17 June 2022
At the Chartered Trading Standards Institute annual conference, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group presented awards to UK enforcement officers and departments for exceptional service in combatting IP Crime across the UK.
The honours were made to Trading Standards, Border Force, and Police, who have provided an outstanding response to the growing global threat to business and consumers, from an escalating fake market, which includes medicines, toys, electrical goods and foodstuffs, and is now worth $464 billion worldwide.
The OECD has calculated that the UK market for fake goods is worth £16 billion and is roughly equivalent to the national drugs market, according to Dame Carol Black’s independent review in 2020. Moreover, the organised transnational gangs involved are draining the UK economy of essential revenue, which could be used for vital public services, but instead, it is falling into criminal hands and is driving insidious crimes including the trade of people, drugs and weapons.
The Annual ACG awards recognise the response made by our precious enforcement services, which are combating the growing threats from counterfeiting on a day-to-day basis, despite competing priorities and constrained resources.
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.