23 January 2021
To finish off a busy week, on Friday afternoon the ACG hosted its second online fireside chat. This time with British politician, Ian Paisley.
Ian, a passionate supporter of tackling illicit crime, is the Member of Parliament for North Antrim in Northern Ireland and member of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Before becoming an MP, Ian was a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly. He was a Junior Minister in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and was also part of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.
Phil and Ian chatted for just under an hour covering a range of topics from the responsibilities of e-commerce companies in preventing the advertising of counterfeit goods and how the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has been innovative in raising awareness of the risks from dangerous fakes, to whether or not the UK looking at the introduction of Free Trade Zones (FTZs) was a good thing.
Ian welcomed FTZs, despite their vulnerability to counterfeiting across the world but warned, they must be well governed and collaborative, with business playing their part and sharing information.
“We had a terrific chat and Ian seemed very relaxed. He was open, knowledgable and told some very funny stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was over before I realised. That's two great sessions, so I’m now looking forward to the next Fireside Chat” commented Phil.
Check the ACG Events page regularly, to see who the next confirmed guest for an ACG Fireside Chat is.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.