BrewDog and the seeds: crowdfunding and seed investment for new business ventures

As a fan of beer, a company that has attracted my attention of late is the BrewDog, a fast growing independently owned Scottish brewery that specialises in craft beers. I went to one of their bars on Bethnal Green Road a couple of months ago and seem to remember having a good time (though craft beers, as it turns out, can be quite strong and … Continue reading BrewDog and the seeds: crowdfunding and seed investment for new business ventures

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

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…

Is banker baiting a cruel sport

In the US it is said that the media covers business as if it is sport – or sports as they would have it. One company is up, and executive is down, there’s always time for a recovery. In the UK it is going the same way. Except the coverage doesn’t resemble cricket, rugby or football, it’s more like a cruel sport such as fox … Continue reading Is banker baiting a cruel sport

Banking on the Message

I was rather taken aback this morning when, tuning in to the Today programme after 7 O’Clock, I didn’t hear the boss of Lloyds Banking Group talking about the group’s financial results. I thought we had entered a new age of banking communications – a time when banks were happy to engage and answer awkward questions about pay, bonuses, losses, mis-selling and generally trying to … Continue reading Banking on the Message

The meteoric rise of the invisible European politician

“Ex-PM Silvio #Berlusconi confronted by topless women with Enough Berlusconi scrawled on them at polls http://bbc.in/YOaVKz  #elezioni2013”. This was, by far, the most striking BBC News tweet of yesterday, when the news agenda was otherwise dominated by the Pope’s last message and speculation about Oscar winners.   Love him or loathe him, Berlusconi is unforgettable and unmissable. Summed up by voter Maria Teresa Gottardi talking … Continue reading The meteoric rise of the invisible European politician

The end of Britain, or a cynical marketing ploy?

The end of Britain is nigh, according to a prediction by MoneyWeek http://subscribe.moneyweek.com/pro/eob-doc-mob.php?code=LMYKP209&n=myk-eob.  Viewer discretion is advised. Gulp. This is subscription advertising like we have never seen it before. Before asking for your credit card details, MoneyWeek takes us on a devastating tour of history, peppered with punchy statistics, to explain Britain’s inexorable decline. It’s pretty grim and absolutely compelling, I am afraid to say. … Continue reading The end of Britain, or a cynical marketing ploy?

All the President’s PR Men

When I decided to become a journalist, I had a vision of myself as one of those investigative reporters in All the President’s Men or Edge of Darkness, uncovering all sorts of dastardly deeds. While a certain amount of my 20 year career involved investigative journalism, a lot also involved interviewing CEOs, going to lunch and chasing PRs for press releases. When I moved into … Continue reading All the President’s PR Men

Reverse ferrets, tantric sex and the New Normal

Reverse ferrets, $4 trillion of M&A and tantric sex were all to the fore last Thursday when Newgate Communications launched our discussion series: “The View from the Bridge” with a timely and surprising debate on “The New Normal”. We assembled an excellent panel featuring Deutsche Bank’s chief UK economist, George Buckley, Michael Findlay, co-head of corporate broking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Jonathan … Continue reading Reverse ferrets, tantric sex and the New Normal

Not so much hunters as gatherers

Cision, the media monitoring group, has been doing some great work with Canterbury Christ Church University on the use of social media by journalists. Their latest Global Social Journalism Survey might have some rather retro analysis – splitting media into “Architects”, “Promoters”, “Hunters”, “Observers” and “Sceptics” – but it also has some useful research into the use of social media by the, um, media. What … Continue reading Not so much hunters as gatherers