Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

While many believe our political system moves painfully slowly, it is nothing compared to the time taken to lay bricks down and build a house. Days after the Windrush migrants’ scandal triggered a mini Cabinet reshuffle, James Brokenshire MP returned to the Cabinet to take the reins at MHCLG, becoming the sixteenth minister to hold the portfolio for housing since 2000. Just days after that, … Continue reading Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Why the North West’s science and technology communities are getting bullish in a bid to take on the south. When innovators step foot on British soil all signs should point North. That’s the challenge being put forward by the North West’s science and tech companies in a bid to shine a light on the region’s own trinity. The lure of the South’s ‘Golden Triangle’ as … Continue reading In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Plymouth – Labour’s big victory?

It is telling that it was Plymouth rather than London where Jeremy Corbyn chose to spend the morning of May 4th. Despite expectations that Labour would take control of at least one of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, their big victory on the night came in the south west. Standing on Plymouth Hoe, Corbyn declared that the result demonstrated that Labour was ‘back in the … Continue reading Plymouth – Labour’s big victory?

New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

61% believe housing crisis is getting worse 51% blame slow build out rate by developers Providing affordable homes the top priority 60% believe viability assessments being used by developers to avoid planning obligations 43% agree that Green Belt should be reviewed Newgate Communications’ Planning Committee Barometer reveals local councillors’ views on planning issues with housing delivery high up the agenda. 61% think that the housing … Continue reading New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

Emma Kane appointed Chief Executive of Newgate

Redleaf Communications founder Emma Kane has been appointed as both Chief Executive of Newgate Communications and Joint Chief Executive of (Newgate and Redleaf owner) Porta Communications. The full press release from Porta is below. Appointment of New Joint Chief Executive Officers and Board Changes Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTCM), today announces the appointment of Emma Kane, Chief Executive of Redleaf Communications, and Brian Tyson, Managing … Continue reading Emma Kane appointed Chief Executive of Newgate

Are the Tories about to lose their Greater Manchester outpost?

In the North West all eyes are on Trafford. A third of the Council are up for election in May and there is a feeling that the Conservatives keeping control is by no means a done deal. For one thing, they currently have a very slim majority and it would only take a loss of two seats to make the local authority go to No … Continue reading Are the Tories about to lose their Greater Manchester outpost?

Welsh Labour Conference – how long will the family truce last?

Welsh Labour’s conference in Llandudno last weekend took place in the shadow of one of the most difficult periods in the Party’s history.  The resignation of the man known to journalists, supporters and commentators alike simply as ‘Carwyn’ was perhaps the inevitable conclusion of a chain of events which began with former Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant’s tragic death last November. After a highly challenging week … Continue reading Welsh Labour Conference – how long will the family truce last?

Work Culture – The Often Overlooked Element In Job Searches

Looking back to when I was a fresh graduate looking for a job three years ago, work culture was not a factor that ranked highly in my wish list. Instead, salary, career progression, organisational size and reputation were the key factors that guided my job search. However, over the years, I have come to realise that work culture is an often overlooked element in job … Continue reading Work Culture – The Often Overlooked Element In Job Searches

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Stepping up to the council plate

The article below featured in the April edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate partner, Zoe Ensor, head of Newgate North, thinks it is time that industry experts stepped forward to become councillors to shift the balance in council chambers. The media spotlight landed on a new phrase recently with the public being introduced to the term ‘land banking’. The Prime Minister’s determination to shift focus away … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Stepping up to the council plate

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The devil’s in the deposit

The article below featured in the March edition of Housebuilder magazine. Alex Reid, Newgate’s account director, conveys the frustration that young people such as him feel when trying to raise a deposit for a new home. He suggests some innovative solutions. We’re constantly talking about how important first time buyers are for the wider housing market, launching new schemes in an effort to get them … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The devil’s in the deposit