I don’t mind if a robot takes my job (as long as it doesn’t take my salary)

I’ve spent 20 years in journalism and PR and I feel like I’m learning more now than at any point. Why? Because the media as a channel is changing beyond recognition. We now spend as much time talking about Google, Buzzfeed and Facebook as we spend musing over pitching stories to the FT. We’re also trying to make ourselves heard in a world of data … Continue reading I don’t mind if a robot takes my job (as long as it doesn’t take my salary)

Planners as Rent Collectors

The column below is taken from the February edition of Housebuilder magazine. By Stephen Byfield, Partner at Newgate Communications and founder of our sister agency PPS Group. Years ago, I wrote a lot about the problems of securing planning permission.   But in the last few years Government reforms have had an effect.   Most councils now have a local plan in place or in preparation and … Continue reading Planners as Rent Collectors

Successful night for Newgate clients at the Grant Thornton QC Awards

It was a successful night for Newgate’s financial PR clients at the 2017 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards last week. Blue Prism won IPO of the Year with judges recognising the Company as an emerging leader in the world of robotic process automation software. Maiden results showed sales growth of 59 per cent and a revenue run rate 143 per cent higher than the previous … Continue reading Successful night for Newgate clients at the Grant Thornton QC Awards

Battle lines drawn in Greater Manchester Mayoral race

On Friday night, hundreds of top industry professionals gathered to hear from the candidates to become Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor; Andy Burnham, Sean Anstee and Jane Brophy, at the Midland Hotel. Newgate sister agency PPS was delighted to be a sponsor for this well attended and exciting event, which was not so much a gentle start to the rounds of hustings likely to take … Continue reading Battle lines drawn in Greater Manchester Mayoral race

Worried about Trump, Le Pen is worse

Earlier this week I joined a debate, hosted by Roxhill Media and Herbert Smith Freehills, on how the events of 2016 should inform how companies communicate in 2017. A strong panel of Iain Dey, business editor of the Sunday Times, Dan Roberts, who has the interesting role of Brexit editor at The Guardian, and Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist, gave us a few … Continue reading Worried about Trump, Le Pen is worse

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles: Boom Time In Brexit Britain

The article below, written by Newgate’s CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Anyone who spends time on Twitter these days will have seen a huge number of tweets from Brexiteers cheering every upward revision of the UK’s economic forecasts and demanding to know what happened to Project Fear. In this narrative, the vote on 23 June has already unleashed a wave of exuberance … Continue reading I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles: Boom Time In Brexit Britain

No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market

The Context Today sees the release of the hotly anticipated Housing White Paper. After the endless speculation, the frenzied lobbying by a stream of commentators and industry insiders and the trailers put out by Government itself, the document itself is just a bit, well, obvious. In other words, ‘Spoiler: there’s no silver bullet’ (as tweeted this morning by Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for Housing). The … Continue reading No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market

Dear John: How Taylor Swift’s PR Juggernaut Lost Its Way

The article below, written by Newgate’s CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared in The Huffington Post. On a number of occasions in the past couple of years I have cited Taylor Swift as a living, breathing masterclass in how to use PR to build and sustain an enormous brand – and also how that brand-building exercise can head off track. As she seeks to return to the … Continue reading Dear John: How Taylor Swift’s PR Juggernaut Lost Its Way