China, Leicester, Switzerland and mixed messages

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner As break-ups go, the UK China split is looking as messy as they come – and its set to get much worse.  Only five short years ago the then Chancellor, George Osborne, was talking of a golden period in Sino-British relations and claiming that the UK was China’s best friend…

Cummings roadtrip didn’t need to become the only story in town

By Giles Croot, Managing Partner How did the Government machine so spectacularly fail to manage the story about Dominic Cummings trip to Durham?  It’s said that “a lie is half way around the world before the truth has got its shoes on”… but in this case the “truth” – or to be more accurate Dominic…

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…

Raab states that PM remains “very much in charge of the government”

By Tim Le Couilliard In the first Downing Street briefing since Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab delivered an update on the government’s response to the coronavirus. It was a welcome sight to see the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, back at the podium, having recently recovered…

Government to commit to 100,000 tests a day ‘by the end of the month’

By Gareth Jones Health Secretary Matt Hancock led today’s government press briefing, in which he unveiled a new ‘five pillar’ testing strategy to tackle the coronavirus that he said will deliver 100,000 tests a day by the end of this month. Acknowledging the mounting criticism from the media and health professionals over the comparative lack…

Crime drops due to CV

By Beth Colmer Crime has fallen since the outbreak of Coronavirus and the measures to stem its flow, according to former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Bernard Hogan-Howe. “I hear that the police are having far fewer reports of crime at the moment” he told an audience of business leaders this afternoon during a webcast jointly…

A lesson in rhetoric

By Ian Silvera The press conference is a very particular type of communications beast. It’s not a speech, in the sense that questions don’t always follow in that format, and it’s not a pre-recorded message, the sort of TV appearance a monarch or two would give around Christmas. The press conference, in contrast, offers serious…