It’s a time for giving… but what’s the gift etiquette when doing business overseas?
It’s tricky enough figuring out what to buy for close friends and family at this time of year, but what about when it comes to choosing gifts for colleagues and contacts in other countries? There’s quite a lot to learn when it comes to global gift-giving etiquette, so we’re offering advice and tips on giving gifts in five of the UK’s most popular export markets, where giving presents to business associates may form an important part of your relationship.
Christmas has long been the most significant event for retailers around the world. But with the advent of online shopping, festive sales have reached new highs. Here we look at some of the shopping habits and trends of different markets and give our top 5 tips to help your e-commerce website be more Christmas shopper friendly. We’ll start at home in the UK….
Economic Powerhouses - The land of rising opportunity
As the 3rd largest economy in the world, it should come as no surprise that Japan is the final destination in our series on Economic Powerhouses. The Land of the Rising Sun ranks impressively high in the global economic stakes, hardly surprising given that Japan's automotive and electronic influence in our daily lives is incredible - these dominant sectors are bolstered by industry giants like Toyota, Nissan, Sony and Olympus. Yet much like its namesake, many key sectors are on the rise, opening exciting doors for UK businesses to leap through. Let's take a look at the possibilities worth exploring.
Lights, camera, language! Original languages created for Film and Television
If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then you’ll know I’ve just greeted you in Elvish! The Elvish language is just one example of a ‘conlang’, a language purposely constructed by an individual or group, as opposed to one that evolves naturally over time. Novelist J.R.R Tolkien actually created over 20 languages during his lifetime, each with its own vocabulary and unique set of grammar rules. And he’s certainly not the only writer to have dabbled with linguistics. Several well-known shows and movies utilise their own special dialects; here’s a look at just a few them.