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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update 21 April

23 April 2019
Retail, Food & Retail Regulatory round-up w/e 21 April. ASA win judicial review over ‘Fibre’ ruling, Potential 4% of annual turnover fines, and age verification for accessing pornographic websites.

Important Updates

ASA win judicial review over ‘Fibre’ ruling: The Advertising Standards Authority has successfully defended a challenge by CityFibre regarding its approach to use of the term ‘Fibre’ in respect of part-fibre broadband advertising. View > View > The ASA has also upheld a case this week re DSG where an online advertisement in the Liverpool Echo had appeared to be an article. View >


Potential 4% of annual turnover fines in prospect: The EU Parliament Internal Market Committee has approved plans to require internet platforms to make clear whether buyers are trading with the platform, a trader or private individual and also to set out the criteria by which search rankings are derived.  The ‘new deal for consumers package’ which also classes the dual marketing of products (same product with different characteristics in different member states) as an unfair commercial practice will require member states to introduce a maximum potential fine of 4% turnover / £2 million euro where breaches affect several countries. View >

Implementation date set for age verification to access pornographic websites: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced in association with the British Board for Film Classification that commercial porn sites will be required to have age verification systems in place for access by 15th July and to carry a green ‘AV logo’ to confirm that the arrangements in place have been verified. View >


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Which channels will consumers use to shop this year?

Understanding consumers’ propensity to buy is one thing, but knowing how they are going to spend their money is crucial. We asked  10,000 consumers globally across which channels they plan to increase, decrease or maintain their current levels of spending. Read more >


Belfast: Local Government - the new agenda for towns and cities

Chaired by Jamie Delargy, our conference with Retail NI will explore the new policy priorities for town and city centres, reinventing retail and reforming business rates. Belfast: 9 May 2019. Register here >


Britain on the world stage

We recently held a breakfast panel event in our London office with Government, business and trade experts - including ITV Journalist Robert Peston and Lord Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European - who discussed how Brexit will impact the economy, security and trade.

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