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…

Preparing for the new normal – Webinar

This webinar will take place at 11am on Wednesday 29 April. The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly changed the way we live and work. As we plan for our emergence from lockdown, how do we motivate staff to return to the workplace, re-engage our customers and communicate with our investors in the post-pandemic world? While going…

Reduce trading hours to help navigate the pandemic

Companies should continue to update the market, but the markets must make changes to cope with Coronavirus, says Newgate Managing Partner, Giles Croot The unprecedented call from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) at the weekend for listed companies to delay publishing preliminary results for at least two weeks has led to many companies mothballing them….

Navigating the Storm

By Jessica Hodson Walker As Storm Ciara wreaks havoc across the UK and Europe, airlines across the Continent are in chaos. Writing this whilst sat in Geneva airport hoping that the next available flight to London (via Zurich) will take off, the stress and frustration of travellers is palpable.  Whilst some brands may be able to create positives from…

Vanguard appoints Newgate

Vanguard, one of the world’s largest and most respected investment firms, has appointed Newgate Communications as its UK corporate communications adviser. The appointment comes as Vanguard seeks to build greater awareness about its mission to lower the cost and complexity of investing in the UK. A pioneer of high-value, low-cost investing, Vanguard entered the UK…