An image from the Great Britain and Ireland campaign, featuring Johnstons of Elgin.

Government and Trade

British Luxury Lobby Welcomes Airbus-Boeing Truce, End to 25% Tariffs

British luxury makers, who were caught in the crossfire of a 17-year WTO dispute about large civil aircraft production, are relieved that punitive tariffs on British luxury exports to the U.S. have been canceled.

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Government and Trade

Industry Bodies Express Relief After U.S. Tariff Suspension

The U.S. government has decided to suspend punitive tariffs on British fashion and luxury goods exports for six months with the hope of resolving a brewing trade war over the new U.K. Digital Services Tax.

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Business Features

British Designers, Industry Figures Bemoan Post-Brexit Business

In an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cabinet, designers, fashion, beauty and media figures said the new rules are breaking once-healthy businesses.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Britain and the European Union have struck a provisional free-trade agreement that should avert New Year's chaos for cross-border commerce and bring a measure of certainty to businesses after years of Brexit turmoil. The breakthrough on Thursday came after months of tense and often testy negotiations that whittled differences down to three key issues: fair-competition rules, mechanisms for resolving future disputes and fishing rights. (Paul Grover/Pool Photo via AP)

Government and Trade

British Industry Bodies Give Thumbs Up to Knife-Edge U.K.-EU Trade Deal

As of Jan. 1, there will be no duties on goods passing between the two regions after a free trade deal was agreed just days before the final Brexit deadline.

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Government and Trade

Britain Rejects EU’s Tariffs on U.S. Goods in Airbus-Boeing Dispute

The U.K. is hoping to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. and is therefore saying “no” to retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in the long-running subsidies spat.

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Walpole, Helen Brocklebank and Harrods, Michael Ward

Government and Trade

British Government to Help Retailers Bounce Back From COVID-19

British businesses, hit by a double whammy of COVID-19 and preparations for the Brexit finale in December, are being urged to focus on exports and to sharpen their e-commerce game.

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The Johnstons of Elgin store

Government and Trade

Britain, EU Appeal to U.S. Not to Raise, Extend Tariffs on Luxury

In August, the U.S. could decide to beef up, and broaden, punitive tariffs on British and European luxury goods which have been caught up in a long-running dispute over government subsidies to Airbus.

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New Consumer Insights Report Reveals Gen Z Attitudes to Luxury Shopping

Boring retail is dead and the new wave of consumers want brands to help them express their identity.

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Members of the public wearing facemasks await dragon and lion dancers and traditional costumed characters taking part in a parade as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Rat. Chinese New Year in the capital draws hundreds of thousands of Londoners and tourists and is the biggest such celebration outside Asia.Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, London, UK - 26 Jan 2020This year's event takes place in the shadow of an outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, which has so far claimed the lives of 56 people.

Government and Trade

British Retailers Launch Post-Virus Plan to Win Back Chinese Tourists

As the U.K. braces for a full-scale epidemic, retailers are thinking about how to jump-start business once the virus burns out.

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Government and Trade

Fears of New, Punitive U.S. Tariffs on British Goods Eclipse Brexit

Knitwear and clothing companies are nervous about the potential for 100 percent tariffs on exports to the U.S. if President Trump decides to retaliate in two trade disputes.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: David Walliams and Whitney Bromberg Hawkings attend the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2019 at The Dorchester on November 18, 2019 in London, England. Pic Credit: Dave Benett


Fair Game at Walpole British Luxury Awards in London

The troubles in Hong Kong and Prince Andrew’s disastrous BBC TV interview were all fair game at the Walpole British Luxury Awards on Monday night.

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Walpole, Helen Brocklebank and Harrods, Michael Ward

Business Features

New Study by Walpole Finds Gen Z Is Just Like Us

The British luxury sector body explores the next generation of luxury consumers, revealing insights into how to engage a deeper connection.

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An image from the Great Britain and Ireland campaign, featuring Johnstons of Elgin.

Government and Trade

Walpole Trade Delegation Aimed at Building Bridges Amid Tariff War

Trade relations are rocky between the U.S. and the U.K., with the U.S. having just slapped 25 percent tariffs on a slew of British luxury goods as part of an ongoing dispute over aircraft subsidies.

clock October 21, 2019Samantha Conti

Frieze Art Fair 2019


Frieze in a Cold Climate: Art Fair Brings Buzz, Business Amid Tensions

The annual Frieze Art Fair in London, and related events during the week, added a jolt of energy and positivity to a city battered by Brexit, new tariffs and uncertainty.

clock October 4, 2019Fiona Ma and Tianwei Zhang and Samantha Conti

The Johnstons of Elgin store

Government and Trade

British Business, Luxury Leaders Call New U.S. Tariffs ‘Devastating’

The U.S. is the largest single market for British luxury goods, and the punitive duties will damage a flourishing exports business, say industry leaders.

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