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?

Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

The article below is taken from June’s Housebuilder magazine. Stephen Byfield, partner at Newgate Communications, bemoans the fact that green belt policy, a 70 year old system of land management, is still dictating what is built where in the UK. I found myself involved in a very interesting discussion this month on the provision of social housing. Specifically, we were talking about Bristol, where a … Continue reading Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

Talking to the 87 Percent: Why engaging with people outside London matters so much

The article below, by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Even though the UK General Election campaign has been underway from the moment Theresa May came back from her Easter walking holiday, it did not officially begin until Parliament was dissolved in the last few days.  So now seems like as good a moment as any to pause and look back … Continue reading Talking to the 87 Percent: Why engaging with people outside London matters so much

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

Sadiq Khan call in powers

The first time a Mayor or Minister calls in a planning application is always likely to be taken as a statement of intent. Sadiq Khan’s decision to call in two applications rejected by councillors on design grounds because of their potential to deliver affordable housing, one in Tottenham Hale and one in Wealdstone, is therefore interesting. He notes the developments: “have the potential to bring … Continue reading Sadiq Khan call in powers