Mifid II – Newgate’s Steffan Williams in City A.M.

The article below, written by Newgate’s Steffan Williams, originally appeared in City A.M. on Wednesday 3rd January. Time for financial PR to up its game now Mifid II has arrived In the run up to the arrival of the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid II), much comment has been devoted to its impact on corporate broking. The regulation, which comes into force today, … Continue reading Mifid II – Newgate’s Steffan Williams in City A.M.

The European Single Market is a Myth

by Simon Gentry, Head of Public Affairs I moved to Brussels in August 1990.  Everyone in the European Commission spoke French then.  The EU only had 12 member states.  Germany was just re-unifying. And the EC – as it was then – had just begun the great, visionary ‘1992’ project, intended to create a pan-Community, single market.  It was a bold and inspiring vision, a … Continue reading The European Single Market is a Myth

Pint for planning?

by Mark Kerr, partner, Newgate Engage So the House of Lords thinks that decisions about licensing the countries pubs, clubs and restaurants and about those who sell us booze in an increasing number of retail outlets, should in the future be managed by our councils’ planning committees. Peers think that the Councillors and council officers who pontificate and determine planning applications make better decisions and … Continue reading Pint for planning?

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

FCA Consultation Paper

The fairest, most informative deal for investors in post-Brexit IPOs. That’s what the FCA wants us to think The FCA consultation paper regarding research written pre-IPO will improve Britain’s perception as a competitive global listing hub The FCA – the City regulator – yesterday published its long awaited Consultation Paper outlining sweeping reforms as to how information should be disseminated, and indeed who it should … Continue reading FCA Consultation Paper

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’

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

The FSA’s New Year hangover

Something big is happening in six weeks…and it’s nothing to do with a man in a red suit.  After the Christmas turkey’s been digested and New Year celebrations are a fading niggle, savers and investors are going to wake up on 1st Jan 2013 to an even bigger headache – Retail Distribution Review, or RDR. Once again the financial services industry has surpassed itself by … Continue reading The FSA’s New Year hangover