The opening up of cross-border trade introduces new opportunities and a greater range of products and prices but also has increased the risk of exposure to corruption. A new Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) is due to come into force in April 2011. The new Act requires businesses to take anti-corruption measures more seriously, and will apply to businesses conduct overseas as well as in the UK. The implications are wide-ranging: any company that fails to prevent bribery committed on its behalf, even by intermediaries, will be at risk of committing a criminal offence. Organisations will need to review, and where necessary revise, their existing anti-corruption policies, tendering procedures and training, to ensure compliance with the new rules.