Is grief ever an appropriate communication tool?

‘It was the moment that Trump became President’, so ran some of the commentary after the US President addressed Congress and paid tribute to Ryan Owens, the Navy Seal who died on a raid in Yeman. While Trump basked in the applause of Congress, Ryan’s widow, Carryn Owens, broke down and shared, on international media, the profound intimacy of deep grief. I don’t know how … Continue reading Is grief ever an appropriate communication tool?

Building a financial services brand has never been easier…or has it?

In the past two years, the number of organisations offering direct-to-consumer financial services has boomed. The Retail Distribution Review (RDR) introduced in January 2013 has accelerated the trend for DIY investing as many middle-income investors have found themselves becoming ‘advice orphans’. This coupled with increasing consumer focus on the costs of financial advice and fees has helped further drive demand for direct propositions, many of … Continue reading Building a financial services brand has never been easier…or has it?

Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

David Cameron is likely to stay in Downing Street, according to the attendees at last night’s ‘The View from The Bridge’ debate on the General Election, held at Newgate Communications. After a lively and informed discussion led by the three speakers – Anne McElvoy (Public Policy Editor at The Economist), Peter Riddell (Director of the Institute for Government) and Melanie Baker (Senior UK Economist, Morgan … Continue reading Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

If you want a litmus test for recovery, look at the motorways

As I set out yesterday at 5am for a 400 mile round-trip from Kent to Sheffield I didn’t expect to be left with a feeling of swelling pride in the UK economy. However the motorways can give a very simple litmus test for the state of the UK’s businesses. According to Department for Transport statistics, traffic on UK roads has reached a record high with … Continue reading If you want a litmus test for recovery, look at the motorways

Why Britain is living in a fool’s paradise when it comes to public services

Britain can’t keep living in a dream world, wanting Swedish levels of public services with American levels of tax. That was the core message from Newgate Communications’ latest “The View from the Bridge” debate which asked what impact the Spending Review’s £11.5 billion in cuts will have on UK Plc and local authorities. The unsurprising answer was “actually, quite a lot”. The excellent panel (chaired … Continue reading Why Britain is living in a fool’s paradise when it comes to public services