Why I’m doing dry January in lockdown

By Henry Taylor With the UK now in a national lockdown for the third time and for the foreseeable future, the idea of spending January without alcohol seems particularly unappealing at the moment. The prospect of a drink at the end of a dark day or week certainly offers some comfort in these anxious times….

The king of the high street is dead… long live the king

By Clotilde Gros The name Philip Green resonated with respect amongst the retail industry, journalists and communications professionals. He would walk the floor at parties or charity events like he was the king of retail, and he was.  I remember starting my career as a communications professional and feeling a bit star struck every time…

Can Click and Collect save the high street?

By Andrew Adie Reform of the UK’s mail system could mean that Post Offices no longer have to exclusively handle post and parcels for Royal Mail and could instead become hubs for click and collect/returns for the numerous ecommerce companies now flourishing in lock-down. Given that the Post Office still has around 11,500 branches across…

The future is ‘Alt-right’… for investments (not Steve Bannon!)

By Henry Adefope Alt-right as in…. the future looking bright for Alternative investments, not the Steve Bannon clickbait. In the past these were known as financial assets that didn’t fall into one of the conventional investment categories, like stocks, bonds, and cash. The sort of more interesting, but riskier ‘other’ side of the investment universe…

Pre-pack communications

By Clotilde Gros, Corporate Between 2016 and 2019 the number of pre-pack administrations increased by 37% according to an Insolvency Service report published this week, and there have been a high number of high-profile pre-pack administrations reported recently. Some of these have been dubbed as ‘controversial’ by the media, and whilst it is a perfectly…

Match fit for round two? The UK-NZ trade negotiations

With the second round of trade negotiations between the UK and New Zealand scheduled to get underway this month, Nick Jeyarajah gives a snapshot of where the two countries stand and which part of the negotiations might get tricky. The UK held its first round of negotiations with New Zealand over video link in July, with a…

Sunak’s Winter Economic Statement

Viable support for viable jobs: why the Chancellor is shifting his stance Public Affairs Managing Director Chris White looks at the Chancellor’s economic statement and how it may have been received by Conservative backbenchers The Chancellor had a difficult job today – support those affected by the second wave, whilst accepting that the immense burden on the…