Successful night for Newgate clients at the Grant Thornton QC Awards

It was a successful night for Newgate’s financial PR clients at the 2017 Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards last week. Blue Prism won IPO of the Year with judges recognising the Company as an emerging leader in the world of robotic process automation software. Maiden results showed sales growth of 59 per cent and a…

Battle lines drawn in Greater Manchester Mayoral race

On Friday night, hundreds of top industry professionals gathered to hear from the candidates to become Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor; Andy Burnham, Sean Anstee and Jane Brophy, at the Midland Hotel. Newgate sister agency PPS was delighted to be a sponsor for this well attended and exciting event, which was not so much a…

Worried about Trump, Le Pen is worse

Earlier this week I joined a debate, hosted by Roxhill Media and Herbert Smith Freehills, on how the events of 2016 should inform how companies communicate in 2017. A strong panel of Iain Dey, business editor of the Sunday Times, Dan Roberts, who has the interesting role of Brexit editor at The Guardian, and Daniel…

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles: Boom Time In Brexit Britain

The article below, written by Newgate’s CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Anyone who spends time on Twitter these days will have seen a huge number of tweets from Brexiteers cheering every upward revision of the UK’s economic forecasts and demanding to know what happened to Project Fear. In this narrative, the vote…

No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market

The Context Today sees the release of the hotly anticipated Housing White Paper. After the endless speculation, the frenzied lobbying by a stream of commentators and industry insiders and the trailers put out by Government itself, the document itself is just a bit, well, obvious. In other words, ‘Spoiler: there’s no silver bullet’ (as tweeted…

Dear John: How Taylor Swift’s PR Juggernaut Lost Its Way

The article below, written by Newgate’s CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared in The Huffington Post. On a number of occasions in the past couple of years I have cited Taylor Swift as a living, breathing masterclass in how to use PR to build and sustain an enormous brand – and also how that brand-building exercise can…

Time to act on Housing

As we move into February, there’s still little sign of the promised White Paper on Housing. We ask our planning and development team what it means, what to expect – and what the White Paper really needs to include. Andy Martin, Managing Partner We can expect to see an emphasis not just on delivering enough…

UK Industrial Strategy: Has the Government gone back to picking winners?

Yesterday, Theresa May launched the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy Green Paper, which set out a new ‘active role’ for Government in its approach towards business and presented a series of policy measures designed to “build on Britain’s strategic strengths and tackle our underlying weaknesses.” As part of this Green Paper, the Department of Business, Energy…

@realDonaldTrump’s Twitter Diplomacy

By Andras Juhasz Twitter played an important role in Donald Trump`s election campaign with his spontaneous, frank and occasionally over-the-top tweets that energised his followers and generated headlines in the US and beyond. Since election night, the President-elect`s Twitter account has also attracted a different kind of audience: diplomats all over the world have clicked…

Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

Having been rather coy so far about the Brexit deal she will be aiming for, Theresa May finally lifted the veil today. She did not reveal all the details of her negotiating position ahead of the formal triggering of article 50 in two months’ time — nor should she – as that would merely have…

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…