Introducing Newgate

We are one team, powered by a collaborative creative culture. We offer corporate communications, community engagement and financial communications as well as public affairs, brand building and capital markets expertise. We invest time and resources in understanding our client’s industries, markets, cultures and business goals. We pride ourselves on our ability to identify the latest…

Betting the House on the Budget

The last few days before what has been dubbed the ‘make or break’ Budget have not played out as Philip Hammond would have hoped. What the Chancellor would probably describe as a selective misinterpretation of his remarks on unemployment on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show have fed into the long-running media narrative that he is fighting…

EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

MPs will today begin the first of eight days of Committee Stage deliberation of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill repeals the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the EU. It also transposes existing EU legislation into domestic UK law, to ensure a smooth transition on the day after the UK leaves…

Making a Mess of Brexit – Gavin Devine writes for Housebuilder magazine

The article below is taken from the November edition of Housebuilder. Newgate Communications chief executive Gavin Devine argues that the government is making a mess of the Brexit negotiations to the delight of the EU. It’s time, he says, for the government to get a grip. As happens every year, the recent Party Conference season…

Gavin Williamson: the heir apparent?

Has Theresa May just crowned the Tories’ heir apparent? Some months ago we started speculating about when the generational shift in the Conservative Party would begin. Today we can say that process is well and truly under way and that Gavin Williamson is by far the best placed of all the 40-something contenders. The reaction…

Understanding WeChat Business Marketing in China: Integration and Engagement

It is clear that Tencent’s multifunction WeChat app is an unmissable marketing tool, but businesses that believe they can use it in the same way as Facebook are missing out on its unique capabilities. Newgate’s Grace Zhang explains why an integrated approach to social media in China is a necessity for effective communications across multiple…

Begging, Busking And Bucket-Shaking: Giving Money In The Contactless Age

Earlier on in the week I was sitting outside a bar in Leadenhall Market when a very thin, nervous looking, figure approached. “Got any change?”, he asked. Mentally weighing up all the arguments for and against giving to beggars I went reflexively for my standard response: “sorry, I don’t have any cash”. Muttering to himself…

Has the Conservative Government slammed the door on Foreign Investment?

The UK Government has today announced proposals to strengthen scrutiny of foreign investments in the UK.  It proposes to lower the value at which Ministers can intervene and scrutinise mergers and foreign investments. The Green Paper is the result of the Government’s review of the Enterprise Act 2002 and its powers in relation to foreign…

Housing Sector: The more things change, the more they stay the same

The article below originally appeared in the October edition of Housebuilder magazine. The head of Newgate Communications’ South West and Wales office Ben Lowndes asks whether the industry’s latest ‘innovative’ answers address the right questions. At every level within the housing sector, it seems there are calls to do things differently. The government says the…

The European Single Market is a Myth

by Simon Gentry, Head of Public Affairs I moved to Brussels in August 1990.  Everyone in the European Commission spoke French then.  The EU only had 12 member states.  Germany was just re-unifying. And the EC – as it was then – had just begun the great, visionary ‘1992’ project, intended to create a pan-Community,…

Will GDPR be a catalyst for more secure communication?

On 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law, ushering in a new regulatory regime for handling data security and privacy, and it is one that brings significant reputational risk and communications challenges. Newgate Partner Alistair Kellie has been working with clients in secure communications to prepare them, and other firms,…

Hovis appoints Newgate Communications

Hovis, the iconic 130-year-old well-loved British brand has appointed Newgate Communications. As part of its remit, Newgate will manage Hovis’ Corporate and Financial PR, Public Affairs, as well as senior communications advice and press office support in the UK. The account will be led by Newgate Partners Clotilde Gros and Simon Gentry.

The Cruellest of Conference Speeches

After an otherwise drab and lacklustre conference, expectations were sky high for Theresa May’s closing speech to the party faithful in Manchester. With continued questions over her leadership, cabinet divisions over Brexit and the jockeying of position amongst her would-be successors, her set-piece to the Tory faithful was an opportunity, some might say even her…