Crisis communications: Empathy is the name of the game

By Rishi Banerjee After a two-year hiatus, the lawns of SW19 have seen the return of world-class tennis. However, the sport has come under scrutiny because of its handling of one of its biggest tennis sensations. Japanese star Naomi Osaka’s confession about her mental health and not wanting to take part in media interviews landed…

The year of impossible choices

By Simon Gentry It all started so well.  A natural star, charismatic, good looking (in his own way), a man the public could relate to, had landed the role that many thought he was born to play.  A whopping Parliamentary majority with a clear mandate to deliver the UK’s exit from the EU and to…

Ten reasons to be cheerful…!

By the Newgate News Editorial Team Yes, yes, we’ve just entered Lockdown II… The US is in turmoil and, erm, we still have no agreement on Brexit… but there are still plenty of reasons to be cheerful!  Here’s a selection compiled by your editorial team:  A dry Spring and September means that we are currently…

England set for three-tiered lockdown regime

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs Coronavirus restrictions will be extended to the Liverpool city region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, the government announced today. Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that, in these regions, households have been banned from meeting in any indoor social setting and there is guidance against all but…

Work hard, don’t play – the government’s lockdown easing strategy

By Tim Le Couilliard, Public Affairs The government is facing a policy crisis. Government ministers, officials, experts and scientists spent the first four months of lockdown scaring people into isolation; and perhaps they were too good at their job, or perhaps it was just easy to do, but now they are finding it hard to…

The Prime Networker

By Henry Taylor, Executive As if Boris Johnson didn’t have enough on his plate at the moment, he (or, more realistically, an unlucky staffer) will now be tasked with managing a deluge of LinkedIn notifications, after the Prime Minister joined the professional networking site this week. His presence on the platform offers some clues on…

School is in session

By Charlotte Coulson, Account Director Today marks the first day back for many across the country, be they office workers being encouraged to come in once more, or students and teachers heading back into schools. Following a summer of less than positive news for the Department of Education, the number of pupils that actually return…

It’s time to scrap the August Bank Holiday

By Giles Croot, Managing Partner Final weekend of August, final Bank Holiday of the spring-summer run… cold, wet, miserable.  And are we surprised?  Of course not. August Bank Holidays are almost always a wash out.  Last year being the exception – so remarkable that we were all shocked by the warm sunny weather.  So why…

Batten down the hatches: lessons for the next mega-crisis

By Ian Morris, Partner No-one really expected the Covid-19 pandemic. Even the world’s most crisis-ready organisations and communications teams will have been tested by it. But those who had invested time and effort in proactively preparing for the worst will have negotiated the last few months with a lot more success than their under-prepared counterparts….