The UK Luxury Benchmark Study, which surveyed the luxury sector?s senior professionals including C-suite execs and business owners, was conducted by wealth intelligence firm Wealth-X and luxury brand alliance Walpole.Some 75 per cent believe that full-year luxury sales will rise on 2014 and 56 per cent said they have increased the workforce since that time. The study found that growth is being stimulated largely by the US, which has now overtaken China as the fastest-growing source of tourist spending in the UK. To that end, the government has been urged to simplify visa policies for Chinese visitors, which is dubbed the biggest barrier for international custom, otherwise the spend and economy overall will suffer. Unsurprisingly, London is still the the country?s luxury hub as brands continue to invest in the capital, while it?s also a key destination for tourists. However, wealth creation in the North of England and government investments will allow brands to expand operations, according to the report. In particular, it was Manchester as the strongest growing city outside of London, as chosen by 34 per cent of execs. ?We are encouraged by the findings of the latest UK Luxury Benchmark Study, with further growth (almost unanimously) expected for the UK luxury sector,? said Michelle Emmerson, CEO of Walpole. ?Walpole is committed to supporting the next generation of craftsmen in the industry, and so it is heartening to learn that this is of significant importance to luxury brands in the UK, as well as a focus on design excellence and authenticity.?
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