Assessing Edinburgh’s City Deal

The article below originally appeared in the September issue of Housebuilder magazine. Craig Harrow, head of Newgate Communications’ Scotland office, looks at Edinburgh’s long awaited City Deal. Is it ambitious enough to tackle the ‘crisis’ in housing in Scotland’s capital city? Just like Edinburgh’s infamous trams you wait for a big announcement and two come along at once. We have been waiting for the City … Continue reading Assessing Edinburgh’s City Deal

Pass the poisoned Quaich

As the fireworks fizzle, the temporary structures disappear across Edinburgh signalling the end of the Festival, and the summer, and as Scotland’s newest infrastructure project, the billion pound Queensferry Crossing, finally, nine months late, opens to traffic and becomes a totem to the SNP Scottish Government, the political scene begins to burst into life in Scotland with a surprise resignation. Kezia Dugdale has been rightly … Continue reading Pass the poisoned Quaich

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

THE SNP COULD VERY WELL DETERMINE THE ELECTION; IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

What will our country look like in the early hours of 8 May? It’s difficult to tell. Almost everyone agrees that the Election is the most unpredictable in a generation. The polls offer no clear indication. There are so many factors – the lack of breakthrough from either the Conservatives or Labour, the collapse in support for the Liberal Democrats and the rise of UKIP, … Continue reading THE SNP COULD VERY WELL DETERMINE THE ELECTION; IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

Scotland Referendum: What happens now?

We now know this morning that, despite a hard fought contest, Scotland has voted ‘No’ to independence in yesterday’s historic referendum. As everyone digests this news, here is a short guide to some of the key public policy consequences. Despite Scotland rejecting independence, there is set to be significant constitutional reform, which is likely to have on-going and far reaching consequences across the UK. This reform … Continue reading Scotland Referendum: What happens now?

Businesses should be making contingency plans for a Miliband Government in 2015, but if Scotland votes for independence next week, all bets are off…

That was the advice from political journalist of the year, Fraser Nelson, speaking at Newgate Communications latest ‘View from the Bridge’ panel event on the upcoming general election and its possible consequences. Along with leading economist, Andrew Sentance (Senior Economic Adviser to PwC and former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member) and leading political pollster Ben Page (Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI), the panel … Continue reading Businesses should be making contingency plans for a Miliband Government in 2015, but if Scotland votes for independence next week, all bets are off…