The buck stops…

In deciding to fine Merlin Entertainments £5m for the accident with its Smiler ride at Alton Towers, one of the factors the judge, Michael Chambers QC, took into account was a press release in which “human error” was cited as an issue for the crash. Instead, he said “catastrophic failure to assess risk and have a structured system of work” was to blame. It is … Continue reading The buck stops…

Comms: It’s all about who you know

Earlier this week, we hosted our inaugural Young Communication Professionals (YCP) networking event for the next generation of comms leaders. We had three fantastic young journalists as speakers: Amelia Abraham from Refinery29, Coral Williamson from Music Week and Josh Boswell from The Sunday Times. Each speaker gave a thought provoking and frank insight into the life of a journalist, but also into the working challenges … Continue reading Comms: It’s all about who you know

If This Was A Movie: What Hiddleswift Teaches Us About Comms Today

The article below was written by Gavin Devine, Chief Operating Officer, Porta and Managing Partner, Newgate Communications and is taken from his regular blog on The Huffington Post. A few months back I wrote a blog suggesting that, for the sake of her brand, American pop superstar Taylor Swift should take a break from the limelight. A period of introspection followed by a triumphant return … Continue reading If This Was A Movie: What Hiddleswift Teaches Us About Comms Today

Mourinho in Van Gaal out – Red Devils red faced PR disaster

The article below is taken from PPSinPrint, a quarterly magazine published by our sister agency PPS Group. Red Devils left Red faced after Van Gaal sacking disaster The fact that football fans worldwide knew of former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal’s sacking before he did was bad enough (his wife, herself having seen the story break on BBC Online, eventually told him). That a … Continue reading Mourinho in Van Gaal out – Red Devils red faced PR disaster

Johnson, Lego and Dragons – how to communicate in a “Post-Truth” world

In the wake of the successful Leave campaign, many commentators have moaned about us being in a “Post Truth” society, where you can post a big lie (such as £350m a week for the NHS) and then admit that it’s a lie as soon as the ink is dry on your victory. The fact is “Post Truth” campaigning was not invented by Boris Johnson, Lynton … Continue reading Johnson, Lego and Dragons – how to communicate in a “Post-Truth” world

Businesses Beware: Don’t get caught by new Electoral Commission rules on ‘Non-Party Campaigning’

With less than six months to go to one of the most uncertain general elections in decades, there is much at stake for the UK economy and business landscape. Many businesses and organisations will, naturally, want to comment on what they view as the important political and public policy issues – whether they concern taxation, public spending, red tape, infrastructure investment, immigration, our relationship with … Continue reading Businesses Beware: Don’t get caught by new Electoral Commission rules on ‘Non-Party Campaigning’

Miliband’s principles trump Dacre’s aggression

Twenty seven years ago, a soap star called Nick Berry released a song called “Every Loser Wins”, which went on to be a smash hit. At the time Ed Miliband was a student at Haverstock Comprehensive School and, like every teenager, probably clashed regularly with his parents. Yet it is his late father, in particular the Daily Mail’s attack on his late father as someone … Continue reading Miliband’s principles trump Dacre’s aggression

Making ESG Count in Reputation Management

It might seem an oxymoron that the world’s most admired company can have an image problem. But the backlash that hit Apple in 2010 after a spate of worker suicides at its outsourced assembly plant in Shenzhen, underscored that reputation is now much more than just great products and profits. Ethical behaviour increasingly matters, especially when millions of consumers on social media are ready to … Continue reading Making ESG Count in Reputation Management

Return of Chinese Listings? Overcoming Reputational Fallout

Reports of a fresh wave of Chinese listings are likely to cheer IPO sponsors but elicit a loud groan from investors. Will this time around be different? The wounds from the recent boom-to-bust history of Chinese listings amid accounting scandals, missed numbers and falling share prices are still raw. This means Chinese companies will return to very different public markets and they will have to … Continue reading Return of Chinese Listings? Overcoming Reputational Fallout

Javier Bardem’s Misery Bingo, and the end to triple dipping…

Since the world economy had a bit of a turn in 2008 there have been few things more miserable than the relentlessly apocalyptic economic coverage. One of those few things was Javier Bardem’s film Biutiful, which if you have not seen it yet is quite simply one of the most transcendentally grim movies ever made. So many miserable things happen to the protagonist (Bardem as … Continue reading Javier Bardem’s Misery Bingo, and the end to triple dipping…