A positive view of Brexit II–They may have the discipline, but we have the money

A positive view of Brexit II – They may have the discipline, but we have the money

Steve Harrison Blog, Brexit

I started 2017 with a blog suggesting that getting a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU was unlikely, because they will initially be unwilling and ultimately unable to agree a deal at a price that is reasonable to the UK. Six months on we take stock of how things have panned out so far. Not the politics, but rather …

Brexit – New opportunities for Chinese businesses?

Brexit – New opportunities for Chinese businesses?

Felix Benscheid Blog, Brexit, Retail

With Brexit being the leading creator of uncertainty, especially for European businesses, the undefined current geopolitical situation is heavily influencing international business. Even though some may argue that the impact of Brexit on China will be limited, Brexit and its following agreements will create political and economic opportunities and threats that will not stay unrecognised. The ambiguity on currency fluctuation, …

Deal or no Deal

Brexit: Deal or no deal

William Tickel Blog, Brexit, Retail

If the last 12 months have been any indicator, the only certainty is that we can’t be certain of what will happen in the months and weeks leading us up to March 2019. This said, if the current situation offers us any clues, we should be prepared for the possibility of a post-Brexit-Britain without a Free-Trade deal with the European …

How Brexit will reshape the UK Retail landscape

How Brexit will reshape the UK Retail landscape

Emanuel Modrovic Blog, Brexit, Retail

Against the background of a ticking two-year clock, this analysis will argue that Brexit will reshape the UK Retail landscape by shuffling the cards once more. There are 3 key Brexit-related challenges facing retailers: Currency and financial movements This is an effect that has already been hitting retailers operating in the UK. Movements of exchange rates outside of their typical …

Brexit-Preparing for the After Life

Brexit – Preparing for the afterlife

Gopal Iyer Blog, Brexit, Retail

The June 2016 referendum brought to life even the sleepiest of the analysts, with everyone having their views on how Brexit would reshape the UK economic and social structure – most of them predicting a severe and immediate impact. The more structured arguments signalled immediate impacts on services (Forex, stock markets), near term impact on movement of goods (tariffs, import/export) …

Re-opening the Silk Road; a fresh hope for post-Brexit Britain?

Re-opening the Silk Road – a fresh hope for post-Brexit Britain?

Sebastian MacDonald Blog, Brexit, Retail

With UK politics in disarray after the electoral upset last month, we have seemingly learned two key lessons. Firstly £100m seems to be the going rate to secure the loyalty of an MP for 5 years, and secondly public opinion remains firmly divided on parliamentary leadership going into Brexit.   As policymakers and PR gurus spin and spit their way …

A positive view of Brexit through the lens of a procurement negotiation strategy

A positive view of Brexit through the lens of a procurement negotiation strategy

Steve Harrison Blog, Brexit

As we look forward to the Article 50 negotiations, Steve Harrison presents a positive case in relation to the UKs trading relationship with the EU going forward through the lens of a procurement negotiation strategy. The principle negotiating objectives in the two-year period prescribed by article 50 are twofold. First is to settle who is liable for ongoing liabilities, like …

Post Brexit M&A opportunities

Post Brexit M&A opportunities

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Brexit, M&A

4C Associates’ Milan Panchmatia considers how businesses can look to profit from the current period of uncertainty. Depending which media outlets you read, you might think Brexit represents the salvation or the destruction of the UK. The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. There are pros and cons to the country’s decision to leave the European Union and …

The Grocer: Your Brexit procurement in-tray

4C Associates In the press

UK consumers aren’t likely to regard Marmite, fish fingers and crisps as recipe bedfellows, and given recent Brexit-related pricing announcements they aren’t proving too appetising for UK retailers, either. Furthermore, currency volatility is only the opening salvo in the challenges the vote to leave the EU is likely to present to the industry. Read full article here

Fourth Source: Procurement – Better understanding means better business in a post Brexit marketing world

4C Associates In the press

Procurement has always been a source of friction in marketing. Marketers don’t like procurement; it’s that simple, we are the enemy. This is also not helped by the industry perception that Procurement as a function lacks agility and creativity, both assets which are central to marketing and all that it stands for. But, with better communication and understanding this can, …

Procurement Leaders: What Theresa May’s Brexit speech means for procurement

4C Associates In the press

Theresa May, the Britain’s prime minister, made a speech last week that sought to provide more detail about the kind of relationship the country will have with the European Union (EU) after it leaves. It specifically explained how the Government will manage the transition from a central player in the EU to a solidly independent trading nation. It left a …

How Brexit could impact European private equity investments

How Brexit could impact European private equity investments

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Brexit, Private Equity

As Europe continues to wait for economic stability to return, Milan Panchmatia considers how the UK’s vote to leave might affect equity markets. While the exact impact of leaving the European Union is still unknown, it is clear that Brexit will affect British and European businesses in a number of ways. Initially, currency fluctuations and volatile conditions are likely to …

Supply Management: What you need to do now about Brexit

4C Associates In the press

Following Theresa May’s speech this week outlining a move towards hard Brexit, buyers will need shrewd contingency and risk planning. A recent report from Credit Suisse, examining trade relationships between the UK and EU countries, highlighted that many of the existing supply chains crossing the channel are designed to function within a single market. Breaking that single market, it warned, may …

The future of M&A in Brexit Britain

The future of M&A in Brexit Britain

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Brexit, M&A

Uncertainty and major mergers and acquisitions are reluctant bedfellows, according to 4C Associates’ Milan Panchmatia – but there are reasons for optimism. The long-term implication of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is difficult to predict. The initial reaction, at least from the stock markets, was a loss in confidence and whilst this has been reversed with the FTSE …