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Tottering Toys R Us Triggers Tremors Well Beyond the UK and US

15 Dec 2017

With Toys R Us in trouble on both sides of the Atlantic, what does this signify for the toy sector in general and for UK retailers in particular? John Baulch, Publisher of Toy World, charts the seismi...Read More

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Brexit in Focus: Future HK-UK Co-operation

8 Dec 2017

The ability of the UK to weather the impending Brexit economic storm will not only determine the country’s economic future, but also the future prospects for HK-EU co-operation. Uncertainty and opport...Read More

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Contemporary Food and Drinks Reigns Supreme at Former Royal Palace

6 Dec 2017

Once home to Henry VIII of seven wives fame, for three days last summer Hampton Court Palace hosted the BBC Good Food Show Feast, the British broadcaster's celebration of the finest new foodstuffs and...Read More

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Smart Home Assistants Take Widespread Utility Control at IFA 2017

8 Nov 2017

Technology suddenly got smarter and better connected than ever before at this year's IFA show, the Berlin-based event that is one of the world's most significant shop windows on the consumer-electroni...Read More

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A Crafty Look at Vinitaly's Lesser-Known Beer-bearing Expo Stands

26 Sept 2017

Although rightly famed as an unparalleled showcase for the world's leading wines, this year's Vinitaly also gave a nook or two over to craft beers, with this bespoke-brewing sector proving to be one o...Read More

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UK Gift Industry Considers Export Options as Brexit Reality Hits Home

21 Sept 2017

For exhibitors at this year's Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, one of the UK's leading events in the gift and premiums sector, it was business as usual on the homefront, although many were clearly rethin...Read More

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Digital and Textile Hybrids Debut at Wide Format European Print Show

14 Sept 2017

New materials, fresh innovation and even novel ways to rapidly wrap an F1 race car were all on offer at this year's FESPA event, but it was the hybrid systems that united the best of competing technol...Read More

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Bad Year for UK Retailers Sees Several Survival Strategies on Show

7 Sept 2017

Shrinkflation, far-reaching redundancy programmes, cut backs on print costs, withholding order quantities and trips to theatre school, no approach is seen as off-limits as the UK's Brexit-beleaguered ...Read More

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Brexit and Franchise Fatigue Delivers Tough Year for UK Toy Sector

30 Aug 2017

After three years of growth, 2017 has seen the UK toy market suffer a 7% decline, a consequence of Brexit uncertainties and consumer disenchantment with the ever-shortening interludes between merchand...Read More

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Integrated Tech and Interaction Breathe New Life Into UK Gift Sector

15 Aug 2017

Despite the bewildering array of new products on show at this year's Pulse event, London's boutique gift expo, several clear trends emerged, including a craving for integrated technology and a love of...Read More

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Brexit and State Subsidy Withdrawals Devastate UK Green Home Sector

24 July 2017

Exhibitor and visitor numbers tumbled at this year's Ecobuild event, as both the vagaries of the Brexit decision and declining government commitment to the environmental sector saw uncertainty and a l...Read More

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Halal Baby Food and Brexit Energy Drinks Served up at UK Food Show

19 July 2017

A wider selection of international cuisine than ever before was on offer at this year's IFE event, with spicy baby foods, self-chilling drink cans, oddly branded energy drinks and innovative food-wast...Read More

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True Innovation a Little Thin on the Ground at UK Packaging Show

10 July 2017

While still a formidable forum for networking and business matching, totally new concepts and technology were somewhat hard to discern at this year's event, according to many of the attendees and exhi...Read More

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With Hope of Home Use Fading, 3D Printing Focuses on Business Users

6 July 2017

With a gradual, if grudging acceptance, that the long-predicted day when every home would have a 3D printer may never come, the additive manufacturing sector is now refocussing on business users and a...Read More

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Spinners Phenomenon Proves Need for Independent Toy Retailers

21 June 2017

Fidget spinners might never have proved the UK's toy hit of 2017 if it were not for the flexibility and rapid response of the country's independent toy sales channel, a sector that has been considerab...Read More

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Hong Kong Distributors Flourish While Mainland Moviemakers Struggle

19 June 2017

Despite disappointment at the lack of Chinese films making the cut at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Hong Kong moviemakers were doing brisk business in terms of global sales, while Netflix was prov...Read More

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UK Election 2017: Implications for Brexit and International Trade

15 June 2017

With Theresa May returned as Prime Minister, but without a working majority in the UK Parliament, what are the likely repercussions of the election result on the Brexit negotiations and on Britain's s...Read More

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Robo-beer and the Internet of Terriers See CeBIT Keep its Quirkiness

7 June 2017

From digitally connected to dogs to high-tech home brewing, CeBIT remained reliably roguish, while still providing houseroom for more high-minded pursuits, such as inspection drones, electronic parkin...Read More

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Brand Tie-ups and Outré Frame Materials Prove Eye-openers at MIDO

25 May 2017

Although the pressure is still on to provide higher-spec spectacles at lower prices, eyewear manufacturers are confident enough to experiment with innovative new materials, while continuing to seek lu...Read More

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IFA Preview Highlights Focus on Innovation and Component Suppliers

11 May 2017

Billed as the world's leading trade show in the consumer-electronics and home-appliances sector, this year's IFA event promises to turn the spotlight on industry innovators as well as electrical-compo...Read More

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