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  • Guiding principles for scaling culture during hypergrowth

    November 26, 2019

    Last week we hosted a private roundtable with some of the leading lights of the fintech world where we discussed the importance of culture in an organisation and the challenges of scaling culture during hypergrowth. A lively discussion ensued with the unwrapping of the pain points and some of the solves that have been deployed. While the event was under Chatham House rules we've compiled five guiding principles from our discussion to guide those interested...

  • When You Wish Upon a Star, Watch Out! The Fall of Star Fund Managers?

    November 14, 2019

    Consistent performance and better value top consumer expectations of the investment industry. Innovation ties with better value as the second highest expectation as consumers seek innovative investment opportunities and new tools to easily access their accounts. The implosion of stock picker Neil Woodford’s fund empire dominated the financial media in 2019 and has since raised significant questions for the UK’s fund management industry. But what does it tell us about the future for star fund...

  • Data-driven creative is not the ideal, it is the norm

    November 7, 2019

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever asked, or been asked, the following to your team or your agency: “hey we need some stats / research that supports our creative.” Don’t worry, no one is watching. You can admit that this has happened. When you’ve worked in PR and comms for as long as I have, you can understand, to a certain degree, why this happens. PR and comms professionals are under immense pressure and are, rightly or...

  • What can brands learn from H&M’s eco-fashion fallout?

    November 1, 2019

    This week H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson drew widespread reaction and criticism when he spoke with Bloomberg warning of the rise of "consumer shaming" to thwart climate change and said these ‘stop consuming, stop buying movements are a threat to the fashion industry and will have “terrible social consequences” - in reference to the widespread global protest action and socio commentary from the likes of Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg. The thought behind Mr Persson’s comments...

  • ‘The impossible deal’: Can Boris Johnson get it through Parliament?

    October 18, 2019

    So here we are. After three years of tortuous negotiations and three previous unsuccessful attempts to get a Brexit deal through Parliament, on 17 October 2019, British and European negotiators once again reached a revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. The deal was achieved just in time for a two-day summit (17-18 October) of EU leaders in Brussels, where they will sign off the Brexit agreement. So, what is the substance of the deal? Under...

  • Our analysis of The Queen’s Speech 2019

    October 14, 2019

    This was no conventional Queen’s Speech. In fact, it felt more like a pre-election manifesto launch, with a raft of policies designed to win-over large swathes of middle-England. Politically, the Queen’s Speech was carefully crafted to burnish the Conservative Party’s ‘One Nation’ credentials, and to convince those voters alienated by the Government’s Brexit stance that its domestic policy agenda is firmly rooted in the centre ground. A number of these key policy priorities announced as...

  • BoJo found his MoJo, but how long can he GoGo?

    October 4, 2019

    There are few politicians who are greeted with the adulation of a rock-star and who relish being the centre of attention. Boris Johnson is one such political beast. Time after time, he would rock up at party conferences to be greeted by the inevitable scrum of journalists which, much to their annoyance, would overshadow the keynote addresses of successive Conservative leaders. For a boy who aspired to be “World King” and who plotted most of...

  • What to Expect at Conservative Party Conference 2019

    September 29, 2019

    In the wake of a Labour Conference which saw Party division over both its leadership and its Brexit policy steal the headlines, it’s now the turn of the Conservative Party to have its say. The plan for this Conference was to give the Conservative Party a platform to set the tone for the looming General Election, and to hammer home its messaging ahead of the official campaign kick-off. And yet, this will now prove extremely...

  • A last-minute shot in the arm for an otherwise ailing Labour party

    September 27, 2019

    Sometimes Party Conferences go well. Sometimes they don’t. From Saturday to Monday, Labour’s annual gathering in Brighton looked set to become the archetypal example of the latter, beset as it was, by conflict between Party members, the Leadership and the Trade Unions, a bitter row over Brexit, and a generally low mood. The resignation of Corbyn’s Chief Policy Adviser, Andrew Fisher, on Saturday night - a man who was seen by many as the one...

  • UN Climate Summit Takeaway: Corporates Need to Act

    September 26, 2019

    Earlier this week, government officials, businesses and civil society leaders from nearly 200 countries gathered for the 2019 United Nations Climate Summit. But compared to past climate conferences, which may have featured inspirational speakers and commitment to action, Monday’s Summit closing saw a marked change in tone. While many of the countries in attendance were expected to announce they would ramp up commitments and actions originally set by the Paris agreement, most of the major...