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Best of British in Japan | Boris Johnson in Nigeria | Mobile-first ecommerce

Best of British business in Japan
Last week the International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, praised the expertise and strength of UK businesses on his final day of a visit to Japan alongside the Prime Minister.
The Secretary acknowledged the visit as a vital opportunity for British businesses to further develop their relationship with Japanese buyers and investors. He also met with the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, to discuss the potential for growth with a new trade and investment working group.
Following a UK-Japan Business Forum, attended by over 200 CEOs from British and Japanese companies, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation outlining practical ways to support UK and Japanese businesses.

UK-Nigeria trade and partnership
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for an intensification of trade between Britain and Nigeria following his visit to the West African country last week.
UK bilateral trade with Nigeria is forecast to be worth £7 billion annually by 2030; the Foreign Secretary used his visit to the country’s commercial capital, Lagos, to encourage British investment in Nigeria.
Boris Johnson said: “Nigeria is a country of huge promise and big ambitions. British businesses such as Diageo and Unilever are thriving here and I want to see even more British companies succeeding in Nigeria, and more Nigerian companies in Britain.”
UK retailers are lagging in the shift to mobile commerce
The Mobile Mandate report published by OC&C Strategy Consultants, Google and PayPal in February of this year suggested that by 2020 two-thirds of UK online retail would take place via mobile, at a value of £43 billion a year.
The report went on to say that by 2020 some 80 per cent of all online retail would involve a smartphone at some stage in the purchase journey. These statistics supported a warning to UK retailers that in comparison to international competitors in the US and Asia, they are lagging behind when it comes to being prepared for the shift to mobile.
Google is also continuing work on their move to put mobile first by prioritising search via mobile devices. This means that as a retailer, speed and performance on your ecommerce platform is more important than ever.

Thursday 07 September 2017

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