Following the result of the historic EU referendum, Walpole identified five areas of concern for the UK luxury goods sector. A member briefing workshop with expert speakers, followed by a series of roundtables and consultations allowed Walpole to offer and receive a view of the political, business and economic outlook in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. This intelligence then formed the basis of the luxury industry’s manifesto, ‘Thriving after Brexit: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK’s luxury goods sector and policy recommendations’, which was launched in February 2017.
UK China Visa Alliance
In 2012, Walpole became a founder member of the UK China Visa Alliance (UKCVA); an organisation aimed at reducing the complex and lengthy visa regulations for high-spending Chinese visitors to the UK. The UKCVA’s aim is to identify short-term improvements to the existing Chinese visa system, as well as implement long-term structural changes to ensure more Chinese visitors view the UK as an accessible tourist destination. It has had a number of successes, including the-then Home Secretary Theresa May confirming the government’s support to streamline the application process in 2014.