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UK nominates Liam Fox as next Director General of the WTO | From doorstep to compost heap | E-commerce competitor analysis

Published 9/07/2020

The UK has nominated the former International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. Dr Fox has decades of experience in global politics as well as first-hand know-how of running a trade ministry. The Government believe Dr Liam Fox is the ideal candidate; writing to the WTO the […]


Exports boom for alkaline water | Nottinghamshire business supports production of masks | The impact of COVID-19 on consumer returns

Published 1/07/2020

ACTIPH is a London based start-up, founded by seven-time Guinness World Record holder, Jamie Douglas-Hamilton. Jamie uncovered the benefits of alkaline water out of necessity during a 5,000-mile row from Australia to Africa; realising that fresh water mixed with sea water is more hydrating than fresh water alone. ACTIPH is experiencing unprecedented demand, with sales […]


Bounce back plans | UK-Australia and New Zealand trade | Move your business online

Published 25/06/2020

A joint strategic intervention to turbo charge UK food and drink has been announced by the Department of International Trade and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The agriculture, food and drink industry is the UK’s largest manufacturing industry; in 2019, UK food, feed and drink exports were worth £23.7billion. The plan will allow […]


E-commerce Health Check | UK WTO statement | Theo Paphitis on future of retail

Published 4/06/2020

In light of recent events and changes to ‘business as usual’, e-commerce opportunities are rapidly developing and there has never been a more significant time for companies to seize them, especially when it comes to going global. Whether you’ve had more time on your hands to start your export journey or you’re already selling overseas, […]


UK-Japan FTA | Update on UK-US negotiations | DHL e-commerce webinar

Published 20/05/2020

With the government’s ambition to ‘secure free trade agreements with countries covering 80% of UK trade within the next three years’, it’s working hard to secure bilateral trade agreements around the world, and last week released its Strategic Approach to a UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement. As the world’s third-largest economy (in 2018, NCTAD: GDP), Japan […]


UK-US negotiations begin | The business of D2C | Coronavirus tales

Published 14/05/2020

Last week (5 May), the International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, and the US Trade Representative, Robert Lightizer, connected via video conference call to start discussions on a UK-US Free Trade Agreement. Initial negotiations are expected to last around two weeks with more than 100 negotiators involved on each side, with further discussions taking place approximately […]


Expert webinars from DIT | Generation Alpha | Digital payments rise

Published 7/05/2020

The Department for International Trade (DIT) plans to host a series of 100 free coronavirus webinars for SMEs across the UK. The webinars will focus on practical advice for businesses who are trading internationally. The Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, said: “These sessions provide an essential service to help address the concerns […]


UK firm pioneers new technology | Customer expectations | Global e-com trends

Published 30/04/2020

A new innovative UK business, CARDMEDIC, was founded by NHS anaesthetist Dr Rachel Grimaldi while on maternity leave. She developed a collection of digital flashcards to support healthcare workers wearing PPE to better share information to deaf, blind and critically ill coronavirus patients. Department of International Trade connected Dr Grimaldi with local businesses in Brighton, […]


Updated trade figures | DHL delivers PPE | Rise of the robots

Published 23/04/2020

The government’s latest trade and investment figures, released 17 April 2020, provide the most up-to-date snapshot of the nation’s position. Produced by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the ‘Trade and Investment Core Statistics Book’ includes data and statistics produced by Office for National Statistics (ONS), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), DIT and others. Read […]


BCC Coronavirus Hub | Chinese shopping habits | 8 tips for your online shop

Published 16/04/2020

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has set up an online Coronavirus Hub to help businesses navigate through the ongoing impact of COVID-19. All information gathered is amended as and when BCC receives updated material. Content is based on the latest guidance and support from UK government, UK and global Chambers of Commerce and leading […]


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