How UK political parties should PR the EU elections

Locked-in disagreement with a Prime Minister planning her exit, the House of Commons’ Brexit delay means that the UK is facing EU Parliamentary elections on Thursday 23 May – almost three years after 17.5 million people voted to quit the political and economic bloc in a tightly contested referendum. The potential vote, the fourth time…

Let us women fight for what really matters

By Shelly Durrant This Friday is International Women’s Day, a day that I’m increasingly expected to wholeheartedly support because I’m a woman. Forgive me if I don’t get the fireworks out. Despite my lack of excitement, I must stress that I am by no means an anti-feminist, far from it, I think we women have…

Brexit – A Very British Coup

Written by Dafydd Rees Politics has never shown itself to be more stubborn or sly, so why is business not more publicly concerned or the markets in meltdown? Could it be because we are all living in a state of collective denial about the momentous events taking place at Westminster. And there lies the danger….

Is the Beast from the East chasing White Elephants?

In recent weeks the energy sector has been eventful and as many of us look forward to summer holidays the legacy of the cold winter continues to bite. The first of the Big 6 has announced increased energy bills for nearly 2m people and they have blamed, in part, the ‘Beast from the East.’ We…

Communicating the power of PR

The article below originally appeared on Professional Adviser.com In what is already a hugely competitive market, it can be difficult for a business to stand out and differentiate itself from the herd. In the advisory space, competition is fierce and will only increase. The fight between advisers, wealth managers, and financial planners, not to mention the…

In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Why the North West’s science and technology communities are getting bullish in a bid to take on the south. When innovators step foot on British soil all signs should point North. That’s the challenge being put forward by the North West’s science and tech companies in a bid to shine a light on the region’s…

Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

The article below is taken from June’s Housebuilder magazine. Stephen Byfield, partner at Newgate Communications, bemoans the fact that green belt policy, a 70 year old system of land management, is still dictating what is built where in the UK. I found myself involved in a very interesting discussion this month on the provision of…

2017: The Year Of… Who Knows?

The blog below, written by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, was originally published on HuffPost Politics. And so another year ends and a new one begins. And the beginning of January has brought the usual crop of ‘forward looks’ for the year. So I thought I’d follow suit, although hopefully with a new twist: I am…

Cake-gate

How life imitates art. The row about the handwritten note by a ministerial aid saying Britain could “Have its cake and eat it” in Brexit negotiations is straight out of Armando Iannucci’s brilliant satire on political spin The Thick Of It. For those who have missed this “must see television”, in the final series the…