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UK Businesses Rush to Comply with New European Data Protection Law

22 Feb 2018

With the long-mooted General Data Protection Regulation set to come into force as of May, many UK businesses are still struggling to ensure that all of their security and data-collection protocols wil...Read More


Retail Attendees Soar at German Toy Show While Distributors Dwindle

20 Feb 2018

With many retailers now looking to go direct and miss out the middle man, fewer distributors were in evidence at this year's Nuremberg International Toy Fair, the penultimate instalment in our round-u...Read More


Licensed Toys Flounder in the UK Market, but Innovation Saves the Day

6 Feb 2018

In the second instalment of his review of the 2018 Toy Show Season, John Baulch, the Publisher of Toy World, turns his attention to the London Toy Fair, the leading industry event for the UK, Europe's...Read More


Space-Age Seats and Retro Recliners Jostle for Buyers at 100% Design

23 Jan 2018

Blending 21st century innovations with the very best in reinvented, reupholstered past classics, the London edition of 100% Design was the place to be for chairs beyond compare, top tables and the lat...Read More


Silmo's 50th Anniversary Outing still has an Eye on the Future

22 Dec 2017

Founded in 1967 and now Europe's leading event for the optical industry, Silmo 2017 saw many exhibitors looking to reinvent past glories, although the majority were focused on innovative techniques an...Read More


The Asian Character Invasion Proves a Hit at Brand Licensing Europe

21 Dec 2017

Traditionally dominated by US and Europe-originated properties, this year a wave of Asian-sourced animated characters flooded the event, with their creators confident that their success at home could ...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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