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Mastercard – VocaLink Deal Passes Crucial Regulatory Test

by April 19th, 2017

On Tuesday, 11 April 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that proposed steps by Mastercard International Inc and VocaLinkHoldings Ltd had adequately addressed competition questions relating to Mastercard’s planned acquisition of VocaLink. The decision clears the way for the GBP700 million deal to close in the coming weeks. Once completed, the acquisition […]

Urban Core Revival: City of Manchester’s Population Growth Continues to Impress

by March 30th, 2017

Some cities around the world are beginning to buck the long established trend of suburban living as discussed in the recently published Strategy Briefing, Urban Core Revival: Drivers, In-Depth Look at Cities and Implications for Businesses. Among UK cities, this tendency is most evident in Manchester’s core urban area (City of Manchester) which grew seven times […]

New Strategy Briefing: The UK Post Article 50: The Impact of a No-Deal Brexit

by March 27th, 2017

With the UK government triggering article 50 to leave the European Union (EU) in March 2017, the two-year exit process will begin. Attention has turned to the details of the “divorce” settlement and negotiations will be centred on the technicalities of withdrawal – including the financial cost to the UK – and the future relationship […]

UK “Tampon Tax” Debate Boosts Price Awareness and Discourages Brand Loyalty

by October 22nd, 2016

Peaking in 2015, strong consumer and government support formed in favour of the removal of the UK’s 5% VAT on sanitary protection products – the so-called “Tampon Tax”. UK consumers engaged very strongly with the idea that, while items such as razors and Jaffa Cakes were zero-rated, the VAT on tampons specifically, and the cost […]

Brexit: Impact on Consumers

by August 29th, 2016

As the uncertainty surrounding a Brexit from the European Union (EU) rumbles on, the Consumers team examine the potential implications of Brexit from the Households, Income and Expenditure and consumer angles. Insights include the uncertainty surrounding the real estate market in the UK, the impact of Brexit on the highest income-wealth segment and the generational divide that […]

Laundry Care: Blue Monday Moves to the Weekend, Free Weekend Energy and Changing Lifestyle Patterns

by August 4th, 2016

The introduction of smart meters in the UK market is gathering pace and July 2016 brought with it the first company led advertising around the subject. The UK’s leading energy provider, British Gas, is now promoting “free time tariffs” for households that switch, agree to install a smart meter and commit to one of a […]