How the pandemic is re-shaping corporate communications

By Ian Morris, Partner The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted internal communications, digital communications and overall strategic capability as the skills in greatest need of a boost in in-house communications teams, according to a new report we published today with VMAGROUP. The report, Communicating through the Covid Crisis, which is available here to download, was debated this morning at a…

How COVID-19 is re-shaping corporate comms

By Ian Morris, Partner Newgate Communications partnered with VMA Group to ask senior in-house communications professionals about the impact of COVID-19 on corporate communications and how we can exit the crisis stronger than before.  From managing a lightning paced crisis in the early days of the pandemic to communicating with worried employees estranged from their…

Art of the resignation

By Andrew Adie, Managing Partner On a day when Gavin Williamson has faced calls for his resignation as Education Secretary and questions around the conduct and responsibilities of leaders are being discussed globally, in light of the US election, Covid-19 response and a number of corporate events, it begs the question is there a right…

The WHO’s handling of the ultimate crisis comms project

By Joe Cockerline, Senior Consultant “Covid-19 has changed our world. It has brought people, communities and nations together, and driven them apart.” This sobering assessment came from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as it embarked on the next stage of the biggest crisis management project in its history. Since the beginning of the COVID outbreak and…

Can fast fashion ever clean up its act?

By Charlotte Coulson, Account Director The allegations of modern slavery amongst fashion manufacturers in Leicester may not have come as a surprise to many – the industry has battled similar claims in the past. But that these practices have been occurring in the UK is something that most didn’t expect. Coinciding with the reverse lockdown in…

Ringfencing quality people to ensure quality audits – can it really be done?

By Jessica Hodson Walker, Account Director It’s a coincidence that within days of the collapse of Wirecard, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has set out plans to reform The Big Four accounting firms – in effect forcing them to ringfence their audit practices.  Auditors have faced significant reputational hits over the last three years as…

Truth, post-truth and reality

By Bob Huxford, Partner My advice has always been that you put honesty and integrity at the forefront of communications. Whether you are looking to build brand or investor loyalty, building trust is paramount. Spin, obfuscation or downright lies might help you dodge a bullet in the short term but in the longer run there’s…

Should companies keep paying dividends?

By Adam Lloyd, Partner For the first time since WWII Royal Dutch Shell, the UK’s largest and most reliable payer of dividends, has announced a two thirds cut in its quarterly dividend. A surprise, just days after BP chose to maintain its dividend, but not a shock. In the wake of the lockdown we have…