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FT sticks the boot into Reckitt Benckiser

In an article subtitled “Multinational group’s corporate culture is out of step with the public mood” the FT today laid into Reckitt Benckiser for its management and presentation of its troubles in Korea. It was dismaying to see an update mention the “HS Issue” in the same workaday tones as poor sales of the Wet … [Read More]

Event news: UK-Korea business seminar

Notice of a seminar arranged jointly by the British Korean Society and the Lord Mayor’s office: UK-Korea Business Seminar Mansion House, 23 September 2016 As follow-up to the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to the Republic of Korea in July, the British Korean Society, jointly with the Lord Mayor’s Office, have arranged a business seminar … [Read More]

Andrew Salmon awarded MBE

Congratulations to Andy Salmon for being awarded an MBE in the Queens 90th birthday honours list. His citation, in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List reads as follows: Andrew Charles SALMON Journalist and writer, Seoul, Republic of Korea. For services to British Veterans of the Korean War. If you haven’t already, check out his two … [Read More]

The Reckitt Benckiser death campaign comes to London

Reckitt Benckiser’s problems in Korea haven’t had much attention in the UK until recently. But a growing campaign to boycott their products in Korea, and a small group of campaigners who came over to picket the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting on 5 May, have brought the issues into the mainstream. A week ago, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) … [Read More]

Conference report: UK-Korea Creative Industries Forum

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has recently posted a brief round-up of the Creative Industries Forum held at the BFI earlier this month. The conference provided the opportunity for Korean Minister of Culture Kim Jongdeok and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to sign a joint statement in which “Both sides agreed to continue to … [Read More]

Event news: UK-Korea Creative Industries Forum

Following on from the memorandum of understanding signed during President Park’s visit, this is the second UK-Korea Creative Industries Forum. UK-Korea Creative Industries Forum Hosted by Department for Culture Media and Sport Venue: BFI Southbank Centre (NFT1) Date: Monday 7 March 2016 Timings: 09.30-17.30 On behalf of the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media … [Read More]

Seoul and London forge friendly-city ties

A press release just published by the Seoul Metropolitan Government: Seoul and London forge friendly-city ties SEOUL, 18 December 2015: Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has recently forged closer inter-city ties with London, the city known as a global center of diverse sectors, including art, economy, finance, fashion, medical services, tourism, and transportation. Seoul Mayor Park … [Read More]

Brother Anthony awarded honorary MBE

Congratulations to Brother Anthony of Taizé for his honorary MBE, awarded by ambassador Charles Hay on 2 December at the ambassador’s residence in Seoul. The official citation reads as follows… Brother Seon Jae AN For services to the Royal Asiatic Society and to furthering the study of English Literature in Korea. …but equally we all … [Read More]

Korea Post honours the Glosters

Lt Col James Power Carne of the Gloucestershire Regiment appears on a new Korean postage stamp, part of a set of ten issued to mark the 65th anniversary of the start of the war. The BBC regional website for Gloucestershire has the full story. [Read More]

Kim Sungjoo awarded honorary OBE

The British Embassy in Seoul announced yesterday that Kim Sungjoo, best known in the UK for her MCM fashion brand, has been awarded an honorary OBE. In Korea, her company owns the Marks and Spencer franchise. According to the press release, She has been an energetic and generous supporter of many British institutions and organisations … [Read More]

Sylvia Park receives her MBE

Although Sylvia Park was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June last year, the actual investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace did not take place until 30 January 2015. Resplendent in red and green hanbok, Sylvia received the honour from the Prince of Wales. She commented: So very thrilled, happy and proud … [Read More]

Korean War Memorial unveiled in London

The South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se had a busy Wednesday last week as part of a three-day visit to the UK. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release, top of the agenda was the first annual Strategic Dialogue meeting between the two countries agreed during President Park’s state visit last year. The … [Read More]