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When it comes to apparel-making in Britain, there’s one thing we all think we know: there isn’t very much of it. But Britain’s official trade statistics seem to tell a very different story.
There’s an awful lot less to two recent, apparently game-changing, announcements about our industry than you’d imagine at first glance. However flaky the assumptions they’re based on, though, they highlight one undoubted truth:
Brexit and the Trump Revolution are often linked. What really unites them is the extraordinarily uncommercial attitude many of their politicians are taking to what real businesses want.
On 29 March, Britain’s Prime Minister signed a letter triggering the two-year process for leaving the European Union (EU). Though the negotiations will cover almost every aspect of British life, one issue affects our industry more than any other. Customs
“China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5.
The speed the sourcing environment’s changing, you’d think this is a good time for a new strategy. You’d be wrong.
Is the British government’s “name and shame” campaign High Street retailers concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes?
Lengthy queues at Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.
The world sadly lacks a simple word for the immense wave of complications caused by the Trump election, Brexit and all the likely knock-ons from them both. Here’s our suggestion.
Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning.
After years of misconceived forecasts it will soon collapse, China’s domination of global apparel exports faces a serious threat – from the Chinese government.
I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections.
The problem with modern apparel shops is that, when it comes to annoying their customers, they’re such equal-opportunity pains in the rear.
It’s a safe bet that few readers have paid much attention to the idea of “destination-based” profit taxes. They need to start doing so: right now.
I think many of the alleged uncertainties observers forecast for 2017 are badly misconceived.