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  • TechMunch: Connecting Beyond Tech

    April 16, 2019

    When I was a teenager, thanks to my father’s career as an actor and voice-over, I earned my pocket money recording voice-overs for UK commercial radio stations. With the advent of cutting edge ISDN technology there was no need to travel: we could connect between our home studio (formerly the living room!) and station producers from Aberdeen to Exeter and everywhere in between. As a result, I built lots of working relationships with people I...

  • TechMunch: Gather round the fire kids – Big Data is going to tell a story

    April 12, 2019

    It’s ‘the new oil’; It’s ‘power’; It’s ‘beautiful’; It’s ‘the new currency.’ It’s data. With companies that trade in data comprising 4 of the top 5 on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2018 ranking, it’s easy to see why it’s considered such a valuable business commodity. Humanity has created more data in the past two years than in the past 200. We have a treasure trove (or a scrap heap - depending on your perspective) of...

  • Uncharted Waters: NATO and the future of UK defence policy

    April 10, 2019

    70 years ago, ten leading Western and European countries – led by the United States – signed the North Atlantic Treaty. In doing so, they forged a powerful alliance that successfully contained Soviet expansionism and moved the war-torn nations of Western Europe towards peace and security. Since then, Britain has continued to be a strong force on the global stage. Not only does the UK hold a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, it...

  • FleishmanHillard Fishburn wins Integrated Agency of the Year at the 2019 PRMoment Awards

    April 9, 2019

      Last week, FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) won Integrated Agency of the Year at the 2019 PRMoment Awards against a number of strong competitors. The agency was also a finalist in the Large Agency of the Year category along with being shortlisted for campaigns with Samsung for Health, Beauty, Retail and Fashion Marketing Communications and Thomson Reuters Foundation for Corporate Purpose. “It gives all of us great pride to have won Integrated Agency of the Year...

  • Uncharted Waters: Unlocking the Latin American Opportunity

    April 2, 2019

    Over the past 20 years we have witnessed a series of efforts by British politicians to reinvigorate the once great trade and diplomatic relationship between the UK and the countries in Latin America. But even with repeated attempts to generate bilateral investment, partner on foreign policy and collaborate on development and aid, has anything actually changed? In 2010, the then-Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered a speech at Canning House designed to kick off a new...

  • A new era of investor activism, a force for change?

    March 19, 2019

    Why ESG is the next big thing for shareholder engagement Investor activism is nothing new by any stretch of the imagination, having been personified by the siege antics of 1980s Wall Street caricatures. However, since then, there is growing evidence that shareholder activism has achieved acceptance as a legitimate investment strategy. For years, corporate boards and management have faced the daunting challenge of responding to and fending off threats from shareholder activists. Typically, this describes...

  • When Businesses Shout

    March 18, 2019

    (Phil Riggins, CEO & Founder, Brand Reputation Collective; Inge Wallace, Managing Director, European Association of Communication Directors; Paul Reza Afshar, Head of Purposeful Business, FleishmanHillard Fishburn) At a roundtable we co-hosted with the European Association of Communications Directors, we asked the UK’s leading communications professionals some big questions on purpose. Here's what they had to say... A new era of corporate democracy? The strongest point of consensus for our participants was that purpose can’t be a...

  • Reputation in an age of outrage

    March 15, 2019

    Reputation is increasingly an online phenomenon. That’s not to say reputation is only relevant online, or that it’s wholly built and destroyed online, but rather that it’s now largely mediated online. By this I mean that the choice of focus, the framing and speed of issues and the casting of villains and heroes happens first online, before being hashed out in newspapers, on broadcast and in politics. This is because the media agenda, and subsequently...

  • A Summary of the 2019 Spring Statement

    March 13, 2019

    This lunchtime, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement in the Commons. His speech pinpointed the Government’s achievements on growth and jobs while warning about the “cloud of uncertainty” following last night’s Brexit vote, which he said could jeopardise the UK’s economic recovery and exhaust its cash reserves for public services.   In summary: Hammond argued that the economy had “defied expectations” and was forecast to grow 1.2% in 2019 – lower than the 1.6%...

  • TechMunch: The role FinTech has to play in supporting female entrepreneurs

    March 8, 2019

    Women account for 27% of the world’s wealth – a statistic shared by Inez Murray, CEO of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, at a panel session during the RFi Global Business Banking Summit just last week. However, she also told us that female entrepreneurs are the most dissatisfied with financial services. Why? From the first-hand experience of Suzanne Brock, founder of Nutriment, it comes down to three key things: education, personalisation and agility. If...