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The EU: Surviving Populism, Tackling Income Inequality

17 Aug 2017

While populist calls for protectionist policies, largely inspired by perceived income inequality and a misunderstanding of the potential benefits of globalisation, have become an issue across the worl...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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Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More

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Evaluation of Future Legal Effects and Commercial Dealings for Hong Kong Exporters Due to Brexit

28 July 2017

Hong Kong businesses should monitor developments in certain areas of legal uncertainty which have arisen following Britain’s official triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017. This action officially ...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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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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United Kingdom: Market Profile

9 May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, followed by the commencement of the formal exit process on 29 March 2017, will certainly lead to a prolonged period of uncertainty. Given that Britis...Read More

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Tea Money and Skimming: The Current Blights of the UK Toy Industry

24 April 2017

Are suppliers having to bribe testing houses to clear goods for shipping? Are retailers falsifying claims for undelivered goods? Scams both old and new are bedevilling the toy sector, but is that just...Read More

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Brexit: Recent Developments and Potential Repercussions

19 April 2017

The UK is about to enter into negotiations with the EU over an exit agreement. Early indications are that the exit talks will be a difficult process. While Brexit has not caused noticeable damage to t...Read More

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Surge in New Applications as IoT Sector Seen as Finally Coming of Age

29 March 2017

Although a stalwart of the high-tech scene for several years now, the Internet of Things (IoT) appears to be finally being welcomed into the mainstream, with consumers and business now awake to its en...Read More

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As UK Parliament Gives Approval for Brexit, House of Lords Continues to Push for a “Comprehensive” Trade Deal with the EU

24 March 2017

On 13 March 2017, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 (the “Brexit Bill”) granting approval for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of th...Read More

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Fun and Games for Brexiting UK Buyers at the Nuremberg Toy Fair

9 March 2017

Visitor and exhibitor numbers were both up at this year's Nuremberg Toy Fair, one of the premier events for the global toy and games industry, although uncertainty over prices and the impact of Brexit...Read More

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FRQG Updated Standards for Children’s Furniture

6 March 2017

The Furniture Industry Research Association in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group published four new revised standards for children’s furniture: FIRA/FRQG C001~C004:2016 on 27 January...Read More

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British Prime Minister Reveals Brexit Negotiating Objectives, Suggesting a “Hard” Brexit; Impact on Trade Unavoidable, but Uncertainty Remains

27 Jan 2017

On 17 January 2017, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, revealed her government’s negotiating objectives for Brexit, setting out her vision of a United Kingdom outside the European Union. During her s...Read More

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Nostalgia and Heritage Brands Pre-eminent in the UK Gift Sector

9 Jan 2017

With barely a digital device to be had, low-tech seemed almost the order of the day at one of the UK's largest gift expos, with licensed products, 1970s' nostalgia and dinosaurs seemingly the keys to ...Read More

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Proprietary Software and Smart Devices Revolutionising Live Events

8 Dec 2016

Trade shows and corporate presentations will never be the same again, according to exhibitors at Event Tech Live 2016, as a new generation of digital devices and bespoke computer packages changes the ...Read More

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