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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


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


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


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


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


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


Cracking China Remains Holy Grail for European E-commerce Players

18 Nov 2016

With China now one of the world's largest e-commerce markets, there is a new generation of digital businesses looking to facilitate cross-border sales between European vendors and the mainland's growi...Read More


Licensed Products and the Changing Shape of the UK Toy Sector

19 Oct 2016

While never as segregated as the specialist and Big Four toy retailers in the US, there are signs that the success – or lack of success – of certain toy franchises starting to have quite an impact on ...Read More


Four Challenges Set to Rewrite the Rule Book for the UK Toy Sector

15 Sept 2016

The Argos acquisition, changing staff and profit priorities, the inexorable rise of online retailers and the looming Lego/Hamleys turf war set to ignite in London are all making for hugely interesting...Read More


Merger between Suppliers of Toddler Electronic Learning Toys and Child Laptops/Tablets Comes under In-depth UK Competition Law Review

15 Sept 2016

On 30 August 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority, which is the UK competition authority, announced that it has opened an in-depth review into toy company VTech Holdings Limited’s acquisition o...Read More


Ultra-high Speed Gigaband Set to Revolutionise Global Connectivity

26 Aug 2016

A new era of faster than ever internet connectivity is about to dawn, courtesy of the advent of the gigaband, ultra-rapid broadband that will change the way the world goes on line, according to exhibi...Read More


Start-ups and Big Brands Battle for Table Space at BBC Food Show

22 Aug 2016

From re-discovered London gins, to surprisingly good Greek wines and premium North African spices, tasty luxury treats were the starts of the BBC Good Food Show, with an astonishing number of sampling...Read More


UK Toy Sector Ponders Bleak Post-Brexit, Post-Argos Acquisition Xmas

11 Aug 2016

As well as the Brexit Blues, the still-reeling UK toy industry also has the spectre of Argos, the largest retailer in the sector, being subsumed into Sainsbury's, none of which promises to make Christ...Read More


The PLASA Live Event Show Dazzles with High-tech Innovations

27 July 2016

Smarter speakers, more efficient LED lighting and ever-cheaper video displays were the talk of the recent PLASA live entertainment technology show, while increased connectivity and higher levels of au...Read More


Brexit: Consequences on REACH and Other EU Environmental Laws for the UK

22 July 2016

Hong Kong traders, regardless of sector, may have been left reeling by the British referendum to leave the EU; the environmental law sector is no exception. The full impact of the referendum result wi...Read More


United Kingdom: Market Profile

19 July 2016

The UK economy has remained largely buoyant and will likely remain sturdy in 2016. However, the relatively strong sterling against euro remains a drag to export growth, while the lead up to the 'Brexi...Read More


Italy Braces Itself for Impending Post-Brexit Economic Aftershocks

19 July 2016

With the UK one of Italy's major trading partners, negatives effects are now anticipated for both countries....Read More


BREXIT: Implications of the UK’s Vote to Leave the EU

8 July 2016

On 24 June 2016, shock waves were felt globally, upon the discovery that the UK had voted 52% to 48% to exit the European Union. As a consequence, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned to re...Read More


Poland Looks Eastwards as Brexit Consequences Begin to Hit Home

7 July 2016

Amid fears that it is certain to be among the countries hardest hit by the UK's recent decision to rescind its membership of the European Union, Poland is hoping that its growing trade ties with China...Read More


Toying with the Future: Brexit and the Risk Facing the Games Industry

4 July 2016

The UK's decision to sever its ties with the EU after 40 years as a member of the trading bloc will have repercussions across the political and economic spheres, with even the toy industry sent reelin...Read More

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