Introducing Newgate

We are creative problem solvers who use strategic communications, advocacy and research to drive positive change. We do this locally, nationally and internationally and are part of SEC Newgate, a global communications agency with a team of over 600 operating across five continents from over 30 offices – including teams in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin,…

Large-scale antigen testing to start next week

By Simon Gentry The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP and the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, have all been tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms and are now self-isolating.  Their symptoms are said to be mild and they are working from home. Michael Gove, the Cabinet Secretary,…

Social media for business in a lockdown

42% of us are now working from home daily, according to the most recent YouGov Coronavirus polling, with a further 12% spending at least part of the week logging on remotely, writes Newington’s Director of Digital Tom Flynn. With no commute, no popping out for lunch and limited scope for after-work activities (an hour of…

Living with someone on the NHS frontline

By Adam Lloyd, Partner at Newgate Communications We are reminded every day that the Covid-19 outbreak, if unchecked, could overwhelm the NHS. Every day I am left in no doubt that the virus is already placing a considerable burden on care provision as a significant proportion of NHS resources are diverted in readiness for the…

Letter from… Spain

By Elena Gallego Díez-CansecoAccount Director, ACH The situation in Spain is extremely frightening. The vast majority of the current population have never experienced a situation like this and the nearest thing that our elders have to compare to this is perhaps the War of many decades ago. We’re experiencing the novelty of true uncertainty and…

Self Employed Income Support Scheme Announced

By Tim Le Couilliard The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled the long-awaited support package for the 5 million self-employed. Announcing what he described as a coherent, coordinated and comprehensive plan, Sunak said that it one of the most generous in the world. The government has announced a new ‘self-employed income support scheme’. In line with…

Self-employment stories

By Ian Silvera You can’t help being jealous of those who work for themselves. As their own bosses (and dogs’ bodies) they set their own hours, can have endless tea breaks and wear what they like to the office/their front room. That is of course in normal times, times when the world isn’t facing a…

Letter from… Florida

By Megan Kovach a Senior Executive at Newgate Communications. March in Florida means one thing – Spring Break season. ‘Snow Birds’, as we call them, migrate down from the North to enjoy Florida’s beautiful beaches, infamous amusement parks and unlimited sunshine. College students are awarded a week off of school, where pool parties, island hopping…

Staying engaged

By Douglas Johnson Coronavirus is making all forms of social interaction almost impossible, especially with the lockdown now in place – we could literally be fined if we physically socialise with anyone outside our household.  The same is true for public consultation. We’re pretty sure organising and attending public exhibitions doesn’t come under the essential jobs list….

Public service broadcasting comes into its own

By Jamie Williams In the last few weeks newspapers sales have reversed their long-term decline and TV news viewing figures surged to the highest levels in decades.    The big winner is the BBC – could it be that coronavirus has just saved the licence fee?  Only a month ago there was serious talk about the…

Stay at home

The Prime Minister used today’s short briefing to repeat the government’s key message, urging people to stay at home.  He also thanked the 405,000 people who have signed up to be NHS Volunteers, delivering medicines, driving patients home and to appointments and phoning people who are alone at home. Testing is becoming a significant issue. …