UK Country Report

Economy in quick recovery

London remains Europe's financial services capital and a global leader in foreign exchange dealing. Photo: VisitBritain/James McCormick

Britain has emerged from a double-dip recession, brought on by the 2008 credit crunch, to become the Western world's fastest-growing economy.

Monday, 16 June, 2014, 2:17pm

Culture is the muscle behind 'soft power'

David Beckham (left) and Prince William are British personalities who attract global attention. Photo: AFP

One of the most influential international trends in recent years is how countries use "soft power" rather than military, political or financial might to influence global opinion.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:16pm

Keeping pace with change and demand

Trade and economic ties between Britain and Hong Kong continue to go from strength to strength, thanks to shared belief in open markets, the rule of law, and the spirit of innovation.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:15pm

Local insight maximises London property investment returns

(From left) Hugh Obbard, Patti Patrick and Mike Roberts, directors

Overseas investment in British property is booming. Historically, London has been a magnet for international buyers seeking security and stability, and the city has never been more attractive to savvy international investors. Hugh Obbard founded London property investment company Obbard more than 20 years ago. As a passionate believer in London as the world's first truly global city, Obbard aims to ensure clients maximise the potential of their London property investment.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:13pm

Clinigen Group synergy provides lifeline to patients

Peter George, Group CEO

For Clinigen Group, paving the way for greater availability of medical provisions is one step towards improving global health. Clinigen Group works ceaselessly throughout a drug's clinical lifecycle to ensure that patients always have access to effective medications.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:12pm

Berkeley Group builds exceptional homes in the finest places

Rob Perrins, managing director

Building about 15 per cent of London's homes in the past five years has cemented the position of the Berkeley Group as Britain's leading property developer. More importantly, it has reinforced the group's stance as a pioneer in all aspects of sustainability - social, economic and environmental.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:10pm

Accsys' cutting-edge acetylation technology reinforces wood's strengths

Paul Clegg, CEO

As environmental awareness increases worldwide, the market for green technologies and products, including sustainable building materials, has also seen significant growth. World-leading wood modification company Accsys Technologies has taken a key role in advancing the green movement in construction with the commercialisation of Accoya, a revolutionary wood solution.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:09pm

Pentland nurtures leading apparel brands in Asia

Adventurer Philippe Gatta is among the athletes Pentland-owned Berghaus sponsors.

Standing strong on its family foundation, Pentland Brands has taken leading sports, outdoor and fashion brands to the forefront of global markets. Pentland is the owner of popular brands such as Speedo, Canterbury and Berghaus - all leaders in their respective categories.

16 Jun 2014 - 2:06pm

Northumbria brings brand of excellence to London and beyond

Andrew Wathey, vice-chancellor

Anchored in rich history, propelled by innovation and inspired by an increasingly globalised educational landscape, Northumbria University is quintessential of today's academic institutions aiming to breed, hone and equip tomorrow's leaders.

16 Jun 2014 - 1:05pm

Industry focus distinguishes award-winning law firm in Asia

George Eddings, managing partner

As more of the world's trade gravitates toward Asia, globally competitive Asian companies trust leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) to meet their specific business requirements. "We major in focusing on specific industries - it's what distinguishes us," says George Eddings, managing partner.

16 Jun 2014 - 1:03pm

BPP boosts employability through transformative education

Professor Carl Lygo, group CEO

The global job market is becoming increasingly cutthroat as companies struggle to recover from the financial crisis. Graduates need more than a diploma to guarantee employability. Aiming to provide industry-relevant skill sets that will differentiate its graduates from competition, BPP blends practical and theoretical pedagogy to hone professionals that can thrive in a corporate setting.

16 Jun 2014 - 1:01pm

Johnstons of Elgin weaves rich heritage of quality

Simon Cotton, CEO

The unparalleled luxury of cashmere makes it among the most sought-after fibres in the world. Harnessing this material for more than 200 years, the best-kept secret of Scottish textile, Johnstons of Elgin, exercises exquisite craftsmanship to bring out its splendour in garments and accessories that reflect true Scottish heritage.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:59pm

Cardiff Business School strengthens links with Asia

Professor Martin Kitchener, dean

Cardiff Business School is creating pathways for working professionals in Asia to establish their industry credentials with some of the top global experts in finance, business management and economics.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:57pm

Brady brings best-in-class commodity trading software to Asia

Gavin Lavelle, CEO

As the global centre for trading industrial metals, the London Metal Exchange accounts for more than 80 per cent of the world's non-ferrous metal business. Working at the heart of such a demanding environment for more than 25 years, Brady has gained the experience to become a global leader in energy and commodity trading software platforms. Through acquisitions, the company's coverage has grown from metals to energy, recycling and soft commodities such as agriculture.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:55pm

Mabey Bridge links British engineering with global ingenuity

Chris Droogan, CEO

Bridges aren't just steel; they connect communities and make a positive social impact. It is these strong social responsibilities and the state-of-the-art technologies deployed that distinguish Mabey Bridge as a world-class engineering firm, which provides tailored solutions at reduced project times and financial costs. Such a commitment to perfecting design and implementation has driven the Mabey family business into more than 140 countries, while maintaining its integrity and identity.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:52pm