The Power of Persistence and Persuasion

By Dafydd Rees What the Campaign against Slavery teaches us about effective communications One positive benefit of the continuing COVID-19 lockdown is the opportunity it offers to read.   The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery was published just before Christmas. It is compelling and compulsive.   It is one of…

Newgate and Newington merge to form SEC Newgate UK

SEC Newgate S.p.A., the insight-driven global strategic communications group that works at the nexus of business, politics, communities, markets and media, today announces two further key steps, in line with its Strategic Plan, to create a fully unified, powerful global communications brand. With immediate effect, its two largest UK agencies, Newgate Communications Ltd and Newington…

View from the USA

By Megan Kovach On Wednesday January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked during an attempted siege by rioting Trump supporters desperate to demonstrate American ‘freedom’ against US Congress, however, their actions achieved quite the opposite. Our country has not witnessed such hateful and violent acts since the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York…

The would-be, could-be, should-be(?) Prime Minister: Kwasi Kwarteng

By Tim Le Couilliard The third Business Secretary in 12 months, Kwasi Kwarteng assumed the role as his predecessor Alok Sharma moved to focus fully on the COP26 Presidency, ahead of the important summit in November.  A somewhat notable appointment, Kwarteng is and has been for a while, seen as a rising star in the…

A fine balance – how the LSE plans to bring back big tech

By Tom Carnegie The notable absence of British technology companies from the FTSE 100 is an issue the London Stock Exchange (‘LSE’) is eager to address. It wants the next Airbnb, but to do so the team realises that the LSE needs to look more attractive to these fast-growth companies, which in turn means softening…

Should the pay awards for Britain’s top CEOs be ESG compliant?

By Adam Lloyd At 5:30pm on Wednesday 6 January, according to the High Pay Centre think tank, the average FTSE 100 CEO had been paid more for the first three days of 2021 than the average British worker would receive for the whole of the year. Apparently, that figure is down slightly on 2020 so…

Is Keir Starmer struggling to make an impact?

By Gareth Jones For those who regularly watch it, today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today followed a familiar pattern. Labour leader Keir Starmer highlighted some severe policy failures from the government on its handling of Covid, as well as on the issue of free school meals – to which the Prime Minister responded, in less…

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….

Crypto assets – are they here to stay?

By Byron Ousey HM Treasury has just published a lengthy document which marks the first stage in a consultative process with industry and stakeholders about UK’s regulatory approach to crypto assets. The timing was prescient since its coincided with Bitcoin surpassing $41,000 for the first time which unleashed a huge swathe of commentary in the…