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Blunders : Did the EU try to hide a £500,000 travel bill?

by on August 10, 2017

The European Union is facing an expenses scandal after it had to admit that its senior officials had claimed tens of thousands of pounds to hire private jets and stay at luxury hotels.

Those embroiled include Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, as well as the head of EU foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini. [more…]

Celebrate Christmas in real 2016 style with some Brexit crackers

Celebrate Christmas in real 2016 style with some Brexit crackers

by on December 7, 2016

McGarryBowen has created a set of Brexit-themed crackers for the Guardian, aimed at putting a lighthearted, satirical spin on the Christmas tradition.

The crackers contain cheeky prizes themed around the key issues of the referendum debate - for example, toys inside include a yo-yoing pound and a toy Brexit bus, where you can play with promises to fund the NHS. The crackers also feature a miniature EU jigsaw, where you can piece together a map of the European Union and try and make the UK fit and there’s even a tiny, miniature book of Brexit plans, containing Britain’s entire exit strategy, though you might struggle to read it.

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Research : UK advertising expenditure posted 5.2% growth in H1 2016 despite economic uncertainty before the EU referendum

Research : UK advertising expenditure posted 5.2% growth in H1 2016 despite economic uncertainty before the EU referendum

by on October 26, 2016

Nigel Wilson, managing director of Hitwise writes ...

With this week's Advertising Association and Warc expenditure report increasing its 2016 growth forecast to 5.2%, despite economic impact such as Brexit, we can clearly see continued industry growth and marketers acknowledgment of media consumption today. With ad spend reaching a record £9.9bn in the first half of 2016, it is now more important than ever for marketers to create ads with value for their target audiences.

The fact is, consumers don’t dislike all adds. They tend to ignore the ones that are irrelevant and obstructive to their digital experience - and far too many ads today meet one or both of those criteria’s. Today’s wealth of data and insights means this isn’t acceptable anymore, marketers should be serving ads that are contextually relevant, useful and engaging to the consumer.”

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New research – BREXIT’s impact on UK business / Henley Business School

New research – BREXIT’s impact on UK business / Henley Business School

by on October 13, 2016

‘Is BREXIT damaging UK businesses?’

This is one of a number of questions asked by a new Henley Business School research project, examining the immediate and longer-term impacts of BREXIT on senior managers and their organisations.

Led by Professor Nada Kakabadse, Head of Marketing and Reputation and Dr Nadeem Khan, the study incorporates the views of 300 senior managers currently working in the UK.

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Not all doom and gloom post Brexit: UK has strong reputation amongst biggest global economies

Not all doom and gloom post Brexit: UK has strong reputation amongst biggest global economies

by on July 4, 2016

There is hope for the UK post-Brexit, with the nation coming highly recommended as a place to invest, work, and to buy products and services [more…]

“Brexit, brands, and the fear of the future” / The Futures Company

by on July 1, 2016

By Andrew Curry, Director, and Joe Ballantyne, Associate Director, The Futures Company

The Brexit referendum vote has already caused the pound to plummet to 30-year lows on foreign exchange markets and billions of pounds wiped off share values. Socially, we’ve seen racist harassment and vandalism.

There have also been the first signs of what a post-Brexit EU might look like in other spheres, as British-based researchers are asked to remove themselves from collaborative EU research proposals.

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UK hospitality industry in favour of Brexit : download survey results and comments

UK hospitality industry in favour of Brexit : download survey results and comments

by on June 20, 2016

A survey of operators in the UK hospitality industry has found that 49% plan to vote leave in next week’s EU Referendum, whilst 43% plan to vote remain and 7% are still undecided. 1% did not indicate.

The survey by RPBi, the hospitality data and news specialist, found that the majority of recipients – whether voting to leave or to remain – believe a leave vote would have a ‘negative impact on the economy’.

The B2B survey, which was conducted from 10-15 June 2016, received 1,915 responses from operators across all sectors of hospitality.

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UK payments specialists overwhelmingly want UK to vote to Remain, according to PayExpo Europe poll

by on June 7, 2016

UK payments sector specialists overwhelmingly believe that it would be best for the payments industry for the UK to remain in Europe, according to a poll by PayExpo Europe.

The organisers of the conference and exhibition which takes place at ExCel London on 7 & 8 June asked nearly 10,000 payments specialists from the banking, retail, telecoms, FinTech, payments technology, leisure, gaming and public sectors: Which do you believe would be best for the payments industry in Europe?  UK to vote to Remain or vote to Leave?

85.2 per cent of respondents said that a vote to Remain would be best, with only 14.8 per cent preferring that the UK vote to Leave.

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How would a Brexit affect the events industry?

by on February 9, 2016

As PM David Cameron holds vital talks with key EU leaders to bring about his proposed reforms, a public referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU is expected to be held this year.

As industry leaders in the events industry, display stand supplier Printdesigns is considering the effect a Brexit could have on the sector.

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What the new EU data laws mean for multi-unit retailers : Chris Scarre and James Johnston

by on January 15, 2016

and  write ... With the agreed reform set to arrive in the spring, what exactly will new EU data protection legislation mean for your marketing department?

This spring, new EU data protection legislation is set to be passed after negotiations ended in December. According to Eurobarometer, two-thirds of Europeans say they are ‘concerned’ about not having complete control over the information they provide online, and the new laws will aim to give consumers more rights and better protection when it comes to giving businesses access to their personal data.

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