City A.M. – The risks and opportunities of doing business with China

Few doubt the enormous opportunity that exists in doing business with China, particularly as the country’s external business and foreign policy, namely the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), continues to drive economic development around the globe. However, this opportunity also brings with it very real challenges. And whether an opportunity blossoms into a round of  …

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Will new guidelines improve court access for the media?

A practical new guide on media access to courts has been issued by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) earlier this month. The guide is an accessible first point of reference for court and tribunal staff who handle information requests from the media or arrange media access to trials. It has been developed by  …

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Charitable giving – a reputation dividend?

Charitable giving is increasing at all levels. Last year Coutts reported an explosion of high level giving since the financial crash. Only a fraction of these significant gifts come close to the frontpages. Even without making headlines, however, it is important to understand that philanthropy can be a valuable tool to improve a donor’s reputation.  …

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Fashion faux pas: How Weibo tripped up a leading luxury brand in France

On 25th April 2018, a Chinese customer who was queuing outside the Balenciaga concession in the famous Parisian retailer Le Printemps complained about people jumping the queue. Her son, who came to her defence, was allegedly violently struck to the ground by security guards. Shortly after, Chinese witnesses to the incident were asked to leave by  …

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Social media: marketing magic but a disaster for politics?

Ryan Erskine recently argued in an article in Forbes that a prominent and well-received digital presence is crucial for the commercial success of a business in this technological age. This is also true of the public sector. While political figures and organisations do not need to appeal to customers, having a polished online footprint to  …

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