rodents. But for listeners Colin and Mary, things are getting much more real! Colin wants to know if the plug-in devices he's seen that promise to deter rats and mice using ultrasonic actually work. Mary has caught mice and then released them back into the wild in nearby woodland, believing it's the more humane way to deal with the problem. But is it?

    With the help of Natalie Bungay from the British Pest Control Association and Rob Young, Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Salford, Greg Foot sets out to find the answers, hoping to nibble at the metaphorical cheese without getting caught in the figurative trap (or something).

    All of the ideas for our investigations come from you, our listeners, and we're always on the lookout for more. If you have seen a wonder product that claims to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if it is SB or BS then please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807

    PRESENTER: GREG FOOT PRODUCER: SIMON HOBAN

    Sliced Bread
    enJune 13, 2024

    Contact Lenses

    Contact Lenses

    Listener Jennifer is considering switching contact lenses, if there's an alternative that's more eco friendly. She's not alone - we've had lots of questions about eyecare options, and whether the fancy features some lenses offer are worth the extra cash. Joining Greg and Jennifer in the studio to talk all things contact lens are Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, a clinical adviser to the College of Optometrists, and Sarah Smith - a research optometrist who's studied the environmental impact of these tiny pieces of plastic.

    Have you seen a product that claims to make you happier, healthier or greener? Want to know if it is SB or BS? Then please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot PRODUCER: Tom Moseley

    Sliced Bread
    enJune 06, 2024

    Car Tyres

    Car Tyres

    Is it worth paying more for premium car tyres?

    There's a huge range of car tyres to choose from and the price differences between them can be significant. So do you really need to pay more to get a good tyre?

    Listener Ian runs a car maintenance business and wants to know if the budget tyres he's been fitting are the right choice. Will they last as long and be just as safe? What do the different ratings on the labels you can see online mean? And as he moves towards electric cars he's also keen to know whether they need a special sort of tyre.

    With the help of two experts in the field, Greg Foot 'treads' through the studies and the science to find out more. It's how he rolls (we'll stop now).

    As ever we are still looking for your suggestions of products to look into. If you've seen something promising to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if it is SB or BS please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807

    PRESENTER: GREG FOOT PRODUCER: SIMON HOBAN

    Sliced Bread
    enMay 30, 2024

    Sustainable Period Products

    Sustainable Period Products

    Lots of different types of period products claim to be eco friendly, from menstrual cups to period pants and reusable pads. But how do their environmental credentials stack up? That's what listener Sam wants to know - and she's not the only one asking about not just the impact of these so called sustainable period products on planetary health, but also on women's health too. Joining Sam and Greg for this one are Natalie Fee, founder of the non profit City to Sea, who campaigns for "plastic-free periods", and Dr Nicola Tempest, a senior lecturer in gynaecology at Liverpool University.

    And if you've seen something promising to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if it is SB or BS please do send it over on email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or drop us a message or voicenote on Whatsapp to 07543 306807

    PRESENTER: GREG FOOT PRODUCER: TOM MOSELEY

    Sliced Bread
    enMay 23, 2024

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