• Cranes tell a City story

    The number of construction cranes looming over London is a ready reckoner for where we are in the commercial property cycle.

  • No place to hide

    With so much going on in the world and the upcoming General Election a particular focus at a domestic level, it’s easy for some news stories to not get the attention they necessarily deserve.

  • Are we forgetting this basic PR rule?

    Relationship building has long been the cornerstone of PR, and the rules have barely changed. But with social media’s sphere of influence continuing to rise and the comfort that lies behind perpetual e-mailing, is there a danger of PR professional forgetting the rules of building meaningful relationships?

  • Wealth management communicators: good information, quickly – MackayWilliams

    Accurate, timely and consistent information has fast become the number one consideration for clients of the wealth management and private wealth space, according to Simon Critchlow, Head of Sales at London-based mutual fund market analysis and research company Mackay Williams LLP.

  • The politics of communication

    Sunday’s presidential election run-off in France has unsurprisingly dominated media coverage, becoming the latest in a long line of political events to do so. This is a trend that is far from over – the UK election, the German election, Brexit negotiations, geopolitical tensions and whatever Donald Trump tweets about next will all dominate news cycles in the coming weeks and months.

  • What we can learn from the French Election (so far)

    In a year of political upheaval, no election has been as widely anticipated as the race for the French presidency (at least since Donald Trump came to power in the US). Its repercussions are wide reaching with the potential to not just define France at a domestic level but also significantly impact the wider European Union “project” and even global political agendas.

  • Fintech - trust costs: are technology and finance the perfect couple?

    Today, technology is poised to revolutionise the financial industry. However it has taken many years and significant powers of persuasion to get this far. The financial technology sector, widely referred to as “fintech”, has developed leaps and bounds. When it first arrived on the scene, banks and financial institutions took little notice of what they perceived to be a “fad”. Fast forward to present day and fintech could be considered the ‘next best thing to sliced bread’.

  • Snap UK election could mean a smoother Brexit

    The Prime Minister, Theresa May, today called a General Election for 8 June. She will have to negotiate around the Fixed Term Parliaments Act which prohibits early General Elections without a two thirds majority. However, as Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party Opposition Leader, has already welcomed the election, this shouldn’t be a problem. So what are the implications of this Election? Obviously, short term uncertainty and a media agenda which will be further dominated by political concerns. Longer term, however, this is likely to strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand and ironically that of the soft Brexiteers which is good for the Financial Services sector generally.

  • United PR disaster shows the power of (in)effective communication

    The furore over United Airlines’ forcible removal of a passenger on board a flight after it was overbooked has ignited storms of protests, a social media backlash and even walloped the company’s share price. The basic principles of reputation management do not differ from one industry to another.

  • Transparency - there’s no hiding from it these days

    You don’t need to be media savvy to have noticed some dark clouds around the UK’s £6.6trn fund sector, with regulators giving the profession a bit of a dressing down in recent times.

    The strong hand of the City issued sharply a critical review of fee structures in the industry toward the end of 2016 in its Asset Management Review, and the result of the FCA investigation into competition in the asset management sector has left many firms acutely worried about the repercussions on their business models.

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