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 the guy moved on. As I sat there afterwards it … Continue reading Begging, Busking And Bucket-Shaking: Giving Money In The Contactless Age

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 investment and national security. Short Term In the short term, … Continue reading Has the Conservative Government slammed the door on Foreign Investment?

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 housing market is ‘broken’. Former Housing Minister Gavin Barwell acknowledged … Continue reading Housing Sector: The more things change, the more they stay the same

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, single market.  It was a bold and inspiring vision, a … Continue reading The European Single Market is a Myth

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, for the challenges ahead. Here he gives his views on … Continue reading Will GDPR be a catalyst for more secure communication?

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. Continue reading Hovis appoints Newgate Communications

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 last opportunity, to reassert her authority over her party and … Continue reading The Cruellest of Conference Speeches

The Art Of The Deal: How Not To Negotiate Brexit

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post. In recent weeks the British media has been full of stories about how we need to be ready for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. With the talks stuttering along, at best, one senior Conservative politician after another has emerged to intone solemnly on the subject and prepare us all for the worst. On the one hand this seems like a … Continue reading The Art Of The Deal: How Not To Negotiate Brexit