Hidden Gem: Tebay Services

By Charlotte Coulson Staycationers will know all too well the importance of an excellent service station. For those heading along the M6, Tebay Services is a stop-off with a difference. Established in the 1970s, Tebay was started by local farmers when the new M6 cut through the Tebay Gorge. Rather than succumb to the selection…

Education and health worries cloud the government’s summer break

By Simon Gentry, Newgate Public Affairs This is English A-Level results week and the government, having quite enjoyed Nicola Sturgeon’s agony over the last week, are beginning to realise that they may be in for the same pain. Oh, and the teaching unions are deeply unhappy about plans for schools to reopen in September. And…

Hidden Gem: God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow

By Henry Taylor Think of a North East London industrial estate and you probably don’t imagine a fun afternoon out. However, God’s Own Junkyard, nestled in the heart of Walthamstow, is very much the exception to this. In an unassuming warehouse you’ll find a psychedelic extravaganza of quirky neon lights, eclectic signs and vintage disco…

Covid scepticism takes hold of America

By Ian Silvera, Account Director If you vote Republican, watch Fox News and live in America, there’s a fairly high probability that you’re a Covid-19 skeptic. That is to say, you cast doubt over the official number of cases (4m) and deaths (140,000) the United States has endured.  A new Ipsos MORI/Axios poll found that more than…

The court room: battleground for climate change

By Sophie Morello, Associate Partner It wasn’t that long ago that ‘being green’ was just a nice-to-have bumper sticker that boosted CSR kudos and was a handy marketing tool to help drive sales and investments. And for governments, the green agenda was a second-tier issue – especially when we were bogged down in the financial…

Beirut: A City in Turmoil

By Habib Bacha, Managing Partner, UAE As we all know, on Tuesday Beirut was rocked by a massive explosion in the port. The explosion destroyed large swaths of the city and left at least 137 people dead, around 5,000 injured and several hundred thousand people displaced, with their homes destroyed. For the people of Beirut…

Jenrick unveils planning future

By Phil Briscoe, Managing Director, Newington, part of SEC Newgate As the long-awaited Government White Paper “Planning For The Future” is published, Newington Communications Managing Director Phil Briscoe looks at the key points. In the last General Election, Boris Johnson famously drove a bulldozer through the Brexit wall, but what has Robert Jenrick proposed for the…

Hidden Gem: Morden Hall Park, London

By Charlotte Coulson While London is blessed with an array of commons and parks, many of us are sick of doing the same loop of our local green space and are looking for a bit of variety. For South Londoners, or those willing to make the trip, Morden Hall Park is a great alternative. The…

The challenge of putting net zero pledges in practice

By Gareth Jones, Associate Partner BP’s announcement earlier this week that it would cut its dividend for the first time in a decade prompted much comment in the business pages. This is unsurprising, given that the company is widely seen as a reliable and regular payer of dividends and many shareholders and investors have counted…