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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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Brexit: UK Issues Customs Draft Law While Facing Tough Criticism for Being Unprepared for a No-deal Scenario

1 Dec 2017

On 2 November 2017, the UK government published the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, previously known as the Customs Bill, to be debated and passed by its Parliament. This will enable the governmen...Read More

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Brexit in Focus: A Steady Course Through Uncharted Waters

20 Nov 2017

Uncertainty abounds over the implications of Brexit on trade and investment, leading different businesses to react differently in their preparation for the UK’s scheduled March 2019 departure. Pending...Read More

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Brexit Survey: UK Businesses Already Targetting Non-EU Markets

10 Nov 2017

On 21 September 2017, during the course of the Think Asia, Think Hong Kong event in London, HKTDC Research conducted interviews with representatives of 77 British companies with regard to their Brexit...Read More

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UK Government Publishes Brexit Policy Paper on Trade and Customs Arrangements

3 Nov 2017

On 9 October 2017, the UK government published a policy paper on its trade and customs arrangements leading up to and after Brexit. Notably, the government announced that it will develop its own trade...Read More

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European Parliament Publishes Study on Trade Scenarios in a Post-Brexit Europe: Significant Impact on Traders Inevitable

22 Sept 2017

On 9 August 2017, the European Parliament published a Study on the Legal Implications of Brexit. The study covers key trade aspects such as the EU’s customs union, the internal market for goods and se...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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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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UK Reveals Ambitious ‘Customs Union’ Plan in Newly Published Paper

25 Aug 2017

On 15 August 2017, the UK Government published a paper which sets out options for new customs arrangements between the UK and the EU as part of a “future partnership”, post-March 2019. The UK will be ...Read More

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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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