Money2020 Europe

By Glesni Euros Financial Alchemy Dozens of thought leaders along with hundreds of delegates made it to Money2020 Europe in Amsterdam. CEOs, CTOs, marketing managers and executives came to the Rai exhibition hall last week to explore the latest developments in payments, financial technology and the financial services industry more broadly. The theme this year…

Newgate expands Manchester office with senior appointment

Integrated communications agency Newgate Communications has appointed Ian Morris as a Partner in its Manchester office as it seeks to further strengthen its regional network. He has been hired from Citigate Dewe Rogerson, for which he established the Manchester office in 2013, after six years in its London headquarters. Newgate’s Manchester team, based in the…

Is further devolution the only route left for Northern Rail?

By George Robinson The current Northern Rail franchise has had a troubled existence. Shortly after it started, it got hammered by industrial relations issues. It was then particularly affected by the timetable travails of May 2018, along with GTR. Things aren’t getting any easier. Several weeks ago, Northern’s operating group, Arriva, was put up for…

Planning Barometer 2019: Natural Partners – But Poles Apart

By Perry Miller With Brexit continuing to dominate the headlines, it is easy to forget that other urgent and ongoing issues – which arguably have a far greater impact on people’s daily lives – continue unchecked. And certainly, when it comes to the ongoing housing crisis, local politicians are far from ready to join in…

Mental Health Awareness Week

By Simone Fassom This week – 13-19th May – is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and designed to open up the conversation around mental health issues and help remove the stigma surrounding it. Mental health issues are a normal part of life.  We all have mental health…

An employer brand masterstroke from an expensive blunder

Let’s raise a glass to Hawksmoor Manchester for turning an expensive blunder into a nimble employer branding success. On Thursday the restaurant confirmed on twitter that a member of staff had inadvertently given some customers a £4,500 bottle of Château le Pin Pomerol 2001 the previous evening instead of the £260 bottle they ordered. “What…

Labour’s energy nationalisation: A plan to erase the legacy of Thatcherism

By Gareth Jones The Labour Party has today officially launched its plans to nationalise the UK’s energy networks, in a major speech delivered by Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey. This accompanies the publication of an official policy document, entitled Bringing Energy Home – a detailed proposal and rationale for bringing the UK’s…

Local elections 2019: the view from the cutting floor

By Douglas Johnson Last week’s local elections in England saw the Liberal Democrats make significant gains at the expense of the Conservatives and Labour. It’s tempting to focus on the national significance on the results, particularly with European elections now two weeks away. But for those working in the local government areas affected by the…

Welsh Labour Conference 2019 – order from chaos?

A slashed majority in the Newport West by-election, protesters seeking a second EU referendum and a brewing controversy over primary school funding did little to do quell the upbeat mood of Labour supporters as they crowded into Venue Cymru, Llandudno, for the start of Welsh Labour Conference 2019. Held on a sunny, breezy weekend, it…

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…