Can Uber win the fight to keep its cars on the streets of London?

Whether you love or hate Uber, you have to admit the business model is a great success and they’ve done extremely well in London so far. However, last year Transport for London (TFL) revoked Uber’s license which, if we believe what we read, even came as a shock to Uber. Londoners went into a frenzy, with Uber users quite vocal on their thoughts which mainly … Continue reading Can Uber win the fight to keep its cars on the streets of London?

ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

An outpouring of outrage greeted plans to install a set of aerial zip wires across the Lake District’s Thirlmere Reservoir – with a planning application for the £1.8m facility last week pulled at the eleventh hour. Yet, more than just a planning battle over a Cumbrian beauty spot … the case of Treetop Trek is a posterchild of the challenges facing rural economies.  It’s one … Continue reading ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

Event round-up: The View from the Bridge January 2018

Our latest View from the Bridge saw three expert speakers sharing what they think is going to happen in 2018. Is it going to be, ‘the year of living dangerously,’ or is that too pessimistic? Gina Miller (transparency campaigner and thorn-in-the-side of the government on Brexit), Anne McElvoy (Senior Editor at the Economist) and George Buckley (Chief UK Economist at Nomura) ‎took up the challenge. … Continue reading Event round-up: The View from the Bridge January 2018

Relax, Don’t Do It: David Davis And The Art Of Leadership

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Another week, another Brexit rollercoaster for Theresa May.  She started the week on a high, revelling in her ‘unexpected’ success , with Parliamentarians forcing a vote on the eventual deal she will do.  The newspapers have worked themselves up into their usual lather.  If you believe all you read, the Government is reeling. But none of us … Continue reading Relax, Don’t Do It: David Davis And The Art Of Leadership

Such Crazy Times We’ve Had: Thoughts on May’s self-destructive election

As the crowd gathered last night for the Newgate Election Night Party we were confident about one thing: no matter how poor the Conservative election campaign, no matter how impressive the ‘Jez We Can’ surge, the Tories would secure a bigger Commons majority when the results were announced.  We were absolutely sure.  Fine, the consensus was that they would win by 40-odd rather than by … Continue reading Such Crazy Times We’ve Had: Thoughts on May’s self-destructive election

Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

From Louise Nicolson in Houston, Texas This week, new survey results from website Energy Voice revealed confidence in oil price recovery remains fragile but investment in tech is key to the future of the industry. Delegates at the largest oil show in the world, Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference, discussed the findings over a breakfast of sausage and biscuits.  The leaders of service companies and E&P … Continue reading Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

Hogg’s head on a platter

May I declare an interest? I briefly worked for Charlotte Hogg’s mother – Sarah (now Baroness) Hogg. She at the time was the Business & City Editor of The Independent, so she should know a thing or two about public perception. Alas none of this appears to have been passed on to either her husband nor her daughter. Douglas – now Lord – Hogg was … Continue reading Hogg’s head on a platter

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

Updating the crisis manual for a new generation

The article below was published this morning on Gorkana. Crisis management plans can be unwieldy, impractical and, therefore, redundant. Jason Nisse, partner at Newgate Communications, tells us why the corporate comms specialist has created a new model. Earlier this year I was advising a client on a rather unpleasant issue that had grown into a full-on, international crisis. It involved all the sorts of things you … Continue reading Updating the crisis manual for a new generation